Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Elephant and the Tweezers

Buffon, 1838, from vintageprintable When we were very young we had a joke: how do you get an elephant into a matchbox? The answer went: look at the elephant through the wrong end of a telescope. It will then be … Continue reading

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Specs on the Brain: Why Recycling Them Matters

One of the biggest challenges faced by the blind and partially sighted is navigation – finding one’s way around, inside and outside the home. A colleague who kindly looks out for items I might be interested in recently sent a … Continue reading

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Is driving a basic human right? I ask.

My opinion is – certainly not! It’s a privilege. But if that privilege is taken away human rights issues can be raised about the process. As readers of this blog will know, I have lost the right-hand side of my … Continue reading

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Did Entering the Cage Turbo Boost Speech?

On the beach A million years ago some people held a beach party on the coast of what is now Norfolk in England. They paddled about quite a bit in the sand and when they left their tracks got covered … Continue reading

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The Sign That FAST Forgot

There’s a well known acronym, FAST, for recognizing and acting on possible stroke symptoms. Here’s the version from a website of the UK National Health Service. Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not … Continue reading

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