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    >It’s a kind of magic…

    >We popped into Borders in the Bullring on Saturday for a brief mooch as we had some time to kill and two of the three of us are big big readers. Shockingly enough I bought no books. As a result I am now having withdrawal symptoms due to the lack of brand new books in my life. Although I do still have a lot of books I’ve not read. Paul Daniels was in there doing some kind of demonstration thing for a few hours. It basically seemed to be to promote some kids books (I believe he wasn’t the writer but was just promoting them) and he was at a…

  • food,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >Day 1

    >So many people who are reading this are going to think I’m just saying this and don’t actually mean it. Especially with my track record. But here it is. I’m trying to lose weight again. Or rather, not trying but going to do it this time. Starting today. And I’ve already had cereal and a smoothie for breakfast this morning. I never normally eat breakfast so that’s gotta be a good start, right? Or at least the nurse keeps going on at me about how I should eat breakfast. Anyway I’m hoping to eat breakfast everyday and cut down on my snacking as well as my portion size of my…

  • friends,  musicals,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    >We Will Rock You

    >I went to Birmingham to see We Will Rock You for a second time yesterday. This time I met up with two of my other uni friends – ones I hadn’t seen since June 2006! It really was much too long but thankfully it wasn’t arkward as it can be with old friends after a long break. I really am very lucky that I have several very good friends I can go months or years without seeing and then have it be as if no time at all has passed. We’ve agreed not to leave it so long this time and will probably meet up for a days shopping in…

  • Family,  Uncategorized

    >How Bizarre

    >I got stung by a wasp or a bee for the first time every yesterday. Was sitting outside and messing with my hair when something landed on my hand and I tried to shake it off. Ouch. Don’t know what it was but it bloody hurt. Still does when I get it wet. Bizarrely, my sister also got stung for the first time ever yesterday too. (and no, we weren’t together at the time!) And both of us on the left hand Clearly we were both jealous of our brother who also got stung for the first time ever earlier in the summer (and has since had a second sting…

  • disability,  language,  perceptions,  Uncategorized

    >”adverse medical conditions”

    >Outside the supermarket earlier there was a guy collecting money for a charity providing days out for kids. I forget the name which I’m annoyed about because I had intended to e-mail them about their ableist language on the board they had up. The conditions of the children they help include, in this order: Cancer, Leukaemia, Cerebral Palsy, The deaf and blind, terminal illnesses and other adverse medical conditions. This is their wording, not mine. So first I was a bit like “cancer, leukaemia, CP??!” I don’t know why but it just struck me as a strange list. Two serious life threatening illnesses, a touch of CP, two other disabilities…

  • friends,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    >*shakes head*

    >This is one of those things that I want to share but borderline crosses my “don’t blog about people you know in a way they could be identified and upset” rule for myself. But here goes. I saw someone in town earlier today. They were catching me up on various people we both know. And they told me that a guy we both vaguely knew (only really to say hi too) but hadn’t seen for a long time had died a while back. Very sad but I think from what she said it was expected. I believe it was months ago. He had downs syndrome and belonged to a group…

  • friends,  Save DLA,  Uncategorized

    >Pleased

    >I just looked at the Save DLA petition I linked to in my previous entry. It has approx 780 signatures. Which is really pleasing. What I’m even more pleased about is the six or names I saw on there (I counted six I think but two others told me they had done it and I definitely don’t remember seeing their names) who were people I had passed on the petition too. I’d be even even more pleased if every single person I told about it signed but I’ll take this for a start. Six people out of 20 or so is a huge proportion. So happy that my friends care…

  • disability,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    >Power

    > I just refound this quote and thought I would share it here because 1) I love it and 2) it was something I needed to read tonight. Not only do physically disabled people have experiences which are not available to the able-bodied, they are in a better position to transcend cultural mythologies about the body, because they cannot do things the able-bodied feel they must do in order to be happy, ‘normal,’ and sane….If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place. ~ Susan Wendell,author of The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability All content copyright Emma Crees,…

  • disability,  Save DLA,  Uncategorized

    >Save DLA

    >I don’t normally copy and paste e-mails directly into my blog but this is important: Hi All, Sorry for the mass e-mail but as some of you will know the government is currently undertaking a 100 day consultation into different ways that social care could be funded in the future. And one of the proposals is that Attendance Allowance (and the care component of DLA – attendance allowance is DLA care for over 65’s) could be scrapped. Instead the money would go to social services as personal budgets for each person who is eligible and social workers would have the say in what the money could or couldn’t be used…

  • access,  disability,  Uncategorized

    >The Problem with Pubs

    >The problem with the pubs around here I have found is the access. And in the last two weeks that’s led to some interesting happenings. I went to one pub the week before last for drinks with the creative writers. There were only three of us there and it was fun. It was only the second time I’ve been there; the main entrance doesn’t have access but last year (I think) it was refurbished and there is now access through a side gate into the garden bit and then ramped access into the pub. They have a disabled loo and it’s all good. (side note: the lack of the disabled…