In Another Place
current location: Windmills of my mind
current mood: groggy
current song: Dizzy, my head is spinning
I've been semi-knocked out these last few weeks by repeated inner-ear bugs - I'm not sure if I'm on the second or third of the month, and spinning rooms are so not my favourite thing, but I've managed some entries over at Flat Out.
The first was prompted by a newspaper article which asked "Is Britain the Worst Place to Live in Europe?" I don't know about worst, but it's definitely not ideal!
Next up was 'Attack of the Flying Monkeys' commenting on the open hostility of Ricky Gervais fans after he was asked to stop trying to bring 'mong' back into use (for non-Brits, it's a local equivalent to the US 'retard' in all it's disablist hate and fury). The abuse I picked up along the way paled into comparison to some of that being thrown around.
'Flattened' talks about the non-obvious ways that disability can limit you. It was partly a reaction to the lack of empathy from the flying monkeys, partly a reaction to a real spike in my disability that fortunately seems to have eased off.
'30 Pieces of Silver, the International Paralympic Committee and ATOS Origin' is me in full-on political mode. It's a copy of a letter I sent to the IPC protesting their decision to partner with ATOS Origin, who have an appalling record of outright disablism. So yeah, really obvious partner for the IPC... My own experience with ATOS is documented in an article at WTB: 'The WCA, Sick Joke or National Disgrace'.
Due up next is a report on the first national conference of Disabled People Against the Cuts, which I attended last Saturday, that should be written in the next couple of days, spinning head allowing, but will probably go on WTB.