• 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Quickie Salsa,  R-net,  Uncategorized

    Miles on my Tyres

    I go pretty much everywhere out of the house in my powerchair (the only place I go with any regularity in the manual is sailing).  And I get there in the powerchair.  I don’t as a general rule use taxis as they are difficult to find around here (accessible ones) and expensive. Plus I live very very close to the train station and close to town so it’s not really necessary. On a daily basis I would say I probably do two or three miles in the powerchair as it’s probably somewhere in the region of two miles to do a round trip to town.  I say probably, I’ve never…

  • 2016,  disability,  Paralympics,  Uncategorized

    Yes I Can

    Channel 4 have a released an advert for the upcoming Paralympic Games.  It’s once again based around the “superhumans” concept they used when broadcasting the Paralympics in 2012. I like this advert. I like the way it shows lots of disabled people doing both sport and everyday things like brushing their teeth.  I like how it makes disability both an in your face thing you can’t avoid and a normal thing. I also especially like the fact that signed, subtitled and audio described versions are available making this a really inclusive, accessible advert. That’s fantastic. At the same time I’ve been reading and hearing a lot of things about how…

  • 2016,  Quickie Jive,  Uncategorized

    I Gotta Feeling…

    I was laying in bed this morning thinking about how I should really get up and go to the supermarket. In a minute. Really.  Oh, ok, five more minutes and I’d get up.  Probably. And then my landline rang. Pretty much the only people who call  my landline are my parents.  But the wheelchair supplier had called me on it on Tuesday.  For one miniscule moment I considered letting it go on the grounds that it was mostly likely a cold caller and if was the wheelchair people they’d probably call my mobile next and that was next to me. But what if? I swear I’ve never moved from my…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile

    I’ve decided that I’d like to start keeping a weekly record of what I read again (more than on Goodreads I mean).  I’ve missed doing so.   I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with the reading down my TBR pile title or not because lets be honest it’s hardly making an impact in the pile. Here’s what I’ve read in the last ten days or so. Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson I’ve read a lot of Milly Johnson books and enjoyed them.  But I had taken a break after getting very annoyed about the ending of the last one I read (it was a bit inappropriate, disability…

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

    Promises to Keep

    When I ordered my new powerchair (8th June) I was told it would take between 4 and 6 weeks to come but the manufacturer (Sunrise Medical) had been told it was urgent.  And if I’m completely honest I didn’t believe that was going to make any difference.  But my previous chair was from the same manufacturer and came really quickly so I was hopeful it would be on the sooner end of that estimate. 5 weeks later I asked my supplier if they had any news of when I’d get the chair and if not could they get me an update.  And it turned out Sunrise had decided that my…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Taking One for the Team

    Over the weekend I read A Year of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly.  And although I was mostly unimpressed I’ve been thinking about it ever since. This is a memoir and the basic premise is that one year Judith O’Reilly set herself the challenge of doing one good deed everyday for the whole year. It’s a tricky challenge and I’m not sure it’s one I’d like to take on.  My first thought was I don’t do many good deeds if any.  But then as I read it I started thinking about what I do at CAB and how that would count.  So that would be two days a week covered…

  • 2016,  Uncategorized

    Downloading

    If I could download my brain there would be a new blog entry here tonight. But I can’t and I don’t think writing can do my thoughts justice tonight.  Because one of the problems with blogging is sometimes I write things and I end up feeling like people have read a different blog entry to the one I’ve written.  And then I don’t know if I’ve not managed to make the point I wanted to or I have but people have missed it. A lot of the time that’s interesting because it makes me think about things from a different perspective or see things differently. Sometimes however it’s irritating. Sometimes…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Florence Grace by Tracy Rees

    I received a copy of Florence Grace by Tracy Rees to review as a part of Quercus Summer. Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It’s a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fifteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie’s life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    Wheeling on Broken Glass

    I have solid tyres on my wheelchairs. It’s one of the key things I insist on in a wheelchair. I’ve not had a chair with air tyres since my first year at uni and I’ve never had a powerchair with air tyres.  I know a lot of people aren’t keen on solids and find them uncomfortable but I’ve never noticed any difference between comfort of air or solid tyres. Mentally however it’s huge.  I feel safe with solid tyres and it’s not something I have to worry about. I remember the last time I got a puncture in a wheelchair really clearly.  I was at uni (in my first year)…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Geek Girl: Sunny Side Up by Holly Smale

    I’ve now reviewed so many of the Geek Girl series of books by Holly Smale that I should probably set up a “geek girl” category on my blog.  What can I say? I love them. “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” A brand new summer story from the no. 1 bestselling and award-winning GEEK GIRL series! Harriet Manners knows many facts. And she knows everything there is to know about Paris… except what to do when you’re the hottest new model at Fashion Week. Can Harriet find her je ne sais quoi or will it be sacré bleu! on the runway? Find out in this hilarious…