• 101 in 1001,  2016,  Paralympics,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the small things in life worth mentioning but perhaps not worth an entry of their own I have several part written blog entries and a few others that I’ve thought seriously about but not posted. These may or may not see the light of day. This week is likely to be the last sail of the season.  They’ve not said as much but given how early we’ll have to be off the water I can’t see managing the week after.  I both am and am not ready for the season to be over. I have some exciting plans for the off season For the past few weeks I’ve been…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Monday Music,  Paralympics,  Uncategorized

    Monday Music: True Colors

    Feels like ages since I’ve done one of these Monday Music posts. One of my favourite old songs is True Colours. It’s just a brilliant song with lyrics that call out to me and a melody that gets stuck in my head without fail. I also think its a really encouraging song with its message about being yourself and not hiding away. I’m also really big on disability pride and of our culture as disabled people. Which is why this new version of the song is so fabulous for me. It’s performed by The British Paraorchestra and features several Paralympic athletes and the Kaos Signing Choir (which is a choir…

  • botox,  disability,  friends,  frustrations,  language,  Paralympics,  physio,  serial casting,  spasticity,  Uncategorized

    >Interesting Times

    >Lately I feel like I live in Interesting Times as in the Chinese saying.  It’s certainly been an interesting week. Monday my powerchair broke down with no warning. In the middle of Sainsbury’s car park. In the drizzle. Although luckily it wasn’t raining as such at that point in time. I tried to talk a Sainsbury’s employee through putting my chair into freewheel but he couldn’t do it (whether my instructions weren’t right/clear enough or he didn’t force it hard enough I don’t know) so my plan of getting a taxi back here fell through. I called my parents house on the off chance someone was there not expecting there…