Journal – October 2002

Here’s another look at some of my journal entries. Here you’ll find out the subjects I’ll be tackling on my next year at university, and more of the DVDs, TV, music and video games I’ve been enjoying. I hope you find it interesting!

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Journal – September 2002

Welcome to the next batch of posts from my journal. This has been the last month of my summer holiday before returning to university, and so there isn’t a great deal to mention. But I did have a nice lazy break in London with relatives, during which I got a big haul of music with my birthday money, plus I’ve got hooked on a couple of new PS2 games. So I hope you enjoy this little collection of entries!

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Journal – July-August 2002

Here’s another selection of posts from my journal. I’ve combined 2 months in one post here as they’ve been relatively uneventful during my summer holiday from university. There are still a few points of interest though, including a house invader, a fun charity event, a surprise from my university, my birthday, a bit more sport that caught my attention, and some more music and DVDs that I bought. So I hope you enjoy!

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Journal – June 2002

Here we go again, with another month’s worth of entries from my journal. People seem to be enjoying these, and you’ll notice that my entries have got much longer now, so I hope they continue to interest you.

I’m not a football fan in general, but I do like to support our country in the World Cup, so it does get mentioned a lot this month. But there’s also the special Golden Jubilee concert for the Queen, socialising with friends, my final exams from my first year at university, and more purchases of music, VHS videos and DVDs. So there’s quite a bit to get through here. I hope you enjoy!

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Journal – May 2002

Welcome to another set of journal entries. This month I went to see an ABBA tribute show and attended a wedding reception, as well as having to do revision for university of course, so I was quite busy. I hope you enjoy!

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Journal – April 2002

Here’s my next instalment of journal entries. This month I got the result for my latest group project, enjoyed a lot of Queen’s music, bought various comedy DVDs, and watched the Queen Mother’s funeral on TV, among other things. so I hope you enjoy!

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Journal – January-March 2002

2020 Introduction:

This is my first ever set of personal journal entries, from my first year at university. My university journals were posted on an old social media site called Bolt, which no longer exists today, but many features on sites like Facebook are similar to those that Bolt had. It introduced many teenagers and young adults to social media for the very first time, and I did make a few friends there, though we’ve long since lost touch. After leaving university I continued to keep journals privately, though I’m now sharing them here on this site.

So for this month, not only was it the first time I’d written anything about my life online, but it was also the first time I’d started keeping any sort of diary at all, hence the entries are quite short to begin with. I’ve also edited entries here where necessary to remove out of context references, protect privacy, etc. But I have added relevant links, photos and videos where possible.

It’s also worth noting that I did use assistive technology at university. I had magnification and speech software, a CCTV video magnifier, and a scanner with OCR software so I could scan in typed notes and pages from books. I don’t often use speech generally, but when I was at university and had a ton of stuff of read, it was essential. I had funding help from the Disabled Students Allowance as well. Plus I lived at home, as I was close enough to commute by train, which saved a huge amount on accommodation costs.

But anyway, let’s get on with the journal, which I hope you find of some curious interest and a bit of fun!

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Video Journal – Guernsey – July 2001

2020 Introduction:

This is a quick post to share a bit of footage I recorded during a trip to the beautiful island of Guernsey, a place I’ve visited quite a few times, because I have an old school friend who lives there. The videos are on my travel playlist as well. They’re not audio described, but if you are able to see them then I hope you enjoy them.

The first video shows some of the beautiful scenery in Guernsey and the nearby island of Sark, while the other shows us taking a walk around an interesting sculpture park. Both videos replace the original soundtrack with music, as I didn’t want to feature my friend or his family without their consent, and there isn’t much of interest to hear anyway to be honest, it’s the visuals that count.

Those are the last videos I shot using my old S-VHS camcorder, which I’d also used for holidays in America and London. Fortunately I was able to use an adaptor to watch the tapes in a regular VCR. Which in turn meant that when I got a dual VHS & DVD recorder some years later, I was able to copy those videos on to DVD, and from there I was able to create digital copies that I’ve kept on my computer ever since.

So I’m very glad I’ve been able to keep all of these videos, as they’re wonderful souvenirs. And I hope you like them too!

Video Journal – London & France – August 2000

2020 Introduction:

When I was young my family and I used to visit London a few times a year to spend time with our relatives, during Easter, summer and Christmas when I was on holiday from school, college and university.

So naturally we would often go out to see the sights. And once I’d bought a camcorder for my America trip in the spring of 2000, it was only natural to take it with me to London that year to get some footage of the city, along with a few other locations that we visited on day trips.

So in this post I’m going to share some of those clips, which are also in my travel playlist. They’re not audio described, but if you are able to see them then I hope you enjoy them!

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Video Journal – America – May 2000

2020 Introduction:

In May 2000 I was lucky enough to be part of a school exchange trip to the USA. Students from the Kentucky School For The Blind had previously visited our school for the visually impaired in Exeter (today known as the InFocus charity), and then later we had the opportunity to visit them in return. I bought an S-VHS camcorder especially for the occasion, and ended up recording a lot of footage. It’s not professionally shot or in high definition of course, but I’m pleased I captured so much.

So here I want to share some of that footage. It’s the first holiday video I ever made, and to date it’s still my favourite, as it’s the only time I’ve ever visited the United States so far. The videos are all in my travel playlist as well. They’re not audio described, but if you are able to see them then I hope you enjoy them!

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