Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Post #112 - The Autism Research Centre (ARC)

Yesterday, after re-watching the excellent BBC Horizon programme presented by Professor Dame Uta Frith (PDUF!), which was first broadcast back in 2014 (here's a link to the background information about the documentary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0404861 and another, taking the reader to PDUF's interview concerning the 'theory of mind' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsEP7QTIVT0

Today I have sent off my DNA sample to the Autism Research Centre, based at the UK's centre of autism research, Cambridge University and whilst I was logged onto their website, decided to complete a series of online tests, which quite frankly, made my brain hurt!  Oh well, it's all in a good cause I guess?  

Monday, 19 June 2017

Post #111 - The Times They Are A Changin' ...

Sang Robert Zimmerman back in the 1960s. My time is changing too and finally I'm finding my feet. I have made the decision to let my main Facebook account go dormant and use my other one instead because it only contains two people who currently work in the civil service on my list of friends. Why? Well, simply because my life is moving on.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Post #110 - Bridging The Gap

There are quite a few 'Bridging The Gap' charitable groups around the UK.  My local one aims to bring adults with autism together in a convivial environment twice a month.  Last night I went to my first peer discussion group with two hats on (not literally - it's far too hot at the moment to wear one, let alone two pieces of headgear ...) and despite feeling a tad nervous beforehand, really enjoyed it. The first metaphorical hat was that I wished to write a small piece for the NAS monthly newsletter and the second hat was representing myself, as a slightly socially excluded Aspergan.

It was pleasant to meet my former Aspies and Auties (or whatever people wish to class themselves as, if indeed they do.)  I can also be as geeky as I want without the need to censor myself.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Post #109 - The Sun And The Rain

It's a bit of an odd time in the UK at the moment - on one hand there's the increasingly frequent Terror attacks, the last of which took place in London Bridge and, of course, the impending General Election on Thursday, 8th June 2017.  The weather is also a bit, well, odd - it's a stormy old day out there at the moment and the DAB radio station, Absolute 80s rather aptly played Madness's The Sun And The Rain this morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_9FeMMlLZw

Talking about Graham 'Suggs' McPherson, I really think that he'd make an excellent Mayor of London and I for one, would strongly support his campaign, should he wish to stand.  That said, I guess that he's too busy doing other things - leading his mates along Camden High Street in their classic 'Nutty Train' formation being one of them.  My husband attended the same north London comprehensive school as Suggs back in the 1970s, which is a bit of a lame to fame I know.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Post #108 - A Look Back To Autumn 2008 - Pre My Return To Work Following Maternity Leave

I used to pen regular articles for my local NCT quarterly newsletter back in the days when Ted was a baby. Whilst clearing out the house I have found quite a few and hope to reproduce some of them. This particular feature, written in circa July/August 2008 discusses my forthcoming return to work following a period of paid and unpaid Maternity Leave.

In retrospect, it was a bit of a curate's egg - some good, some bad. I got promoted from Executive Officer to Higher Executive Officer in December 2008 anyway, so that's something I guess?

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Post #107 - L.I.F.E. G.O.E.S. O.N.

It certainly does. I quite like the fact that I've finally made the executive decision to eschew groups in future, well, apart from a bi-monthly meeting of autistic adults, which I'll attend for the first time this coming Wednesday. Hopefully that will prove interesting.

In other (geek) news, I've just bought myself and Ted some of the Uniqlo Nintendo t-shirt collection (as shown below)

They are absolutely brilliant - so vibrant and best of all, geektastic.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Post #106 - Some People Ain't Got No Sense Of Humour (sic)

Tonight heralded my final concert performance with my (now) former choir. Why? Well, as regular readers of this blog will know, group activities are almost impossible for me to involve myself with and it came to a bit of a head. Sometimes, to prove a point, I'll push a situation to see what, if anything, breaks.

We have been rehearsing a series of songs for months now. I'm continually struggling with singing alto (I'm a soprano) because the harmony line always sounds flat to me, altos never get the tune and well ... the vocal, ahem, quality of the choir could be so much better.

Anyway, the choir has a WhatsApp group to ping messages at one another.  Being a predominantly female group, after the performance there were the usual sycophantic crappy messages on there "Ooh, the choir sounded amazing ladies ..." I thought that, to cut through the cloying platitudes, I'd attempt to inject some humour into proceedings, by suggesting that a prominent member of the choir had been elected Head Chorister ... but it went down like a cup of cold sick with messages such as 'you're cruel and that's not funny' directed at me. I then left the WhatsApp group and indeed, the choir ... That'll save me the princely sum of £7 per week.

I have now recycled my musical scores.