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Coldplay at Wembley

25 August 2022 at 08:09

Coldplay are currently on a world tour, and they played several shows in London at Wembley Stadium. I went to the gig on 20 August – which was brilliant – and in this post, I will tell you all about it. I couldn’t get tickets for an accessible space when I tried to book them because, unsurprisingly, no one answered the β€œaccessible” phoneline. So rather than miss out. I bought some standing tickets instead. At least it would get me inside the stadium, and I could work something out there. Everything turned out all right in the end, though. We

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Leeds Castle Concert Accessibility Review

9 August 2022 at 06:16

This is an accessibility review of the 2022 Leeds Castle concert. Leeds Castle is one of the loveliest castles in the UK. No, it’s nothing to do with Leeds in Yorkshire. This one’s in Kent. The castle is built on an island in the middle of a lake, surrounded by beautiful grounds full of trees and flowers. The grounds host a concert every year, so as I was staying in the county for the week, I decided to go. Performers Performing was the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who obviously plays classical music. But beforehand, a swing orchestra called Down for the

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Fund to help disabled people in Ukraine

25 February 2022 at 17:55

A Ukrainian NGO called Fight for Right fights for the rights of disabled people in Ukraine. They have a crisis fund to help disabled people in Ukraine that you should donate to. Click here to go to the donation page Here’s what the creator of the go fund me page said: β€œIn the midst of the mounting conflict in Ukraine, activists with disabilities in Ukraine are attempting to coordinate accessible shelter, evacuations, and emergency services. Please consider donating in this time of immense need. Funds will be transferred directly to a Ukrainian NGO ( Fight for Right NGO) focused on

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Amazon Echo Show 8 Review

18 February 2022 at 13:33

I have had an Amazon echo first-generation (which I reviewed in 2017) for probably about 5 years. So last month, I decided it was time for an upgrade. I traded in the old echo for the Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st gen) and this is my review of it. Price I traded in my old echo for the Echo show 8. Under Amazon’s trade-in scheme, when you trade in an old echo device, you get 25% off another qualifying echo device and a Β£20 voucher. This depends on the condition of your trade-in. My old echo was in good condition

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Caswell Bay, Swansea – Accessibility review

17 September 2021 at 12:27

An accessibility review for Caswell Bay in Wales, which is a great place for disabled people to visit.

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Apeman H40 Trail Camera Review

5 September 2021 at 12:12

Recently, I set up a wildlife camera to try and see what animals come into my garden at night. I bought an Apeman H40 trail camera which has night vision capabilities and is motion activated. I placed it next to the hedge to try and catch things that came through from the field next door. Apeman H40 trail camera Review The H40 has a 20-megapixel camera and the clarity of the video recorded could be better. It’s not crystal clear but it’s good enough so that you can see what has triggered the sensor. You can set the camera to

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Poor accessibility at Specsavers, Lincoln

13 July 2021 at 13:50

Recently I went to my local Specsavers in Lincoln for an eye test, and I was not impressed with the accessibility of the shop. To start with, they only have one accessible treatment room, which is on the ground floor. Everyone else has to go upstairs. So because there is only one accessible treatment room, there is usually a lot of competition to book an appointment. They only make appointments for the room on Mondays for some reason. I had to book the appointment about a month in advance because it was booked up. Before I saw the optician, one

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What Will AR Glasses Do for Disabled People?

30 June 2021 at 13:36

If you follow the world of consumer tech at all, you know that the race for augmented reality (AR) glasses is on. Apple, Google, and Facebook are pressing forward in the development of these devices; Samsung and Snap seem to be just behind; and there will be independent companies and other mobile competitors getting in on the action as well. The race in this category is naturally about commercial appeal and the potential for popular applications. There is a great deal of talk already about what games could be played via AR glasses, or how such devices could improve day-to-day

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Attending the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley

2 June 2021 at 14:30

This past weekend I went to Wembley to watch Lincoln City (my team) play Blackpool in the league one play-off final. It was a big match as the winners would be promoted to the championship, and obviously, for both teams, that would be a big deal. But for Lincoln, it’s more significant because four years ago, we were in the National League and Blackpool were in the premiership. So we’ve come a long way in the last four years. Unfortunately, we lost 2-1, which was disappointing. But it was a good experience going to London to see the national stadium

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10 Things To Do In Second Life

21 April 2021 at 13:44

Life can be hard sometimes. You don’t need me to tell you that. It’s been blindingly obvious over the last year or so. Sometimes you just want to escape life and be someone else for a while. But how? Well, one option is Second Life. If you not familiar with Second Life, it is an online virtual world where every user has their own 3D avatar. You can then interact with other users from all over the world and the virtual environment. You can chat with people, play, fight, dance, even have virtual sex. As the world is built mainly

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Accessibility Review

5 April 2021 at 12:56

As we all know, going on a plane if you are disabled is not always straightforward. Wheelchair users have to get out of their chair and into a plane seat, the wheelchair may then be lost or damaged, and support may not turn up. In any case, I have not been able to go abroad anywhere last year or this year for obvious reasons, and I don’t know when I will be able to again. So I decided to try the next best thing: Microsoft Flight Simulator. Microsoft flight simulator is a PC game where you can fly all sorts

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A Quadriplegic’s Experience of Getting the Covid Vaccine

12 March 2021 at 09:44

On Monday, 8 March, I had my first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. To get it, I had to go to a GP’s surgery in a nearby village. We parked outside and then went in a back door where a one-way system was operating through the practice. I had my jab in the doctor’s office, and then I went back home. Everyone was wearing masks, and it was pretty efficient and well organised. I’m going to talk about my experience of having the jab so that maybe other people can know what to expect or to reassure those in

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Strabismus: What It Is And What To Do About It

3 March 2021 at 12:25

You know how your eyes are supposed to point in the same direction? Yeah, mine don’t always do that. It’s called strabismus. I have not had an official diagnosis, but that is the conclusion I have come to after doing some googling. Sidenote: I actually use Bing as a search engine, but β€œgoogling” is a better term than β€œbinging.” In this post, I will share with you what I have discovered from my research and talk a bit about my own experience of having eyes that don’t always do what they’re told. Firstly, what is strabismus? Strabismus, or a squint,

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When will I get the vaccine?

18 February 2021 at 13:35

I got a letter the other day about the Covid vaccine. However, it wasn’t forme; it was for my PA. I have 2 PAs, and both have received letters saying they could get thevaccine. One of them has had his first dose, but the other hasn’t had it yet. The PA who hasn’t had the jab yet lives in Wales, so this complicated matters as only care workers registered with a GP in England can book a Covid vaccination. So I think that he will be getting his vaccination sometime when he goes back to Wales. I haven’t heard anything

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Could Neural Interface Devices Help Disabled People?

27 January 2021 at 12:34

I am currently reading Ready Player Two, the sequel to the New York Times bestselling sci-fi novel Ready Player One. You might have seen the film of it which was released in 2019, back in the good old days when we used to be able to go to cinemas. If you are not familiar with the books or the film, it’s set about 20 years from now when most people spend most of their time in a virtual reality simulation called the Oasis. The real world is falling apart with environmental and economic disasters, so people prefer the virtual world.

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How Virtual Reality Technology Can Help Disabled People

4 January 2021 at 10:23

The following is a guest post by Sienna Fisher about how virtual reality technology can help disabled people β€œLife is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.” This is the opening line of the book β€œThe Less Travelled Road” by Scott Peck. When I first read this back in my senior year in high school, I felt a great relief in my heart. Sometimes we forget that everyone else is having their own battle. At that point in my life, it was essential for me to embrace and remember myself this fact. A few months apart

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Welcome to 2021

1 January 2021 at 08:49

Finally, 2020 is behind us. The year that was a constant shower of shit. via GIPHY For me there was quite a lot of stress throughout the year for obvious reasons. It’s not been an enjoyable year by any means and it’s definitely not one I will look back on fondly. But I don’t think we will forget it in a hurry. I hope that our leaders learn from it to try and prepare better for the next pandemic. We have vaccines now which are being rolled out – one from Pfizer/bioNtech, and one from Oxford University/AstraZeneca. Boris Johnson has

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Trying to Lose Weight with Intermittent Fasting

20 December 2020 at 11:12

As a wheelchair user it can be quite difficult to lose weight. If you can’t walk then it’s obviously harder to exercise. My weight is usually relatively stable but it’s still more than I would like it to be. So I’ve been trying to lose some weight for a while. My usual weight loss strategy is to try to eat healthy foods and hope that the calorie deficit is enough to shed some pounds. However, that hasn’t been very successful so far. Some weeks I would lose a few pounds and then it would shoot back up the next week.

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