Monthly Archives: February 2019

2018-50-Appeal

Appeal Hello friend, A bit of a body blow: as some of you will be aware, at my retrial in 2007 (wow, 2007, 11 years ago), one of the jurors was a police intelligence officer who had undisclosed links to the prosecuting police force (Sussex Police); you may, quite rightly, think that this raises a
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2018-49-Organ Donor

Organ Donor Hello friend, Since my last blog (no.19), I informed HMP Wakefield’s Healthcare department that I registered as an organ donor and my wishes in the event of my death. They replied telling me that prisoners could nt be organ donors due to ‘ethical reasons’; quite what they are I do not know. I
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2018-47-15 years

2018-47-15 years 15 Years Hello friend, Yesterday marked my 15th year in prison; that’s 180 months, 780 weeks, 5, 470 days, 131,496 hours or 7,889,760 minutes all gone. I must admit, in my occassional pessimistic moments, I do wonder what is the point of all of this. There was a recent case in Scotland, similar
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2018-46-Projects

2018-46-projects Projects Hello friend, Okay I’ll admit it: Iset myself a near impossible set of targets. As the time spent on all 3 languages grew (up to 5 hours a day), the screenplay and guitar practice suffered. Then I had to do my witness statement in my civil case; plus, I spent a month feeling
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2018-45-Heart

2018-45-heart Heart Hello friend’ (see blog 31) So I wrote to NHS England and raised my concern that the sudden development of (really bad sometimes)angina was not taken seriously, and further investigations was required; I also said: “Given my medical history and current heart problems , are you just going to wait until I have
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2018-43-Arts Project

2018-43-arts project Arts Project Hello friend, I got another piece published in (the March edition of) Inside Time (see blog 2018-5); it’s called ‘Producing a Rock Opera in Prison’. Unfortunately, they’ve edited out all the facts and figures about how many prisoners were involved and what they contributed; and, some of the positive comments that
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2018-41-Cell Search

2018-41-cell search Cell Search Hello friend, As a Category A prisoner, I get my cell searched every month. Over the past (nearly) 15 years, this equates to almost 200 cell searches: plus, the extra targeted and lockdown searches, which occasionally happen. I’m someone who just gets on with it so (unsurprisingly) I have never had
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