What I’ve Missed Most 
Annette


4th October 2020

A podiatrist service
It’s the thing I miss most actually. They rang me up and said my next appointment was cancelled. I asked them why and they suggested I file my nails my myself. I explained, it’s very hard for me to make repetitive movements, it’s generally one of the things I find hardest. They then said I should ask a family member, but I don’t have any family members living nearby. I have one in New Zealand. I’m sure that would make a marvellous cartoon, somebody reaching over the continents with a pair of clippers!

Going to the hair dressers
I don’t have much hair, but I’m looking forward to my £9 haircut.

Annette’s hairdressers, Walkincuts, on Chapel Market, Islington

Art exhibitions
Luckily I managed to go to an exhibition at the Tate Britain just before the coronavirus took over. Apart from the works that made Andy Warhol famous, I don’t really like much of his stuff, so I’m not too bothered about his exhibition. I used love going to the Barbican. Last time I was there I saw some amazing photographic work by Dorothea Lange of the Great Depression. There was a photograph of a woman with a torn skirt and two children poking through the holes. The description said “she is a tree of life to them”. Isn’t that marvellous. It’s stayed with me that image.

Not being able to just go to where you like
We took it for granted didn’t we, I mean I have taken it for granted for years. I’ve had time to go to lots of stuff but I haven't always felt like it.

Dorothea Lange’s Politics Of Seeing at Barbican Art Gallery. Photograph by Ian Gavan/Getty Images

The theatre
I actually used to volunteer at the Almeida Theater in Islington, and then I developed fibromyalgia and had to give up working. I didn’t know it was called fibromyalgia and I wasn’t diagnosed until this century. For years I was told I was lazy and lacked motivation. Even people I knew and regarded as friends said “wouldn't you feel better if you got a little part-time job”. I tried to continue at the Almeida for as long as I could, but I started to make mistakes with money and I thought I can’t do this anymore. Concentration is the thing that’s most affected. I haven’t worked since the 1980s, but I’ve worked for most of my life. I was pushed out to work when I was 15, as most working-class people were.

The Almeida Theatre on Almeida Street, Islington
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