Category Archives: low vision

Amazon-free Christmas 2014

Family emails, texts and phone calls were exchanged early this month.  Some members are spending the Christmas holiday in Australia and the time they are away also involves two birthdays.  Presents must be bought, wrapped and given by the end of … Continue reading

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Switching banks

For reasons of location accessibility I decided to switch from the Cooperative Bank in the city centre to Lloyds Bank which has a local branch within walking distance of my house. Not only do the banks claim switching is easy, … Continue reading

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Looking through someone else’s eyes

Today I have a guest blog post from Liz Dexter. Liz and her husband, Matthew, have been friends since before I developed WMD and a great support while I have been adjusting.   It was interesting to hear of her recent … Continue reading

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A few years ago it dawned on me that toenail cutting was a hazardous procedure if you have VI. I have always been vain about my feet and now they were hacked at and bloody. It upset me that I … Continue reading

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Traveling solo 2

During the last three weeks I have travelled unaccompanied from England to Paris and back by Eurostar and from England to Frankfurt Hahn and back by Ryanair. I booked Mobility Assistance through the booking agent. This also included help embarking … Continue reading

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Travelling solo

Eurostar In familiar surroundings and with help finding platform and seat numbers I can travel easily around the UK. Oh, and there is still the matter of swallowing my guilt about extensive taxi use. The main problem is the written … Continue reading

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Sight Village, Birmingham, UK 15/16 July 2014

Sight Village in Birmingham is a huge annual event covering everything from technology to a number of VI-related charities for people involved at all levels with VI. Sixth formers from a local school were on hand, armed with maps showing … Continue reading

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Peeling paint

Since the installation of double glazing in weatherproof frames, I have given no thought to having the outside of the house painted.  As for the guttering, I can’t see that far and don’t worry about the occasional drip. Then a … Continue reading

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Paris, 2014

For three days we emerged from our third floor apartment, down the curved and carpeted staircase, through the door in the gate to criss-cross Paris on foot and by Métro. We wandered up Montmartre and took the funicular to the … Continue reading

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Customer Service

In their infinite wisdom Network Rail closed the lines from Birmingham New Street to London Euston (the Virgin fast trains) over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Work on the line! Luckily the slower, cheaper line from Birmingham Moor Street station … Continue reading

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