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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.

16 septembre 2008 2 16 /09 /septembre /2008 23:39
I was in Norway to attend a seminar and visited ULOBA - the only co operative for personal assistance in Norway if not the world. They look like a great success which is sustainable, they own their building and it had great facilities with a well equipped conference room and facilities, I was impressed.

But I am not so impressed by access in Norway - I was only in Oslo for a short while. I could not find an accessible loo and in fact, could not locate a place to have a coffee which was not exposed to the elements - I know it is only September but I was cold. My new friend Hild showed me an accessible loo in a shopping centre which was by no means clean. But I was given to understand that disabled people get generous social care - so much so they are deemed not to lead public transport.

I didn't find many disabled people in the streets of Oslo even though I was wandering in the city center - even the Hard Rock Cafe was not accessible but many Burger Kings were. Some of the curbcuts were quite high. I did not see a single blind man or guide dog - probably because it would be difficult to negotiate, there was no tactile paving and the beeb that goes on the crossings seem a tad confusing to me.

In the garden near the National Theatre I found a nice shelter where they did hot tom yum soup noodles. The Thon Hotel Munch was a reasonable accessible hotel (with a roll in shower). There was also a nice Chinese restaurant next door ( up a small step). The staff was helpful but there is no hot drinks - hot water for tea costs about 25 kroner (>£2.50). Breakfast was continental with an egg and baked beans..

The most spectacular is the opera house - where you can wheel and climb up to the top but I chickened out before I got to the top.

Opera House Oslo

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