If you’re wondering why it’s all gone quiet in the world of Mik it’s because I have had to go into hospital. Yes after nearly two years of battling an injury I picked up at the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies, it was decided I needed to have an operation to fix it. So in late April I came into the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore to go under the knife. I won’t bore you with the gory details but I am still here as May comes to a close. Hopefully I will be going home at the start of June, but will still need a little while spent recovering before I venture out into the world again.
So the Scarlet news will be lacking in dramatic action for a while. All I will say is I am healing nicely and so far everything is looking very good for a full recovery. Which is fantastic!
Well it’s been a strange month. After starting off crazily busy, both with work and finally grabbing a social life I am now unwell. Boo! I have had to retire from the outside world while I recover from a flare up of an injury I gained while rehearsing for the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies. It was actually caused by the appalling access at the rehearsal spaces, and has been my Paralympic legacy ever since.
However enough moaning. Even though I have been stuck in bed I have still been working (no rest for the wicked), and have had a few articles published. The first came out of of taking part in the Disability Now Download podcast. We recorded it just before I crapped out, and it was great fun. It really comes accross too. You can listen to it here. As part of the discussion we explored the concept of disabled heroes, especially as a recent poll voted the UK’s top three national heroes as disabled people. Which set me thinking, what about those of us who don’t like the idea of being all goody goody. So I asked myself, where have all the bad roles models gone in “Rebel Rebel – Wanted, heroes with Badass Style“. I didn’t write the title, but the piece has caused a real discussion in the disabled community about what heroes and role models actually mean to us.
If you are in the Camden area on Saturday February 15th, why not pop down to Cecil Sharp House. I’ll be performing as part of Folk In Motion, The wheelchair Folk dance troupe as we celebrate the fact that Cecil Sharp House, the home of English Folk Dance and Song Society, has just been made fully accessible for disabled people. It’s a great show whether you are a fan of folk or not, and shows what us wheelies can do when it comes to dance. It features guest performances from Liz Porter and Penny Pepper and I shall be singing “The White Buck of Epping”, that was written by a Camden based musician in the 1960s, so something not to miss. Oh, and it’s free too!
I would like to thank Ben and Sarah who worked with me in the studio to make everything go so smoothly. A big thank you goes out to my guest in the studio, future Paralympic star George Barnard, who was great to chat with and made it even more fun in the studio.
On December 27th I will be presenting and DJing on my Xmas radio show Mik Scarlet’s Festive Funtime on BBC 3 Counties Radio. From 11am to 1pm I will be playing the best in festive tracks, plus some party faves top get you in the mood for NYE, and chating about memories of Christmas past & present, family Xmas traditions, New Years resolutions and hopes for 2014 amoungst other things. It will be the usual Mik Scarlet waffling and fun but with a festive twist.
I will also be joined by local Luton teenager future Paralympian George Barnard, who will be telling me what it’s like to train to be a top level sporty type and giving me the round up of festive sport. As I know nothing about sport I am relying on George to help me through this sports mad time of year.
Tune in… or it will be available on iPlayer and then on this website. No escape then….
It might be late notice but if you are in the mood for a little bit of festive fun then visit the Graeae website and find out about a new show I am appearing in, Deck The Stalls.
Featuring a cast of talent young people, it’s a ten minute piece of dance and theatre that has Christmas at it’s heart. Not only do I appear in the show but I co-directed it, with the amazing Amit Sharma and Choreographer Laura Dajao.
Recently I’ve had a few comment pieces published on the Huffington Post website.
Most recent is one about an experience going for an MRI scan at a private health clinic through my GP. Called “Is The A Taste Of Tomorrow’s NHS? it describes my nightmarish trip to be scanned in all it’s glory.
Before that I wrote about some people’s obsession with the idea that faith can cure disabled and sick people in “Faith? Please Cure Us Of This Myth“. It might seem that there is truth in the idea but I ask is that right or even helpful?
To start the whole frenzy off I had my ode to love, luck and my wonderful wife Diane “Oh, Lucky Man” published. So glad they accepted it as it was our 8th wedding anniversary that week. Di loved it, I hope you do too.
On top of that I had my travel article on our recent trip to Barcelona published on Disability Now Online, “La Merce: a weekend in Barcelona” and if you want to read back issues of PosAbility magazine with my column in you can do it online now.
All this of this writing was drafted using a pen and paper. Old fashioned I know but I am currently studying a Creative Writing course at the OU and they advise students to do it this way. It really helps too. You can get those ideas out without fighting with a keyboard or other bits of tech. I really am a Luddite Mik eh?
I have just been asked to join the editorial team at the lifestyle website the Fabulous Times to cover events. So lots of trips to fabulous places and parties… I hope. My first story for them is about a visit to the V&A‘s Pearls expo. For the photos I took pop off to Flickr.
I also have another article up on the Huffington Post, called What Did You Just Call Me? about disability and language. As some one who works in disability awareness training I know how important language can be when describing disabled people, yet I also want to reclaim many of the words that are thought of as “bad”. I wonder what you think on the subject? Take a look and maybe leave a comment.
This Friday I am appearing at an event in Sheffield to celebrate the 10th aniversary of Disability Sheffield. To book a place visit here. It being held at St Mary’s Church and Conference Centre, Bramall Ln, S2 Sheffield from 10:30 to 15:30. So maybe see you there?