World Book Day is coming…

It’s World Book Day on Thursday – O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

From which you might gather that I spent an intriguing few hours downloading books yesterday, including several by Lewis Carroll (well, you might not, but you do now!).  I also downloaded much of the output of L. Frank Baum.

The Oz books strongly influenced Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, though he got ruby slippers from the film – silver shoes in the Wizard of Oz book. Personally, I find them a little Continue reading

Some thoughts on vegetarian food…

Tony Naylor, discussing vegetarian restaurants in the Guardian disparages meat analogues (fair enough, they are mostly crap), then spoils it all by opining that veggies should refrain from making “pointless mimic pies”. Sorry, mate, you’re way off beam there.

I was a veggie for about 12-15 years (hard to be precise as it fizzled out rather than stopped dead), and I’ve made some cracking pies in my time. There’s no Continue reading

ESA & Atos – the BBC investigates…

“Seriously ill patients told to work”

A BBC investigation has heard claims of seriously ill patients being told they are fit enough to work and denied benefit payments.

Two former doctors for the private healthcare company Atos, which carries out the medical assessments have expressed concerns that the checks are being done too quickly and that the system is biased towards declaring people fit for work.

So begins Continue reading

Homebase sucks…

…in so many ways, but especially if you’re disabled, and especially if you use the one in Upton, Wirral. But first, a little back-story…

Why? Well, despite many of the stores’ locations adjacent to the supermarkets, they are no part of Sainsbury’s. They are, in fact, owned by the group which owns Continue reading

Mobility scooter clothing, and stuff…

In this post I wrote about clothing for mobility scooter wear. In addition to what I have already – waterproofs and a load of fleeces, thermals, gloves  and warm socks – I’ve just bought the following:-

A Regatta waterproof jacket.A snip at £14.99 – stocks are low, so if you want one, act quickly. I already have waterproofs, but this is Continue reading

Atrovent inhaler warning…

I could have died today. And no, I’m not exaggerating. Not at all.

On the way out to the pub, I grabbed a new batch of inhalers – Clenil Modulite, Serevent, and Atrovent – I have COPD.

At 13.00 my alarm to take my inhalers went off (if you take your meds by the clock – instead of just when you remember them – they’re far more effective).

I take my Atrovent inhaler last and, because its poor design means you can’t draw air through it, I tend to squirt it into my mouth as I inhale sharply (at home I use a spacer device). I forgot that, though, and sucked at it – and inhaled a Continue reading

How to register a Class 3 mobility vehicle…

With a great deal of bloody difficulty, that’s how!

What follows is pretty much what I’ve said to the DVLA this afternoon. Do I expect to make a difference? Yeah, right…

As regular readers will know, I’ve just bought a Class 3 mobility scooter. If you, too,  have bought a Class 3 mobility scooter or powerchair, you are, as I am, legally obliged to register it with the DVLA (see here). To do this, you need Continue reading