April 20, 2017
the number of blind folk in India has been substantially cut – not by any great medical advance but by a change in the way they are counted
India previously classified a person as ‘legally blind’ if they were unable to see the number of fingers held up by a hand 6 metres away, rather than the 3 metre distance used by other countries
by dropping the 6 metre and adopting the more stringent 3 metre rule, the number of ‘legally blind’ in India has fallen by around 4 million and the country does not now compare so unfavourably with the rest of the world – http://tinyurl.com/mpeuam4
of course, India could reduce the number of legally blind in the country still further and . . .
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April 17, 2017
blind autistic girl, Lacie, fascinated by busker in Grimsby . . .
click the ‘continue reading‘ tab to see video of Lacie singing and playing guitar . . .
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October 23, 2016
sadly, this guy didn’t make it to the 2016 paralympics
March 23, 2016
around the world today, millions of people – families, friends, neighbours, and strangers – will be dousing each other with coloured powders and water to celebrate Holi
you will find no shortage of videos on Youtube showing people celebrating Holi but this one – which I have posted previously on madhatters – remains my favourite
June 24, 2015
a dog rescue charity in the UK is looking to find a home for these two dogs
the pair were picked up as strays together and get distressed if separated
the jack russell is blind and relies on the staffie to guide him around so the charity is looking for them to be rehomed together – more pics here http://tinyurl.com/oatnruf
Buzz and Glenn, two abandoned dogs who were rescued from a sea tunnel in Hartlepool. Jack Russell Glenn cannot see and is guided by best friend Staffordshire Bull Terrier Buzz, who acts as his eyes. See Ross Parry copy RPYGUIDE : These two abandoned dogs need to be rehomed together – because one acts as the other’s GUIDE DOG. The elderly blind Jack Russell and his helper, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, were found abandoned in a sea tunnel in Hartlepool, Durham, about three weeks ago. Thankfully the unique pair were spotted and are now being cared for at rescue centre Stray Aid in Coxhoe, Co. Durham., where staff are now hoping to find the pals a new home. According to staff at the charity, the dogs – who are thought to be between nine and 10 – may have been abandoned due to their age. Glenn, the Jack Rusell, is completely blind so he is guided by Buzz, who acts as his eyes.
March 6, 2015
Holi, the Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of spring and the vanquishing of evil by good, dark by light, falls today this year
the festival is a riot of colour as family, friends, neighbours, and strangers douse one another with coloured powders and water
everyone joins in the fun – even these kids !
p.s. I posted this vid during holi last year but think it worth showing again
February 25, 2015
man sees wife for 1st time in 10 years –
October 22, 2014
This is a Health & Safety Warning for anyone planning to visit the Dolphin Inn in Grampound, Cornwall tomorrow
Madhatters strongly advises pub-goers should wear hard hats, safety goggles, protective footwear – and avoid using the toilets when ‘The Optimists” are . . .
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