The BBC License Fee.

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.

Petition

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.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

The (Bee) Hive, Kew Gardens.

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.

Click here to be taken to Kew Gardens’ Hive page.

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.

Thank YOU.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

At Whose Fecking Mercy, Exactly?

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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.

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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?

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Live Bacteria Anyone?

The “Benefits” of Probiotics.

Not.

More like, a health hazard.

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This photo of the mould found in the refrigerator section, was sent to Sainsbury’s via Twitter and email. Please note that mould can be found anywhere regardless of who you may be, wherever you may be.

8th Jan 2018, I received an apologetic email on behalf of the CEO of Sainsbury’s , Mike Coupe.

Dear Sara,

Thanks for your email to Mike Coupe. I’ve been asked to respond on his behalf. I’m very sorry you found mould in the fridge when you visited our ************ store recently. I appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention and welcome the chance to address your concerns.

We want our stores to be welcoming and hygienic places to shop in and pride ourselves on the excellent service we deliver. Our colleagues in store undergo strict training so they’re aware of the importance of ensuing our facilities are well maintained. It’s concerning this hasn’t been reflected in your experience.

Please be assured we’ve taken your comments very seriously and shared them with our Deputy Store Manager, Darren Gubdins, and I can confirm that the mould has been removed and the fridge thoroughly cleaned. He has also given his colleagues further coaching to make sure they’re providing the high standard of service our customers rightly expect in future. We’ll continue to monitor this closely going forward to help prevent a recurrence.

I realise this has left you with a poor impression of us and, as a gesture of goodwill, I’d like to send you a £20 gift card which I hope would help make up for the disappointment caused. Please reply to my email providing your address details should you wish to accept this and I’ll arrange this for you.

We appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention and I hope to hear from you again soon.

Kind regards
**** ****** | Executive Office
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Result.

All part of the ripple effect in making our surroundings a safer place, for you and for me.  🙂

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Deafness Blues

Challenges ahead

I was reminded today just how hard it can be, to be deaf.
An ATM was hungry and gobbled my bank card – not that anything was wrong with my card or account. Stupid (Link) machine played up. Arse.
Panicked a little as I had both X & X with me. I looked at Y in despair and said “My card is gone.” He also knew it was the machine and not my card cos I’m good that way 😜
Banks were closed… tried calling a number via my phone but I’d no credit. I’ve the minutes!! But not credit to call their rates… my money was in the bank. My card was in the machine.
Double arse!
Y’s luckily has dual SIM cards so he could use one of them to call the emergency line with.
Braced for hassles because he was speaking on my behalf.
“I need her to speak on the phone”
“She’s deaf, she cannot hear on the phone.”
Five mins later, I was asked to say my DOB into thin air, phone next to my lips.
How surreal.
Then my address.
Spoke to the ghost again and pushed away the phone. How uncomfortable that was yet it had to be done.
Bearing fraud in mind, card was stopped and a new card ordered.
X looked at me the n amazement, “What if you couldn’t speak clearly enough?!”
A night of despair and undue stress would have been the order of the day otherwise.
Gratitude overcame me and thanked Y for his help.
How frustrating.
For us all.

Treble arse.

~ SJ Sara Jae)

Update: There is no need to use Signvideo (which is only available with several banks) or Typetalk because downloading a mobile banking app will do the job. And then some.

How Argan Oil Is Made.

This is an Argan tree.

The goats eat the leaves and the fruit then they (the people) pick out the fruit from the goats’ poo and make oil with it. Argan oil. They then make expensive skin products with it, to go on posh people’s skin.

The humble goat has a purpose. 😀

~ SJ (Sara Jae)