Happy Star Wars Day!

If you don’t know what that title means, it’s because of the date – May the 4th be with you. ¬†ūüôā

There are a few things I wanted to mention in this post. Firstly, I wanted to note that I’ve been writing this blog for a few months now, and therefore take the opportunity to say thank you to those who have been reading, commenting, liking and following this collection¬†of randomness so far. It’s my first foray into blogging, and I’m not trying to do anything fancy or change the world with it. I mainly just felt inspired to share some of my experiences, thoughts, favourite things, etc, having enjoyed the blogs and Youtube videos of various others.¬†If it interests and entertains people, then that’s awesome. I have been jotting down ideas for various posts I could do here, meaning¬†there’s potential for me to keep wittering¬†on for some time yet!

I’ve also been very flattered to get a mention in two other blogs in the space of a week recently¬†–¬†Life of a Blind Girl¬†and¬†Luke Sam Sowden. Thank you so much to Holly and Luke for including me in their lists of recommended bloggers, that’s really very¬†kind of you! ūüôā

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Audiobooks

I’ve written previously about the importance of¬†music¬†and audio description,¬†so I also want to post about the use of audio for books too. After all, books don’t just have to be printed on paper or displayed on a screen – a huge number of them have audio versions as well. They are particularly useful for visually impaired people of course, but sighted people can (and do) listen to them as well. I don’t personally use them very much – music, TV, films and the internet take up enough of my time where entertainment is concerned – but my mother listens to them a lot, and I do¬†listen to one or two¬†occasionally.

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The VIP Daily Living Tag

There’s a new Visually Impaired Persons Tag doing the rounds at the moment, initiated by My Blurred World¬†and¬†Life of a Blind Girl, and¬†Fashioneyesta¬†has also responded to it at the time of writing. They’re all superb posts by superb bloggers, so they’re worth checking out.¬†Although I’ve not been tagged myself, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and join in anyway, as I do think they’re great questions. So hopefully nobody will mind. ūüôā

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VIP Tag

While¬†looking around Youtube channels and blogs by other visually impaired people, I’ve seen the VIP (Visually Impaired Person) Tag come up numerous times. And thanks to the wonderful¬†Emily Davison from Fashioneyesta, I was finally¬†tagged to do it.

It was originally created by Chatty Chelby, and it’s an interesting way of telling the community about yourself. So I’ve put my answers together in this post, and have also produced a¬†video version¬†too. I hope you enjoy my responses!

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Guide Dog Access Denials

I don’t have a guide dog, because I can see well enough not to need one. But I have many friends who do use them, and I would certainly consider applying for one if my sight ever deteriorated to a level where it might be useful. They are the most beautiful and amazing animals, and I have a lot of respect and admiration for them, and for those who train and use them. They aren’t just pets, they’re a real lifeline to their owners, enabling so much freedom and independence.

And yet, sadly, there are still people out there who don’t understand or respect guide dogs or the blind¬†people who need¬†them¬†– something which has, yet again, become clear in the past few days.

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