petered

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 8 posts - 521 through 528 (of 528 total)
  • #76871
    Re: Cinema – What have you seen lately?

    Went to see The King’s Speech at the weekend. (Local multiplex has good wheelchair access as long as the lift hasn’t broken down again and as long as there’s someone to open the heavy double doors for you…)

    Now I’m not a big monarchist myself. But taken on the human level, it’s a good story, and on a certain level can be taken as being about the struggle to deal with disability in one person’s life. And it is quite involving. And it’s a well-made and well-observed film. And Colin Firth puts in a very effective performance. Basically good stuff.

    petered
    Participant
    Posts: 564
    Joined: 24/01/2011
    #77723
    Re: What are you reading?

    Recently finished reading Just Kids by Patti Smith, her memoir of life in 60s and 70s New York and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. She has a real way with words, and it was a very enjoyable read. She did some readings from it as “Book of the Week” on BBC Radio 4 some time ago, and the strange thing is that as I was reading her words I was hearing her voice saying them, if you see what I mean.

    Highly recommended especially for anyone who’s a bit of an old punk like me. (Patti’s also one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen…)

    petered
    Participant
    Posts: 564
    Joined: 24/01/2011
    #78821
    Re: David Cameron under new pressure over care for disabled

    There will be more and more cases like this. Well done to those who manage to get their plight into the media, but there are so many more that are unseen and unheard.

    And the thing is, Cameron and his mates don’t actually care, or even understand. Whatever “Dave” says about his own family experience (and he does tend to go on about it in a way that I find slightly uncomfortable), he comes from a background of wealth and privilege that are unimaginable to most people. So do the majority of his cabinet chums. They just don’t understand how many people need the care and support that they are effectively in the process of rationing or withdrawing totally. So they’re using their portrayal of the economic situation to justify fragmenting and ultimately destroying a system of support and welfare that’s been built up over many years. They’ll hand the profitable bits over to their big-business friends. And that is precisely what the Tories have always wanted to do. And spineless Clegg is enabling them to do so.

    It will get worse. Just wait for their onslaught on all us scroungers who dare to receive DLA.

    Sorry for the rather political rant. It’s been one of those weeks.

    petered
    Participant
    Posts: 564
    Joined: 24/01/2011
    #76572
    Re: Pet photos

    @vicki wrote:

    I’ve never understood why there isn’t a safety shut off on the bed. I think I will be writing or even e-mailing them to make them aware of the problem.

    Good idea. I think the manufacturers need to be made aware of this.

    petered
    Participant
    Posts: 564
    Joined: 24/01/2011
    #76570
    Re: Pet photos

    Really sorry to hear about your cat.

    I can see how easy it can be for something like that to happen. It’s one of my nightmares that the cat who lives with us will decide to make a bed under one of the various bits of equipment that I use to lift me up and down. It’s a shame they don’t have a safety mechanism built in to warn if there’s something in the way. We have a through-floor lift, and it’s always a worry coming down in the morning that puss may be sitting underneath… the lift does have a safety cut-out if it hits an obstacle, but I never quite trust it to work.

    petered
    Participant
    Posts: 564
    Joined: 24/01/2011
    #78781
    Re: Who Said Satire Was dead ?

    @taungfox wrote:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49sMJQVuqPA

    Don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

    also don’t know how he managed to keep his tone of voice so moderate and reasonable through all of that. Well done.

    petered
    Participant
    Posts: 564
    Joined: 24/01/2011
    #75891
    Re: Say “hello” here

    Thanks for the welcome.

    Just to let you know something about me, I have a lifelong progressive muscle disease which has always been difficult to diagnose fully or accurately (I’ve had a number of different diagnoses down through the years), but which falls under the big umbrella that gets labelled as muscular dystrophy. I work more or less full-time in publishing, which keeps me out of mischief. Sort of. Mostly. I’ve also been, in a way, a carer, as one of my daughters has what seems to be the same or a very similar condition. She’s now in her 20s, and again doesn’t have a definitive diagnosis.

    So between us we have many years of living with and attempting to deal with the condition. It’s always good to know that there are others out there who can share experiences and support. And have a good therapeutic moan from time to time!

    petered
    Participant
    Posts: 564
    Joined: 24/01/2011
    #75887
    Re: Say “hello” here

    Just got home from the East of England group meeting in Cambridge, at which I heard about this forum. So this is just to say hello, and it’s good to know that you are here!

    petered
    Participant
    Posts: 564
    Joined: 24/01/2011
Viewing 8 posts - 521 through 528 (of 528 total)
Keep in touch