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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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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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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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Smellacious Gardens Oh You Blind

I refreshed my potpourri with lavender just yesterday, and was suddenly telewafted back to a garden for the blind, a little garden I once knew well. I think it was called a ‘Fragrant Garden for the Blind’ or something like … Continue reading

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Talking Signs, Windchimes

Finding the way around is one of the greatest challenges people with impaired vision face. It’s often called navigation, as though we are ships negotiating tricky rocks in a fog. The parallel is quite a good one, and like ships … Continue reading

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Four Tales of Blind Travellers

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain   Tale 1 A year back, I visited a local charity for the blind and visually impaired. I was given the contact by my … Continue reading

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