The results

The results from my third study are in and I’m working my way through them. Unfortunately, several people have chosen to lie and deliberately skew the results! One of the first questions was “Do you have a diagnosis of ASC/autism/asperger’s?” and surprisingly the majority of people clicked yes. But upon closer inspection, many are lying. […]

The deadline

I need to stop data collection next week, 14th October. Last time I checked I wasn’t even half way to my target so this is my last shout out for participants… If you want to be involved in a study to investigate age of, recency of and self-diagnosis of autism, please spare 10 minutes to […]

The migraines

Less than 10 years ago I had a reasonably fruitful career in venue management (and other things). I like to think I was the Female British Jon Taffer (from Bar Rescue, a less sweary Gordon Ramsey), but better! I’m not sure when the first migraine happened but it was either when I was managing a […]

The ‘support’ groups

Regular readers (if I have any) will probably be aware that I’m trying to recruit loads of people very quickly for my research masters. This basically involves joining loads of Facebook groups and reading their rules to establish if it’s ok to post an advert/link to my survey. The majority don’t even mention it so […]

The complaint

I got an email an hour or so ago. I was making lunch so just heard the email notification noise coming from my laptop in the front room. I ate my lunch/breakfast, an egg mayo sandwich on nice fresh (2 days ago) bread. Then as Moomin the cat came to inhale my bread crumbs (he […]

The conferences pt3

Part 3 and ironically (for me and my fixation with the number) the worst! Today is the start of a conference for autistic women and girls where, yes, you’ve guessed it, most speakers are either not autistic or not women, or both! So today’s treat is being told about being an autistic woman by a […]

R.I.P. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

One of the first famous people I had the pleasure of working with has passed away at the respectable age of 85. He outlived the promoters of the biggest gig ever at the Manchester Bierkeller, hell, they all outlived the venue! We had about 800 people rammed into the 360 capacity underground club (allegedly!) so […]

The drama continues…

The hashtag ActuallyAutistic has been trending since yesterday and whilst this makes me feel a bit warm inside, it’s just because of this stupid Spectrum 10K thing. I have my own problems with it, as described yesterday, but others have eloquently expressed other issues, including a link to Autism $peaks, famous autism hate group. Here’s […]

The Spectrum 10K

Yes, of course I have views on this! If you’re lucky enough to have missed this weeks controversy, some people are asking for 10 thousand samples of autistic dna. I’m not going to link to it because I don’t agree with what they are doing (well about 33% of me agrees with the theory) but […]

A bad time to be a woman

I’m taking a bit of a diversion from the usual research theme of this blog to share a few thoughts on the state of the world. A few months ago a woman was killed by a policeman not far from where I live. A few weeks ago news breaks that Scarlett Johansson was suing Disney […]


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