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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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    Woman of the Night on Wheels

    When I was about six years old, my cousins and I were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Surrounded by friends and family, answers like; “an architect”, “a doctor”, “a lawyer”, went whizzing around the table. I was stumped.   Read More...

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    A Surreal yet Phenomenal Whirlwind

    So, do you remember that New Year’s Resolution list I’ve been living my life by for the past ten months? Well, I think I’ve nailed it in two weeks flat. There’s a lot I can’t publicise yet, but bits I can.   Read More...

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    The Wandering Englishman

    You know how before you hop on a plane people always feel the need to tell you horror stories and then make you promise not to fall from the sky? You know how if something’s going to happen it’ll happen to my family because we’re all fruit loops? And you know how, regardless of what the situation is, I usually find myself thinking; “Damn, this will make a decent blog?” Well, my friends, what a tale I have to tell.For the most part, my recent trip to Istanbul was rat...  Read More...

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    Is It CP or Is It Just Me?

    Everyone has their odd quirk, but I’m noticing more and more that I seem to have plenty. It could just be the way my body works, or it could be some of the perks of having Cerebral Palsy. So, calling my fellow CP-ers; is it the CP or is it just me?The one where I jump (a lot):You know when you watching a scary moving and you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, hiding behind a cushion?   Read More...

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    Never Stop Asking Questions

    To the woman who told her daughter to be quiet as they walked past me the other day, thank you. Thank you for reminding me why I do what I do. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my own bubble, which centres around raising disability awareness, that I forget why I started in the first place.   Read More...

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    Dalek Invasion

    Hey Trev,I have a pressing question and given you’re the omniscient one, I thought you’d be the guy to talk to. Were wheeled folk designed as part of a futuristic pilot scheme? I only ask because we’re heading towards the robot age and when you think about it, we’ve been resembling robots for years.   Read More...

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    Lucky Draw

    Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The benefit that was brought in to replace Disability Living Allowance. The benefit that supposedly makes living with a disability easier.   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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    What Happened?

    “What’s wrong with you?” is a question I get asked a lot as a disabled person. There’re several answers to this, not all relating to my wheels, but seeing as the wheels are the most obvious problem, I generally answer according. The follow-up question to this is usually, “What happened?” To this I respond with a well-rehearsed one-liner stating that part of my brain died at birth, hence the Cerebral Palsy.   Read More...

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    Disability Awareness

    What an interesting week it’s been. First, a festival, then the Edinburgh Fringe, then a day of Masquerade Ball promotion. As much as this week has been varied, there was definitely a common theme of disability awareness.You know what it’s like when you go to a festival.   Read More...

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    More Disabled Than We Actually Are

    Do you ever have those days where you feel more disabled than others? A stupid question really, especially for those of you who aren’t disabled. There’s always going to be stuff you can’t do, like opening the fridge because your wheels get in the way.   Read More...

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    Thunderstorms Are Flatulence

    Evening Trev,Can I still call you that or would you prefer God?I hope you’re not baking in this heat. Although, is that even a problem for you? Can you just go and sit on whichever cloud you want, above a country with a perfect temperature or you?   Read More...

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    The Hiking Trip

    I wrote this as an entry piece for BBC Ouch in the hopes I could perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Although I was unsuccessful, I thought it’d give you guys a giggle. Happy reading…Imagine me on a hiking trip.   Read More...

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    Equality, Integration and Multi-Morbidity

    If you’re disabled, you’ll know that almost every professional has a tendency to assign any problem you may have to your disability. You go to the doctors with a common cold and it’s automatically a symptom of cerebral palsy. Essentially, it’s the easiest box to tick because no further investigations need to be carried out.   Read More...

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    London: Solo Style

    The beauty of finding your independence is that you push boundaries, hope for the best and, in general, wing it. On Saturday, I went to London – solo style.The problem with me is I can’t say “no” to anything, so when I received an invitation to participate in a research project which is run by University College London, in collaboration with National Children’s Bureau, the answer was obviously “yes”. I love the work NCB do, and any research project that&...  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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    The Thing About Summer

    Is everyone enjoying the weather? Got your barbecues out yet? How many people fell asleep yesterday afternoon and woke up with epic tan lines?   Read More...

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    Kerplunk

    Do you ever have those days that are unexplainably stressful? The ones where you wake up in the morning and think, what the hell am I doing with life. To be fair, the latter happens most mornings for me and that’s how I know I’m on the right path, but Friday was, without a doubt, one of those days.   Read More...

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    It Started with Ballet Shoes

    Earlier this week, I went on a Prince's Trust business start-up course. The long and short of it is I've definitely decided this is the way forward, so watch this space. But as I was sitting there, listening to our tutor, Emily Webb, talk about how her business began: How Oarsome Grips are the product of a GCSE Design and Technology project that hasn't ended, how she was the youngest person at the time to pitch on Dragons' Den and how her childhood ambition to become a psychiatrist was overtaken...  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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    Giraffes, Bus Stops and Idiots

    So, it’s a Wednesday afternoon (Thursday evening by the time you read this), it’s raining in the same way that it has done all week and I have nothing interesting to say. Since we last spoke, I have written and replied to emails, sorted out my abysmal finances, and attended meetings. I mean, the meetings were productive, but there’s nothing to report on just yet.   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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    Nobody Died

    The unconventional days are always the best.Friday morning came with a frantic call from my friend, who whilst on holiday, had had a staffing emergency. One of her son’s PA’s had phoned in sick which meant that Bernard would be home alone, unable to eat, drink or successfully go to the loo. I knew she was struggling because she’d essentially asked someone on wheels to go and lend a hand to someone else on wheels; a blog-worthy experience if nothing else.It wasn’t until I ...  Read More...

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    Family Dynamics

    I challenge anyone to get their head around family dynamics. Every family is different. Some of them are filled with a thousand hugs and a million I love you’s whilst others run for the hills at the first sign of anything affectionate.   Read More...

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    I Really Shouldn't Laugh

    I went to a wedding yesterday, and what a beautiful occasion it was. The Bride looked stunning and the Groom scrubbed up well too. As with any celebratory event, there were cameras flying around everywhere, which was a problem because my standard pose unintentionally makes me look even more disabled than I already am.   Read More...

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    Gratitude

    As many of you know, last Sunday I completed a mile and a half sponsored walk for Lincoln Drill Hall and Lincoln Samaritans. I’d spent months training to get my dysfunctional, uncooperative limbs ready for the challenge and I’d be lying if I said it all went to plan; it didn’t. It took me five hours which included one very pivotal moment when I thought my life was going to come to an abrupt halt.   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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    One Week Out of the Closet

    I’ve only been out of the closet for a week and the reactions I’ve had from people have been 100% blog-worthy. Some of you may have caught the original blog before I had to edit it for reasons that I cannot disclose. If this is the case, it’ll all make perfect sense to you.   Read More...

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    I Like a Good Time as Well

    Dating is tricky at the best of times but dating with a disability is even harder. I can only speak from my own perspective, but there’s so much more to contend with, such as my wheelchair shaped barrier. As with any social interaction, there’s generally an instant sense of fear emulating from the other person.   Read More...

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    Adam and Steve

    Alright, Trev,How are you, mate? Long time, no hear. How’s the management of Earth coming along?   Read More...

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    A Perfect Illustration

    Body image. A topic everyone is talking about, yet no-one is entirely comfortable talking about. Add a disability into the mix, especially one which is visible, and you’ll find yourself wheel-deep in a hot mess of insecurities.Last Wednesday I went to a photoshoot.   Read More...

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    Inspirational

    What a fun-filled day Monday was! I spent the morning with the lovely Sarah Hogan on Siren Radio. We talked about the sponsored walk, the charity shindig and most importantly, what both events are in aid of; Lincoln Drill Hall and the Samaritans.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: Cripples' Day Out

    There’s nothing stranger than how disabled people are perceived within society. Don’t get me wrong, we have come along way. We’re no longer locked up for being abnormal and I think disability awareness is becoming more common, but there’s still plenty of quirks that need to be ironed out.Last night, I was out with my friend Bertie (who’s also in a wheelchair) at the Red Herring Comedy Club at Lincoln Drill Hall.   Read More...

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    Living with a Disability

    Yesterday, my friend and I were invited to talk to Health and Social Care students about what it’s like living with a disability. This is a topic we could both talk about for hours, boring everyone to death in the process, so the students pre-planned their questions for us. They were a lovely bunch of people and they all seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say, but you what it’s like when you get chatting, we ran out of time.   Read More...

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    Sleeping Beauty: In Reality

    Fairytales. You know the drill. A damsel in distress spends the entire storyline metaphorically wrestling with an evil, matriarchal character.   Read More...

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    I Think I Might Be Going Crazy

    So, I was sitting in front of Netflix last night, chatting to my cousin about today’s blog. “Was that Chinese you’ve just had sensational enough to review?”, she said, “And how do you come up with content every few days?” In answer to her questions, I’m not sure how my ramblings are transformed into your twice-weekly entertainment. Sure, some weirdly wonderful things happen, but most of the time, the highlight of my week is a mediocre Chinese and a three...  Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: Life is Beautiful

    Have you ever had one of those weeks where it's just been inexplicably stressful for no reason? There have been staffing issues, masquerade ball issues, and generally one hundred things to do with no time to do them in. Everybody wants you to be in a certain place at a certain time and to be in a certain mood.   Read More...

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    Living My Best Disabled Life

    Over the recent weeks, I’ve unintentionally created a new hashtag, namely #LivingMyBestDisabledLife. It began when it took me and my fellow wheeled-friend twenty minutes to make half a cup of tea, which if he was totally honest, probably tasted disgusting. Instead, he just told me that it was made with love and that that was all that mattered.Come to think of it, there’re countless situations, past, present and undoubtedly future where ‘living my best disabled life’ is th...  Read More...

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    One of a Kind

    Hey there, Written Wheelies, I survived, I’m in one piece, and have such an epic tale to tell you. As some of you may be aware, last week was the annual occurrence of the family holiday. Generally, this consists of lavish pub crawls combined with really early mornings as we are awoken by the song of Kenneth, and at some point, handbags at dawn.   Read More...

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    Stage and Screen

    So, I’m going to enter a contest called Breaking Into News. It gives people with no journalistic experience the chance to come up with an idea for a story and have it broadcast in the regional ITV News bulletin. I have to get creative and pitch my 200-word idea by 5th April.   Read More...

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    Snow White: In Reality

    Fairytales. You know the drill. A damsel in distress spends the entire storyline metaphorically wrestling with an evil, matriarchal character.   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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    Another Interesting and Quirky Story

    On Sunday, I joined 143 hopefuls who were auditioning to be a presenter on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. The advert for Be the One said the ideal candidate should be ‘full of energy, personality and have an authentic voice of Lincolnshire’. The audition process was simple; turn up, sign up, and be able to tell an interesting story that lasts 60 seconds.   Read More...

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    The Meaning of Life: It's as Clear as Mud

    Dear Jo – our resident writer in a wheelchair,My sincerest apologies for the delay in response. You were right to say that we had a backlog of things to do and considering Trevor has no idea how to turn a computer on, let alone retrieve things from the Cloud, I am his secretary, general dog’s body, and better half.You, like many before you and probably many after you, wrote to Trevor asking him to explain the meaning of life. The truth is, he doesn’t really know.   Read More...

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    The Fundamentals of Caring

    You know what it’s like when you first move out of your family home. You suddenly realise that clothes don’t wash themselves, beds don’t make themselves, and boiling an egg is a hell of a lot trickier than you thought. Everyone goes through the stage when they live off beans on toast for months before they get to the point when a trip to Ikea is the most exciting thing imaginable.   Read More...

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    Bryony's Birthday Blog

    Bryony’s Birthday Blog. It does what it says on the tin. It’s a blog and it’s Bryony’s birthday today – which is why Wednesday has become a Tuesday for one week only.   Read More...

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    Disability and Employment for Dummies

    You know how it is. You go to school. At some point, you get thrown into work experience and given careers advice which you never listen to.   Read More...

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    The Meaning of Life

    Dear Trevor – can I call you that? You have so many names within different faiths, and in all honesty, God seems a tad formal.I'm writing to you because I asked my Written Wheelies what they wanted me to blog about, and one of them suggested, “the meaning of life”. I’m not too sure I can do the topic justice, so I thought I’d come to you.   Read More...

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    Cinderella: In Reality

    Fairytales. You know the drill. A damsel in distress spends the entire storyline metaphorically wrestling with an evil, matriarchal character.   Read More...

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    Resolution One: The Tattoo

    Resolution one is successfully completed. That’s right, I spent Friday afternoon getting inked by the super talented Jess, at Living Colour, Lincoln. I told you I’d have a good story to tell you for your Sunday evening read.   Read More...

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    An Uninteresting Few Days with Writer's Block

    I’m sitting here, full of cold having spent days pondering the topic of today’s blog. Nothing interesting has happened since we last spoke, and I have yet to complete any of my resolutions – although a few are in the pipeline. In short, I have writer’s block and I’m staring at the screen through eyes that refuse to open to a functional level with a brain that resembles cotton wool.I think there’s something to be said about how interesting an outsider finds som...  Read More...

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    2019 Has to Mean Something More

    Let’s be realistic. 2019 won’t consist of 365 wonderful days. You’re not gonna be awoken by your Prince Charming having magically entered the fairytale realm.   Read More...

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    Entangled

    I think we can all agree that Christmas is a time when dysfunctional family dynamics are put under the microscope causing a cascade of heightened emotions. I wouldn’t normally publish something concerning another person when it remains raw and unresolved. However, with the help of anonymity and in the hope that it may help someone else in a similar situation start to unpick what addiction means for them, here is my perspective of it.   Read More...

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    The Hippy Grinch

    For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I am the Grinch at Christmas. You may have also noticed I have a new-found and overt love for life and everyone in it. However, the two statements are somewhat contradictory which means throughout December I’ve been fighting a constant battle of continuing to spread the love whilst remaining true to my Bah Humbug persona.   Read More...

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    Spider-Man vs Sheldon Cooper: In Memory of Jake Shaw

    I climbed a wall… Yes, I’m being deadly serious... No, it obviously wasn’t in a conventional way, but when is anything I do conventional? Just listen and I’ll tell you.   Read More...

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    Breaking Down the Barriers of Disability

    This week has taught me a lot about where Written Wheel could lead. It’s also highlighted the trickier side of being disabled and having to manage my own staff team in order to make Written Wheel even more of a reality. So, here’s a shout out to all those folks who have to plan their day to the nth degree in order to just go for a pee.   Read More...

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    We Need to Talk About Kenneth

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll all know that Anne Hegerty is among this year’s celebs who have entered the jungle. The ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’ and ‘The Chase’ star is becoming increasingly popular with the nation, and this is partly due to her open-book approach with regards to having Asperger’s Syndrome.Like anything, autism presents itself differently in everyone, so for Anne, it s...  Read More...

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