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2021 A Face Odyssey

I was looking at my face in the mirror the other day. Imagine my surprise when an overweight, bald guy was staring back at me. I have never seen him before. Well, occasionally when I have chosen to look in a mirror and my imagination is not fully awake then he has stared back at

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Six Degrees of freedom

How free are you? I have spoken before about VR (virtual reality) one of the concepts in VR is 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF is the abbreviation) it refers to the controls used to operate your movement within the virtual world: up and down, side to side, forward and backward, a total of six; hence

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In anothers shoes

There is an old expression about walking in another person’s shoes. It is meant to get us thinking about what another person’s life is like. Well, I was thinking today about that, or to put it another way, empathy. I can gain a fair bit of understanding about another person’s situation. It’s very possible to

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All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

On Thursday 12th Nov I was sitting in my bedroom watching my PC screen avidly. My top half was smartly dressed. The webcam could only see my top half, for all my fellow Zoom participants knew I could have forgotten my trousers; I hadn’t. It could all have been so different if it wasn’t for

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Care For All

We have come to see care as a professional provision rather than a natural act that flows out of our humanity. Caring is a human emotional response to the needs of others and it makes us feel better when we do it. One thing that we have seen very clearly in this current crisis is

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Habinteg Essay

I didn’t win the competition, but I thought as the issues I raise are important I would share the essay as it made it to the final. Essay Question In 50 years’ time the nature of impairments may change significantly, and the proportion of disabled people in the population is set to increase. Taking these

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Together, we will overcome

Here’s a quote from the film Sleepless in Seattle, it’s said by Tom Hanks after his wife dies:‘Well, I’m gonna get out of bed every morning… breathe in and out all day long. Then, after a while I won’t have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out.’

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Bumpers

Have you ever looked at the front of a wheelchair; no? I am not surprised, unless you use one or have a relative in one, why should you? So next time you see a wheelchair out and about, take a look. I am going to get in so much trouble now. People are going to

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Am I dreaming?

Well friends I’m back and not from the future. Did you know we were friends? Well we are, but that doesn’t mean I will be lending you money anytime soon; or ever. How have you all been doing? It’s been a while. Don’t you just hate it when people do that? Start with small talk.

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Loss & Tragedy

I haven’t written for a while because I have been knocked by a family tragedy. My 28-year-old nephew died nearly two weeks ago after battling cancer for 2 years. I am devastated for my sister and family and shocked at his death. The last couple of weeks I have thought a lot about Jack’s death.

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