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A seriously funny take on life from the disability driven duo... Simon Minty and Phil Friend.

The Way We Roll Simon Minty and Phil Friend

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

A seriously funny take on life from the disability driven duo... Simon Minty and Phil Friend.

    Nothing About Us Without Us!

    Nothing About Us Without Us!

    It’s a fantastic show this month - insight, depth, nostalgia, vulnerability, power and the future.  
    The BBC recently broadcast a docudrama telling the story of the disability rights campaigners of the early 1990s in the UK. Using the love story between two key protagonists, Then Barbara Met Allan is a landmark piece of television. Not only because of the story it told but the number of creative disabled people who made it. It allows Phil and Simon to take a joyful and triumphant walk and wheel down memory lane to talk about their memories of this time and the impact it had on the country as well as so many individuals. 
    Slips trips and falls are a common occurrence for some with a disability. Unfortunately, Phil recently took a tumble. When you’re campaigning for social justice, you’re seemingly invincible but in reality, we can all experience moments when things don’t go as planned. What can you do, what can you change and does the fall or the shame hurt the most? 
    We talk about what is happening to disabled people in Ukraine. We have a remarkable update from Sarah, one of our immunocompromised guests from the previous show and a lovely Listener's Corner on the impact it made. Geoff tells us all about Yellow Jackets and there’s a shout out for your help on a future show. 
    Links
    Then Barbara Met Alan 
    Wikipedia 
    BBC iPlayer 
    Disabled people’s Direct Action Network 
    Disability Rights, a history as a wallchart
    BBC article When disabled people took to the streets to change the law
    Barbara Lisicki aka Wanda Barbara
    Johnny Crescendo aka Alan Holdsworth 
    Disabled people in Ukraine 
    Sophie Morgan book 
    Yellow Jackets 

    • 50 min
    Don't You, Forget About Me. Immunocompromised people and Covid restrictions

    Don't You, Forget About Me. Immunocompromised people and Covid restrictions

    Coronavirus restrictions are easing here in the UK and around the world. We are said to be on the road to freedom; masks are dropping, hand sanitiser solidifying, and we're willing to take a chance again. 
    For many, this is excellent news, but not for all. For those who are immunocompromised (500,000 people UK) or clinically extremely vulnerable (3.7m people UK), the road to freedom has many potholes. They have a greater risk of catching Covid, and they are more likely to go to a hospital, more likely to be admitted to ICU, and face an increased risk of dying. Life for this minority is still restricted. As the majority move on, is there a risk of people being left behind?
    We reached out to some affected listeners and spoke with them about the impact and their current lives. Sarah Baxter, who works for a UK bank and Gareth Berliner, is an actor and comedian. Both are immunocompromised. They tell us about asking a fellow train passenger to put on their mask, of donating work clothes to charity in March 20202, realising future office visits will be few. There's even a fortuitous career change as the new workplace adheres to strict Covid protocols. As well as Sarah and Gareth, we hear from Christina Clegg in the UK and Denise Rei and Jen Risser in the USA. All five of our guests talk of the early days of the pandemic, when for a few months, we were unified when we all faced a significant health risk.  
    The stats might not lead the news bulletin, but Covid-19 is still here. What can society and individuals do to avoid a twin-track society? How do we consider the needs of the few whilst allowing the many to continue?
    Links
    Join Zoe Covid info, trackers and stats
    Guardian Jan 2022 first article "More people will die fears."
    Guardian Jan 2022 second article "Disabled people Plan B restrictions."
    Colin Angus on Twitter Sheffield University | Health inequalities | COVID-19 | Data visualisation 
    Selected info 
    Those with underlying health conditions are not also at death's door. One-third of the UK adult population have hypertension (high blood pressure)Just under a third are obese.Once you get past your mid-50s, chances are you have a long-term health condition. By the time you reach your 70s, you have to be extremely lucky not to.ICNARC Statistics and research Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre. Levels of dependency prior to admission to acute care (Dec 2021) report shows 89.5% lived without assistance, 10.4% had some assistance, 0.4% had total assistance. 
    Sarah Baxter on Twitter
    Gareth Berliner on Twitter

    • 53 min
    Review of 2021. What’s ahead in 2022?

    Review of 2021. What’s ahead in 2022?

    We had a chat with regular guest Joanna Wootten and cultural critic Geoff Spink to ask them their disability or Deaf stand out moment from 2021 and what they’re excited about in 2022. We added our highlights in there too.
    The stand out moments for us is very broad and includes Strictly Come Dancing, Abnormally Funny People comedy at the Royal Festival Hall, the next Lewis Hamilton racing in Bahrain, a William Boyd book, ’ Any Human Heart’ and the film Cyrano with Peter Dinklage. In addition, the UK Government’s Disability Strategy and the second reading of the British Sign Language Bill in the House of Commons make the list.
    Let us know what are your favourite moments. Enjoy the show.
    Links
    Abnormally Funny People 
    Abnormally Funny People sing ‘Stand By Me’ Lockdown version 2021
    Any Human Heart print
    Any Human Heart audio
    British Sign Language Bill
    Cyrano film IMDB
    Cyrano film website
    National Disability Strategy
    Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2021 Kart Racing in Bahrain  Albert Friend 45:33 in
    Strictly Come Dancing Rose and Giovanni YouTube
    Succession season 4 Digitial Spy

    • 39 min
    Oh Bristol, so much to answer for - Getting paid for disability advocacy & creating a safe place or exclusion?

    Oh Bristol, so much to answer for - Getting paid for disability advocacy & creating a safe place or exclusion?

    Bristol recently advertised for a Commissioner for their Disability Equality Commission. You need skills and experience and be expected to be a spokesperson. Time commitment is up to seven working weeks a year. Salary, zero. How much do we value equalities work? What value do we give to different contributions? When should we get paid, and when is it voluntary? How do we value those who help achieve it?
    There has been all-party support for some new play parks for disabled adults in Bristol again, coincidentally. So good news? Well, it might be, but why has this cropped up? A mum of a disabled adult said they were 'met with verbal abuse and complaints when using play areas in Bristol's parks. They want to create a safe, fun, accessible and life-changing disabled adult play park". Phil and Simon grapple with the conflict of why can't disabled adults play where everyone else does; why are those who are the abusers not being moved or educated? Is this a pragmatic and beneficial solution?
    Geoff rocks up with his cultural pics: a book called Moving by Jenny Eclair and TV show Baron Noir, on Prime.
    A bumper Listeners Corner with your brilliant emails and messages. We finish with a heartfelt Christmas message. See you next year and thank you for listening.
    Links
    Bristol Disability Equality Commission
    Playing Parks in Bristol 
    Moving by Jenny Eclair book
    Moving by Jenny Eclair audiobook
    Baron Noir IMDB

    • 48 min
    Agree to disagree? Assisted Suicide, Disability on Television

    Agree to disagree? Assisted Suicide, Disability on Television

    Two topics feature in this months podcast.  Gardners might use the term perennials to describe them. Others might say weeds that never quite go away. Two topics we discuss and we disagree on, but we have an enjoyable and explorative discussion getting there. 
    Assisted suicide, aka assisted dying, is back in the spotlight as Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill passed through the House of Lords at the end of October. Whilst this won’t directly change the UK legislation (currently, assisted suicide is illegal), it shows the debate is very much alive. Phil is opposed to changing the law, and Simon asks him why. 
    Do positive action schemes, disability training, and targets work? In his MacTaggart lecture, scriptwriter Jack Thorne suggested that to get more disabled people on TV. It’s time for quotas. Mind you, it feels like a golden period for disability appearing on television. After years of encouragement, are TV execs commissioning and casting more? Have the schemes finally paid off? Or has the murder of George Floyd and that which followed rippled across the pond and changed everything? Simon thinks yes, Phil asks him why. 
    Geoff tells us his latest cultural recommendations, including the return of Succession and what he thinks of John le Carre’s final book, Silverview. There’s a great Listeners Corner to finish. 
    Links
    Assisted Suicide 
    Baroness Meacher bill on Assisted Dying
    Not Dead Yet UK
    Baroness Jane Campbell article 
    Colin Low, Tom Shakespeare and Christie Arnsten article
    Disability and TV
    Jack Thorne MacTaggart Lecture Aug 2021
    Royal Television Society panel discussion on disability and television
    Cultural corner 
    Succession 
    Silverview - John le Carre
    Here’s where to start reading John le Carre blog

    • 53 min
    Chronic illness and Disability, intersection and separation

    Chronic illness and Disability, intersection and separation

    In the UK one of the first pieces of disability rights legislation was the 1970 Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. Over the next three decades, disability rights campaigners made a distinction between illness and impairment, for understandable reasons but perhaps with hindsight, this has had unintended consequences. Language is returning to including both, so disabled people and people with long term health conditions is a common phrase. So if you created a Venn diagram of disability and of illness, how big would the intersection be?
    To explore this we invited three people who have fine minds and long term health conditions. We speak with UK based Catherine Hale, Founder and Director: Chronic Illness Inclusion, to US-based Katie Elizabeth who is editor and author and a director of Stigma Fighters and David Ager, a Location Analytics Specialist who comes with his personal take.
    We had a fantastic, personal and insightful conversation. We highlight why some people with non-visible conditions feel like imposters, or they are not always believed. Why identifying as disabled when you’re long term ill is positive. Where traditional models of disability like the social and medical models help and hinder. There’s some compare and contrasts with US and UK viewpoints and we finish by asking our guests, what would help most in the future?
    LINKS
    Twitter accounts for guests and their connected organisations
    Catherine Hale
    Katie Elizabeth
    David Ager 
    Links to further reading 
    Chronic Illness and Inclusion Project (CIIP) – 
    Mobilising a Collective Voice for Social Change
    What are energy impairments?
    Images from Rea, thank you, Rea. https://www.reastrawhill.com University of Leeds
    Here's a link to Rea's blog https://www.reastrawhill.com/post/chronic-illness-and-disability-am-i-disabled

    • 58 min

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