• 2016,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    It’s not what you say

    As a wheelchair user there are certain comments, questions, and even jokes about my disability and/or being a wheelchair user that I hear often.  And that’s sort of OK.  I’m used to it and over being bothered by them in most cases. People (strangers) will ask why I’m in a wheelchair, have I been disabled long, that sort of thing.  Sometimes I answer, sometimes I ask why they want to know.  That usually depends on whether they take me by surprise or not and how feisty and argumentative I’m feeling. And answers to my replying “Why do you want to know?” tend to be interesting too. But this week I’ve…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley

    I received a free copy of Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley as part of  Quercus Summer. Cuba, 1958. Elisa is only sixteen years old when she meets Duardo and she knows he’s the love of her life from the moment they first dance the rumba together in downtown Havana. But Duardo is a rebel, determined to fight in Castro’s army, and Elisa is forced to leave behind her homeland and rebuild her life in distant England. But how can she stop longing for the warmth of Havana, when the music of the rumba still calls to her? England, 2012. Grace has a troubled relationship with her father, whom…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    Fake

    As I wrote a few days ago, I’m getting a new powerchair.  I was very upset when I first discovered I needed a new one but then I made a conscious decision to see that as a good thing. I’m getting a bit sick of telling people this story but it’s important background to something else I want to write so I’ll share it here. The last Bank Holiday weekend my footplate on the powerchair broke.  For as much as I’m always breaking the damn things on the manual chair (see also: “designed to break” and file it under bullshit excuses) I’ve never broken one on the powerchair.  I don’t…

  • 2016,  jazzy,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    Any Colour You Want (As Long As It’s Black)

    I am, unexpectedly, getting a new powerchair.  The reasons behind that are long and irritating and frankly I’ll get to them in another entry tomorrow. One of the really good things about getting a new powerchair is something I think some people outside of my immediate family are having trouble understanding. I got to choose the colour.  I’m excited about that.  My Quickie Salsa M (most recent powerchair) was red with silver swing away footplates because that was the only colour it’s available in. It’s a nice red but I wouldn’t have chosen it.  My Jazzy 1121 (powerchair before that) was technically second hand so I got the green the…

  • 2016,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Challenger Oxford Regatta 2016

    The last weekend in May was the Challenger Class Association Oxford Regatta. And this year the Oxford regatta was also the English National Championships. For various reasons I stopped attending any of the regattas other than the Oxford one a few years ago. Part of me would like to go to more of them but it was definitely the right decision.  This year I very nearly didn’t take part in the Oxford regatta either but I’m so glad I did, I had a brilliant time. I’ve written in previous years about the difficulties I face with regattas – I’ve struggled a lot first with being able to sail so many…