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Getting to know Wroclaw

Yesterday was a wonderful day spent getting to know Wroclaw. It's a beautiful place of quaint, winding streets and beautiful buildings. I was pushed in my manual chair while Lyn was in her powerchair, and to be honest there were points when I regretted my choice. As per our plan, we met up with Dom's family, and spent the day walking around the city with them. This really is a fascinating place of rivers weaving around islands , it's very bricks and cobbles seemingly evoking this areas vibrant and dramatic history. Medieval abuts communist abuts modern like nowhere I've ever been before.

The problem was, I wished I could move under my own steam - there was socialising and exploring to do, after all. Lyn's powerchair had been transported by the airline without a problem, and I began to think I had been over cautious. That is not to say that there hadn't been problems or points when one powerchair had been plenty to cope with. Yet with lyn dashing ahead going wherever in the town she wished, I promised myself that, for our next trip, I'd definitely look into taking my powerchair. I couldn't feel too down about it, though: the town was too beautiful and our company too interesting for that.

Through the window, what new awesomeness awaits?

What's next? What is there left to see or do? What event could come close to the awesomeness of watching python, meeting Patrick Stewart or seeing lyn play before the world? Yet such moments only lit the fuse; they were just a beginning. They set the standard for life; a high water mark of how truly awesome things can get. Sat here in this plush new hostel room, at the dawn of another adventure, I have a feeling things are about to get awesome yet again. What will happen? What is there yet to be seen? Based on what has already happened, the possibilities are absolutely endless. It is that curnel of anticipation that sets my heart beating; knowing that things have a potential to be incredible because I have incredible things to look back upon. Through the window a bright new city beckons. Adventure awaits.

Off to poland!

In a few hours, Lyn and I set off to Stanstead to fly to Poland. It's not a holiday per se: L has been invited to perform at a festival there. It should be quite a trip: Lyn has chosen to take her powerchair, and I will be interested to see how well it goes on and off the plane. If all goes well, this could be the first of many trips with our powerchairs. After all, one of the downsides to trips abroad has always been having to be pushed around by your PA. I chose to leave mine at home, just to keep things simple; but if things go well, I will join Lyn in my powerchair on future trips. We have an interesting few days ahead, then; expect plenty of blogging from central Europe soon.

Was it's name Marvin?

I just came across this story linked to from facebook. A security robot in the states has apparently killed itself by falling into a pool of water. It was one of these little droids which goes around scanning the place, but that's not the detail I'm interested in. I want to know what it's name was - was it Marvin, by any chance?

The first female timelord

I cannot claim to be a Dr Who fan by any stretch of the imagination. Frankly, it strikes me as a kids program. But I find the announcement that the next doctor is to be played by a woman, Jodie Whittaker, really rather interesting. The beeb obviously want to take the show in a new direction: by diverging from what has been a norm for over fifty years, they are clearly making a statement. I suppose the Doctor is one of those characters, like James Bond, who acts as a kind of cultural cornerstone: something we can rely on, and know to be in the cultural agenda, even if we aren't particularly fussed to watch it.

Now, if the producers of Bond decided to take such a turn, the fans would be up in arms. Bond, when you look at him, is quite a rigid character: white, heterosexual and male, as described by Ian Fleming. You can't really deviate from that. Yet the Doctor has no such original; he's also a supernatural timelord, capable of regeneration. That means he can be played with. Whether fans will accept such a deviation, though, remains to be seen. While the producers are trying something new, they are breaking from decades of tradition. Who fans could be as stubborn as Bond fans, and demand that the character still adhere to the 'norm'. I suppose it all depends on how well Whittaker performs: if she does well and brings something new to the show, this could turn out to be a great move. It will be quite fascinating to see how this plays out - I might even watch it to see how she does.