Interacting With Disabled People #EndTheAwkward

This post is based on the video I did last year for Scope’s End The Awkward campaign, giving advice about interacting with disabled people. Scope explain things far better than I do – I’m just giving my own perspective on things here – so I strongly suggest looking at their website and videos. But I hope you enjoy my post on the subject as well.

In general you just need be friendly and respectful, and treat each disabled person as a person first and foremost, just like you would with anybody you meet. Don’t make assumptions about how they feel or what they can do, be tactful about any questions you ask so you don’t get too personal, and offer to help instead of forcing it on them. And don’t worry if you do make an innocent mistake. These things happen. Nobody’s perfect, and nobody’s expecting you to be. We do understand if you feel awkward around us – all we want to get across is that you don’t need to feel that way. 🙂

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Organising My Music Collection

Over quite a few posts now, I’ve gone through my rather large music collection. And, in summary, my top 40 artists would be Queen (top of my list, including solo work), The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Electric Light Orchestra, Madness, Monty Python, ABBA, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Dire Straits, Eagles, Hank Marvin, The Shadows, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Blondie, Suzi Quatro, Slade, Sweet, T. Rex, Judas Priest, Guns N’ Roses, The Police, Ace Of Base, Fleetwood Mac, Free, Bad Company, Cream, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Ian Dury, Chas & Dave, Murray Gold, Kerry Ellis, The Kinks and ZZ Top.

So, to round it all off, I thought I’d write about how I keep it all organised in iTunes on my computer, which has ended up being quite a long post in itself. Ultimately though, the obvious beauty of having music files stored digitally means you can rearrange them and tag them however you like. You’re not limited to how things are presented to you on CDs or as downloads, you can organise things in whatever way suits you, if you have the time and inclination for it. So over the years I’ve gradually customised my collection in ways that are sometimes different from the original albums I started with.

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Music Collection – U to Z & Numbers

We got there in the end! This is the final list of songs I enjoy from my music collection, covering artists beginning with U to Z, and a few beginning with numbers as well.  As before, I’ve been adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which now has 3,500 tracks for you to shuffle to your heart’s content! 🙂

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Underground, Overground, Rambling Free

This past week I spent a couple of days in London with a friend. Just a brief visit, but we had a lovely time. It was my first time in the city for a few years – I used to go up there two or three times a year when I was a kid, because we had relatives there, but over the past 5-10 years the visits have been much more sporadic. Hopefully I’ll actually be living there soon (crosses fingers), so this was also a preliminary visit to re-familiarise myself with the area and see what it was like getting around the place.

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Music Collection – T

I’m going through my music collection to list many of the artists and tracks I like, so you can see the variety of things I enjoy, and now I’m up to the letter T. As before, I’m adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. There’s over 3,000 tracks on it now! 🙂

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Music Collection – S

I’m going through my music collection to list many of the artists and tracks I like, so you can see the variety of things I enjoy, and now I’m up to the letter S. As before, I’m adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. There’s over 3,000 tracks on it now! 🙂

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The Liebster Award

I hadn’t heard of the Liebster Award before I started blogging, but it seems to be a fun way of promoting other bloggers. The basic idea is that you answer the questions you’ve been asked, then nominate a few other bloggers and give them some questions to answer. And I’ve been very kindly nominated by The Invisible Vision Project – thank you so much! 🙂 They’ve also nominated Nataemily and Blind Moving On, whose blogs I also recommend checking out.

So here are my answers to the questions I’ve been asked, followed by my questions for the bloggers I nominate at the end.

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