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Jun. 3rd, 2008

Greetings Everyone!

Have decided to write here again after I hadnt written here for ages. Hope all is okay with you all, have you had a busy week?

Have been doing well in my job, as Student Support Co Ordinator, things are shaping up to be going well, lot of hard work but doing it well. Seems like June is going to be a busy month for me so must get things sorted out at work before I am off on my holidays to see my cousin Amanda who lives in Cananda , well Pender Islands actually!, get married and me and my sisters are helping my dad and my uncle and aunt to get the wedding day sorted out. Should be a lot of fun and nice to see my Uncle Pete again who I love and havent seen for ages! And my aunt Linda too!

Here's a picture of them :

They are my uncle and aunt from my mother's side of the family, as my uncle was her brother and he married Linda.

I promise to post more on here soon, but here's a thought for you,

If there was a way of changing the way people view you, what would it be?

Mar. 14th, 2008

Wishing I could travel back in time

  • Blog readers, thought I would post an entry on something that is on my mind at the moment and it it is all to do with films. I love a wide range of films and some can be most magical and you will never ever forget them. 

    This is true of one of the most magical films ever that you may remember as a child and probably enjoyed and it all happened way back when before I was even born funnily enough, in the year 1971. 

    Can you guess which magical kids film I loved as a child and wished that I was born so I could attend the premiere or recording of? Nope, can't guess? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory of course! That magical childrens film starring Gene Wilder as the lovable but wacky inventor who runs his own chocolate factory with oompa loompas, and five children who are invited to take a tour around the factory once they have won a golden ticket from chocolate bars. There was Charlie Bucket, a poor child from a poor family, Mike Teevee, a TV addict, Augustus Gloop, a German boy who loved to eat, Veruca Salt, a spoilt child whose father and mother were rich and gave her everything she wanted, and Violet  Beauregarde who loved chewing gum. 

    The film was one of the most magical in it's hey day and if you watch Youtube, you can watch clips from it and also three about where they filmed  the exterior shots of the factory which they did outside the Munich gasworks.  Here's some facts about the film you may not have known: 

The reactions of the actors in some scenes are spontaneous. For example, when the children first enter the main factory and see the gardens, their reactions are real, it was really their first view of that particular set.

 The scene where Augustus Gloop was interviewed for being the first Golden Ticket finder was shot at a real German restaurant. Most of the cast members went there for lunch during the time the movie was being filmed.

During the "Wonka Wash" car scene, the foam used to spurt out was compiled from basic fire extinguishers, but what was unknown to the cast and crew was that the foam itself was potent skin irritant, so after shooting the scene, the actors were left in considerable discomfort when their skin puffed up and required several days to receive medical treatment and recovery.

This movie was shot in Munich, Germany, but the producers had to go outside of Germany to recruit enough little people to play the Oompa Loompas (one of the many tragic legacies of the Nazi era). Many of the people cast as Oompaloompas (German or otherwise) did not speak English fluently, if at all. This is why some appear to not know the words to songs during the musical numbers.

And these facts are just a few taken from the entry on imdb, the Imternet movie Database. there's loads of info there too, about the filiming locations and the memorable quotes that the characters said. Find it at:

It's great that the child actors remember it so well too, and what will take you by surprise is that the boy who played Mike Teevee, who is called Paris Themmen in real life is selling off a signed pic of the five children including him and some other signed memorablia like a golden ticket signed and pics of him personally signed by him putting the winning bidders name on it. I would love it but it is too much for me to buy. Even so I still got messages from Paris Themmen though after I told him it would be too much for me to buy, he said he would take 60 US dollars for it but it is still too much as he is shipping it from the USA and the shipping would be 20 dollars. Anyone care to buy me it? No didnt think so, ogh well, at least I have haad messages from one of the child stars Paris Themmen!

Mar. 6th, 2008

Ouch Podcast 25

Yay! A new Podcast from my favourite disability website! 

Take a listen:

It's great!

Disability Arts

I am passionate about this subject. Have just visted the website of an organisation in London
called Heart and Soul which helps to support people with learning disabilities to achieve things in art and music. It can offer them workshopss too which will help them to learn more and just have fun while they do it. I think it is great that these organisations are set up like this to offer work for people with learning disabilities. I know the charity i work for does the same thing but we give support to those who are wanting to find work placements and to overcome barriers to work. 

We recently published a book called "User-Driven" and I am surprised and pleased with the response that we have been getting. It's good to know that people like me and my colleagues can make a difference iin this world and that places like Heart and Soul  can also make a difference.  

See, people who have disabilities and learning disabilities can be a part of society and it's great that society can make allowances for them but we need society to make more of an effort to include disabled people and those with learning disabilties.

Ever get the feeling you cant get out of a routine?

This is what happened to me today. I go down to my local Tescos frequently and like to buy the same things over agin as they are the foods and drinks I normally buy. This time when I went to Tescos , I suddenly started to feel panicky after buying the same things and couldnt chhose what to eat and drink in the cafe, or what drink to buy to pay for at the tabacco stand.  

I then started to feel guilty for having been panicky at the cafe and went to apologise to the lady serving at the cafe's till. I had already chosen a drink by then and she tolfd me what my mistake was in that I had wanted a small piece of cake which I dont normally do, but if I wanted a small piece of cake, I could cut it up at the till. 

I did, and I felt fine.

My first entry!

Welcome to the world of me! It's great that LiveJournal will be a great place to blog, and hope all will love it whatever I write! 

I will definately try and blog more than I have done in the past on other blog networks, but it will be great to get back into blogging again!