“I didn’t discover that the toilet was out of order until I needed to use it part way through my journey. The aisles in the carriages are too narrow to get a wheelchair through so I couldn’t move to another part of the train to try to find an alternative accessible toilet. I was stuck. In the end I was forced to wet myself. I was very angry about the negligence and incompetence of the train company and am considering taking legal action against them for damages. … [Read more...] about Disabled man ‘forced to wet himself’ when train toilet was out of order
Train under water tabs
On the first day, I discovered I’d been swimming for 10 minutes. Second day, a bit under 12 minutes. Third day, 10 minutes. Not only was I not getting any stronger, I wasn’t getting any less deluded. But there was something else going on, some combination of my own poor technique and the vast unknowability of the ocean, that was actively throwing me off. Getting nowhere on my own, I needed some input from people who knew stuff. … [Read more...] about Fit in my 40s: want to swim in open-water? Be prepared for the heebie-jeebies
I wasn’t sure I’d recognise the whereabouts of the Shaolin monk in north London, but the martial arts temple was bedecked with a splashy red arch. Heng Dao is not a monk; he is a practiser of Shaolin, an ancient combination of Zen Buddhism and martial arts. What is this place, anyway? On one side, a long boxing gym: very Fight Club. In another, a room with a sprung floor and a kung fu class. Heng Dao and I sit in a windowless, carpeted temple-ish space, with loads of fruit and three Buddhas looking down on us peaceably. … [Read more...] about Fit in my 40s: will Shaolin training bring me calm?
Symptoms were assessed using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) of imitation, emotional response and verbal and non-verbal communication. Children scoring above 30 are considered to have ASD. … [Read more...] about ‘Water pill’ that’s used to reduce swelling hailed ‘real breakthrough for kids with autism’
She and Giles have now moved to nearby Covehithe as their former home is dismantled. Juliet said: “They’ve started piling up bricks so I believe they want to salvage certain things.” … [Read more...] about House teetering on cliff edge flattened before it falls into sea and pollutes water