Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Road rage...

Let’s get one thing straight. A wheelchair is not a toy. Just ask the lady I crashed into a few months ago. It sounds awful but let me explain. I didn’t do it on purpose although I will if you push my buttons (no pun intended) nor was it her fault. The wheelchair, to best describe it, had a mind of its own. The people who had been repairing a separate issue must have been playing around with the computer and left one side of the wheelchair with something ridiculous like 1000 times more power. This meant that I’d press forward and the chair would go in a large circle. The woman was obviously shocked and angry but she didn’t suffer any serious injuries (I don’t think).

I have to admit, it is sometimes my driving but mostly people don’t think or realise it’s quite difficult to drive an electric wheelchair. I’ll give you a recent example. I was walking (you know what I mean) to the Emirates with my brother. A boy and his dad were walking behind us at a brisk pace so obviously wanted to overtake. The boy sensibly went around the outside of me as he could see I was about to turn left. However, the dad walked in front of me on the inside and I had to stop so I didn’t hit him. He saw how annoyed I was and just laughed, not even an apology.

In hindsight, I should have run into his ankle but I’m not a malicious or vengeful person like Ryan Shawcross.

That is just one little story but I hope it makes people think. I’m not saying that the pavement should clear when a wheelchair comes along but don’t do idiotic things like putting your foot near a stationary wheelchair so that when I move, your foot is crushed or walk in front of a wheelchair and keep stopping.

Rant over.

Bye for now!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Tottenham Diet...

No, I’m not going to have a diet of lasagne and lose weight by being stuck in the toilet (sorry if you don’t understand that football reference). It’s just called the 5-2 diet, which has strong links to Tottenham.

It’s a bit of a late New Years Resolution but I’ve decided to at long last do something about my belly. It’s just not attractive and I need to sort it out. Also, I’ve been inspired by my parents who started their Biggest Loser diet yesterday. Just a reminder that they are both raising money for Grove  House Hospice and deserve donations:

It’s not a traditional plan but I heard Dr. Michael Mosley on the Richard Bacon show and I feel it could work for me. Basically, for 5 days a week, I can eat normally and then 2 days, I have to fast. I say fast but the plan allows 600 calories, which surprisingly is completely doable. I can still have toast for breakfast; have to skip lunch and then pasta with meat/sauce for dinner.  Obviously, I have to stay hydrated and drink at least 2 Litres of water which will probably be the most difficult as I simply forget to drink.

As well as changing my diet, I plan to create and stick to an exercise regime to not only keep the weight off but also build up my muscles. Hopefully, I’ll be able to show off my six-pack in the summer.

I’m going to start tomorrow and I’ll keep you updated on how I’m getting on.

Friday, 18 January 2013

What does it mean?

This is not a personal blog but something I just watched and feel the world should know about to make of it what you want.

Now, you are all aware of the Jimmy Savile scandal that rocked many institutions including the BBC. It’s easy to forget that the ITV documentary exposing the truth was only broadcast under five months ago (3rd October 2012). There were various implications for the BBC such as who knew and why was the Newsnight investigation canned?

So, when I was watching an old Have I Got News For You from way back in April 2012 (Series 43, episode 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01gknnc), I was shocked to hear what Jo Brand said about Savile.

Skip to 26.15 to watch the part I’m on about http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qckq9/Have_I_Got_Old_News_For_You_Series_43_Episode_2/ or if the link don’t work, here is the quote: “After being buried, the hamster dug himself out of his grave. This story has upset a lot of children, but if you are watching kids, please don’t worry. It can’t happen with Jimmy Savile.”

I know that Brand was only reading off an autocue but it again raises questions about what was known throughout the BBC.

I just thought it was interesting and gives you something to ponder over this snowy weekend.

Bye for now! 

Friday, 11 January 2013

Big news...

This will come as a massive shock to many but I have dropped out of University.

I have realised that I do not want to continue in education and have had enough. I regret choosing University in the first place but a combination of pressure from myself and school left me with little choice. For years, University has been a major part of my future and it did happen.

However, I’ve just been lying to myself because it’s not what I want in life. I’ve also been lying to everyone who has asked how University was going. I’ve loved living on my own and I’ve really grown as a person but the experience on the whole is not for me.

What next you ask? I’m not sure what exactly I want at the moment but don’t worry, I’ll come up with a new plan. I am upset at the moment but that is because I’m mourning the death of one set of ambitions. It’s just up to me to clear my mind out and create new goals.

I’d just like to apologise to anyone who feels let down or disappointed or embarrassed by my decision.

I’ll continue to blog although it may be a little quiet during this adjustment period.

Bye for now!