Well, we are well and truly into 2013 now, there are some great things on the horizon, but I would like to take the time to reflect on an epic year.
I loved 2012, it was rammed full of many exciting events, many thing I had never done before, even a childhood dream thrown in.
I saw 2012 in at the o2, with my best mate Will. We went to see Kasabian, I think it is fair to say, the gig was simply epic, hit after hit after hit, perfect way to start the year, with great music.
Now, I can’t remember doing much else significant for a few months after that, I am not saying nothing happened, just no big events. The next big event for me was again, going to the o2 (in April). Now as a teen, I used to love Pro Wrestling, it had been a dream to go see the WWE. At the age of 26 and being in a position to take myself, I did, it was fantastic fun. The show I went to see was being recorded for TV, to be aired later that night. I met up with @CripMikeYates , he was a fantastic guy, glad to have met him, hope we can go to a show again sometime
Also in April, I took part in my first competitive Boccia match. I must say, it went very well, I was captain and we beat an Ipswich side 11-0, not bad eh?
In May, I went to my first ever International Cricket match, at Trent Bridge, it was such a lovely day, so hot. It was England v the West Indies, I went with my Dad, who doesn’t really like Cricket, but enjoyed the day. I also met BBC’s Test Match Special’s ‘Aggers’.
Also in May, some special tickets arrived
June saw me going to my second Test Match, in Birmingham, this time I went with my cousin Phil, had a great time. I got very excited when I got to meet head England Coach, Andy Flower, he even signed my hat.
July, there were a few significant events, quite early on in the month, I pranged my car, for the first time, damaging a wing mirror. This of course shook me up, it also meant I would be without a car, for a very important weekend, the Boccia nation team championship. The competition was great fun, as a club, we game third, again, I was the captain, I have to tell you, it is quite a stressful game.
My boccia medal.
The end of July saw the start of the Olympics! We had tickets to a few events, first up, the rowing, not long after that was going to Lords to see some Archery! I can’t say I was amazingly excited about seeing archery, more excited about the venue and the fact it was the Olympics, how could you not be impressed by that eh? I also saw some canoe sprint, this was my least favourite event, partly because I had an argument with my dad while we were there, so I was in a mood. It was just dad and I at the archery and the canoeing, but we went as a four to the rowing, I’m so glad all of us can say we saw something at the Olympics. I well and truly had Olympic fever, the whole thing was magical, we did ourselves proud as a nation.
August was an equally amazing month, the Olympics were going strong, I was addicted to it. But there was something that would pull me away from it, just for a few days. August saw me going up to Leeds, to watch 2 days of the Test Match against South Africa. There I met the lovely @chariscroft, (this is also a year that saw me meet a couple of folk from twitter) it was a great time, the result was not great, but I loved being there. It was the first time I had stayed away from my family, on my own, with no friends/carers/family etc, it was a great experience. I must confess, I had planned those few days for the best part of a year, a little OTT you might imagine, but it was worth it for my peace of mind. The hotel was fine, nothing fancy, but it did the job it was meant to do. I of course stayed in a disabled friendly room, I have stayed in these before, they are fine, but other than the toilet, the bathroom tends to be off limits. Thankfully this time, I requested a wetroom (like i have at home), it was perfect, I was so happy. On those few days, I also had dinner with @thetwochucks & @GeorgeDobell1 (we went to a fish and chip shop cricketers go to), they were lovely chaps, hope to meet them again.
This was a present from @chariscroft for inviting her to the Cricket.
The back end of August saw the Paralympics, I had tickets for the first 4 days of sports, Swimming on day one (morning session), Athletics day two (all day), Basketball the next two days. I’m not going to go on about how magical it was, it was exactly like the Olympics. Only difference this time was, I got to go to the Olympic park, which was basically happy land.
September, nothing happened, I got he new iPhone.
October, well, that was a very tough month. My Uncle and his family left for Australia, to live. To say we were gutted is an understatement, but hope they are happy there.
Towards the end of the month, my Dad moved out, I’m going to brush over this bit, because, well he is a knob and I’m glad he is gone. It is horrible, don’t get me wrong, but as a three, we are moving on well.
I saw a few good things, Bloc Party, went with Will & Fay, also saw muse with them. The day after Muse, I went to Wembley to see the NFL, it was amazing!
November, I saw the Killers, went with Keith from work, they were amazing! The night was made all the better by the fact it was the first time Keith had been to a big concert, it was great to share that moment.
December, well, I expected this month to be harder than it was. It turned out to be a lovely month, we put the tree up straight away. My sister and I made sure we spoiled mum on Christmas day, we saw loads of family. We went to London, the theatre, it was amazing.
This will just be a short blog entry, but I felt this was worth blogging.
In the last few days, I have been to a couple of Olympic events. Like many other disabled people, I factor in “fuck up time”, to all big trips I go on (by big, I mean not popping into town/shops).
With the Olympics being the biggest show on Earth, I assumed things could get a little hectic at the venues I went to (Eton Dorey & Lords Cricket Ground). Oh how wrong I was!
Things looked promising when, once I had received my tickets, I was informed I could book free disabled parking. At both venues, the parking was perfect, at Eton Dorney, the parking was on grass, so the organisers laid down a temporary plastic surface to ensure cars/chairs couldn’t get stuck. There was accessible transport from car parks to venues (I didn’t need it at Eton Dorney, as it was a 300 yard walk, used it at Lords as it was a Mile walk), the volunteers were very helpful. Although they kept giving me the same information, that is prefect compared to no information, you very often experience.
Views for disabled people once in the venues has also been amazing, from my experience.
Keep up the great work LOCOG, leading the way in how to provide for Disabled people at events.
I really do not know what happened, but I seem to have ignored my blog for two months.
I have had plenty to report, just not the urge to write about it. So, where to start? In April I went to see WWE Raw, at the o2 arena, make of that what you will, I don’t care, I loved every moment of it. I have wanted to go see a live show for almost 20 years, so I feel so pleased I for filled that dream.
In May I went to watch William play Boccia in Sheffield, was the national finals he didn’t win a game, was a shame to see, but glad I went to support him. Also on that trip, I went on the train by myself, felt it was easier than driving, but I was very nervous. The idea of needing to rely on others to help me, is not something I like.
Last weekend I went to Nottingham to watch the 2nd day of the 2nd Test, between England and the West Indies. It was fantastic fun, the weather was amazing, the view was stunning, the Cricket was of great quality, I met Aggers and Viv Richards.
I have also got tickets to go see the next Test, in Birmingham, but other than on Saturday, the weather does not look good.
Yesterday I went to Strawberry Fair, it was great fun, was with Ceri, Laura, Nicki & her son Izaac. It was great fun, the weather wasn’t great, but we made the most of it, although I am sure we spent most the time trying on hats.
So, as many of my Twitter followers know, I’ve joined the gym. I’m going to take my iPod from now on.
What should I put in my Work Out playlist?
Please comment with suggestions.
I have no idea why, but I have had very little urge to blog lately. Since tweeting is micro blogging, I guess there has been very little reason to blog.
There are a few things that are worrying me at the moment, one being my cracked tooth, which hurts if I get food in it, must go to the dentist soon, but I have a phobia. The other worry is, am I disabled enough? Seems like an odd question I know, but since DLA is being replaced by PIP, I will have to be assessed at some point. Everyone wishing to claim PIP will have to go through this, it is worrying, because the Government have already decided they want to make 20% cuts to the benefit, they will move the goal posts to achieve this. I hope for my sake I pass, I need to keep the motability part. If my car gets taken off me, it is life over. I’ve now experienced freedom, if it is taken from me, I don’t know what I would do.
My life is not all negative at the moment though, I am starting to make new friends, I think, no idea if they consider me to be a friend, but time will tell.
Currently I am creating a playlist to listen to in the car tomorrow, I’m going to Colchester, to watch some Boccia, should be fun.
So, I am sure we all agree, the amount MPs claim in expenses is stupid.
So here are a few ideas I have, that will cut down the costs, to benefit the tax payer.
- No second homes claims, they are not needed. Parliament should own a big block of bedsits close to Parliament, you get a bedsit with your role as MP. Also, this block will have a canteen serving 3 meals a day. This would also create jobs, because this block would need cleaning aswell as people to run the canteen. This would also eliminate the need to waste money on fancy furniture, special toilet seats etc.
- No first class travel tickets, if “second class” seats are good enough for the everyday man, they are good enough for the MPs that represent the everyday man.
- They would be banned from putting lunches on expenses, why should the tax payer pay for their lunch or dinner? Taxes are not their private expenses account & should not be footing the bill. Many of us have to provide our own lunch at work, so should MPs.
Tonight I met up with William, we were going to the Junction to see the Naked & Famous.
Now, this is only a small venue, so they have no designated disabled area, so you just have to pick a spot and go with it. Because we were both in our electric chairs, we went right for the front, so we could get good views, this proved to be a good choice, at the beginning.
The support act came on an hour later, the view was good, no problems, just like every time we go there. But when the main act came on, many behind us started pushing around, surging forwards. We kept getting pushed into too, it was quite weird to start with. Then it got more and more aggressive, this one bloke kept standing on the back of our chairs, it was really worrying for us, we were raised up, chairs swaying, not good. I decided to lower my seat, then Will followed.
Security came to us, told us to give them a nod if the bloke kept standing on our chairs. 5 minutes later, I gave the nod, he kept doing it, he was also pushing others. I think he was chucked out at the same time as a large group, this large group were also responsible for holding up the whole show. Half hour in, as one song finished, they started chanting a sexist comment, so the band asked them to stop and said they wouldn’t play until they had gone. So there was a10 minute delay and they all left, band returned, fun evening in the end.
Got a guitar pick and the end too, as did William. No one the crew with the band noted how we “got beat up” and said we deserved them, I admit, we took a few blows to the back and head, ouch.