“Positive about HIV” – feature in Sunday Life

At the end of last month, I met with Sara Girvin, a reporter with The Sunday Life — Sunday newspaper of the year — to talk to her about living with HIV. Sara had contacted me earlier in the month via Twitter suggesting an interview in the future. As before, with the Belfast Telegraph, and Ulster Television, and anyone else really, I am happy to talk about living with HIV. Sara suggested it being   ‘at some stage before Christmas’ and I suggested that we have it leading up to 1 December, which is World AIDS Day.

The Sunday Life unlike its sister daily paper, the Belfast Telegraph, does not have a website. This can only be for the reason that they want us to go out and spend the £1.40 on buying the paper. I do have some sympathy for them, but on occasion it is awkward when trying to get people to read the article. So, that afternoon, Andrew went out and got a copy. Below is a photo of the spread — I did not expect to be across two pages!

Photo of “Positive about HIV” article by Sara Girvin in the Sunday Life 24 Nov 2013.
Photo of “Positive about HIV” article by Sara Girvin in the Sunday Life 24 Nov 2013.

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“Lest we forget”

Over on another of my blogs, I wrote about my thoughts on learning that I did have a male relative who fought in the Great War. Up until last week, I had believed myself to be of a family that didn’t have anyone to have fought. In this belief, I was wrong. But I was wrong in more than one way. You see, I am not just a member of my biological family. No. I am also by virtue of a promise made when I was around ten years old, also a member of the Worldwide family of Scouts. Many, … Continue reading “Lest we forget”

Volunteering with the Scout Association – if I can do it, so can you!

Readers may have begun to wonder if I was ever going to post something more to this blog. It has been a bit far down my priorities in recent weeks. I’ve had a lot to do other than blog on here. Some friends will know that I volunteer with The Scout Association. Since December, I have been working principally with the local Scouts in Bedford, England. Although I live in Belfast, my local role is in based in England. However, thanks to the flexible volunteering policy of The Scout Association, it is perfectly possible for me to carry out the … Continue reading Volunteering with the Scout Association – if I can do it, so can you!