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Don't quack like a duck, soar like an eagle! December 2020

To all the people who may be new to the blog, I try to provide news and information that may be relevant not just to people with disabilities, but all people in our community. If you have just joined a) where have you been? and b) I always end the blog with a terrible joke, so you have been warned!

I don’t know why, but three of the items this month relate to the arts, so before you think, ‘not for me’, please give them a go.

I came across this interesting story about an actress apologising for elements of the role she played in a movie. I really don't know where to start on this, I'm not sure if I agree with it, or disagree with it so I'll just leave it to you the reader with your own thoughts, although I just wonder if every actor/actress who has played the role of someone with an impairment will now apologise for the role they played - I just don't know where you stop!  Alternatively, you could put disabled actors in the lead role – just a thought!

Sometimes you watch something and you just think ‘wow’, this video about the life of Martina, a Spanish lady living with Alzheimer’s Disease gave me a ‘wow’ moment – just enjoy.

Now this was right up my street! Six monologues under the title ‘Crip Tales’, written, directed and performed by disabled people that were recently shown on BBC 4 and are now available on BBC iPlayer (I did ask myself why the backwoods of BBC4, but hey, ho).  Each monologue lasts around 15 minutes, but be warned, the subjects raised can be difficult and there is some strong language used.  In an ironic twist, it sort of links to the issues faced by the actress in the first topic – why, because of the high quality of the acting!

At this time of the year, a lot of people are affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), or more commonly, The Winter Blues.  In this article/video, Esther discusses the possibility of ‘exploring what this phase of winter has to offer us, instead of grieving those things that it is taking away?’ Definitely worth a look at a different perspective on something that affects thousands of people.

I take my hat off to Nick, the first man with Downs Syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon – an amazing achievement.  It actually got me thinking of taking back up a sport I loved when I was younger; now let me think, just where did I put my indoor carpet bowls set?

Have you ever heard of the term ‘The Disability Paradox’; well these young people describe it perfectly.  They all have an amazing, positive outlook on life and its really refreshing.  I know I was the same at their age and hopefully, I still am! #HappyPlaceHappyPlace

If there is a positive to come out of the last nine months it is the closer working relationships that have been formed between voluntary and statutory organisations, particularly through the work of Hartlepower.  A good example is how our Project 65 and an organisation called ‘Just Heat – Meals on Wheels’ now share each other’s leaflets when meeting people new to our services.  There is an eligibility criteria for their service and the meals are not only affordable, but they look delicious!

My final link is personal to me, but I trust you understand the reason I am sharing it with you.  In April when COVID-19 was relatively new, scary and affecting us all in different ways, I came across this video. I find it just as powerful and uplifting now as I did back then.  I don’t know if it’s the song, the harmonica, or the drawings within the video, but I just think its amazing and as we leave our second lockdown, it just seems right to share it.

On behalf of us all at Incontrol-able, we would like to wish you all a Safe and Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous 2021.

Joke of the month: I’ve decided to release a Christmas record called ‘Duvet know it’s Christmas’ – it’s a cover version!!

My wings are aching, the eagle has landed – see you next year!

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