You wouldn’t poison yourself… oh, but you probably are!

Breakfast cereal

Some things are so normal that we rarely stop to consider that there could be a different way. Heeding the dietary advice, we opt for a good healthy balanced diet – maybe your daily diet includes some of these: A bowl of breakfast cereal doused in ice-cold milk or piping…

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Sourdough Starter Recipe

Loaves of sourdough bread

Sourdough is formed when naturally-occurring yeast start to ferment and feed on flour. This process can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a day to really get started which is obviously not practical when it comes to baking. In order to get around this problem we use a…

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Life lessons from 1960s Computer Science

Dustbin snack bar

Logic. It’s simple. Follow a series of predetermined steps and you’ll arrive at a final outcome that is most definitely correct. What could go wrong? Unless, of course, your starting point is not what you thought it was. Then you’re really in a mess. The acronym GIGO was coined back…

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas 2015

Christmas Eve carries a significance beyond the familiar for my family. In the autumn of 2003 I became seriously ill with Ulcerative Colitis and convinced that I was living out my last days. However, from mid-December I started to respond to the treatment and, at about 5pm on Christmas Eve…

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You think that I’m strong. You’re wrong.

How do you put into words the mental strain of dealing with serious illness and devastating crises? The unknowns can be paralysing; the effect on your life, the consequences for those you love. Where will it all end? Will it end? Sitting in hospital, watching the same four walls day…

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Too stressed to care?

It had seemed a long way off, but suddenly it was here; my next round of surgery would be in about 24 hours. I was becoming increasingly anxious as the day progressed. Just before 5pm the phone rang; the hospital admissions clerk informed me that they could not guarantee me…

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5 a day for a balanced love-diet?

Good food, it’s one of life’s great pleasures. We all need to eat, it’s instinctive to all living creatures. Even a tiny baby lets you know they’re hungry. But more than just eating, we need a well balanced and nutritionally complete diet to help keep our bodies in the best…

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I have UC – My Story


In September 2003, at the age of 25, I started bleeding. Every time I went to the toilet and opened my bowels I lost more blood. Being slim I was already at the bottom of the healthy weight range for my height, yet I lost 25% of my weight over…

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