Author Topic: The Good News Thread  (Read 796993 times)

barakta

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6925 on: March 25, 2021, 09:44:29 pm »
That skill in being sensitive, adaptive and successful with atypical learners is an important one. Well done you Beardy for having compassion, understanding and effectiveness at helping your son overcome barriers and clearly improve confidence to pass his test (at a REALLY tricky time). If this is a thing you wanted to do, I reckon it'd be an interesting later-life career.

I swear 50% of driving instructors are shysters. My 1st one advertised his firm as disability-specialists and was a hideous disablist macho creep who drove aggressively, jumped out of the car at the start of one of my lessons to threaten one of my college peers who he perceived as "driving too close to his car" and ditched me after 4 lessons (thankfully) having taught me nothing and told me it was all my fault for being too disabled... (But not in the actual ways that I am too disabled to drive safely). I know someone who shouldn't legally be driving (who didn't get told this) whose driving instructor took their money for THREE years before suggesting a 2nd opinion who immediately spotted the issue and told person they weren't safe to drive.

Beardy

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6926 on: March 25, 2021, 10:08:22 pm »
My big worry is that based on my experience of teaching Freddie, telling a student or parent that they are looking at 100 hrs plus of driving time would make me look like a shyster. There’s no magic bullet to gaining the necessary awareness if you’re challenged so, and you need to spend time behind the wheel with someone who won’t shout at you or freak out every time you try to kill them. I’d not thought to extend my practice to include people with other disabilities. That would required me to do a lot of studying to best understand when a person shouldn’t/couldn’t drive, but I think it would be immensely rewarding to help people gain mobility.
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barakta

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6927 on: March 26, 2021, 12:10:14 am »
Yeah, very difficult isn't it. Over-learning is sometimes the only option for people who find spatial stuff difficult. Or have other types of learning difference. There are strategies you can do obviously, but practice practice practice is also huge.

And yeah, it wouldn't be an easy career change, not least trying to show yourself as not like the shysters and building up a customer base via trust and teaching yourself about broader disability stuff on top of learning to drive-instruct.

But you could do it, especially if you got yourself some proper Disability Equality Training by actual proper politically disabled people with the relevant impairments so learned more about a range of needs and approaches.

Regulator

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6928 on: March 29, 2021, 04:39:54 pm »
I’ve just booked a weekend away in North Yorkshire at the end of April. I’m going to get fitted for boots at Alt-Berg. First time we’ve been away from home for about 6 months (our Christmas trip was cancelled).

We’ll be staying in a posh shepherd’s hut on a farm just north of Richmond...
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Wowbagger

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6929 on: March 29, 2021, 08:25:54 pm »
Altberg boots are very good. But you could have stayed at home and been measured for them at open Air!
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Regulator

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6930 on: March 30, 2021, 07:15:08 am »
Altberg boots are very good. But you could have stayed at home and been measured for them at open Air!

Open Air don’t stock all the boots and sizes.   Whilst I generally rate Open Air I’ve had some poor service around boots. 
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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6931 on: April 02, 2021, 05:46:22 pm »
I have to admit that the Alt-Berg shop/factory really wasn't what I was expecting - a quite modern building on a small trading estate.

I do like their boots though - currently I've got four pairs of boots and one pair of walking shoes, each with their own specific use (although I do have both the high and mid length Hogg All Weather). It was the latter that I called in to buy; there seems to be a real lack of good leather walking shoes nowadays.

citoyen

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6932 on: April 15, 2021, 09:57:40 am »
Yesterday was a good day.

First, I booked my jab - got an appointment for Tuesday. And this time there's no likelihood of it being cancelled.

Then, because it was a sunny evening and I'm owed a few hours of my life back, I clocked off work early and went for an MTB ride in the woods - all the way to the brewery, where I enjoyed a real actual pint of real actual beer straight from the cask.


Sunny evening in Clowes Wood by citoyen, on Flickr


Actual pint by citoyen, on Flickr
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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6933 on: April 15, 2021, 10:33:00 am »
That all looks about perfect, though next time perhaps you ought to pack a real glass glass.
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citoyen

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6934 on: April 15, 2021, 10:46:14 am »
That all looks about perfect, though next time perhaps you ought to pack a real glass glass.

I noticed that some other customers were drinking from real glasses, so that was a tad disappointing.

The beer itself was most excellent though - a classic hoppy English bitter (made with locally grown EKG hops, of course). Just 3.8% abv but packed with flavour.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Pingu

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6935 on: April 15, 2021, 11:15:31 am »
That all looks about perfect, though next time perhaps you ought to pack a real glass glass.

I noticed that some other customers were drinking from real glasses, so that was a tad disappointing.

The beer itself was most excellent though - a classic hoppy English bitter (made with locally grown EKG hops, of course). Just 3.8% abv but packed with flavour.

Git!  :)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6937 on: April 23, 2021, 12:25:05 pm »
Malaria vaccine 77% effective! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/23/oxford-malaria-vaccine-proves-highly-effective-in-burkina-faso-trial
I would be so keen to get that.  A fortnight of virtually total insomnia with Malarone left me almost paranoid.

citoyen

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6938 on: April 23, 2021, 02:48:39 pm »
I got shortlisted for an industry award today. Yay! Second year running. (Didn't win last year. Boo!)

Might go out for a pint to celebrate - seems like as good an excuse as any.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6939 on: April 23, 2021, 04:18:13 pm »
I got shortlisted for an industry award today. Yay! Second year running. (Didn't win last year. Boo!)

Might go out for a pint to celebrate - seems like as good an excuse as any.
Congratulations

citoyen

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6940 on: April 23, 2021, 04:30:51 pm »
Ta! These awards (PPA) don’t enjoy the status they once had, but still looks good on the CV if you win.
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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6941 on: April 23, 2021, 05:19:37 pm »
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.