Lucy’s journalism

A collection of Lucy’s work for the Guardian, ranging from articles on disability to technology to food to Dolly Parton, all written with her trademark fierceness and humour (nearly wrote ‘hummous’ then. Lucy would have approved).

‘Pain is all you know’ – 8 August 2008

‘Sometimes I am asked what would be the first thing I would do if I became completely cured, be it through a medical advance or miracle. I always imagine the same thing. I go shopping, either with my friend Nicky or my sister Sally, and I can finally try on those shoes, or that skirt that won’t reveal bandages any more. I would build up my energy and stamina, and walk everywhere around London. I would take up cooking lessons and some kind of physical activity – swimming, dancing, sumo wrestling, whatever. With a to-do list like that, I am optimistic and hopeful things will heal for real, some day.’

Why can’t the phone makers build handsets for everyone? – 11 October 2007

(She interviewed my dad for this! He was thrilled.)

‘While teenagers may feel left out without a phone, adults who could benefit greatly from mobile services can really suffer.’

Who’s your favourite food face? – 2 July 2009

‘If I was to be the face of a food product, I’d like it to be some snack you just devour without realising, like a large bag of cookies, or crisps that would be called Lucy G’s. Or maybe a nacho-type snack called El Gees …’

Online grocery shopping – you say tomato, we say potato – 13 July 2009

‘One day I took a delivery which should have been a selection of different canapes and other nibbles for a flat-warming. All of these were substituted with over 100 awful cocktail sausage rolls. I could have used them as savoury building blocks.’

The weight gain diet – 22 February 2010

‘Possibly the only people who gain weight joyously are film actors. Gaining 30lbs for a million dollar film role would be preferable than regaining weight lost through chemotherapy or some such.’

Frequent tweeting doesn’t make one a benefit cheat, Nadine Dorries – 1 October 2010

‘Twitter is an absolute lifeline for someone like me; it stops any feelings of isolation. Even when I have my left hand operated on, and it is bandaged and in a sling, I will continue to tweet with one hand.’

Hidden hazards of eating – 11 October 2010

‘I was a child at home in Rotherham in the early 90s, living on a satisfying diet of Alphabites and Trio bars, when a family member returned from a trip to London. They had come back with exotic goodies from the food halls of Harvey Nichols and Harrods…’

The government  is simply bullying disabled people – 15 December 2010

‘The disabled community sometimes face discrimination from bullies who are ignorant and hold attitudes that should have been forgotten years ago, but there are bigger bullies in power who have no clue about the lives of those they are damaging.’

The work capability assessment is a genuine source of anguish – 2 March 2011

‘There is not one disabled person unable to work who would not love to be able, healthy and have the possibility of permanent employment.’

Housing benefit cuts undo a positive move on disability – 27 May 2011

‘Before the election, David Cameron promised to “protect the most vulnerable” – an assurance he has broken.’

A lower minimum wage if you’re disabled? Not acceptable, sorry – 17 June 2011

‘Davies’s attitude stinks of the backward anti-disabled rhetoric that so many have noticed an increase in over the last year. Nobody would think that it is OK to deny someone a job as a result of their sex, race or age, and the same should stand for disabled people, too.’

Is Dolly Parton moving to Rotherham? – 25 July 2011

‘So as a local lass, let me be the first to say “alreight Dolly”, and provide some tips to living in Rotherham.’

Disabled people rely on travel concessions – 7 September 2011

‘Pavements and buildings are not always accessible; to head out to a pub or cafe to meet friends and find huge steps you can’t ascend is like standing at the bottom of a mountain in slippers.’

Disabled people on benefits shouldn’t have to fear being active – 6 December 2011

‘On rare good days, going out and doing things like going to the pub, playing outside with the kids or spending a day out with friends – even in a wheelchair or using crutches – can cause pain and fatigue the next day and beyond.’


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