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I am delighted to be sponsored by VauxWall – part of the Lakeland Climbing Centre Group •••••••••••••••••••••STOP PRESS!••••••••••••••••••••• I have just submitted my proposal for The Holman Prize, an award made to blind adventurers who want to change the way sight loss is perceived. The first stage is to submit a 90-second YouTube video detailing…

Mad Dogs and Parakeets (Hampstead Village Voice Issue 33)

An Arctic wind rakes my face with sleet and threatens to perforate my Parka. It’s so dark that I scuttled back into the house to check it really was 8 a.m. Unfortunately it was, so now I’m picking my way along pavements strewn with the stripped corpses of outcast Christmas trees; their erstwhile owners displaying…

Happy Heathen Christmas (Hampstead Village Voice Issue 32)

Lo! and it came to pass, in the rain of North West London, that a love was born unto me for the festival of Christmas, that once I did dread! Yea verily, the holly spirit has entered me, banishing forever the imp of ‘bah humbug’.  I have seen the lights! Yes, even as Camden’s elves…

Acid Test

What do blind people have to do to be seen? In reporting the recent trial of a man who carried out an acid attack the media focused exclusively on the disfiguring injuries suffered by victims. Both TV and radio reports chose to focus on the life-changing scars inflicted on the young women caught up in…