Stuck in the Middle (of Suffolk) with You

Posted on February 21, 2014

After much thought and deep googling (think hospitals when they’re norovirused and are deep cleaned), a holiday destination in Suffolk – 30 miles away from home – caught my beady, baggy eye. Perfect. 1 hour away – by car, yes, not donkey (East Anglia remember) and for a bargain price of £14.50 a night. Main reason yes you have to take your own home. The journey was easy enough – A12 for 30 miles and even managed to pass through the ...

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I’m from Yorkshire

Posted on February 21, 2014

Just emailed a friend in Yorkshire with details of my website and he came back with some constructive criticisms: 1. I've not mentioned I'm from Yorkshire - well I have now. 2. Do I have recommendations for where Coeliacs go in winter? 3. How do you tell restaurants and the like about your condition? When I was first diagnosed, I would take a batch of printed cards explaining coeliac disease to restaurants, cafés and hoteliers. I don't ...

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GF MAXX

Posted on February 20, 2014

I like it when something unexpected happens, something unplanned, something unusual. Yes, contact from friends.  Maybe not unexpected for most people, but as social hermits, it is for us. I’m sat leafing through Spotify playlists, spotting what's new, when a MMS (old skool I know) pings through to my Lumia 920 phone – decent device, review soon. It's a shot of gluten free cake mixes in TK Maxx, yes TK Maxx the purveyors of all things ...

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Honey and Harvey

Posted on February 20, 2014

Last week, I'd exchanged email messages with James, the head chef at Honey and Harvey, a cafe in a rather bijou part of Suffolk. One of those towns that oozes charm and easy prosperity. For anyone not familiar with the area, it lies north of Ipswich with the River Deben flowing lazily through. That town is Woodbridge. The 'meeting' didn't start too well. James, a giant, introduced himself and I said 'Oh you're Australian.' He is from New ...

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Gluten free champion

Posted on February 20, 2014

By July 2011, Djokovic won Wimbledon and 43 consecutive matches by going gluten and dairy free – because a Cypriot nutritionist, watching him on tv in Cyprus, had spotted the collapses and diagnosed that the exits were due to food. I remember my first week post diagnosis very well – the brain fog lifted, the diarrhoea and vomiting, stomach cramps, lethargy, head pains disappeared. My weight had dropped to 10 stone on a 6 foot 2 frame and I ...

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Novak

Posted on February 20, 2014

As I’ve tweeted and Facebook posted before, I’ve been reading “Serve to Win”, a panegyric to gluten free living by Novak Djokovic. It’s a very engaging and interesting text. Djokovic – ironically – was brought up above his parents’ pizza parlour in war torn Sarajevo during the Kosovan war. Not perhaps the ideal base for a dietary epiphany – or maybe adversity shaped his success as a tennis player and his realization that he ...

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$19 billion

Posted on February 19, 2014

photo credit: Jan Persiel via photopin

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Celebrity (gluten free) Juice

Posted on February 19, 2014

I’ve been reading up, as you do, on celebrities who follow a gluten free diet – either through choice or necessity.  Some are perhaps predictable – Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Victoria Beckham - to name but three, but fully fledged coeliacs are a rarer beast. Google did yield some names but their fame as a UK resident eluded me, as most are American sportspeople or news anchors. A tiny memory though was sparked when a friend last year, ...

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Costa del Gluten Free

Posted on February 19, 2014

Last week, I had an urgent collection to make – urgent on my part not the company I was collecting said item from as they’d 'sat on it' metaphorically for 3 weeks. My road trek was only 45 miles – but in Norfolk - so the equivalence in time of walking the Pennine Way. See we have no motorways here – not sure if we’re the only English county without an M road? We do have the A12, A11 and A47, which are sporadically dualled. Some ...

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Shedworking – part two

Posted on February 19, 2014

This is a sequel to the Mini Service story - but unlike most sequels, it could be better. You decide. So I'm at the Mini garage on my Nokia Lumia musing what to do ... Address Binged (really going for the patent now), I set off in the Mini Cooper D, pulling out at a junction forgetting it has as much power from standstill as a moped. Ah but the torque I hear you say. Yes it did do well in gear, but not from stationary much to the disgust of ...

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