Category Archives: Blindness and visual impairment

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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Banknotes – Go Compare

Someone blind faces a mountain of problems. One example. If you’re blind (or have low vision), how can you know the face value of a banknote? You can rustle it in your hands but it won’t whisper its secret. In … Continue reading

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The Colour of Nothing

Recently Belgian Artist Frederik De Wilde exhibited a square blacker than any human being has ever seen before. Blackboards look black but actually reflect as much as 10% of the light falling on them. De Wilde’s black square reflects 0.01% … Continue reading

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Your (Driverless) Carriage Awaits, Milady

There’s a family tale about my great-grandfather. Every Saturday (a local market day) he would take his horse and cart into town. There he would visit a pub (long gone now, but I remember it) called the Dog, and drink … Continue reading

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Of Cats and Captchas

Recently Google announced a different kind of captcha. You know captchas. You’re trying to register with a website but it wants to be reassured you are a real you, not just a robot program masquerading as a human. So you … Continue reading

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