Thursday, 23 September 2010

Spot the faux pas

I was watching 'Restaurant in Our Living Room' the other night and I think I spotted someone committing a faux pas during a dinner between the competing couples.

See if you can spot it.

So, in the middle of dinner, one half of the competing couples turns to one side and covers her mouth. Maybe to cough? In which case, that's fine, turning your head away is good manners.



But wait, what's this spewing out from between her fingers?...Is it...sick?



Now obviously, whilst throwing up isn't the best thing to do at the dinner table, this isn't the faux pas. She can't help it if she is overcome by nausea. However...

After wiping her mouth with the back of her hand she turns back to face her fellow diners, and her boyfriend (whose facial expression says it all) asks her whether she needs a minute, or should go to the toilet.



She says "No, my dinner will get cold" and with that picks up her knife and fork and carries on eating (cue another excellent facial expression)



I don't know about you, but I've only ever seen one other person do that: Mr Creosote

Monday, 13 September 2010

Mencap Snap Competition



You may recall that a couple of weeks ago a picture of my brother won a prize in this year’s MENCAP Snap competition: http://www.mencap.org.uk/snap/snap_2010/big_pic.asp?ID=819


I briefly mentioned it in another blog, but it got buried under loads of pictures of Bid TV’s Peter Simon demonstrating a back massager: http://christinalouisemartin.blogspot.com/2010/08/yet-more-things-i-saw-this-week.html

Naturally...

So, it seems only right and proper to give it a blog all to itself.

SNAP is an annual photo competition run by MENCAP.

All photos entered into the competition must be either taken by a disabled person or have a disabled person as the subject.

The competition is a fun way of promoting positive images of disability, and offers a rare insight into the everyday lives of the disabled.

Not many people have direct experience of disability or the disabled. As a consequence disability can make some people feel uncomfortable, even hostile.

The SNAP competition aims to change negative perceptions and challenge misconceptions about disability, by showing that disabled people are just like everyone else and are not to be ignored, pitied, patronised or feared.

They know how to have fun:


They are fearless:


They are loving:


And as babies they are just as cute as any ‘normal’ kid:


You can see all of the winning photos on MENCAP’s website, here: http://www.mencap.org.uk/snap/snap_2010/photo_index.asp

I would also highly recommend that you watch this film of a previous SNAP awards ceremony: http://www.mencap.org.uk/document.asp?id=6794 It’s really moving and shows the positive impact of the SNAP competition on the disabled people who take part.

There is an outdoor exhibition of the winning photos in Soho Square from 28 September to 12 October. It’s open from 8am to 7pm and is totally FREE!

Do go along, it is a genuinely uplifting project and you are bound to leave with a smile on your face.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Cat Bin Woman

So, what about that cat bin woman eh? Putting a cat in a bin like that.

She should be punished. But how?

Let's ask the public. That's never a bad idea. Sorry, I meant always. That's always a bad idea. Observe:

“Place her in the same bin, with the same cat, for 15 hours"


They are so incensed about the cat having been put in the bin, that they have, in their angry rage, inadvertently suggested putting the cat back in the bin.

…with its aggressor.

They'll have to go in the bin too at this rate.

The second best suggestion for vigilante justice was:

“I'd happily rub cat poo in her face for this crime against humanity”


I wonder if the courts would allow that.

Just one quibble. Cats don't count as 'humanity'. That should be 'catmanity' which isn't even a word, so. Yeah.