The cockroach week

We now have a dead (I hope) cockroach in the freezer.

It was hanging out with some carrots and leeks in the bottom of an organic veg box. The size of a small elephant. The freezer wasn’t our idea but the advice of the veg box company’s resident insect expert (a PhD in moths apparently, but turns her hand to other insects). Cockroaches don’t like the cold and it’s heading off on a journey to London Zoo for identification on Monday. Doc Moth thinks it’s a Periplaneta australasiae from the image I emailed. Rich thinks it’s an American one. Whatever. Whoever. My organic veg box days are over.

ryan5-272Randomly, it’s not the first cockroach of the week. One of LB’s unit dudes had a right old chuckle enjoying people’s responses to strategically placed giant plastic (but very lifelike) cockroaches around the unit midweek. Love him.

Then this evening, I was reading about Mencap’s  latest campaign, Steve and Sam, and was floored to see that Winterbourne View was called a ‘treatment and assessment centre’. I hadn’t picked up on that at the time.

So a further layer of hideousness to what happened there.

Is that possible?

Cockroach week.

Doreen and Sam

I met up with Doreen this morning on the bus to work this morning. Doreen worked for social services for 20 years as an escort and took LB to school for about 2 years five or six years ago. We loved Doreen.  She was sitting with Sam who was on his way to work in the café at Oxford Brookes. It turns out Sam used to go to LB’s school so we did a lot of catching up with different kids from the past.

D: Oh yes, we used to pick up Ben T at Radley Way and then go on to Rose Hill for Sarah H, she was a funny one and then back to Barton for Tom L. Then there was James C…
S: James C? Awww… you’re kidding me! I know James C from Anjali Dance Group.
D: Yeah, James C and then Donna T, do you remember? She was at Saxon House for a while.
S: Donna T? Yes. Oh you’re kidding me! 
[hehehe]
D: And then there was Terry W…
S: Terry W? You’re kidding me!  Oh you’re kidding me right! I know Terry W from Mencap.
D: Terry W yes. I saw him recently in town. He came over and gave me a great big bear hug, as he does. But the person he was with told him off for talking to strangers. He said to her ‘That ain’t no stranger. That’s Doreen’.  I don’t know.  I see ‘em now and they’re all so grown up, but I still got photos of a lot of a lot of ‘em.  Anyway, I’m getting off here. Nice to see you both.
[…]
S: Do you know Joan M?
Me: Yep, I know Joan M. Do you know Danny F?
S: Danny F? You’re kidding me! I know Danny from Mencap.  Mencap.  Terry W. was in town. Why did the carer do that? They were wrong. Terry knew the lady sitting here. He knew her and they were wrong to say ‘don’t talk to strangers’. She wasn’t a stranger. Fucking outrageous. They were wrong. Do you know Daisy?