In November 2015, when a woman in a derelict building in west London started a countdown, my heart raced – as I’m sure a print-out from my pacemaker would testify. Kirsty Wark had just emerged from round a corner … read more
Back in March I wrote about the threatened ban on plastic straws. In it I responded to a lot of the questions non-disabled people were asking when disabled people told them they really do need straws. So if you’re … read more
I’ve been on holiday in Spain with Fran for almost a week now. Tomorrow will be our last day and naturally my mind’s started to shift to life back home, particularly the week ahead. When I looked at my support … read more
I’m lying by the pool with the Spanish sun soaking into my body. Fran and I arrived in Mallorca yesterday and we’re here for a week of total rest – writing blog posts is the only work-related activity permitted and … read more
A few weeks ago I went to speak at a National Trust event in Derby, which turned out to be a really interesting experience. Unexpectedly I also got to indulge one of my biggest passions – talking about wheelchairs.
The … read more
I’ve been in bed for about five minutes and my body’s just starting to relax, with my incredibly soft duvet wrapped around me. But just before I slid into bed I had an unexpectedly emotional moment.
I’d been feeling quite … read more
The Internet’s full of distractions, from cute cat videos to nostalgic quizzes.
Last night I saw an alternative pain scale that made me laugh – someone had used works of art to replace the usual 1-10 of pain.
I liked … read more
Last year Leftwing Idiot bought me some lavender spray to help me sleep.
My overnight support workers often spray some on my bed as I settle down to sleep and I often refer to them then as my Lavender Fairies.… read more
I studied drawing at art college and really got into mapping the world around me in various ways. I was particularly interested in how objects, people and spaces connect.
I’ve been in a lot of pain today so I’ve stayed … read more
A few days ago I had a visit from my occupational therapist (OT) and a surveyor from my local Council. They’d come to discuss making my bathroom safer and more accessible.
The surveyor was late and while we waited I … read more