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'Cerebral palsy did not stop me from becoming a lawyer'

It was pretty wierd when, last year I bumped into someone from my old special school at powerchair football training in woolwich. Hebden green is miles away in a quiet corner of cheshire; that was a world I had assumed I had left far behind. To bump into someone from that world here in my new one was quite a turn up, but I am pleased it happened.

Dan is training to be a barrister. He was telling me about it yesterday, and about how he has been turned down from many interviews due to his speech impediment. Dan speaks more clearly than me or Lyn, and does not need to use a communication aid, so I was fairly disheartened to hear that was a problem for him. Nonetheless, in the interviews he does get, he does well, and is well on his way to becoming a lawyer. In fact, I just saw on Facebook that he's been in the Brazillian Press about it. He told me yesterday that he has another interview today, so let me wish him the very best of luck.

I may have been wrong about my old school. I now know quite a few former students who are now doing very well for theirselves. I didn't do too badly, either. I once dismissed it along with all special schools as little more than daycare centres. While I still say there are major problems with the system of segregated education, for me to dismiss all the staff who work in such schools as not bothering to teach students properly was clearly quite wrong.


[Edited Yesterday at 20:25:12 - added link]

A truly normal day

It feels great to have things back to normal. Lyn got home late last night after I had gone to bed. It was so nice to wake up with her lying beside me again, as if normal life had resumed after a short interval. Mind you, in other respects, things aren't so normal: high summer seems to have been suddenly sprung upon us, and I was able to sit out in the park in the heat for most of the afternoon. Lyn joined me there, then my fellow Hebden Green oldboy Dan, before we all came back here to sit in the garden. A truly normal day, then, but I really hope this lovely weather continues.

Brexit's first defeat in the lords

Peers have defeated the government on the issue of staying in a UK-EU customs union after Brexit, the BBC reports. I always knew those old duffers were useful for something. Let's just hope this is a sign of things to come, although I suspect that as the reality of leaving the EU becomes clearer and clearer, such defeats for the Outists will become commonplace.

Mind you, I'm only occupying my mind with such matters while I wait for my beloved to get home. I am starting to try to avoid politics altogether as it just makes me angry, and the recent news of Lee has reminded me that there are more pressing issues to worry about.

I miss Lyn

Smeg I miss Lyn! I haven't seen her in over a week and, to be honest, it's becoming painful. Since I got home, the house has not felt right: it has been empty and quiet, barren of music. I've missed looking over to Lyn's studio and seeing her at her desk; I've missed kissing her every morning as I get up; I've missed kissing her goodnight on my way to bed. I've missed talking to her, chatting to her, arguing with her. I've missed the laughter, the puns, and the awful jokes. I've missed the cuddles and the warmth. I know it has only been ten days or so, but it has felt like an age. I know now how Mum must have felt when Dad used to go away on business when I was small. I miss Lyn badly, and can't wait for her to get back tomorrow.

Draft one done

Believe it or not, but yesterday I finished the first draft of the book I'm working on. I am surprised how quickly it has come together, but yesterday I decided it was time to combine all the chapters into one document and send it to Lyn, my parents and a few of my friends for feedback. It may have needed a bit more work before I called it a draft, but it was getting there. At over twenty thousand words it's quite substantial. Steve has already given me some excellent input, so today I started draft two. At this rate it should be ready in no time.

Mind you, I'm awareI've been neglecting my blog, so expect some longer entries on here soon.