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About partialinsight

One evening I had a stroke. Half my sight vanished overnight. Adapting made me grasp how amazing the visual system and brain are. It also taught me to understand disability completely differently and I'm grateful for the lesson.

Walking At Night

Tonight I’m walking home through our lanes. It’s just stopped raining, and I come to a kind of T junction, and as I near it I can hear footsteps. But when I emerge at the junction nobody is there. I … Continue reading

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Oliver Sacks

More sad news. Oliver Sacks has just died. There is a moving TED blog here.

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A Messenger from Inside

John Hull wrote “Touching the Rock”. If you want to feel blindness, read this book. We can never understand anything by covering our eyes.

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The Blind Composer of the Concierto de Aranjuez

Joaquin Rodrigo wrote the most famous guitar ever. Listen to the rendition below. You will recognize it. It has a wistfulness that sounds like a new morning, and an old place. The composer of this was blind. I had no … Continue reading

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Blind Voters

The UK parliamentary elections are just four days off. How can blind people mark their ballot slips on the 7 May? For most of my voting life I never gave this the slightest scrap of thought, but my recent experience … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bridge: Fear of Tumbling

I’m not scared of crossing bridges as such. Just footbridges, and especially this one. It’s at my local railway station and I need to go over it to get to London. There’s a specific anxiety disorder concerned with crossing bridges. … Continue reading

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Marl Twain and the Catching Reflex

Somewhere in Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain there is a famous episode where Huck, a boy, masquerades as a girl. Wanting somewhere to stay, he is taken in by a Mrs Loftus, but after a while as they talk she … Continue reading

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