Monthly Favourites

This is a list of my regular Favourites posts about my life since moving to London, where I talk about theatre, museums, events, socialising, walks, travel, public speaking, interviews, accessibility, technology, DVDs & Blu-rays, TV, movies, online videos, music and more. I’ve summarised the topics in each post below, and I hope you enjoy looking through them!

2017

A collage of 9 images of me, including at a quiz night, at an escape room, in a TV audience, with Emily Davison, posing with sunglasses by an old building, posing with a crowd on a football pitch, posing with 2 ladies on Tower bridge, looking at a piece of fur with a lady at the Natural History Museum, and giving a public talk.This was my first year living in London. I wasn’t writing monthly updates at this stage, but I did make several posts about various things:

2018

Collage of 9 photos of Glen in 2018. The tall central photo shows Glen, Claire and James smiling and giving thumbs up below the tall Orbit Tower after their abseil. A column of 4 photos on the left shows Glen flying over Hogwarts castle on a broomstick, sitting in front of the London Eye, standing by the Freddie Mercury waxwork, and smiling while holding a plunger with a small model toilet on his head. The column of 4 photos on the right show Glen posing with members of East London Vision, student artist Nihan Karim, Aniridia Network members Fern and Jenny, and South East London Vision events organiser Jessica.

  • JanuaryHarry Potter Studio Tour, Harry Potter exhibition, Information Age exhibition, Tate Modern, social media updates, Matilda & Me, Finding Dory, Audiobook Of The Year, Amazon Echo Dot, Christian O’Connell, Jason Manford: A Different Stage.
  • FebruaryRNIB Aniridia interview, Yoocan guest post, Rare Disease Day, Winter (theatre show), Museum Of London, Imperial War Museum tour, Apsley House tour, London Vision pub social, Hampstead Heath, Talking Statues, Cities Talking app tours, Madagascar film, Young Sheldon, Dara O’Brian’s Go 8 Bit, Red Dwarf: Series 12 Blu-ray, Family Guy: Season 17 DVD, Christian O’Connell: Radio Boy audiobooks, Def Leppard album
  • March – Primary school talk, Black Panther, Comedy Store Players, An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail, Wicked, Vitality Big Half Marathon, shopping (for clothes, home & Easter), flatbed microwave, Netflix stand-up comedy (Ricky Gervais, James Acaster & Katherine Ryan), Saturday Night Takeaway (Ant’s suspension), Rick Parfitt: Over & Over.
  • AprilAniridia Network Conference, Naidex, V&A ultrahaptics testing, Wallace Collection, Motown The Musical, Mile End Park, Victoria Park, Regent’s Park, Cunk On Britain.
  • May – Naidex radio interview, East London walks, Lloyd Park, Guildford, City Sculpture Trail, Bloomsbury app tour, Grand Union Canal meetup, Lush, Taskmaster, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, Humans, Greg Davies stand-up special, All The Stations documentary, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray, Lockwood & Co audiobook.
  • JuneAniridia Day, Nystagmus Awareness Day, RNIB Shades For Sight, Peter Pan, Libby’s Eyes, Ocean Liners exhibition, Volcanoes & Earthquakes exhibition, Restless Surface exhibition, Mathematics exhibition, Teeth exhibition, Haunted London Tour, Loo Tour, Bloomsbury & Chelsea app tours, Young Sheldon, Christian O’Connell, 80’s Re:Covered album.
  • JulyVisual impairment aids & gadgets, assistive iPhone features, Yoocan motivational quote, Go Ape, London Vision pub social, bowling, Monet exhibition, Mammals exhibition, Camberwell College Of Arts tour, haptic technology testing, Knightmare Live, Newham Carnival & Show, So What Now?, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
  • AugustAniridia Day webinars, blogger shoutouts, A Monster Calls, Making The Modern World exhibition, Secret Life Of The Home exhibition, Greenwich walk, Portsmouth visit, D-Day Story museum, Torquay visit, Def Leppard box set & live album, Doctor Who: Series 9 Soundtrack, Adam Hills autobiography, Lush, food & home shopping, Amazon Smile.
  • SeptemberNystagmus Network Open Day, Richard Osman, VI Blind Resources interview, Amanda Gene interview, Dishoom!, Video Games exhibition, Buckingham Palace garden & State Rooms tours, Thames Path walks, Emirates Airline Cable Car, Taskmaster, Led Zeppelin live albums, Rolling Stones live albums, CD & DVD binders, Bensons For Beds, Lush.
  • OctoberOrbit Tower Abseil, Much Ado About Nothing, London Transport Museum, Audio Description study, Queen at Carnaby, East London Vision’s 5th birthday party, RNIB’s 150th anniversary, bowling, Doctor Who: Series 11, The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 11 & 12, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, You Can’t Polish A Nerd, blogger shoutouts.
  • NovemberLa Fille Mal Gardée, Comedy About A Bank Robbery, A Pupil, Angel Comedy Club, History Showoff, Madame Tussauds, Portsmouth visit, Mary Rose Museum, Bohemian Rhapsody movie, Audiobook Of The Year (No Such Thing As A Fish, Invisible Vision Project interview, blogger shoutouts.
  • ChristmasA Christmas Carol (play), Dick Whittington (panto), It’s A Wonderful Life (film), Carols From Around The World (concert), A Time Traveller’s Christmas (exhibition), London Zoo (evening event), Christmas meals, food shopping (M&S, Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason), Christmas jumper & gloves, new technology (TV, Blu-ray player & soundbar), Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Doctor Who, Outlander, The Flash, Click & Collect, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Kenny Everett Video Show, BBC Christmas Tapes, Rolling Stones Blu-ray, Madness New Year Concert, Junior Choice, LadBaby.

2019

Collage of 9 photos of me in 2019, some with friends and some by myself. They show me admiring the view from a bridge in a park, riding on the Emirates Airline cable car, wearing my green-tinted sunglasses outside the Science Museum, posing by a red postbox in the Postal Museum and a War Horse model at the National Theatre, enjoying a pub social, giving a conference speech, eating dinner on a vintage Tube train, and appearing on 5 News on TV.

  • January – Anni Albers exhibition, Conductive Coding workshop, Museum Of Brands, Home Futures exhibition, London Vision socials, Mac Mojave update, Bird Box, blind people using phones, Outlander, 2Point4 Children.
  • FebruaryNew relationship, Art Through Words workshop, Fan Museum tour, V&A Museum Of Childhood, Europe 1600-1815 exhibition, The Beatles: White Album Box Set, Red Dwarf Blu-ray box set, Super Tile Smash, Captivating! Magazine, Nystagmus book, Rare Disease Day, podcasts.
  • MarchNaidex, TFL Access All Areas, London Vision Information Day, Disabled Access Day guest posts, St Paul’s Cathedral tour, Cheshire Chuckle comedy night, The American Clock, Alys Always, Flight Paths, Postal Museum Tour, Tower Bridge Tour, Painted Hall reopening, British Museum sensory event, Sun exhibition, Tube Train Supper Club, All The Stations: Ireland, QI DVDs.
  • April – National Theatre tour, Hauser & Wirth Gallery tour, Smoke & Mirrors exhibition, riverside & park walks, Derren Brown: Sacrifice, Bohemian Rhapsody Blu-ray.
  • May – Documentary filming, Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels, Mary Quant exhibition, Food exhibition, Europe 1600-1815 exhibition, Beasts Of London exhibition, Big Bang Theory finale, Doctor Who: Series 11 Blu-ray, QI DVDs.
  • JuneLiverpool holiday, Aniridia Network Conference speech, Leonard Cheshire podcast, See Differently documentary appearance, Van Gogh exhibition, Driverless exhibition, Sculpture In The City trail, Albert Bridge to Westminster Bridge walk, Finsbury Park walk, Toy Story 4, Black Mirror: Season 5, Good Omens, Def Leppard: CD Collection Volume 2, Rolling Stones: Bridges To Babylon, Freddie Mercury: Time Waits For No One.
  • July & August – PIP claim, illness, relationship update, Only Fools And Horses: The Musical, An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Manga exhibition, Blackfriars to St Katharine Docks walk, Regent’s Canal walk, Frieze Sculpture Park, RNIB Connect social, Newham Show, new iMac computer, Yesterday movie, The Beatles biography, classic films on Blu-ray, Red Dwarf replacement discs, Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes.
  • SeptemberWhat Is Normal? documentary, Growing In Confidence With Aniridia speech, guest posts and article contributions, Albert Bridge to Wandsworth Bridge walk, Chuck, At Last The 1948 Show, Do Not Adjust Your Set, Status Quo; Backbone, The Beatles: Abbey Road Box Set.
  • October – PIP claim decision, health update, Pitch Black (audio game), Disability Emojis, Freddie Mercury: Never Boring Box Set, Toy Story 4, An American Werewolf In London, Doctor Who: Specials, Stranger Things, Would I Lie To You?, Taskmaster, Dave Gorman: Terms & Conditions Apply, Red Dwarf: Special announcement, Not Going Out: Halloween Special.
  • NovemberScope’s Big Hack: BBC World Service & 5 News appearances, Parthenon course, Sight Village, Illuminated River, Netflix & iCloud scams, Monty Python Blu-ray box set, Fawlty Towers Blu-ray upgrade, Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes, The Big Bang Theory: Season 12, Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot, The Cockfields, Taskmaster move to Channel 4, The Rolling Stones: Bridges To Buenos Aires, ELO: From Out Of Nowhere, Madness: Bullingdon Boys.
  • ChristmasDisability Download podcast appearance, Troy exhibition, Play Well exhibition, festive displays, London & Devon socials, Lindt, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Walkers Shortbread, The Goes Wrong Show, The Simpsons DVD, Tim Vine DVD, How To Be Human, Worzel Gummidge, Paddington 1 & 2, Elf, Junior Choice, TV Themes documentary, Only Fools And Horses Musical soundtrack, Suzi Quatro, The Who, LadBaby.

2020

A collage of 9 photos of Glen. The top row shows him standing by a blue police box, holding up a pint of cider in a pub, and standing near Tower Bridge. The second row consists of 3 face shots, 2 of which show him smiling while the third shows him talking during a Zoom call. And the bottom row shows him wearing 3 different masks, one of which has guitars on, one with text saying The Shows Must Go On, and one with a pattern of blue and white.

  • January – Wicked, An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail, Mars exhibition, Buddhism exhibition, RNIB audio description research, Enabled Living website panel, Accessible Holidays article contribution, Newham New Year Party, ten-pin bowling, Burgess Park, Earls Court Tardis, Doctor Who: Series 12, Crime Traveller, The Goes Wrong Show, Happy Death Day 1 & 2, Big Bang Theory: Season 12 Blu-ray, Family Guy: Season 19 DVD, Deaths of Terry Jones & Nicholas Parsons.
  • February & March – Covid, Magic Goes Wrong, The Goes Wrong Show: Series 1 DVD, Science City Exhibition, Laughing Matters exhibition, Hintze Hall, Treasures In The Cadogan gallery, Images Of Nature gallery, Undercover Superhero guest post, VocalEyes meeting, RNIB Connect social, RNIB Reading Services, Doctor Who: Series 12 on TV & Series 5 Blu-ray Steelbook, The X-Files: Blu-rays & soundtracks, After Life: Series 1, Outlander: Season 5, Secrets Of The Museum, Spying On The Scammers, Comedy roundup, Rik Mayall: Believe Nothing & Drop Dead Fred, Jumanji, Final Destination, Zombieland, Queen: Rock In Rio, Status Quo: Deluxe reissues.
  • Lockdown Weeks 1-2 – Blind people & Covid, Mac Catalina upgrade: Accessibility & Audiobooks. Apple Arcade: Spyder, Amazon Echo: Escape The Room.
  • Lockdown Week 3 – Snowdonia school trip, Apple Arcade: What The Golf?, Red Dwarf: The Promised Land, Have I Got News For You, Russell Howard’s Home Time, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
  • Lockdown Week 4Audio Description Awareness Day, Quiz (ITV drama), Nystagmus Network Quiz, Apple Arcade: Tangle Tower, The Phantom Of The Opera, Captain Tom Moore.
  • Lockdown Week 5 – Article contribution, Scams, Big Night In, Captain Tom Moore, Love Never Dies, Accessible Theatre, After Life: Series 2, Locked Together podcast & Jason Manford.
  • Lockdown Week 6 – Colonel Tom Moore, Frankenstein, Treasure Island, Planes & Trains & Canes, The Staying Inn, Locked Together podcast, Good Omens, sports commentators, Mark Watson.
  • Lockdown Week 7 – New lockdown rules, VE Day, Katherine Jenkins, Star Wars: Episode IX Blu-ray, Doctor Who: Series 12 Blu-ray, The Last Leg, Russell Howard, QI XL, Julie Nolke, Jay Foreman, After Life: Outtakes, Kerry Ellis: Feels Like Home.
  • Lockdown Week 8 – America visit anniversary, Cats The Musical, Avenue Q, Outlander, Hidden London Hangouts, Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe.
  • Lockdown Week 9 – Global Accessibility Awareness Day, visually impaired bloggers and Youtubers, Climbing Blind documentary, Pompeii exhibition, Kimonos exhibition, Museums In Quarantine, The Walk movie, Alice Cooper, Captain Sir Thomas Moore.
  • Lockdown Week 10 – Lockdown update, scam warnings, Vikings exhibition, Lord Of The Rings reunion, Jumanji: The Next Level, nature webcams.
  • Lockdown Weeks 11-12Def Leppard: London To Vegas, CXcon & Aniridia Conference announcements, disability articles, A Monster Calls.
  • Lockdown Weeks 13-14 – Aniridia Day & Conference, Nystagmus Awareness Day, The Big Hack streaming services survey, Small Island, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Photographers’ Gallery tour, Doctor Who, Queen.
  • Lockdown Weeks 15-16CXcon accessibility panel discussion, RNIB World Upside Down campaign, family funeral, local walks, A Monster Calls, The Call Of The Wild, Next Up Comedy, Bec Hill, Ed Byrne, Georgie Morrell.
  • Lockdown Weeks 17-19 – CXcon article, Sight Village, visually impaired bloggers, Disney+, Hamilton, Outbreak, Contagion, Toy Story shorts, Jack Whitehall, Ed Byrne, Comedy Store, Jason Manford, Taskmaster, Bec Hill, The Rolling Stones, Queen.
  • August – Birthday meal, walks, Covid test & apps, Rising Phoenix, theatre accessibility, pavement parking, blogger lists, Our House musical, The X-Files Blu-ray set, Doctor Who Series 6 Blu-ray Steelbook, The Fast Show documentary, Red Dwarf documentary, Comic-Con panels, Derren Brown documentary, The Beatles, Queen.
  • September – Covid, disability news, VocalEyes reports, audio description, walks, Theatre Support Fund, Michael McIntyre, TV comedy, Archie Lyndhurst, The Rolling Stones, Madness, Kings Daughters, Queen, Nandi Bushell Drum Battle.
  • October – Lockdown 2, walks, face masks, BBC In Touch interview, Wind In The Willows musical, Taskmaster, Queen + Adam Lambert: Live Around THe World, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Sweet Charity Choir, Paul Harvey’s Four Notes.
  • November – Vaccines, US Election, Paul Merton DVD, Christmas music.
  • Christmas – Sainsbury’s, Greendale Farm, M&S, Accessible Advent, disability news, A Christmas Carol, Christmas At The (Snow) Globe, Royal Variety Performance, Mischief Movie Nights, Dick Whittington, Brian Conley, Doctor Who, The Demon Headmaster DVD, Home Alone films, Carry On films, The Thursday Murder Club, Frank’s Fund Comedy Fundraiser, Sarah Millican, Bad News DVD, Queen, Christmas music.

2021

Collage of 9 of my favourite photos from 2021, including an image of me wearing a t-shirt saying Don't Dream It Be It, colourful model butterflies above Carnaby Street, a flowerbed in Regent's Park, a selfie of me wearing a face mask at a Tube station, a night view of the Thames with the London Eye lit-up in pink, a selfie of me in front of a lit-up Tower Bridge at night, an artistic stack of colourful boulders in Regent's Park, Genghis the camel at London Zoo, and statues below large ornate organ pipes in Rochester Cathedral.

  • January – Captain Tom, Covid vaccinations, President Biden’s inauguration, disability documentaries, Natural History Museum, Mischief Movie Nights, Noel’s House Party, Staged, Mr Bean, Brittas Empire, Sarah Millican, Suzi Quatro, Wellerman Sea Shanty.
  • February – 5-year blogiversary, my 1st Covid vaccination, Thursday Murder Club, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Steelbook, Exeter WWII bomb, Mischief Movie Nights, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Musicals: The Greatest Show, Queen.
  • March – Easter treats, disability bloggers & podcasts, Rafie Cecilia accessibility paper, VocalEyes, Mischief DVDs, Showstopper! musicals, QI audience experience, Noel’s House Party, Taskmaster, The Vicar Of Dibley, Comic Relief, Funny Festival Live, Just A Minute, Queen, Kerry Ellis.
  • April – Lockdown easing, disability articles, MS Awareness Week, Doctor Who Series 8 Blu-ray Steelbook, Noel Edmonds’ Saturday Roadshow, Dave Gorman’s Modern Life Is Goodish, No Such Thing As A Fish: 20 hour podcast, What A Flanker podcast, Julie Nolke, Queen album review, Brian May & Kerry Ellis, The Who Sell Out.
  • May – My 2nd Covid vaccination, back injury, Andaseat gaming chair, VocalEyes survey, Guide Dogs documentaries, Tipping Point’s visually impaired contestant, Saw 1-8 Blu-ray set, The Babysitter films, Escape Room film, Taskmaster, Dave Gorman, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Simpsons, Mischief Movie Nights, Madness concert & documentary, Queen.
  • June & July – Thames Walk, Olympics, Paralympics, Russell Howard Stands Up To The World, Ronnie Corbett’s Lost Tapes, Morecambe & Wise’s Lost Tapes, Secrets Of The London Underground, Secrets Of The V&A Museum, The Flash, Doctor Who, Whose Line Is It Anyway?: UK & US versions, Mischief Movie Nights, Dad’s Army Movie Blu-ray, Outnumbered DVD set, Def Leppard albums box set, Rolling Stones: Copacabana Beach Blu-ray set, Queen album review, Stand Up For The NHS.
  • August – Birthday, Olympics & Paralympics, Secrets Of The London Underground, Secrets Of The V&A Museum, The Flash, Taskmaster New Zealand, Sean Lock, upcoming Rolling Stones & Beatles releases, Madness documentaries, Brian May: Back To The Light, Roger Taylor single, Nandi Bushell & Foo Fighters.
  • September – St Paul’s Cathedral, Socialising, States Of Mind theatre preview, Crip Camp, Blind Ambition, US Open, Designated Survivor, The Goes Wrong Show, The Cleaner, Just A Minute, John Challis, ABBA singles, The Horne Section: Ultrabulk, Queen radio shows, Brian May & Roger Taylor singles, Queen pop-up store.
  • OctoberiPhone 13, States Of Mind interviews & play review, Rocky Horror Show live, Regent’s Park: Frieze Sculpture Trail, Squid Game, Alice In Borderland, Escape Room 2, Game Night, The Exorcist, The Conjuring 1 & 2, Lightyear trailer, The Flash, Taskmaster, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, other TV comedy, The Beatles: Let It Be box set, The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You box set, Roger Taylor: Outsider, Alan Hawkshaw.
  • NovemberRNIB Radio interview, London Zoo tour, Illuminated River, Oliver Twist: Drama play & musical film, Doctor Who: Flux, Morecambe & Wise DVDs, The Outlaws, Taskmaster, The Cockfields, Worzel Gummidge, Whose Line Is It Anyway? USA, Live At The Apollo, topical comedy shows, The Beatles: Get Back documentary, ABBA: Voyage album, Queen & Freddie Mercury: TV & radio shows.
  • Christmas – M&S, Sainsbury’s, Rochester, The Play That Goes Wrong, A Pissedmas Carol, The Thursday Murder Club, Desert Island Discs, A Christmas Carol, The Second Sleep, No Time To Die, Spiral, The Greatest Showman, A Star Is Born, Harry Potter: Return To Hogwarts, Only Fools & Horses: 80s Specials Blu-ray & radio show, The Goes Wrong Show DVD, Not Going Out, The Cockfields, Worzel Gummidge, Staged, QI audience experience, Taskmaster, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material, Russell Howard: Lubricant, Live At The Apollo, Christmas Comedy Club, Jethro, Doctor Who, The Last Leg, One Night In, Morecambe & Wise, Royal Variety Performance, Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, Death To 2021, LadBaby.

2022

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