In January 2015, following a routine check by my vigilant GP, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

As a Brit living in Sydney, Australia since 2008, I realised over the following days just how many of my friends and family were scattered across the globe and different timezones.

The Fellowship of the Ringlets was originally just a tremendous pun and the title of a closed Facebook group I created to keep those distant friends and family in the loop and worry-free.

But over 12 months, my little group somehow grew from 80 to 800+ and became a veritable band of brothers, a support team like no other and a true Fellowship in every sense of the word.

Their love, laughter and rallying cries have been the greatest tonic a little ringlet'd cancer-face like me could have wished for.

The following letters, musings, incoherent ramblings and occasional bouts of bad language are for them all.

Welcome to the Fellowship of the Ringlets.

VC x

Friday 13 March 2015


Dear Fellowship, 

Woke up early this morning to this comedy video from ex-Gooner Ian Wright sent to me all the way from London Town by my good pal and northern monkey extraordinaire, Mr Matthew Wilson, co-founder of the magnificent Ball Street Youtube channel. 

Despite my being a Scouser by birth with full Anfield allegiance, this message from the legendary ex-Arsenal man made me laugh out at 6am - no mean feat in the Connerty household!

My favourite line? "Am I being presumptuous?". Yes, Wrighty, yes you are but top marks anyway.

Ringlet in the post to that man!

Cheers to Wrighty and Willo for taking time out of their busy Ball Street schedules to record this is a draughty corridor - both legends! 


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