Now we can laugh at disabled people!

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kittenkat    pirate
08/09/2012 at 16:05

Great piece in the Times about 'The last Leg',  think it will break down taboos.

"I love it because the disabled themselves have the blackest sense of humour around - it's what keeps us going - but up until now we've been surrounded by able-bodied people being offended on our behalf. Nobody thinks it's a good thing to laugh at the disabled. But it is a genuine problem that the able-bodied have up until now felt unable to l;augh with the disabled"

(presenter of the show)

Edited: 08/09/2012 at 16:05
08/09/2012 at 16:33

I quite like the 'is it ok to ask?' section. Some of the questions... 

kittenkat    pirate
08/09/2012 at 16:39

Sarah, they think that the charities for disabled people may re-evaluate their approach, it's always been so erm.... humourless.

08/09/2012 at 16:50
So should Sarah Storey become Sports Personality of the Year? 4 golds and 11 in her career?
kittenkat    pirate
08/09/2012 at 17:27
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
So should Sarah Storey become Sports Personality of the Year? 4 golds and 11 in her career?

A contender, there will be so many this year.

08/09/2012 at 17:59
kittenkat wrote (see)
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
So should Sarah Storey become Sports Personality of the Year? 4 golds and 11 in her career?

A contender, there will be so many this year.

Certainly so many cyclists, anyway!

kittenkat    pirate
08/09/2012 at 18:13

Ah but we're not laughing, we're already having a very pc conversation.

The taboos are still there, maybe?

kittenkat    pirate
08/09/2012 at 18:17

I'm not saying that we should laugh at people directly, just you've got to admit that's there's some humour in the subject.

08/09/2012 at 18:48
Well being Deaf, i have had my fair share of humour directed at me, a lot is very unfunny and when you have had the "Pardon" joke more times than i have had hot dinners.

But if a joke is funny then i will laugh, but please make it original.
kittenkat    pirate
08/09/2012 at 18:55
Adrian Stillwell wrote (see)
Well being Deaf, i have had my fair share of humour directed at me, a lot is very unfunny and when you have had the "Pardon" joke more times than i have had hot dinners.

But if a joke is funny then i will laugh, but please make it original.

08/09/2012 at 19:00

I'm waiting for the 100 metres for Tourettes syndrome sufferers. "On your marks, set, FUCK OFF!" 

08/09/2012 at 21:47

My lads a runner with a form of muscular dystrophy, I'll check to see if he's game for a laugh. 

He is!  He laughed his arse off when I suggested the posting. "send it" he said, " it'll kill the thread stone dead". 

Actually not sure how his disability is supposed to manifest itself as only Great Ormond Street seems to acknowledge it. The lad meanwhile seems to be able to crack 60 seconds for 400m on the track and smash golf balls 300 yards despite weighing less than 100lb's.

 Supposed to affect his IQ as well. It must have done, he only got 15 GCSE's most at A, A* despite being born in August.

Edited: 09/09/2012 at 06:42
09/09/2012 at 07:19

This is really not meant to be "bragging" and I am, certainly in terms of running, pretty useless.  I do however enjoy it.  I suffered a "severe" diffuse axonal brain injury a couple of years ago and broke my spine in a couple of places.  I am now registered as partially sighted and walk with a white cane.  I also have a few other brain injury related "issues".  That said, I took part in a 5k race yesterday and will be doing a 10k this morning.  Although I have a "sense of humour failure" at times, this is possibly brain injury related.  I like to think that I usually look on most things (including my own condition) with irreverant humour.  The terms that I and my wife etc. use to describe me, now, are distinctly lacking in "political correctness"!

kittenkat    pirate
09/09/2012 at 09:28
RicF wrote (see)

My lads a runner with a form of muscular dystrophy, I'll check to see if he's game for a laugh. 

He is!  He laughed his arse off when I suggested the posting. "send it" he said, " it'll kill the thread stone dead". 

Actually not sure how his disability is supposed to manifest itself as only Great Ormond Street seems to acknowledge it. The lad meanwhile seems to be able to crack 60 seconds for 400m on the track and smash golf balls 300 yards despite weighing less than 100lb's.

 Supposed to affect his IQ as well. It must have done, he only got 15 GCSE's most at A, A* despite being born in August.

He obviously didn't read the muscular dystrophy rulebook!

kittenkat    pirate
09/09/2012 at 09:32
PhilipAllen wrote (see)

This is really not meant to be "bragging" and I am, certainly in terms of running, pretty useless.  I do however enjoy it.  I suffered a "severe" diffuse axonal brain injury a couple of years ago and broke my spine in a couple of places.  I am now registered as partially sighted and walk with a white cane.  I also have a few other brain injury related "issues".  That said, I took part in a 5k race yesterday and will be doing a 10k this morning.  Although I have a "sense of humour failure" at times, this is possibly brain injury related.  I like to think that I usually look on most things (including my own condition) with irreverant humour.  The terms that I and my wife etc. use to describe me, now, are distinctly lacking in "political correctness"!

I think political correctness in many instances is just a tool for people to feel morally superior and smug, it also comes back to the quote above about people being offended on behalf of others, when the 'others' would rather they didn't. It can be patronising.

I also think there is a big difference between finding humour in something and being nasty about it, and that's where I think 'The Last Leg' has definitely triumphed in the former. Good stuff.

09/09/2012 at 12:48
killermiles wrote (see)

Bit of both. Sometimes run on my own, the other times at the club and for a while been running with a couple of 17-year olds. As we run together more, We're getting loads of training in, and even done a few weekend runs and whole day runs.

problem if one runs on their own, we don't get pushed (as in RicF's comment), but run better under pressure, or to better oneself in a team. 

 

kittenkat wrote (see)
RicF wrote (see)

My lads a runner with a form of muscular dystrophy, I'll check to see if he's game for a laugh. 

He is!  He laughed his arse off when I suggested the posting. "send it" he said, " it'll kill the thread stone dead". 

Actually not sure how his disability is supposed to manifest itself as only Great Ormond Street seems to acknowledge it. The lad meanwhile seems to be able to crack 60 seconds for 400m on the track and smash golf balls 300 yards despite weighing less than 100lb's.

 Supposed to affect his IQ as well. It must have done, he only got 15 GCSE's most at A, A* despite being born in August.

He obviously didn't read the muscular dystrophy rulebook!

He's been in training ever since he was seven years old. The medics say that the fact that he trains like a distance runners isn't a factor in keeping the symptoms at bay. I don't usually disagree but in this case I ask them how do they know since there's no study on the subject. My lad calls what he has as lazy muscle syndrome, since if he doesn't train then he loses fitness and ability much faster than seems normal. His varient is called Beckers'. It doesn't make comfortable reading.

kittenkat    pirate
09/09/2012 at 13:04
RicF wrote (see)
killermiles wrote (see)

Bit of both. Sometimes run on my own, the other times at the club and for a while been running with a couple of 17-year olds. As we run together more, We're getting loads of training in, and even done a few weekend runs and whole day runs.

problem if one runs on their own, we don't get pushed (as in RicF's comment), but run better under pressure, or to better oneself in a team. 

 

kittenkat wrote (see)
RicF wrote (see)

My lads a runner with a form of muscular dystrophy, I'll check to see if he's game for a laugh. 

He is!  He laughed his arse off when I suggested the posting. "send it" he said, " it'll kill the thread stone dead". 

Actually not sure how his disability is supposed to manifest itself as only Great Ormond Street seems to acknowledge it. The lad meanwhile seems to be able to crack 60 seconds for 400m on the track and smash golf balls 300 yards despite weighing less than 100lb's.

 Supposed to affect his IQ as well. It must have done, he only got 15 GCSE's most at A, A* despite being born in August.

He obviously didn't read the muscular dystrophy rulebook!

He's been in training ever since he was seven years old. The medics say that the fact that he trains like a distance runners isn't a factor in keeping the symptoms at bay. I don't usually disagree but in this case I ask them how do they know since there's no study on the subject. My lad calls what he has as lazy muscle syndrome, since if he doesn't train then he loses fitness and ability much faster than seems normal. His varient is called Beckers'. It doesn't make comfortable reading.

I just Googled it, wow he sounds like a fighter. Good luck with his running.

09/09/2012 at 17:14

Cheers KK.

Blisters    pirate
09/09/2012 at 23:21

If she's done the homework, I'll second it.
PS I'm just too lazy to train as well. I think that goes down as the official disability category T055-er.

11/06/2013 at 21:22
Rickster wrote (see)

I'm waiting for the 100 metres for Tourettes syndrome sufferers. "On your marks, set, FUCK OFF!" 

Arse wipe, cock sucking tosser, queef smelling wanker,egg, frig basterd, raspberry ripple, wank stain, mindless, digby, mong, heartless, supersilious, self rigthious, judgemental, know it all, headteacher, politician, judge.  I utterly agree/disagree with everything you say.  But atleast I thought about it before I posted.

Para-Olympics 2012 should have banished this crap.  Do you really live in a bubble?

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