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
More sad news. Oliver Sacks has just died. There is a moving TED blog here.
John Hull wrote “Touching the Rock”. If you want to feel blindness, read this book. We can never understand anything by covering our eyes.
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
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
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
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