Category Archives: Access

Attracting wheelchair users makes business sense

A couple of years ago, I went to Barcelona.  As a wheelchair user who travels a lot, I am depressingly used to things being pretty hard work.  In many countries access is patchy at best (most wheelchair users therefore end … Continue reading

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A “black power” moment for disability?

At a medal ceremony at the main Olympic stadium in London during the Paralympics, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was roundly booed by many of the 80,000 crowd. A British social commentator later said that maybe this … Continue reading

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The value of the disabled wallet isn’t fully recognised

Two years ago I went to a wedding party in the UK, held at a friend’s bar in a basement.  As I went down in the lift to join the crowd below, he moaned “I spent £25,000 putting this lift … Continue reading

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Paralympics may mask London’s lack of infrastructure

We moved to Australia from the UK partly because it is a lot easier to get around here outside the home.  Buildings are newer, there’s more space, and generally people seem a bit more willing to help. Of course, this … Continue reading

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Why I harp on about parking

Like many disabled people, I may sound like a stuck record, going on and on about parking. The reason I do is because not being able to park near where you’re going has a huge direct, and often indirect, impact … Continue reading

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A point that everyone knows, extremely powerfully made

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The WheelEasy Beachcomber

Three years ago, when we decided to move to Australia, to live near Sydney in Pearl Beach,  Justine said “I’m buggered if we’re going to be in Pearl Beach in 2011, and unable to stroll along it hand in hand … Continue reading

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“The lucky country” ….or is it?

I haven’t written this blog for a few months, because in July I moved to Australia.  I won’t go into detail here about the enormous logistical task it was for my wife, myself (and our cat) to relocate to the … Continue reading

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The cost of bureaucracy

As I said in my last blog entry, I was due to contest a parking ticket that I was disputing, and which I expected to win. My date with the adjudicator was last week. I came out of the hearing … Continue reading

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Cinema owners, shame on you.

Last week, I went to my local Vue cinema to see True Grit. My jaw dropped to the ground when I was asked by an eager young girl for a Cinema Exhibitors Association card, as proof of entitlement to a … Continue reading

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