My Favourites & Updates


My Favourites posts and videos are regular summaries of the museums, theatres, attractions, events, walks, holidays, TV shows, movies, music, online videos, books, etc that I’ve been enjoying, plus any guest posts and collaborations that I’ve been involved with. It’s a useful way of gathering items together that are worth mentioning, even if they don’t deserve full blog posts of their own. But if I have produced longer posts, videos or photosets for particular items, then links to those are included in the Favourites posts as well.

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Archives

Historic diary entries and videos from long before I started this blog.

2017

  • Spring – Social media, settling in to London, Thinking Bob, Tubeopoly, TV & radio.
  • October Part 1 – Scythians exhibition, Human British Rail logo, Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, South East London Vision Social, Handmade At Kew, The Chocolate Show.
  • October Part 2 – Chocolate Museum, Halloween Movie, Halloween Afternoon Tea, Reasons To Be Cheerful.
  • November – Blackheath Fireworks, Young Frankenstein, Sight Village, Aniridia Meetup.
  • Entertainment – Favourite dramas, comedies, documentaries, films, audiobooks, podcasts and music from the year.
  • Christmas – Festive food, socialising, TV & radio.

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.

2018

  • January – Harry Potter Studios, Harry Potter exhibition, Information Age exhibition, Tate Modern, Beauty & The Beast (panto), and other entertainment.
  • February – Guest posts, Rare Disease Day, Winter (theatre show), Museum Of London, Imperial War Museum tour, Apsley House tour, London Vision pub social, Hampstead Heath walk, Talking Statues, Cities Talking app tours, and other entertainment.
  • 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 specials (Ricky Gervais, James Acaster & Katherine Ryan), Saturday Night Takeaway (Ant’s suspension), Rick Parfitt’s album, and other entertainment.
  • April – Aniridia Network Conference, Naidex, ultrahaptics testing, Wallace Collection, Motown The Musical, park walks (Mile End Park, Victoria Park & Regent’s Park), Cunk On Britain, and other entertainment.
  • May – Naidex radio interview, East London walks, Lloyd Park walk (Walthamstow), Guildford visit, City Sculpture Trail, Bloomsbury app tour, Grand Union Canal Meetup walk, 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, and other entertainment.
  • June – Aniridia & Nystagmus Days, Shades For Sight, theatre (Peter Pan & Libby’s Eyes), exhibitions (Ocean Liners, Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Restless Surface, Mathematics & Teeth), Haunted London Tour, Loo Tour, Bloomsbury & Chelsea app tours, Young Sheldon, Christian O’Connell, 80’s Re:Covered album, and other entertainment.
  • July – Assistive technology posts, guest post, Yoocan motivational quote, Go Ape, London Vision pub social, bowling, exhibitions (Monet & Mammals), Camberwell College Of Arts tour, haptic technology testing, Knightmare Live, Newham Carnival & Show, So What Now?, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and other entertainment.
  • August – Aniridia Day webinars, blogger shoutouts, A Monster Calls, exhibitions (Making The Modern World & Secret Life Of The Home), Greenwich walk, Portsmouth visit (including D-Day Story museum), Torquay visit, Def Leppard albums box set and live album, Doctor Who: Series 9 Soundtrack, Adam Hills autobiography, Lush, food & home shopping, and Amazon Smile.
  • September – Nystagmus Network Open Day, Richard Osman, guest posts, Dishoom!, Video Games exhibition, Buckingham Palace garden & State Rooms tours, Thames Path walks, Emirates Airline Cable Car, Taskmaster, Led Zeppelin & Rolling Stones live albums, CD & DVD binders, Bensons For Beds, and Lush.
  • October – Orbit 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, other entertainment & blogger shoutouts.
  • November – Theatre (La Fille Mal Gardée, Comedy About A Bank Robbery & A Pupil), Angel Comedy Club, History Showoff, Madame Tussauds, Portsmouth visit (including Mary Rose Museum), Bohemian Rhapsody movie, Audiobook Of The Year (No Such Thing As A Fish), other entertainment, guest post & blogger shoutouts.
  • Christmas – Food & Fashion – Social Christmas meals, M&S, Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason, Christmas jumper & gloves.
  • Christmas – Entertainment – New equipment (TV, Blu-ray player & soundbar), Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Doctor Who, Outlander, The Flash, Click & Collect, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, sitcoms, topical comedies, comedy quizzes, stand-up comedians, Kenny Everett Video Show, BBC Christmas Tapes, Rolling Stones Blu-ray, Madness New Year Concert, Junior Choice & LadBaby.
  • Christmas – Out & About – A 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).

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.

2019

  • January – Anni Albers exhibition, Conductive Coding workshop, Museum Of Brands, Home Futures exhibition, London Vision socials, Mac Mojave update, static shocks life hack, Bird Box movie & challenge, blind people using phones, Outlander, 2Point4 Children & entertainment purchases.
  • February – Art Through Words workshop, Fan Museum tour, V&A Museum Of Childhood, Europe 1600-1815 exhibition, The White Album Box Set (The Beatles), Red Dwarf Blu-ray box set, Super Tile Smash, Captivating! Magazine, Nystagmus book, Rare Disease Day & podcasts.
  • March – Naidex, TFL Access All Areas, London Vision Information Day, Disabled Access Day guest posts, St Paul’s Cathedral tour, Cheshire Chuckle comedy night, theatre (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 & other entertainment.
  • May – Documentary filming, Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels, V&A Museum exhibitions (Mary Quant, Food & Europe 1600-1815), Beasts Of London, Big Bang Theory finale, Doctor Who: Series 11 Blu-ray, QI DVDs & other entertainment.
  • June – Liverpool 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.
  • Back On My Feet – August absence updates (PIP claim, illness & relationship)
  • July & August – 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 Young People 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.
  • September – What 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, Backbone (Status Quo) & Abbey Road Box Set (The Beatles).
  • October – PIP claim decision, health update, Pitch Black (audio game), Disability Emojis, Never Boring Box Set (Freddie Mercury), Toy Story 4, An American Werewolf In London, Doctor Who: The Specials, Stranger Things, Would I Lie To You?, Taskmaster, Dave Gorman: Terms & Conditions Apply, Red Dwarf: Special announcement & Not Going Out: Halloween Special.
  • November – BBC World Service & 5 News appearances for Scope’s Big Hack, Parthenon course, Sight Village, Illuminated River, Netflix & iCloud sams, 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.
  • Christmas – Out & About – Troy exhibition, Play Well exhibition, and festive displays in Oxford Street, Chelsea, Barking and Exeter.
  • Christmas – Food – Socials, Lindt, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Walkers Shortbread
  • Christmas – Entertainment – Disability Download Podcast, sitcoms (including The Goes Wrong Show & The Simpsons DVD), topical shows, comedy gameshows, stand-up comedy (including Tim Vine DVD), other stand-up comedy, How To Be Human, Worzel Gummidge, Paddington 1 & 2, Elf, music programmes (including Junior Choice & TV Themes), music downloads (including the Only Fools And Horses Musical, Suzi Quatro, The Who & LadBaby).

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.

2020

  • 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, My DVD & Blu-ray Collection video, Terry Jones & Nicholas Parsons in memoriam.
  • February & March – Coronavirus, 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, Doctor Who: 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 & Coronavirus, Mac Catalina upgrade: Accessibility & Audiobooks. Apple Arcade: Spyder, Amazon Echo: Escape The Room, TV comedies & dramas, podcasts, online videos.
  • 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?, online videos.
  • Lockdown Week 4 – Audio Description Awareness Day, Quiz (ITV drama), Nystagmus Network Quiz, Apple Arcade: Tangle Tower, The Phantom Of The Opera, online videos, Captain Tom Moore, other fundraisers.
  • 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, music videos.
  • Lockdown Week 6 – Colonel Tom Moore, Frankenstein, Treasure Island, Planes & Trains & Canes, The Staying Inn, Locked Together podcast, Good Omens, sports commentators, Mark Watson, music videos.
  • 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, music videos.
  • Lockdown Week 8 – America visit anniversary, Cats The Musical, Avenue Q, Outlander, Hidden London Hangouts, Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe, comedy clips, parodies, music videos.
  • 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, comedy clips, music videos, Alice Cooper, Captain Sir Thomas Moore.
  • Lockdown Week 10 – Lockdown update, scam warnings, Vikings exhibition, Lord Of The Rings reunion, Jumanji: The Next Level, TV comedies & dramas, comedy clips, parodies, music videos, nature cams
  • Lockdown Weeks 11-12 – CXcon & Aniridia Conference announcements, disability articles, A Monster Calls, Lungs, Blu-ray purchases, comedy series & clips, music videos.
  • 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, other sci-fi series, comedy series, music videos, Queen.
  • Lockdown Weeks 15-16 – CXcon accessibility event, RNIB World Upside Down campaign, other disability news, family funeral, local walks, A Monster Calls, The Call Of The Wild, Next Up Comedy, Bec Hill, Ed Byrne, Georgie Morrell, comedy videos, music videos.
  • 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, Bech Hil, comedy videos, music videos, The Rolling Stones, Queen
  • August – Birthday meal, walks, Covid-19 test & apps, Rising Phoenix, theatre accessibility, pavement parking, blogger lists, Our House musical, The X-Files Blu-ray set, Doctor Who Blu-ray, The Fast Show documentary, Red Dwarf documentary, Comic-Con panels, Derren Brown documentary, new TV comedy, music videos, The Beatles, Queen.
  • September – Covid-19, disability news, VocalEyes reports, audio description, walks, Theatre Support Fund, theatre videos, Michael McIntyre, TV comedy, online sketch comedy, Archie Lyndhurst, music videos, The Rolling Stones, Madness, Kings Daughters, Queen, Nandi Bushell Drum Battle.

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