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Time of the moth

Sat 7th Jul 2007 by Ben Palmer.

SuitWhen I went to change for last night's school parents' party, I carefully brushed my suit jacket and then started on the trousers, only to find them full of moth larvae and holes. A cursory inspection of the rest of the rail found another suit and a jacket in the same state. I didn't dare look any further, and hung them on the garden bench.

With a horrible hangover this morning I looked again at the wardrobe. My three suits, two jackets and ten jumpers are now in the bin as they're all riddled with the same holes, larvae and wispy white trails of their devourers.

My morning coat, bought for Jessica's and my wedding, almost eight years ago, is a more recent feast I think, because although spotted with larvae I can't find any major damage. It's now in the deep freeze and will be dry-cleaned next week.

I bought one of the suits to wear to go away after our wedding reception, and have since worn it to Funeral, Inquest, legal conferences, round table settlement meeting and the High Court. It's travelled well with me until now and I'll miss it.

Throwing so much of my wardrobe out has made me think about Jessica's clothes in boxes upstairs. Some has already been sent to charity shops, but the 'most Jessica' of her clothes are still kept, maybe for dressing up boxes, maybe for Emily, maybe just for memories. I'm fearful that they could have been invaded but haven't dared look.

As Harry says, usually when he's in trouble and I'm a grumpy Daddy, "I'm not having a very nice life" today.


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Last man standing

Wed 4th Jul 2007 by Ben Palmer.

I've just been out to dinner with the Mums from Harry's class, and the children's teachers. Another fantastic evening organised by our form Rep, Fiona, with much wine flowing. A fair bit of talk about breastfeeding and standing naked in the women's changing rooms at the gym as well, not that I know much about the latter, of course.

It was nice to be 'thrown out' by the manager and to stand on the pavement with him as he locked up. Curious as to why I had spent the evening with a dozen or so young and beautiful women, he asked me why and so I told him that I was an honorary girl for the night as my wife had died. "Oh, I'm sorry," he said in a thick Italian accent.

Not as sorry as I am - I'm a man and so I had to wait for the last taxi, whose driver didn't want to take the shortest and cheapest route home.


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Yo ho ho

Fri 1st Jun 2007 by Ben Palmer.

We've just tucked into a cheese and bacon quiche, which went down really well. The veg is a bit more of a struggle, particularly with Emily.

While we were staying with Granny Min earlier in the week, Emily developed an addiction to a cartoon version of Treasure Island, watching it back to back as often as she could, and is now fixated with pirates.

Cue scurvy terror stories from Daddy. “The pirates got really ill because they didn't have any vegetables to eat, but we're lucky, we have and broccoli is one of the best vegetables you can eat.”

Harry then told us all about how the pirates drank lots of rum which also made them ill, because “Rum is a fainting drink like wine, isn't that right, Daddy?”

Absolutely. The broccoli's all gone too.


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In chains

Tue 15th May 2007 by Ben Palmer.

I had a really good evening tonight – I met up with an old friend for a drink and some good food in my favourite local pub. I haven't seen her in a couple of years and it was wonderful to be able to pick up where we'd left off and catch up with news of mutual friends.

That aside, she told me some really encouraging news. I sent out an email when I started the petition asking friends and family to sign and forward, and after a few days I wasn't recognising names being added to the list. What I always hoped was that the email would keep on going.

Anyhow, Annabel forwards it to a colleague, who subsequently receives it from two other totally unconnected people. Result!

Then also, a little while ago, there was an email chain from me, to a friend of Jessica's, on to a friend, and another, on to her father (who had already signed) and back to my parents.

That's the success of the campaign, not that I can find x people to sign, but that people are shocked and surprised enough by hearing of a woman's death to want to do something to help.

I read or heard somewhere that everyone in the country is linked to everyone else in the country by a chain of acquaintance of up to twelve people. If that's true, it must be worth taking a moment to email your contacts about a petition to help prevent another mother/wife/daughter/friend's death. Bang, crash, wail.

Emily just fell out of her bed.


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What is childbed fever?

Childbed fever is an infection of the womb in new mothers which can lead to septicaemia. If left untreated infection will cause organ failure and death - even in young, fit mothers.
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We would like every parent and every midwife and doctor to know that childbed fever is still a very real threat to a mother's life.
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Who is Jessica?

Jessica Palmer was a Mum. She died in June 2004, at 34 years old, of childbed fever caused by Group A streptococcus.
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