Paralympic Perspectives III

Barcelona 1992 Barcelona – “such a beautiful horizon”. Freddie and Montserrat were right, it is and it was. This Paralympic Games was special. A forgotten fishing port on the Med, transformed via Expo and Olympic Games into a world destination, riding high still some thirty years later. And what of the 1992 Paralympic Games?  Well, …

Paralympic Perspectives II

Seoul searching In sharing my Paralympic perspectives, and memories, my thoughts turn quickly to Seoul 1988. Seoul 1988 was the first time the Paralympics took place in the same city as the Olympics since Tokyo 1964.  In many ways it was also the first modern Paralympic Games and it was also the first Paralympic Games …

Paralympic Perspectives I

Golden Glory Golden glory for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, that is what Tokyo 2020 has hosted for our tremendous Olympic athletes and all those who have supported them on such a uniquely difficult journey. Kenny X 2 then add to make 12 golds in one household, totally tremendous.  Alongside, a velodrome hosting British medal …

National Disability Strategy Published

The Government’s long awaited National Disability Strategy has just been published. Over 1 in 5 people in the UK are disabled. That is over 14 million of us. Whether a condition you are born with, an age-related condition that develops in later life, or something that happens along the way. It is not unusual, and …

Batteries and fuel cells for net zero, new Lords report published.

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee today (27 July 2021) publish a report on batteries and fuel cells. The report is based on an inquiry into the role of battery and fuel cell technologies in achieving the UK’s ambition to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The inquiry considered the use …

How safe are e-scooters?

Last summer (July 2020) the government launched e-scooter trials across the UK. Under current regulations, e-scooters can be legally rented from licensed operators, they are speed limited (15.5mph) and are allowed only on roads or cycle lanes, not pavements. Private e-scooters are legal to own – and are widely available online or shops – but only for …

UK Cash Infrastructure – Critical UK Infrastructure

First, they closed the bank branches, then they closed the cash machines, then they questioned the point of cash itself, then they didn’t financially serve us. Our streets, left high and financially dry. Banks and cashpoints were already closing pre-Covid. The pandemic has accelerated five years of reductions into one. Covid has led to the …