• books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >Past Caring by Robert Goddard

    > (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 Past Caring by Robert Goddard to review by Transworld as a part of their Great Crime Caper This is what Amazon has to say about it (which is also pretty much word for word what’s on the back cover1910: Distinguished MP Edwin Strafford resigns at the pinnacle of his career,…

  • 101 in 1001,  Family,  sailing,  shopping,  Uncategorized

    >101 in 1001 – Item 13…

    > Buy a new more appropriate life jacket …has been completed! I’d been meaning to get a new lifejacket for ages – since I wrote this list in fact.  And I’d been planning to ask my Dad if he could take me somewhere to look for one for the past few weeks but then it was a case of never remembering when I saw or spoke to him. Then I went to Reading shopping last week I went into Clas Ohlson which is an interesting shop which sells a wide and in my opinion slightly weird variety of things.  I’d wanted a quick look at the kitchen stuff but had…

  • CP related,  disability blog carnival,  jazzy,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >Milestones – The 75TH Disability Blog Carnival!

    >Welcome to the 75th Disability Blog Carnival!  I chose the theme Milestones based solely on the fact that 75 seems to be a huge number! I have to say I didn’t realise when I chose the theme that the day of the carnival would be a bit of a milestone day for me.  And yet the sort of milestone that only another crip can truly understand the meaning of. My powerchair broke down almost four weeks ago.  It’s been a long and complicated road to getting it working again.  And it’s been really hard.  Today it returned home, cleaned, with new tires and with the fault fixed.  I’ve been treating…

  • disability,  down,  Family,  fluoxetine,  friends,  jazzy,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >I’ve Had Enough

    > It’s three and a half weeks since my powerchair broke down.   And I’ve done relatively well since then.  I’m proud of how well I’ve done in fact.  I’ve done more wheeling in my manual chair than I probably have in years.  Admittedly I was in a lot of pain for two days after with a very sore neck and achy shoulders but doing so felt good. And the tears have only fallen once (although they came close to coming again this morning.).  A big part of that is probably my antidepressant – but that’s why I take it and a big proof that it’s working. Wheelchair repairs taking…

  • DLA,  jazzy,  naidex,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >Updatey Updateness on the Powerchair Armageddon Situation.

    >I heard from the wheelchair engineers first thing this morning.  They’ve made some adjustments my chair and got it working again by bending some frayed wires and reconnecting them (I think) but asked if I wanted the piece properly replacing.  Baring in mind that they said “it could last a week or it could last six months” and the replacement part is much less than anticipated (as its a different part to the worst case scenario part they thought and told me about) I told them to go ahead and replace it.  They’ve also managed to get the freewheel working again – it was just disconnected or had worked I…

  • films,  jazzy,  memories,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >Disassemble

    >My powerchair was picked up this morning to be taken to the workshop.  They’re going to take it to pieces and try and work out what’s going on.  Something was mentioned this morning about hooking it up to a computer or some such but I don’t know anything about that.  I don’t know how long it’ll be gone because it depends if it needs parts (which we think it probably will) and I’ve also asked them to replace the tyres while they have it.  Even more expense but better to do it all in one hit. One of my favourite films as a child was Short Circuit.  There’s a totally…

  • 101 in 1001,  disability,  The Flat,  Uncategorized

    >101 in 1001 – Item 82…

    > Sort out my sofa so I can use it more …has been completed! Actually it’s been completed since part way through January, I am nothing if not consistent when it comes to blogging these things!  No idea why it’s taken me so long to blog another completed goal but it has.  Catching up on my planned and half finished blogs is an aim for the next few days as I’m powerchair less and not getting out often. I never used to sit on my sofa very often because I found it hard to get up and down from it due to the height of it.  Part of that is due to…

  • disability,  Family,  friends,  jazzy,  powerchair,  Uncategorized

    >A Broken Powerchair and The Big Society

    >My powerchair has an intermittant fault.  It broke down Sunday last week and stranded me in the middle of Oxford. It was working again after a while so the next day I went to the pool in it.  It broke down again in the changing room at the pool.  Then it started working again and on the advice of the wheelchair engineers I kept using it (although I didn’t go out for a few days) as it needed to happen again before it could be fixed.  This Monday it broke down again in CAB and we couldn’t even freewheel it so I had to leave it there.  The repair guy…

  • campaigns,  disability,  The Broken of Britain,  Uncategorized

    >Left Out In The Cold Press Release

    > On the eve of the second reading of the government’s controversial Welfare Reform Bill, on 9 March, disabled activist Kaliya Franklin stripped off to demonstrate what the result would be for disabled people across the UK if disability benefits are slashed to the bare minimum. The photo shoot depicts a naked Franklin lying on the sand on a wintry beach, next to her empty wheelchair. “I was absolutely frozen when I took my clothes off for the photo shoot,” says Franklin, “but it was nothing like as cold I and other disabled people will be if the government removes our essential benefits.” The Left Out In The Cold awareness-raising campaign is…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett

    > I thought a book review would be apt given that today is World Book Day (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 Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett to review by Transworld as a part of their Great Crime Caper This is the blurb from the back cover (helpfully provided from Amazon) Three years ago, forensics…