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    A Thing Called TEDx

    It started with ballet shoes. Correction, it started over ten years ago, when I found myself up a mountain, butt-naked without a wheelchair and lying in a puddle of my own pee. If I hadn’t had that somewhat surreal experience, I wouldn’t have had to recount it a decade later to Andy Farenden.   Read More...

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    The Importance of Ballet Shoes

    It started with ballet shoes. Like any stereotypical young girl, I had my heart set on becoming a Prima Ballerina. Too innocent to comprehend the challenges I’d face to get to where I needed to be, I just wanted to fit in and dance with the best of them.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: A Different Kind of Disabled

    They say I’m a different kind of disabled.So, I sit and observe. Why am I a “different kind of disabled” What sets me apart from the rest of them? I’m surrounded by people who are coaxed into doing what other people want because it’s “what’s best for you” – as if having a disability instantly removes your autonomy.   Read More...

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    When Stardust Did Grease

    If you know anything about me, you’ll know I have a hunger for creativity and a love for anything that exudes inclusivity, integration and diversity. So, if you put me in a room where all the above are happening, I’m guaranteed to be in my element… On Thursday, I took a front row seat as Stardust Theatre Group performed their musical, Summer Nights. It was an hour filled with flair, enthusiasm and a lot of Greased Lightnin’.   Read More...

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    Dear My Future Red Head

    Dear My Future Red Head,I guess this is an advert calling all potential love interests. The idea came as a result of many conversations I’ve had with friends. We figured if we got the word out there, I wouldn’t remain a single pringle forever.   Read More...

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    We Have Black People

    I heard of a tale where a Headteacher was so overjoyed when his school became home to pupils who were of African ethnicity, he would tell anyone who cared to listen, “We have black people!” In this day and age, it sounds like an utterly offensive and crazy thing to have said, especially considering it wasn’t an isolated incident. The same guy was once showing a prospective pupil around his school and he went to shake hands; which was all well and good until he realised the boy ...  Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: Don't Box Me In

    Mental Health Awareness Week. Where do I begin? One of the major hurdles of having a disability that’s so visible is there’s no escaping it.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness

    Happy Sunday, Written Wheelies – I hope your week has been fabulous. I thought I’d give you an overview of my week’s experiences and the conclusions I’ve drawn from them. You might agree with me, you might not, but you’re about to enter my brain which consists of jumbled thoughts and random stories.   Read More...

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