A Father, A Daughter And A Dog.

Such a beautiful and thought provoking story from ‘Madamsabi’s Blog‘, I just had to share this for others to read.

Originally posted on autismfatherblog:

It’s been a while since I have blogged. Just returned from a 2 week stint in Accra, Ghana. I am functional subject matter expert for a Core Banking system called Finacle. Ghana would be our 6th country that we implement the new system.

Although traveling for business has its perks ( travel allowances, clocking up flyer miles) there are just as many draw backs. I find that extended traveling really beats up my body. Traveling across time zones confuses your body clock, disturbing your sleep patterns. However the biggest draw back is spending time away from my family. It’s also especially hard on my wife, when I am away. Looking after 2 Autistic boys by yourself can be challenging. And as Murphy’s law states “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” And it usually does when I travel.

It took only 2 days from me leaving for Accra, for…

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Typing to Communicate & Busy Work

This is a posting from the blog of Emma’s Hope Book and clearly states the problems that can occur for some persons during their lifetime, especially those persons with Autism. While the post reflects on what could have occurred on a certain day in school, similar could be said about many aspects of life. Some people judge by their own outlook of life, either through ignorance of any other lives or by design.

children in school

children in school

School is like this for many as the system is designed for all to be equal, in that each person should progress as one and in line with the perceived standard. But we are all individuals and no one person can progress as others, but in many respects the system makes no allowance for this. Then, when one is shown not to follow the standard path, others can see this as a reason to make fun of the situation.  When the reason for not being able follow the standard path is down to a persons own abilities, it can have ever lasting  consequences for the person involved.

More thought needs to be given by those applying the system to how the tasks being given out can be achieved by all the participants and not just how the systems perceives that they will.

Save your internet, there are those who wish to affect your use.


Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as the most hated companies in America. Now, they’re attacking the Internet–their one competitor and our only refuge–with plans to charge websites arbitrary fees and slow (to a crawl) any sites that won’t pay up. If they win, the Internet dies. (From ‘Join the Battle for the Net’)

EU Directive – Ban on high-energy vacuum cleaners

An EU directive, however, these high-powered devices are using a fair amount of electricity, but are only doing so for a small amount of time. This is opposed to other devices that do not use so much electricity, but are doing so for a considerable longer period of time.

But is this argument on power usage correct for the best use of vacuum cleaners. Dyson would appear not to agree, but still feels the UK should come out of the EU on this EU legislation.

James Dyson suggests leaving EU over vacuum cleaners From the article ‘Dyson wanted the vacuum cleaners to be tested with dust in them. He also wanted the energy consumption, waste, landfill and cost of vacuum cleaner bags and filters to be included in the energy rating.’ In fact, he also said ‘The company’s latest machine – a robotic vacuum cleaner which navigates using a 360-degree vision system and can be programmed using an iPhone or Android smartphone – uses just 200 watts’. So you would think he would be in favour of this EU legislation, if only to make a case for his latest machine. Also he stated  “When the ErP (Energy related Products) legislation was first mooted, we were campaigning for lower limits – in fact we wanted a 700 watt limit,”.

But Dyson also states ‘If German companies go on dominating European legislation, that’s a very good reason not to be in Europe. If they’re not going to listen to us, we shouldn’t be in there.’

Is this a valid reason to leave the EU?


The EU go on to say they are from next spring looking at other high-powered devices, would this include cars. The high-end range of cars have very large engines and burn exceedingly large amounts of fuel, but will the EU look there. Perhaps we should all be limited to 1000cc engines, I bet the car industry would have something to say.

Is this yet again the very massive ‘nanny state’ of the EU?

So is the EU green policy good or bad?

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Autism is but one condition relating to Learning Disabilities, which in itself covers a large range of conditions, while the spectrum relating to autism itself is also very large.

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Will it now be 6 bins

So confusing, another EU directive, which the UK will most likely follow to the letter, but will the other countries in the EU. Just looked at the video link from Canterbury council, which is trying to be helpful, but leaves me even more confused.

UK refuse bins

UK refuse bins

The problems:

1) How many properties in the UK will not have room for 4 bins, let alone 6 bins. Many can only accommodate the current number of bins on the frontage of their property, which was, in most cases, only assumed for 1 bin or none at all. Will these bins over spill to be situated on the pavement, thereby making it hazardous for pedestrians, especially for those with limited or no vision.

2) While, hopefully, explanation signs will be placed on each bin lid, how some elderly or persons with some learning disability or mental health issue who are living independently, be able to follow the confusing array of bins.

3) Not only is the number of bins and their usage confusing, but there is also the bin collection array of timings to be understood by all in the community and especially those mentioned in 2) above.

4) When it is collection day how many of these bins will be up for collection at anyone time. For even 1 bin on the pavement at short intervals along the pavement is hazardous as mentioned in 1) above.

5) The food waste bin mentioned in the video, is far from hygienic, food waste should not be retained in your dwelling for days on end and in most dwellings the kitchen area, at times is only just big enough to allow for meal preparation. The storage of a bin for food waste in addition to an internal bin for general waste would not be feasible.

For my own council area, there is even more confusion and this is whether you live in a flat or house and relates to plastics. If you live in a house your plastics can be placed in the bin with your glass and tins. However, if you live in a flat your plastics can not be placed in that such bin, but have to be placed in the bin for your general waste. This, it appears, is due to the fact that only certain plastics can be placed in the glass, tin and plastics bin and those other plastics have to be placed in the general bin. This is down to the fact, that if the wrong plastics are place in the glass, etc, bin then the waste removal can be refused. But for flats, where a glass, etc. bin is shared between 2 or more flats, the refusal can not be enforced, as who would have been responsible for the incorrect placement.

So I feel it should be back to the drawing board for the EU on this one.


To follow, I wonder why, well here is the answer.

Originally posted on Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger:

“what I know, I know. What I don’t know, I don’t know, but…I will find out.” – Unknown

cynica monthly digest of answers to questions from around the blogosphere, via thepublicblogger.  responses are based in academia, life experiences, learned via an ongoing pursuit of knowledge. and through trial & error from the school of hard knocks.

non-judgmental, all-inclusive, meaningful and perhaps wise.

The Knowledge Bowl – August 2013 edition

Dear thepublicblogger, why did you follow my blog?

Dear thepublicblogger: First I want to thank you for following my blog. I could be cynical and say maybe you just did it, so that I would follow yours, but hopefully that is not the case. I am one to always believe the best about people first so I’m going to remain optimistic (although, I am glad to follow yours, because I am enjoying it quite a bit). –  cynical optimist

Dear cynical…

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