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Binu and the Great Wall

Binu And The Great Wall is a wonderful myth retold in the words of Su Tong, the author of ‘Rice’.  The myth of Binu and how her tears washed away the Great Wall have been passed down through the ages. It is a tale of hardship, brutality and undying love. Su Tong’s version of the myth, brings to the reader the harshness and brutality that led to the constuction of the wall and the terrible effects it had on the common people.

21 mai 2008 3 21 /05 /mai /2008 02:38
Recently, I have become more and more reliant on my power wheelchair and I am very reluctant to fly because I am pertrified something might happen to my chair (Qatar airline managed to leave my manual in Heathrow one Christmas holiday ago). But also because it seems like disabled passengers have been discriminated agains (such as in the case of my friend, Michelle, by Air France) and Peter Tan in Malaysia.

I was notified about this piece of information about air travel in India -   http://accessability.co.in/AirTravel-Know-Your-Rights.pdf

I was alerted to the loophole - airlines to charge for, "any human assistance rendered." I guess this means that we should be grateful that we got this ' special' service. I was once told that by the guy who took me off the plane - he said I should be grateful for people like him to help me off the plane. Best to bring the right change - who is going to make the charge? I do not think I am going to India in the near future.

I used to have to remember to have that cash with me when I used to land at the Fort Worth airport when I was a student in Austin. I used to be asked for tips for getting me off the aircraft and once I was even wheeled to the cash point in order to get some cash out for the assistance staff. At that time, I did'nt even think of complaining. I am getting so much more bolshoi in my old age.

This idea that it is a 'special assistance' put out at a certain inconvenience is all too common. I was told that just last week at Euston that I should inform them as required (time given is 24 hour's notice) to make sure I had the help to get on and off the train. To ask for special asssistance. I should feel so specially priviledged. The thing is I have done that before and the amount of difference to help and attention is not that great. I travel such a lot that very often I do not know the precise time I can travel. I know when I can I do ring ahead.

Actually most of the rail workers are kind to me and they deal with me efficiently and without a grumble and I have the Coventry station folks in mind. They have been unstintingly cheerful and helpful and I truly appreciate them.
        
     
       
     

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