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Friday, 28 December 2012

the alternative Christmas message

Channel 4 have broadcast an alternative message (referring to an alternative to the Queen's Christmas message) since 1993 ~ plenty more wiki info if you're interested!  This year, the speech was given by Adam Hills (not much on his site, but here it is if you want to check it out), who presented a kind of round up programme each evening on channel 4 during the Paralympics this summer.  A comedian by trade, Adam also has first~hand experience of being different ~ he was born without a right foot.

If you didn't catch it at Christmas, it's available for another couple of days on 4oD, otherwise I'm sure you can track it down on YouTube or similar, and please do ~ it's a great reminderb that thing have shifted just that little bit, and disability is no longer (within the UK at least) quite such a taboo subject.  I don't know how long it will last, but by consolidating the fantastic events of the summer with such a positive message we can certainly keep our collective fingers crossed.  Some of the text of the programme can be read at sport site insidethegames.biz, and for me the resounding and memorable sound byte was 
"And right round the world new voices are boomin,
Don't call us disabled, we're now Superhuman."

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