Alexandra Adams, 25, is a fourth-year medical student, on track to become the first doctor in Britain who is registered both deaf and blind Well-meaning folk used to tell Alexandra Adams she couldn’t ski. Blind people can’t, they said. People who are blind and deaf certainly can’t. It turns out, though, that determination (or ‘sheer stubbornness’, as she puts it) can triumph over disability. Alexandra went skiing — and not just on the baby slopes. She went full throttle. Frankly, it sounds suicidal. ‘I have no vision in one eye and just 5 per cent in the other, so I couldn’t see anything except white,’ she admits, cheerfully. ‘I couldn’t see where the ice patches were, or the rocks. But I ended up training with the GB Paralympics team. ‘I had a guide who went in front and we communicated via Bluetooth headphones linked to my hearing aids. He’d say: “Ice patch on the right!” or: “Sharp left … [Read more...] about Britain’s first blind and deaf medic says seeing and hearing doesn’t make you a better doctor in an interview that is as humbling as it is inspiring
Talking heads stop making sense
Lin-Manuel Miranda made a cameo, Woody Harrelson portrayed a gay Joe Biden who kisses Anderson Cooper on the lips, and Billy Porter emceed a CNN Democratic town hall in a hilarious Saturday Night Live cold open. Kate McKinnon stole the show as sassy Elizabeth Warren who cracks one liners while imitating drag queen Sasha Velour. Miranda, the composer behind the Broadway hit Hamilton, spoofed Julian Castro, the lone Latino candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. ‼️ @Lin_Manuel ‼️@WoodyHarrelson ‼️ pic.twitter.com/kcKacEwSLQ— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) October 13, 2019 Woody Harrelson (left) goes all out as a gay version of Joe Biden who kisses Anderson Cooper - played by Alex Moffat - on the lips during Saturday Night Live's cold open Lin-Manuel Miranda (left) plays Julian Castro as Anderson Cooper, who is played by Alex Moffat, looks on during SNL's cold open Kate McKinnon portrayed Elizabeth Warren, … [Read more...] about Woody Harrelson plays a gay Joe Biden who kisses Anderson Cooper while Billy Porter emcees in hilarious SNL spoof of CNN LGBTQ town hall
How much do you earn? There are few questions that British people find so excruciating – or rude. Walking around Bristol on a heaven-scented spring day, buttonholing random strangers about their personal finances, I sense most would prefer it if I were asking when they last masturbated, or passed stool, or voted Conservative. “I’d say that’s a cheek!” says a gentleman in his 80s. But why? “I’m British, that’s why. My business is my business.” I try a younger guy in athletic gear, performing stretches by a park bench. “If you ain’t paying me, I ain’t interested,” he says. A model neoliberal citizen. I approach a couple of mothers in the park and cast a shadow over their picnic rug. One is a stay-at-home mum; the other is not. “It’s not something you want to talk about in front of your friends, is it, what you earn?” the latter says. “Some people are underpaid, some people are overpaid, … [Read more...] about How much do you earn? ‘It’s not something you want to talk about’
On 22 February 2014, I published a post on my blog. I titled it “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race”. It read: “I’m no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the existence of structural racism and its symptoms. I can no longer engage with the gulf of an emotional disconnect that white people display when a person of colour articulates their experience. You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It’s like treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It’s like they can no longer hear us. “This emotional disconnect is the conclusion of living a life oblivious to the fact that their skin colour is the norm and all others deviate from it. “At best, white people have been taught not to mention that people of colour are “different” in case it offends us. They truly believe that the experiences of their life … [Read more...] about Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race
20. My Baby Just Cares for Me (1987) After it was used for a perfume ad, Nina Simone’s jazz classic made it into the top 10 in the autumn of 1987. Inspired, no doubt, by the (non-Aardman) video for a successful re-release of Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite earlier in the year, this music video became a second bite at claymation-meets-1950s. Peter Lord, who directed, went with a sultry singing cat and some artistic shots of piano keys. 19. Next (1990) Aardman Animation secured a high-profile commission from Channel 4 at the end of the 80s: a five-part short film series called Lip Sync, mostly comprising animation of pre-recorded interview material. Next, directed by Barry Purves, deviates from the concept: its basic gag is that William Shakespeare himself is auditioning for an uninterested Peter Hall. On the stage, Shakespeare whizzes through references to every one of his plays; Hall couldn’t be less impressed. Clever. 18. Going Equipped (1990) A more orthodox … [Read more...] about Aardman’s 20 best films – ranked!