• comedy,  disability,  disablism,  Uncategorized,  violence against disabled people

    >Comedians and Disablist Jokes

    >At the gig I went to tonight the headline comedian (Milton Jones) made a joke about people faking disabilities to get benefits. Which as you might imagine ruined my enjoyable of the rest of the show. I’m not going to share the joke here because I don’t want to give it “air time”. However I’ve since found an e-mail address for him and have let him know my thoughts on the matter. As it’s a subject which I don’t think gets the attention it should (Ricky Gervais, Frankie Boyle and Jim Davidson all being well known for doing the same but still popular) I thought I would share the e-mail…

  • reviews,  swagbucks,  Uncategorized

    >Swagbucks

    >Since November time last year I’ve been using Swagbucks.  It’s a great site where you can earn reward points for doing basic stuff like searching the web, playing games, taking surveys and watching videos.  You can also earn them using certain other websites if you go through Swagbucks first.  These reward points or swagbucks can be cashed in for free stuff including £5 Amazon vouchers.  Since I’ve been using Swagbucks I’ve had two £5 giftcards and almost have enough to order a third – hopefully by the end of the weekend.  It’s a great treat for those of us who are on benefits or who are trying to make the…

  • disability blog carnival,  Uncategorized

    >I’m going to be hosting the 75th Disability Blog Carnival

    >I’m going to be hosting the next edition of the Disability Blog Carnival.  That will be the 75th one and so I’ve chosen the theme of Milestones.  I am especially pleased to have the 75th as I also hosted the 50th! Entries can be left in the comments here or sent to me via e-mail ejcrees AT googlemail DOT com please put DBC or some such in the subject so I know you’re not spamming me! The carnival will take place on 25th March and it would be great if people could get entries to me by the 23rd although I’ll try and include ones received after that date. If…

  • Disability Now,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  success stories,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >I am A Writer In A Wheelchair and In Print (Again)

    >I have an article in this months Disability Now! It’s called Triumph Over Cuts Tragedy and it’s about the One Month Before Heartbreak campaign.  Mostly about the sense of friendship and community we managed to build.  To me that’s probably more important that what we did fighting the cuts. Please comment and let me know what you think of it – I love getting feedback and it’s all really useful. Finally, I’d just like to take this opportunity one more time to send huge huge thanks to everyone who took time to write, tweet, video, comment, facebook and so many other things as a part of One Month Before Heartbreak.…

  • CP related,  depression,  disability,  DLA,  Family,  incontinence,  my flat,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >My submission to the consultation on DLA reform

    > I am lifelong disabled. Always have been and always will be.  Specifically I have cerebral palsy (CP) and use a wheelchair 95% of the time.  I’m able to stand and take a couple of steps, enough solely to move between bed, wheelchair, toilet, powerchair etc.  I also have clinical depression and anxiety.  This was not caused by my physical disability but is made much worse by it.  I was diagnosed with this in 2003 and have been on treatment for it almost continually since then.  I have many concerns about DLA reform. As someone who is lifelong disabled I’ve been in receipt of DLA at the rate of Middle…

  • disability,  disability hate crimes,  scope,  Uncategorized

    >You Can Hate Me But You Won’t Break Me

    >First of all, I am only sharing this story because I think it needs to be shared.  I don’t want you to feel sorry for me and I don’t want to blow it out of proportion. As I was coming along the main road (on the path, obviously) this afternoon in my powerchair a guy in a van leaned out of his fully open window, looked right at me and yelled something at me.  The only word I heard clearly was “chair” But I think it was “walk not wheelchair.” Not very nice.  At all.  And yet I’m luckier than Incurable Hippie who had a much more scary experience last…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >The Accident Man by Tom Cain

    > (image description) it says “The Great Transworld Crime Caper” The T in transworld is bigger and blue, the rest of the text is black.  There is a magnifying glass over the T, yellow “crime scene do not cross” tape across the entire logo and a gun with blood splatters in the top right of the image. I was given a copy of The Accident Man by Tom Cain to review by Transworld as a part of their Great Crime Caper The Accident Man is a “what if?” tale based around the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.  This is what Amazon has to say about it 12.19am A Mercedes leaves the…

  • Life,  Uncategorized

    >Things that have…

    >Annoyed me lately (a like incomplete list) Burning my tongue on hot lasagne at the CAB social last night. Oww it’s still kinda sore now Driving my powerchair into a lamppost earlier today.  I’m fine.  So is my chair.  But seriously, WTF?! I never do that! People who put a capital A in the words disabled, disability, disablism etc.  So very annoying and patronising.  I’m disabled, it is what is is and lets not pretend otherwise or try to put an unnecessary PC twist on it. Likewise, those who use the terms, “different abled” or “less able”  I’ve never heard anyone outside of Glee use the term “handi-capable” or otherwise…

  • access,  photos,  Uncategorized

    >Accessibility at Center Parcs Part 1 – The Villa

    >I spent last weekend (Friday – Monday) at Center Parcs, Longleat Forest.  I’ve been to Center Parcs loads of times but it had been about 12 years since I last went to Longleat.  Center Parcs are great at access.  They don’t get it all right and there were some very obvious frustrations and places where I thought they could do better. They provide some very detailed accessibility information (in a series of PDFs) on their website and I thought I would blog (with photos) about how I found it.  I’m splitting this into more than one entry for length. We stayed in a 2 bedroom “Comfort Plus” villa.  This is…

  • books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >I’m an accessory in The Great Transworld Crime Caper!

    >Transworld are currently running A Crime Caper.  They will give you three crime books of your choice (from a set list) for free and all you have to do is read them, hopefully enjoy them and then review them (either on your blog or on amazon).  As soon as you finish one, let them know and they’ll send you the next.  More information on Transworld’s Crime Caper is on their blog.  I believe they are still accepting entrants, just comment on that linked blog entry. (image description) it says “The Great Transworld Crime Caper” The T in transworld is bigger and blue, the rest of the text is black.  There is…