Entries by Gary JJ Spate

The “new normal” but what was the old normal?

I have been fortunate in my life since moving to Folkestone with my wife in 2013. In between the filming work I have supplemented my income with a few day jobs. These range from being a barista, waiter and more recently duty manager in a theatre. But the past two years have been difficult for a number of reasons.

I kicked cancer’s ass

Today I’m very happy. In October 2019 I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, or more specifically a rare and incurable type called Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma. I underwent six months of chemotherapy and came out the other side in complete remission. Today I am still in remission.

Lockdown Blues Part Three

Here we are in yet another national lockdown. Another period of time being stuck indoors with nothing better to do than twiddle the thumbs and watch endless reruns of The Walking Dead, Z-Nation, Friends, Star Trek and Nashville.

Homesick for Haddock – Why I love Grimsby

I was born and raised in Grimsby. That’s not something most Grimbarians would be proud of saying but I love my hometown even though I no longer live there. Let me explain what’s so great about Grimsby from an exile’s point of view.

I’m keeping my spleen but…

I’m often reminded that if I am to call myself a blogger then I should actually – you know – blog. I’m not a blogger but I do have some news about my spleen and something else.

An indescribable pain

When you find yourself off work, you soon begin to wonder what you can do with your time. I’ve now been off work for fifteen weeks, the worst fifteen weeks of my life!