The general perception that people seem to have towards disabled people is something I find myself thinking about quite a lot; not because I’m disabled, or know anyone who is disabled, nor am I working a locum doctor job concerning this; but because I have this annoying habit of questioning everything. What frustrates me the most is when people start to talk about disabled people as though they are now incapable of doing anything. A programme I watched last night demonstrated to me just how wrong you can be about these things, and just how little awareness there is generally about these things. Part of the show featured blind footballers. Yes, blind: 100% unable to see a thing. They were playing football in the dark just as well as anyone else might, and the most embarrassing thing was that they were playing it a lot better than I ever could. Another very irritating thing that some people seem to do (and I am sure I am just as irritating in some other way) is assume that because someone is in a wheelchair, they must be a nice person. This is, in fact, not the case. I recently had my foot run over by a very irate wheelchair user who was telling me to get out of his way or he was going to ’do me one’. I retaliated by pushing him in to a nearby pond that was full of weeds and manky looking green stuff floating on the surface. I didn’t really. There were ducks in it and it didn’t seem fair on them. But I felt like it, I’ll tell you. That may not be politically correct but it’s the truth, there you have it. My point is this: people can be surprisingly adaptable, and just surprising in general. So don’t judge a book by its cover. Unless you are buying a book, because in that case then I think its fair enough.
Archive for August, 2010
After six years i have finally made it to a screening at Summerset House, thanks to the pro active work of my brother. Being a massive film buff, a lover of London and an avid attendee of various events in London , it is quite shocking that I have not made it to one of these screenings yet.However the wait was more than worth while.I never want to watch a film in a conventional cinema again, this whole experience was fantastic. Not only was the film at one of London’s best known tourist spots, Summerset house is situated in the perfect place of London. On the Strand, a stones throw away from Covent Garden and the South Bank.
The whole cinematic experience was brilliant. The staff were fabulous allowing you to just get on with your evening. Your allowed to take your own food and drink, as long as it is not in glass bottles or cans. So we started off with a lovely picnic, whilst supping on some red wine and wiping our hands on paper hand towels. We were then offered a jug of Jamesons punch, at a very reasonable price of Â£12. The punch was fabulous, was exactly what you need on a warm summers evening.
The atmosphere was brilliant, there were DJ’s playing unbelievable music for the first hour, which gave the audience a chance to settle down, mingle with other fellow film buffs and generally get in the mood. The film was then introduce; we had chosen Stanley Kubrick’s Path’s of Glory, by Stanley Kubrick’s wife.
The film then started, and it was fantastic. The lighting and sound was incredible, allowing you to fully enjoy to whole cinematic experience. The whole audience was silent with anticipation, I have never experienced the silence of nearly 2000 people but it is a once in a life time experience.
Unfortunately the outdoor films finish this weekend, but I look forward to returning next year to again experience the ultimate Cinema.
Politics does make rather strange bed fellows. Brazil has offered asylum and long term care insurance to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani the Iranian woman convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. I didn’t know until reading this story that Brazil was one of Iran’s main allies. It seems that there couldn’t be two countries that are more opposite. Imagining the beaches of Rio and the Carnival where the most scantily clad women dance in public and the contrasting image of a woman in Tehran covered head to toe in black. They are, however, two countries with a strong sense of national pride and a belief that they want to be key players in international politics. Can countries with such divergent national ideologies be allies? I suppose we will see. If Iran accepts the offer and spares Ashtiani’s life, and she goes into exile in Brazil, it will set an interesting precedent. The countries like any marriage really, will be agreeing to accept their differences and respect their sovereignty. It begs the question though has Brazilian president Luiz InÃ¡cio Lula da Silva compromised his own integrity and vision by being a champion of Iran in the first place? The relationship of Christian countries to Islamic countries is complicated to begin with, but how democratic values relate to fundamentalist values is even more complex. In the United States there is a separation of church and state and everybody has the right to make their own choices. Women can choose for themselves their own interpretation of Islam and choose their dress accordingly. In the UK women too presumably have the option to choose what they feel comfortable with. Not discounting that this choice is often a result of community and family pressure, women do have the right to cover themselves completely if they so choose. It is when they have no choice and women’s dress is dictated by the state that we must question our alliances and values.