That same old drum is being banged upon once more.
Deaf people always seem to resent having to pay the full license fee to the BBC, just because the blind get a concession and they do not. In the old days, I might have agreed as there was evidently a real lack of captions and hardly any in-vision signers. Nowadays, the accessibility is there. And then some.
My father went through the very same motions a few years back, which my experience with, has prompted this post.
Any petition, past, present or to come, to reduce the BBC licensing fee on grounds of being deaf (regardless of how severe it is) and that programmes are inaccessible will fail. Without a doubt.
It does not matter if you do not watch the BBC even if it’s out of protest. If you watch or listen to any of the other channels or even access them online over devices, this is prescisley what the fee covers. That space. The fee is basically a tax, so you can watch or access any channels over the air space that is owned by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Better known as, the BBC.
It is extremely hard, to keep deaf people happy, especially if they love anything that’s free.
There is so much love in the air at this point in time that it is making me think twice, perhaps even thrice, about everything. Everyone….
Being reminded of how it feels to fall in love, being in love and thus feeling loved, is pretty hard going. Some people can shrug it off and get on with life whereas others will just crumble, from time to time.
It is okay; to crumble. It is okay, to have a cry. It is okay, to be angry. What we all need to remember is that we, each and every one of us, is to be kind to ourselves and not over think. Too many “what if’s” isn’t healthy, too much time spent ruminating, also isn’t healthy.
I find it helps to visually sort out all the thoughts and emotions into a box and pack them away. Dispatching it even. Seeing and feeling the weight fade away.
There is no such thing as a perfect person but there is and there will be, someone that is perfect for you… and me. Until then, let us reserve our hearts.
Meanwhile, do make sure to take some time out each and every day, to treat yourself. For a little dab of my favorite perfume and a mug of hot chocolate, to me, is priceless.
Here is a personal video from my visit to the (Bee) Hive at Kew Gardens, UK, it made for an excellent visual experience. I could also feel slight vibrations in the air from the low humming of the bees, of which if got louder and stronger, the lights reflected this in intensity.
Please do however visit the Kew Gardens’ website for more information regarding the Hive. If you do get the chance to go and visit, seize it for your own sensory experience, in more ways than one.
The flowers within the grounds of Kew Gardens are also, extremely photogenic. 😉
It is vital to keep our environment more friendly for the bees, butterflies, moths and other insect pollinators. For more information on how to help, please visit Gov.uk’s information page – Click here.
Banana man has a little cut in his neck where the polystyrene balls are slowly seeping out…
“Quick! Recovery position, pressure on his neck and no giggles..” a friend exclaimed!
Another passerby stopped to stare at it, with her kids in tow who came running up to her to see what the matter was and she put her hands up in order to stop and protect them, shouting “Don’t touch it, don’t touch it!”
The poor thing….
Bananaman has since died a happy man and gone towards the light.
“Life has sadly, knocked the stuffing out of him.“
The other day I was concerned to find quite a passionate post, ranting about being denied the opportunity to watch a captioned screening of a film they particularly and most eagerly wanted to watch. They went as far as to complain to Cineworld because they felt as though they were “at their fecking mercy”. So not my words.
Then I spot an editor adding fuel to the fire by suggesting they write a post about the dispute they were locked in, with Cineworld – for them to publish on their blog. Surely an editor is meant to fact check first? Or are they just desperate for ratings…
These days I do not wish to get involved with anything deaf related because usually, it’s the brutal truth which people know but refuse to accept. They are happy in their dream world, assuming all is against them when the fight to break down barriers are sometimes of their own doing.
This current dispute with Cineworld is unjustified. Because I myself had been following listings not just from “Your Local Cinema” but comparing them with official listings by the cinema companies themselves.
Why would I accept a third person’s say so? I’m going to double check it and make sure it’s correct or otherwise. This is how I knew Cineworld was not wrong and so felt the need to inform the complainer, of my findings. That actually, ‘Your Local Cinema’ was in fact publishing incorrect listings on occasion and even listed non-existent cinemas. Some of which had long been demolished. I had been checking throughout the holidays as there were and are films we, that my kids and I, would like to see and saw for myself, the inconsistencies.
Double check, the information and yourselves. Try not to be so trigger happy, eh?