Roy’s Rolls

Posted on September 24, 2015

I've often wondered, as a fanboy of Coronation Street, what living in Weatherfield would be like, as a coeliac. In my 40 years of watching it, I've only heard Coeliac Disease mentioned once - when Leanne in the Bistro was a bit disparaging about someone wanting gluten free. Cow. Sort Simon out, I say before you take anger out on us coeliacs. What would I do there, if I was dropped on the cobbles, with my dietary needs? (more…)

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Posted on September 17, 2015

Stephen Fry, famously perhaps, called Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, "arse gravy." I'll fess straight away - I've never read that tome but I do know arse gravy when I feel it as a coeliac. Sunday I ended up with arse gravy after a supposed gluten free carvery: at lunch, we braved the rain to tour a few heritage sites on heritage weekend in Great Yarmouth (awash with history, deprivation and chips) and lunched at Merrivale Tea Rooms no ...

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Green’s Beers

Posted on August 7, 2015

I blogged a while ago about Green's gluten free beers and decided this week to splash the cash on a new pallet. Now when Derek Green, the MD and coeliac, first developed the brand there was great joy amongst beer drinking coeliacs. You see I've spent 22 years - from 15 to 37 - drinking beer and loving being ill from it and the rest of my wheat-laden diet. Game changer Greens. So: I ordered 36 bottles in a fit of laissez faire consumer...

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Brittany Spears Us?

Posted on August 2, 2015

Going to France next week - on Wednesday, when it's open (don't get me started on Le Dimanche in France). Going to Brittany too - which I can't help but associate with Ms Spears. My mind is strange I know. We've opted for a mammoth road trek from Calais to Pont Aven, with Operation Stack becoming my latest Google OCD search obsession. I quite like the idea of being camped on the M20 watching lorry drivers seethe over non-access to bacon ...

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Not glutened

Posted on August 1, 2015

After Twyfordsgate - or the glutening of our daughter in Twyfords, Beccles - we've had faith restored by gluten free menus in two eateries: the chain Ed's Easy Diner and Merrivale, an independent tea room in Great Yarmouth. First, why all the eating out? I've spent 6 weeks marking GCSE exams and a temporary income secured, with money slowly trickling in. Like someone who has fasted for 19 months (i.e. no income) we've gone a bit mad on ...

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Posted on July 24, 2015

Time for a rant about eating out. Normally I'm calm, collected and appreciative of efforts places make, but today I will rant. Anyone who knows me personally - away from the moniker glutenfreeself - will know some intimate details about me. Coeliac aged 50, chronically ill until 37 - physically and mentally. Coeliac daughter aged 9. And a tad self-obsessed. Anyway, we're celebrating 16 years of marriage today - me and the wife not me and ...

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Posted on May 26, 2015

I found a slice of heaven this weekend, a gluten free slice. Despite the low droop of clouds and the impending menace of four lanes of road networking, I can declare Manchester (la la la?) a veritable coeliac paradise. Allow me to expand - like my gut. Saturday night, after a long drive from Norfolk, the generic eatery of TGIs caught our eyes in the much maligned Trafford Centre. A waiter duly summoned, an allergy menu alerted a ...

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Posted on April 28, 2015

It's been a long long time since I actually logged into glutenfreeself and blogged. I'm ashamed. Surprised myself when I realised it's been two and a half months. From a daily outpouring at its height, I've become slack - or busy - I'll let you decide. I toyed with abandoning the whole thing, but I've just spent 30 minutes skimming and scanning the blog posts and it can't be abandoned. They chronicle the self absorbed descent into depres...

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Yo try our sushi

Posted on February 20, 2015

Hello, long time no blog, so here goes, if you're interested. First things first, let me make a bold assertion: I'm cured now, I believe from the past - I've moved on, mentally and physically; the scab (metaphorical) has healed, praise the Lord. I am now focused on my new venture, my new career  - unencumbered by the chronology of the past - still got verbal diarrhoea mind - a habit from 37 years of actual diarrhoea as an undiagnosed ...

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Unmerry Christmas – contains graphic motions

Posted on December 26, 2014

Christmas Just read a lovely email from someone in education who has followed my blogs and recognises the type of toxic workplace I left. I'd like to say I've never been healthier since I left teaching in August, left to become an estate agent, which I left in October to form my own Limited Company, with a business partner. This Christmas has been the worst ever health-wise: I've been ill since last Saturday, bedridden since Monday, ...

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