2017-1-New Year

A. Thank You

Hello Friend,

It’s been a few months since my last blog. I would say “Happy New Year” but I don’t buy into the social conformity of celebrating something of so little interest. Too many people, too much noise, too much alcohol and too much of “I hate this but I have to fit in”. Yeh, that’s right, I’m a curmudgeon.

In here, when the bells strike 12, you get a load of idiots banging their doors for about a minute. I’m already in bed trying to get some sleep, great! A whole night of fakery.

Christmas, on the other hand, I love it, love it! Although, not in here. That was my
14th Christmas. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

I’ve rather gotten off the point of my first blog of the New Year, which is to thank those of you who have supported me since the start and those of you who have since got on board. In particular, I’d like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me, my pal S. for his 28 years of friendship and all the work he has done on this site, and my friend G. for continuing to having faith in me and making some really important contacts for my appeal.

There’s more….thanks to my solicitor, Mark Newby of Jordans, for the work he is continuing to do on my appeal and the QC, and Professor of Pathology, who are both working pro bono on my case; and all those at Jordans who have assisted.

Thanks to all of you who have taken an interest and visited this site and left some really supportive comments; you may think it is only words but it means so much to me to know that you are out there.

Thank you also to all of the prisoner support organisations who have assisted me this year, including, The Prisoners’ Advice Service and The Prison Reform Trust. As well as The RCJ Advice Bureau and The Information Commissioner’s Office. I’m pretty certain I’ve missed a whole load of other organisations who have assisted, so apologies; but thank you.

Finally, thanks to the prisoners and staff (yes, there are some decent ones) who have also been there for me during the difficult latter part of the last year.

I genuinely feel that 2017 is going to bring a lot of positive in my life; I hope it will be the same for you, friend.

Be happy, be safe.

Graham Coutts, 7th January 2017

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