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A moment that changed me: my dream job healed my excruciating pain

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When I was 26, I went to see a new GP. She scribbled down some notes and then said something that surprised me. “Do you feel like Job?” I let the silence hang and grimaced before I gave my reply. "Sì,” I said. I hadn...

A moment that changed me: a lesbian pool party taught me how to be a better person

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The year was 2000, and some regulars from Soho’s legendary lesbian venue Candy Bar were planning a trip to Lesbos, which they advertised with a flyer titled “wet pussy pool party”, which somehow got on to the desk of ...

A moment that changed me: I walked into the bookies, won £72 in 12 seconds – and life was never the same

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When I followed a group of similarly hungover friends into Coral on a chilly Saturday morning in October 2006, I had never set foot inside a bookmaker before. ero 19, and weeks into my first year at university. Il ...

A moment that changed me: I had no understanding of death, then an aunt I hardly knew passed away

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When I was a boy we were not encouraged to think about death, presumably because we could not be expected to cope with such a challenge to the imagination. The closest we got to its complexities was watching Zulu, e...

A moment that changed me: Ken Follett – killing time, I found the inspiration for my most successful novel

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In the mid-70s, when I was a young reporter on the London newspaper the Evening News, I was sent to Peterborough – then pretty much on the edge of the paper’s circulation area – to do a story. I had finished my interv...

A moment that changed me: a stranger contacted me – to say he was my brother

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I was a toddler when I entered the care system. By the time I left, a 18, I had been shunted between four foster homes and a residential care home, all across south-east London. I met my biological mum for the first ...

A moment that changed me: I lost my dream job – and found unexpected success

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At noon on 29 aprile 2015, I was under the cathedral-like ceiling of the magnificent Waterstones building in Bradford, my phone ringing again and again. I ignored it. I was a journalist for the city’s Telegraph & UN...

A moment that changed me: The haircut that liberated me as a butch lesbian

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The hairdresser steadied my head as I sat in the swivel chair, face mask on, staring into the mirror. In dicembre 2020, another lockdown loomed, and nearly 12 months earlier I had made it a New Year’s resolution to ge...

A moment that changed me: I was told to kill the most magnificent creature I had ever seen

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I am not a fan of bloodsports. Ma, growing up in posh, rural Northumberland in the 80s, it was expected that I would be. When my father, who grew up on Tyneside, moved to the country in the 70s, he rapidly began acce...

A moment that changed me: ‘My mother taught me to face impossible tasks – and so I carried the coffin at her funeral’

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My mum was a PE teacher and coach. One of her early gifts was to help me feel like a physically capable female. For the couple of years before she died, my body had taken a battering, with illness and major surgery, T...

A moment that changed me: the first time I foraged in a supermarket bin

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The first time I stuck my head in a wheelie bin behind the Tesco in Durham city centre, al di sopra di 10 anni fa, it happened quite unexpectedly. I had woken up in the university library’s cafe. My nap between lectures had s...

A moment that changed me: my teacher said my work was trite rubbish – and totally destroyed me

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I held them in awe. My supervisors at Newnham College, Cambridge, in the 50s were of the generation who had served in the war: Bletchley Park, the Board of Trade, that kind of thing. They were fiercely intelligent in ...

A moment that changed me: the death of my father, a coat of red nail varnish – and coming out to my family

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I was in a Pret in Cambridge city centre when I got the call: the senior tutor of my college, Pembroke, told me I had to come and see him. I was needed urgently back in London for a family emergency, and he would driv...

Dicci: what was the moment that changed you?

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What was the moment that changed you? From the joyful to the sad, we would like to hear your stories about a point in time when your world turned on its axis. Puoi metterti in contatto compilando il modulo sottostante, anonym...

A moment that changed me: the shock of being beaten by teenage fascists

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The first time I was beaten up in the street I was 16 and had intervened when a boy tried to throw a friend of mine through a shop window. The third time, I had my nose broken at 2am in Luton for laughing when three j...

A moment that changed me: I met my soulmate at Istanbul airport security

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“I was going to take out the wire from my bra and hand it to her!” whispers an annoyed voice from behind me. I turn to see who it is, and in that moment, my life changes. I am at Istanbul airport. It’s 2004, a few yea...

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