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Once, in South Africa, I became violently sick after eating white rice meant for the dogs. It was in the fridge in a glass bowl, misty with cold, wrapped tightly in cling film. I remember this because it was around the time I was forcefully kissed by a man who had no business attempting such a thing. An early morning, in my single bed, the rest of the house empty and silent. It was Valentine’s Day– the irony is not lost on me. My ankles had been bitten a hundred times by mosquitoes in the night. Sejo had called immediately

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A strong man

A strong man

My grandfather, Ralph, on the right of this picture, was the kindest, most loving, most generous man I have ever known.  He was strong and confident and achieved so much in his life as a Royal Air Force physical training instructor and, later, as a coach to the British and Jamaican wheelchair basketball teams.  He coached them to success in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and garnered respect from the sporting world.  He also received a British Empire Medal for service to sport. Whilst I am obviously tremendously proud of his professional success and love telling his stories, my pride

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