The Little Man

It is great when the “little man” wins and it is even greater for me, when that “little man” is one of my favourite people in the whole wide world.

Go, Doug.

Let me say, just to avoid any confusion at all, that there is nothing little about Doug.  He’s a fighter and always has been.  Even were he not a member of any minority grouping, he’d still have a strong sense of justice and be fighting for the little man and for what is right, ethical… and green. He’s also very TALL. Crick-in-the-neck tall.

I first met Doug in The Real Life at the same event where I first met Mr L. The two of them had met previously at another event, one involving a beer spillage (but that’s a whole other story). I fancied Doug; Mr L was slower to grow on me but as he bats for a more favourable side and is far closer to my age of course, he won 😉 I Stand by it, though – Doug is cute.

Doug is awesome. Intelligent, interested, political, campaigning… he never lets his disability get in his way and always has time to help others. When health issues meant that he had to leave full time university study, he soldiered on with the Open University to ensure his degree. He does a lot of voluntary and charity work because he doesn’t have a job – this is not because he doesn’t wish to work or is physically unable to but because red tape makes it impossible for him to work. This is one of the issues that have kept him campaigning for so long.  He campaigns even when it makes life difficult for him.

I am so proud to know Doug and I wish that I could be half the person that he is.

We miss him. It’s been a long time since we last shared a curry – thanks to Doug, by the way,  for introducing  us to the tasty but shockingly-named Spice-4-U curry house. (They do a brilliant aubergine pakora)

  • See Doug on Look North (last night) after winning a landmark case against First Bus under the Disability Discrimination laws.
  • Follow his blog
  • See his tweets

I think you will find him pretty awesome too.

Oh, and as a matter of Orkney pride, may I point out that our buses already carry notices requiring buggies and prams to be folded should a wheelchair user require the space.

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Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

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