Given that the subject of drugs has cropped up in the news today, I think I will flag this entry up again. I stand by what I wrote there: the solution to the problem of drugs is not blunt criminalisation, but tolerance and understanding. To see the tories just dismiss the report calling for a more balanced approach - one on channel four news claiming it had been spun by the lib dems, and in fact supported their intolerant stance - simply goes to show how myopic and pig-headed they are. If you ask me, conservatism does more damage to society than any drug could.
It's only four but I'm already knackered. It has, though, been an incredible couple of days: I had to go over to the UEL campus right and early yesterday morning to greet the choir coming in, after which they had a few hours setting up and practice. During that time, it was my job to help film the choir for a documentary the rix centre is making. It felt as though I was doing what I had wanted to do for such a long time: they attached a small camera to the arm of my chair, and I was able to zoom about between the participants, getting all kinds of shots. I felt like I was making a music video, and think I managed to get some really good footage.
After that session I was able to come home and freshen up. The day was, however, far from over: the evening saw me return to the docklands campus, this time with Lyn, for the choir's grand evening performance. It was, I must say, amazing; I was bowled over by the quality of the singing and the creativity of the music. Each piece was unique, having been created by a member of the choir and thus saying something about them as individuals with learning disabilities. I was stunned.
This morning I headed in again hoping to participate in more filming. However, a broken lift at the DLR station I usually get off at (king George v) put pay to that idea. Fortunately yesterday evening Dominik showed me a better - but longer - way to get to campus, so I took that route instead. Had I not known about it, I would have been scuppered. Nevertheless, I arrived this morning towards the end of festivities, feeling somewhat annoyed, too late to help with anything.
Yet these two days have amazed me. We have the makings, I think, of a fascinating film; and in the Apex choir we have an incredible group of individuals. With the editing to start, this project is far from over; I feel thrilled to be part of it.
A week ago after we came home from watching Michael Palin, I wrote that I felt just a little down because that was the last big event we have lined up. It has been an awesome year - indeed an awesome couple of years - in which I seem to have constantly had something great to look forward to. In fact, between python, star trek, the liberty festival and so on I've been utterly spoiled: so many great memories. But now, there does not seem that much on the horizon.
However, I'm not complaining. I seem to be becoming busier and busier, with this week being especially busy as the Apex choir are coming to the Rix centre. In fact I might not have time to blog much this week. Moreover, it seems to me that, in this city, you never know when the next bit of awesomeness will come: in London truly incredible things seem to pop out at you from nowhere, or at least are only a google search away; fantastic things the memory of which you will cherish forever. As Lyn once reminded me, however great things may have been, there will always be greater things to follow; having wonderful memories is cool, but you must use them to inspire you, push you forward, whet your appetite. Time, then, to start the search for the next bit of awesomeness.
Unfortunately there is no reference to validate it, but I just came across the following on facebook and decided to share it:
This comment has just been made on conservatives Facebook it is going to go viral. ''sick of hearing lefties going on about the disabled , get the fk out your wheelchair and start cotributing instead of sitting there with ya grubby little mits out''
Behold the arrogance we now have to contend with.
I remember watching Back To The Future when I was little and thinking how cool it would be to have a hoverboard. As I grew older, I naturally assumed that it, like the Star Trek transporter, was firmly in the realm of science fantasy and had little chance of becoming reality. But I was wrong! According to this bbc article, a prototype hoverboard has been created: it uses magnets - somehow - to float. The piece notes that it only works over certain surfaces as yet, but I still find it awesome enough to link to. And of course, I now want to see a hover conversion for my wheelchair. Mind you, I find it interesting how often science takes it's queue from fiction, turning what we assume to be the wildest fantasies into reality.