Monthly Archives: May 2013

Postcards from the black: audio scanner for David

Reading has been my most loved hobby for a long time, a constant since I was a little girl and something it is difficult to imagine life without. Every long journey, waiting room delay or lazy afternoon is enhanced by curling up with a book. Even now, when reading time is brief, I still find myself scrolling through stories on my phone’s screen during the dark early morning feeds.

Which is why David’s story, told via photographer Jim Mortram, made me stop and think about how easy it is to take my love of reading for granted, sure that it will always be with me.

I’ve been documenting David since he was blinded as a result of a freak bicycling accident 2 years ago. Before the accident robbed him of his sight (David is 100% blind, zero light perception) he was an avid collector of books and an avid reader. His rooms are filled with books gathering dust, their pages filled with adventures, lives, stories and descriptions of visions and vistas that David is unable to now experience.

Jim is looking to raise money to buy an audio scanner for David, so that the books gathering dust on his shelves can live again and bring light to his darkness.

David-Small Town Inertia

If you are able to help the page for donations is here, while David talks to Jim about the accident and its aftermath in more detail here.

It’s all in my mind of course, nothing to do with my sight but when I visit my memories there is a light in the darkness. What happens is nearly every night I still dream and there is light then. I can see the daylight when I’m dreaming and then I wake up I’m blind. Whatever time of the day it is when I’m awake it’s always night now.

It’s a terrible thing in a way because when I dream I don’t know I’m blind, I’m seeing and I’m not blind when I’m dreaming then I wake up and I’m me again and I’m blind. My dreams are a pleasure but when I wake up it’s so much worse. It’s always a shock when I wake up from having a dream and it hits me again – I’m blind.

I know that many of the people who visit this site share my love of reading. Asking for money is always tough, more so at the moment with the way things are for so many. If you do have a few quid going spare, this is a very simple, direct way to make a huge difference to a fellow reader’s quality of life.

Thank you so much for reading and for helping if you can.


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On trend


From the Pre-Spring 2013 edition of i-D magazine, courtesy of Givenchy comes word of the latest trend in high fashion: babies. Forget handbags, watches and bangles – the only thing to have hanging from your arm this Spring is a small person.

Luckily I put in my order for this highly sought-after item last year, so my son made his debut in time for me to be on trend. He has been as delightful, entertaining and – on occasion – as bewildering as everyone tells you children are. That said, a late night reading of some Sherlock Holmes stories from the Kindle app on my phone apart, we haven’t been doing much reading together yet.

I am mindful of Cyril Connelly’s often quoted words:

There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.

But also of mothers who haven’t let the small person stop them writing when they can, perhaps J. K. Rowling and Monica Ali being the most notable recent examples.

I was in hospital when I found out that my last post ‘A desk of one’s own‘ was being selected for the Freshly Pressed site. Reading the many comments left there by readers, to which I am determined to reply before too long, made for a brief holiday back to life before motherhood. This new role means that updates to ten minutes hate might be infrequent, might not always be written by me, but will be forthcoming. Even if they are tapped out on a mobile during naptime, like this one.

Thanks for reading!

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