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!
Continue reading “Journal – January-March 2002”
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!
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!
Continue reading “Video Journal – London & France – August 2000”
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!
Continue reading “Video Journal – America – May 2000”
Welcome to the first of the historical journal posts on my site. I actually started writing this blog in February 2016, but retrospectively began adding old journals from my past during the first Covid lockdown in 2020, most of which I’d never shared online before.
This first post goes all the way back to when I was 14 years old, and I went with my classmates (all of us visually impaired) on a field trip to Snowdonia in North Wales. We had a fabulous time, and it would be lovely to go back one day.
Fortunately, our teachers put together a diary of the trip that we were all given a copy of, and many years later I scanned it into my computer for posterity, using OCR software to help me convert it into text. So here is that diary, along with a few of the photos I took at the time. I hope you enjoy!
Continue reading “School Journal – Snowdonia Trip – May 1998”