Together Unlocked! Highlights & Links

Together! 2012 UNLOCKEDHere you can view films, photographs and artwork and read poems showcased on Together Unlocked! and find links to websites and online events mentioned on the show. (You can watch the whole shows here including with captions on all videos).


18 January 2021

‘Blue Monday’: information from the Mental Health Foundation about how to cope with loneliness during Lockdown. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/loneliness-during-coronavirus And read here about why Blue Monday is just a marketing ploy!

AppDate: Julie recommends Waterlogue (available free for all platforms) with the pre-set style Rainy for turning photos into watercolour-type illustrations. Here are two photographs of our assistance dogs Jazz and Precious before and after waterlogue.

Click here to download the Charlie & the C Monsters comic-colouring book.

My Eye is My Ear, 6pm Monday 18 January. London Short Film Festival presents Deaf films selected by Rinkoo Barpaga. https://www.shortfilms.org.uk/myeyeismyear

The Making History Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival (11 November-10 December) is complete but still available here. There are exhibitions to explore, performances and films to watch, and lots of activities to take part in, including some especially for families. All FREE.

Relax with Awa: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrck2-KCTkXHjs8cxLkHj8g


15 January 2021

Painting on acrylic ‘glass’ by Ejay Surgeoner. Ejay printed out the anime image they were copying, and used the acrylic ‘glass’ from an old picture frame. Ejay used a Sharpie pen for the outline and acrylic paints for the rest, tracing the outline from the back and then continuing the painting in reverse order. The image is then ready to go back into the frame – or decorate the frame as well first. Ejay advises waiting for each paint layer to dry thoroughly. Image of an East Asian man anime character painted on acrylic glass

Sterre Ploeger demonstrates potato-printing, picking her potato straight from the field!

Something for the Weekend

The Unlimited Festival of work by leading UK Disabled artists continues until. Sunday 17 January 2021. Most events are FREE, and there is also a range of interactive opportunities for Disabled artists.

The Making History Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival (11 November-10 December) is complete but still available here.There are exhibitions to explore, performances and films to watch, and lots of activities to take part in, including some especially for families. All FREE.

Julie recommends: Virtual Kew Gardens. Julie is particularly looking forward to the Tropical zone!

Josh recommends: A new Marvel series called WandaVision is available on Disney+. A sitcom-style show, the first two episodes, out now, are set in a 1950s-style small town, and the comedy is very tongue-in-cheek satire.

Ju recommends: You can see more work by Aidan Moesby on his website.

Robin recommends: Try something slower – watch Sri Lanka v England Cricket as England build a comprehensive lead into the third day of play. Available 0n Sky Sport and Radio 5 Live extra. The commentary is as enjoyable as the sport itself.


13 January 2021

The Unlimited Festival of work by leading UK Disabled artists continues until 17 January 2021. Most events are FREE, and there is also a range of interactive opportunities for Disabled artists. You can see more work by Aidan Moesby on his website.

The Making History Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival (11 November-10 December) is complete but still available here.There are exhibitions to explore, performances and films to watch, and lots of activities to take part in, including some especially for families. All FREE.

Poems from the Together! Pop-Up Poetry Club on the theme of Winter. Next week’s theme is My Favourite Colour(s). Find out more about our Clubs programme for Disabled people, currently taking place via Zoom and telephone groups.

Dawn Barber: Winter

It’s winter again we shall not cheer,
Cold rain, umbrella out again, dark dark comes early,
We all have to look after ourselves with the cold, keep keep warm,
That’s the way to do it, somehow we have to get through it,
Times go so quick and winter’s around again
We won’t give a, we wont give a cheer, we won’t give a cheer.

Dwain Bryan: Winter

It could happen to you my winter,
All my kitten wants to do is purr, my winter
Your mother’s tongue was English, you lie now in a garden amongst the trees,
As the trees blow in the trees that warm air signs of spring,
The trees are starting to show a blossom, that warm air cannot be forgotten, my winter,
The sun shines vaguely as though it’s half asleep,
The sun shines and you get the feeling that’s quick, my winter.

Julie  Newman: Winter

The sun is low. Very little light
Shines through empty windows.
The holiday garlands now gone,
Leaving no space for shadows.
This can only be winter time. A glimmer
Of hope shines as the days grow longer,
And the sun grows stronger.

The dogs lie huddled in their beds,
Not anxious to run in the dark frozen yard.
The cats sit looking through the windows, darkly
Hoping for the flash of wings, or the flick
Of a branch, blown by the wind.
No creatures stir outside, as the cold light
Harshly shows the shape of things not there.

But soon, soon, will the earth start to warm.
Life coming back as shoots start to form.
Soon, soon will the days lengthen further,
The birds return, and the sun shine longer.
Until then, we all huddle down, waiting for spring
To lighten our days. The cold reminds us
That time moves on and seasons change.

Blake Jarrette Gibbons: A Night-time Winter Walk

Cold outside, warm inside.
Dog needs to go out, layer up
Step outside, your breath displays as steam in the cold air.
Walking along, the dogs feet tapping on the pavement. That wind, oh so cold.
The pavement in the park not covered in salt or silt, so black ice in patches and the greenery is like a swamp, please please don’t go too far on I don’t want to have to shower you again tonight.

Let me check if I am even right with it being late at night, seems so dark each day. Means less walking on sunshine and more dancing in the moonlight.

The dog once a golden labrador, now half-golden labrador half-mud, is panting away so much hot air coming out of him and only just about see his outline from the mud, could be forgiven wondering if he is a steam train.

This cold is in nice and freshening, being here late, no one getting in the way.  Come on home time, hopefully the mud will drop off mostly by the time we get home.

Back onto street lit pavements, there goes the number 6 bus down towards Wiillesden bus garage. See it bounce over the speed humps and see the grit on the road being flicked aside by the tyres. Soon it will turn right and will disappear behind the building. Another 6 comes up going on a long drive through to Aldwych, long journey ahead for that driver.

Back down the road, a panting dog to one side, still stopping at the lamp posts before leaving a message for the next dog, dog are you taking the piss, I want to get home, even layered up I’m starting to feel that wind and the fog is getting lower and lower, it will be like a curtain soon. This is how it quickly became. More walking nearly home, lots of mud fallen off, wow my dog is looking more golden labrador-ish again.

In we get glasses steam up, time to clean the dog and then time to get changed and put the kettle on. Now it’s not me steaming it’s the kettle.

It might be a time of year many don’t like, winter, the coldness, the super-bright sun, and then the very very dark nights. I do like, mother nature deserve some rest time too. Winter is her chill out time to cool off time so let’s respect that, and let those locked outside with no homes let’s give them something, and let’s remember those key workers working day and night through the year, harder times still through winter, while you sit there drink in your hand looking outside and thinking do I go outside? The coldness, the steam of warmth from your breath, as you take in mother nature’s chill. Enjoy it, you watch, soon half of you’ll be moaning it’s too hot now out there. I’m warm again now from my tea and my sleep, it’s another late winter night, and I’m off again for the night winter walk. Who knows what may see on the winter walk this time.

Virtual Naturewatch with assistance dog Merlot

Sport

Julie recommends: Damien Seguin  is a twice-Gold Paralympian medal winner who is currently up in the first five of the Vendee Globe non-stop around the world yacht race. I have been following the race with interest since it started in November, and have been massively impressed at how he has been handling the boat and the difficulties in the race itself. This is a bit of background for him from an interview for a sailing magazine:
https://www.sail-world.com/news/230835/Meet-the-Vendee-Globe-skippers-Damien-Seguin And this is a summary of the current first five leaders coming up now off the coast of Brazil: https://www.sail-world.com/news/234432/Vendee-Globe-Day-66-The-road-from-Rio.

Josh recommends: 

Lebara Race The World Event A virtual international Para-swimming competition that took place across November and December, with swimmers racing from their own pools and submitting timed videos. These have now been combined into ‘finals’ and shown in a live event on 16th December. https://youtu.be/M7fJmN7yrNI

Paralympic Swimmer Daniel Dial upcoming retirement. Brazilian Para-swimmer Daniel Diad has announced that he will retire from competing at the end of 2021, to focus on his other pursuits including running the Daniel Dias Institute, which he founded in 2014 to help find the next Brazilian Paralympic Champions: https://swimswam.com/paralympic-swimming-legend-daniel-dias-announces-post-tokyo-retirement/

FA Cup Marine Vs Spurs. Marine made it into the third round of the FA Cup to play Spurs, there are 161 places between them in a league table. The match was the last time that the Marine players will be able to play sport until lockdown restrictions are lifted, because they are not an ‘elite’ team. The match may also have had the largest in-person crowd of any recent game, as people could watch from their own gardens. Highlights: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55575522

Gaming with Josh

Multiplayer games on Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8. A key selling point for some Switch games is the local multi-player facility. One game we played a lot over the holidays is Mario Kart 8, but we have also played Trivial Pursuit, and I am looking forward to playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – however, that is still currently in quarantine!


11 January 2021

The Making History Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival (11 November-10 December) is complete but still available here. There are exhibitions to explore, performances and films to watch, and lots of activities to take part in, including some especially for families. All FREE.

This week’s Unlimited Festival of work by leading UK Disabled artists takes place online from 13-17 January 2021. Most events are FREE, and there is also a range of interactive opportunities for Disabled artists.

New Year poems from the Together! Pop-Up Poetry Club. To join in with our Clubs programme from home, contact noel@together2012.org.uk

Blake Jarrette Gibbons: A New Year, New Start

A new year, a new start, turn the page, maybe a new pen might help?
Any new year resolutions?
Any idea on what to do today?
Feel like changing, do you feel like loving, love is my drug of life. It’s beautiful trauma.
A new year, a new start, still living, still living and loving. There is no point in fixing things that aren’t broken, what’s works is tweaks and adjustments to make the new you. A new year all set for a new year, ready to write through this new year, 2021. Let’s hit the road for a new adventure, adapted for a new situation.

Somewhere along the lines we may have seen eye-to-eye. Maybe we did when we clapped for carers and our key workers, those who work from old year into new. In the streets we may cross paths. Who’s going to walk on the dark side of the morning?  Watching the moon dim down from its shine as the sun comes back, rises into the sky to shine through the day, even through the dark clouds, before the moon becomes it’s mirror again and shines in the next night sky. Both will still shine bright through the clouds.

I may walk past ready in love with the new year, in love with life and in love with myself and others, in fact I dare say many will be, after the last year. Many will now love and respect life more than ever before. Here’s to 2021.
Is the new me ready, the one that’s had a few tweaks and adjustments, let 2021 be a new year with adventure.
See you all soon, in the next poem of 2021, I hope you enjoyed reading this one.

Duncan Bridgstock: Ah, the poetry

Ah, the poetry.
As last year
draws near
i fumble
in the jumble
of my
tumble dryer
of a memory
Bobbing
up and down
in my
beach combed
mind
to recall all
of the year.
Past.
and like
Spike Milligan
i find that looking back
hurts my neck
Last Yea
i didn’t like
having to adhere
to the rules
and now in the new year,
i fear
another year
just like last year
But the poetry
Ah the poetry
Soon
is a
boon.

Pritesh Patel: Winter Bird

Charlie & the C Monsters

Relax with Awa: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrck2-KCTkXHjs8cxLkHj8g