• 2014,  blogging,  Uncategorized

    8th November

    Today is 8 November 2014. I started sharing my life online 8 November 2000. I was bored that day and remembered this diary thing someone had told me about months before.  I’d written a few entries than abandoned it.  I went back that November day and deleted all of those and started afresh.  I’ve said before that I regret deleting those entries.  And yeah it would be interesting to go back and read them. But my first ever blog entry from the days when they called them online diaries – the one I wrote that November day is still online.  And having gone back to read it I have to…

  • 2014,  advocacy,  blogging,  comedy,  language,  the r word,  theatre,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    Hate isn’t Funny, part two

    To recap: On Wednesday I went to see Omid Djalili do a warm up gig.  I really wish I hadn’t because not only did he used the R word in one of his jokes he also did another which was the most horrendously ableist joke I’ve ever heard.  On Friday I posted a blog about that – Hate Isn’t Funny. This is the last I’m going to say on the matter. That blog post got a lot of attention on twitter and facebook (and in comments here).  It’s also had the most hits of any of my posts on this blog in a very long time (I’ve not seen the…

  • 2014,  blogging,  books and reading,  Thursday Thirteen,  Uncategorized

    Thirteen Reasons Why I Like Book Blogging

    I was going to call this thirteen reasons why I like reviewing books on my blog.  I’d never really stopped to think about why I like it and what it is that makes it a good fit for me but once I did it became obvious I should call it thirteen reasons why I like book blogging.  Because a lot of these reasons are about what I post on my blog but not all of them.  There are a few other reasons come to mind but those are more tenuous and harder to explain without giving them an entry of thier own.  Being that this isn’t just a blog about…

  • 2014,  blogging,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    2014

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the start of a new year and New Years resolutions and such like. I’m not making any. I’m also not setting a focus word for this year. I know that in 2012 my focus word was courage. I can’t remember if I had one for 2013 or what it was. If I had one I didn’t blog it. And if 2014 had one it would be confidence I think. Or maybe write. But I don’t really want to declare anything. I’m trying to be more chilled and not stress myself out unnecessarily. So why set New Years resolutions or focus that I’m unlikely to…

  • 2013,  blogging,  books and reading,  hospital,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You know you’re a book blogger when…

    …you’re people watching outside a hospital whilst on patient transport and most of your thoughts revolve around the people you can see’s reading material. Yup, I had a hospital appt yesterday. and the patient transport took a guy from near where I live to one of the other hospitals in Oxford before taking me to the hospital ten minutes drive away and my appointment at wheelchair services (which, frankly, lets not talk about). So I’m sat in the transport outside the hospital for I’d guess ten minutes. I sort of like to look around and see what’s what. Sometimes ideas come from that for writing. I’m noticing they whoever designed…

  • 2013,  blogging,  books and reading,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    You Know You’re A Book Blogger When…

    …you go to a club (Varsity in Cardiff) as part of your soon to be Sister in Law’s Hen Weekend. And some book shelves on one wall catch your eye. Lots of books there. And as much as you’re enjoying dancing part of you wants to go check the books out, wonders what the deal is (are they just to read there or is it a book crossing thing) and wishes there were enough light to look at them properly. But more than anything you love to dance and don’t get to do it enough so you leave the books and lose yourself in the music. (image shows bookcases in…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  access,  awareness,  blogging,  campaigns,  courage,  CP related,  current affairs,  difficulties,  disability,  disability normal,  disability rights,  freedom,  frustrations,  hopes and dreams,  I want to change the world,  identity,  Uncategorized

    In which I ramble and am grouchy when it comes to “awareness”

    (I was going to title this “why I’m not blogging about CP awareness day” and then I realised that by writing this I pretty much was blogging about CP awareness day just not in the way most people are and that would be a pointless title) So. Word on the street the internet is that 25th March is CP awareness day. i.e. that tomorrow is CP awareness day. Except,  to me, it’s not, really.  It’s national CP awareness day in the US.  I’m not in the US and I sometimes feel like the entirety of the fucking internet resolves around people from the US  and that those of us not…

  • 2013,  blogging,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Days Like These by Kristian and Rachel Anderson

    I received a review copy of Days Like These: a life cut short by cancer, a love that touched the world by Kristian and Rachel Anderson and spent a few hours yesterday morning curled up in bed reading it.  I’d decided that I wanted to read lots in honour of World Book Day and this definitely the right book to choose for that! When Kristian Anderson received the diagnosis that every devoted husband and father fears, he refused to resign himself silently to fate. He began a brave and candid blog as he underwent treatment for cancer: sharing the joy of each small victory, the devastation in every setback, and…

  • 2013,  blogging,  Family,  forwards,  internet,  interwebs,  letter unsent,  me me me,  perceptions,  personal,  perspective,  sharing,  thinking,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    Legacy

    I can’t remember where but a few weeks ago I read something that I’ve been thinking about on and off ever since. It said that in the future our descendants won’t need to employ traditional genalogy techniques to learn about us. Because what they know about us will be from our facebook posts, tweets, and blogs. I like that idea because it means that potentially (should it turn out to be true) it means those in the future will know a lot more about my past then I will tell them. And they’ll know more about me than I do my own ancestors. I knew all of my grandparents and…

  • 2013,  attitudes,  blogging,  campaigns,  CP related,  current affairs,  disability,  disability blogs,  disablism,  freedom,  guest blog,  interwebs,  language,  Paralympics,  political,  press,  ranting,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Disability in the media

    I’m paying a second visit over at Bea Magazine this month.  I wrote about the disability issues which were raised by the news that paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. You can read it here: Disability and the Reeva Steenkamp Murder The coverage of disability in the media has always been problematic but I’m really hoping this might be the beginning of it changing. I suspect that it’s more likely that it will change the way violence against women is covered by the media than disability.  Still I hope. Last year I was asked to speak to the local paper about my…