Month: August 2015

26th August 2015 / News

Created by Richard Vijgen, The Architecture of Radio is a site-specific iPad application that visualizes this network of networks (cell towers, wifi routers, communication, navigation and observation satellites and their signals) by reversing…

26th August 2015 / Reviews (Of Sorts)

24th August 2015 / News

I am a lucky man. I have great mates. One of whom is Andy Dennis. Andy is a nurse with MSF. Those of the readers who follow my meanderings across…

24th August 2015 / Procrastination

I used to post on two separate blogs, this one and Ijo Pona – www.ijopona.org was my personal blog. On it I would rant about white socks and other frivolities.…

21st August 2015 / Music

This may have been one of the most rewarding nights I have been out at work.

Yes, it started with the usual drink casualties – but then three lads came in wearing ties. I was DJing at RETRO Bar on commercial street – reggae & dub – and in the small room it became apparent that all three of the lads in ties had just come from a wedding and that they were speaking in sign language.

I have to say, that as someone who has had limited experience of playing music to people who cannot hear it came as a bit of a surprise. After my DJ set, I parked myself at the bar and tried to introduce myself to them. I turns out they were a right laugh.

The first lad I spoke to (A) works as a support worker translating between hearing and sign. I asked him how I can be more ‘deaf aware.’ He said that the best way is to first treat them as a person, but try and get them writing on a piece of paper so that you can have a conversation. We got Talking – this was possible because he had a cochlea implant – and I soon found out that most people are not Deaf Aware at all – they take the fact that all people can hear as granted. This was a bit irksome. As someone who suffers from a disability I found the fact that I was slightly out of kilter with a sufferer of another disability to …. well, unsettle me: I just want people to make life as easy for everyone as possible.

4th August 2015 / Procrastination

This time last year I was photographing Saturday Night FEVA – a burlesque fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. Doctors without Borders (MSF) is a non political, non religious medical organisation working…

4th August 2015 / Music