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The Daily Shell Fish

The Daily Shell Fish is a corruption of the Daily Selfish that Keith Bray mocks me with as I project my current arts project into virtual space. Its simple. Its primitive. It depends on a) zoom, b) colour, contrast and cropping as provided by free Shotwell software and b) an ongoing ...

cartoon about train travel

Crippen looks back 25 years to his cartoons of that era

As you’ll have seen, there’s been a lot of talk about it being 25 years since the launch of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. I was even persuaded by our over-worked Editor Colin to throw in my own two-penny worth (that’s old money to you youngsters out there!) with an ...

Peckham Rye Bowling Green Sign

Tesco Delivery Man, from shielder to non shielder

This Tesco delivery man didn’t want to be photographed, nevertheless, I showed him my blog and photos of many of his colleagues which he enjoyed. Because of lockdown, delivery men aren’t allowed into houses to help with shopping so I sit on the piano stool by the door and take ...

A visual representation of disabling barriers.

Disability equality is passé. Inclusion is old school. Access is now!

The subject of disabling barriers is deeply boring, tedious and time-consuming. Ask any funder, curator, commissioner, or other provider of arts opportunities what they think and what they do about disabling barriers, and they react in one of two ways.

  1. They think you're (just) a university student writing a
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hyena in petticoats

online exhibition / screening / album - from 19 nov, 7pm commissioned by together 2020 disability history month festival - film, online exhibition, e-zine of art / writing / activities because mary wollstonecraft wz bad, rad, bi, mutha, internationalist, feminist before the word, a writer & mad - she, disabilities included ...

cartoon about disability hate crime

Crippen revisits the subject of disability hate crime

This is the second year running that the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) has refused to provide any explanation for why police forces are passing significantly fewer cases of disability hate crime to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Hope and Pray

This year has been challenging, The coronavirus has hit home, Having to wear masks, Standing two meters apart. How long will this go on for? Being glared at for coughing, Having to sneeze into your elbow, waiting for the shops to re-open. Oh, how I wish life would return back to normal, No one knows what normal is anymore, All ...

digital image of richard downes

Access Contextualised

A collection of 17 poems compiled as a contribution to UK Disability History Month. The compilation seeks to broaden the brush usually applied to access. Whilst access remains a key issue it has to be seen, in my opinion, only as a part of wider issues derived from approaches to experience ...

No More Broken Hearts for the Working Class

I have been away a bit. A combination of work and wonky health has occupied me for the latter part of the year. Time has itched by but its hands do not scratch the irritation it is causing. The work I’ve done recently is contributing to a couple of publications: ...

Juice; Slap

For Yoko’s Body Sound Tape Piece. Yoko your body sounds are kinder than mine, more curious too, though I have some good ones. Here I revisit a one off incident (well, twice is more than enough really) before going back to the violence of special school and then saving a concern for ...