Growing Up With Sight Loss

When I started my blog and Youtube channel, I assumed that the only talking I’d be doing for people about my disability was purely from the comfort of my own home, reaching people through their computers and smart devices. But then, last year, I ended up giving my first ever public talk to adults at the Nystagmus Network Open Day, about building my new social network. It was a complete surprise and a completely new experience for me, and one that I assumed was going to be a one-off.

However, earlier this month I had the opportunity to give another talk, this time for a very different audience – primary school children, around 9 to 11 years old.  I won’t name the school or the people involved – they’re awesome and know who they are anyway – but what I want to do here is give you an overview of what I said. I wanted to take the time to write it down for posterity anyway, as I went over it in my head beforehand rather than writing a script.

So I figured you might find it interesting to read as well (or watch my video if you prefer), as it gives another perspective on my journey through life to date.

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Wicked

Just because I said I enjoyed Winter at the Young Vic and looking at the snow recently, it doesn’t mean I want the winter season itself to continue! We’re halfway through March now, so you’d think the spring might make a bit of an effort. But no, we had a bit more snow today, with more due tomorrow! When I’d heard this on the weather during the week, I was worried that it might stop me from going out today. But thankfully it didn’t. What little snow fell in London failed to settle, much to my relief!

So that was great, because today I was able to tick off another big production from my theatre wishlist – Wicked. It’s had loads of awards and gets loads of great reviews, and I already knew a couple of songs from it, so I was really keen to see it. And when the opportunity to book tickets with a touch tour and audio description came up a little while back, I gladly went for it. So I went this afternoon, and in this post I’ll tell you what I thought!

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Scam Emails – TSB

Scam emails seem to arrive like buses sometimes, as the saying goes. I don’t get any for a while, and then 3 come along at once. And that happened earlier this month when I received a hat-trick of emails claiming to be from the TSB bank. 2 of them were identical, but one was different. And I’ve not had emails claiming to be from TSB before. But then scammers will try a variety of banks and financial institutions to see who they can catch, so getting scam emails for different banks isn’t surprising.

So it’s time for another instalment in my scam emails series. As usual, this is going to be rather repetitive in the signs to look out for, if you’ve seen the previous posts. But the more I can hammer this stuff home to make people aware, the better, as I do get comments from people who are grateful for the info I’m providing, and people do keep stumbling on the posts from web searches. So let’s get on to it.

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January 2018 Favourites

After a very eventful and successful 2017, I’ve been looking forward to seeing what 2018 would bring. And this year I want to try and get into the habit of doing monthly favourites posts, so you can get a good overview of what I’ve been enjoying, both out and about and at home. That way I can cover little things that I wouldn’t otherwise mention, as well as the bigger stuff that I’ve written longer posts on, which I’ll link to here.

So this is the first post, for January. This month I’ve been mostly doing things indoors given the cold weather outside. So I’ve been going out to various museums, and have also been to the theatre, while at home I’ve been watching a couple of the DVD sets I bought last year, to catch up on those. And I’m also making an effort to start listening to more audiobooks this year, as I only did one in 2017, which was bad of me (although, to be fair, book-reading wasn’t top of my to-do list having just moved to a huge city!).

So I’ve been keeping myself entertained in various ways, and I hope you enjoy this post and video recap of the month!

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Scam Email – PayPal

My scam email posts are consistently some of the most viewed on my blog, with various search requests leading people here. And that’s great, because it proves people are checking whether things are genuine or not, and so it’s helping to raise a bit of awareness.

I haven’t made any posts like that for a few months, because I haven’t received any emails that are different to the ones I’ve mentioned before. Thankfully the spam I get is still quite infrequent. But last week I had 4 copies of the same scam email sent to my blog’s email address in the space of a few minutes, relating to a company I haven’t mentioned yet – PayPal.

The signs to look out for are the same as ever, but are always worth repeating. Especially given that PayPal are so widely used, so scams that try to target its users are extremely common. So anything that helps to raise awareness of such fraudulent activity is always worth publishing. So here’s the email I got, and why it’s clearly fake.

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Tate Modern Audio Tours

On Saturday I decided to visit the Tate Modern, as I had stumbled upon the fact that they now have a mobile app giving audio tours around the place, as well as other features that tell you more about the art on display, the activities on offer and where to eat and go shopping.

The last time I visited the Tate Modern was as a kid with my family, which I don’t remember clearly now of course (but I did record a bit of video footage at the time). So it’s been on my list of places to explore since I moved to the city, and this was a good opportunity.

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Science Museum – Information Age

I haven’t just been looking at Harry Potter things this month. I’ve also been to other museums as well. And in this post, I want to talk about the Information Age gallery at the Science Museum. I explored the exhibition over a couple of visits, as there’s so much to see in there. It was all very interesting, and I was also curious to try a special accessibility app that had been developed especially for it. So this post is a little review of my experience.

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