Archive for April 29th, 2009

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Blowing My Own Trumpet……Just This Once!!

April 29, 2009

Well, I am no Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie or Louis Armstrong……..but just this once I’m going to “blow my own trumpet”…………and hope that it doesn’t sound like one of those party toys where the thing unrolls a long paper tube to expose a feather on the end, simultaneously making the sound of a million angry wasps!!!

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Anyway, this is a metaphorical trumpet blowing……….rather than me physically attempting to get a noise from a trumpet……….which would obviously sound like a fart squeezing past somebody trying not to sh*t a breeze block!

Over the last few months, the good lady wife and I have got involved in a new Ukrainian charity called Obshestvo Zashhiti Invalsidov Ukraine…….Hmmmmm, yeh, I know, it doesn’t exactly just roll off the tongue does it.

With it being new, it wanted to “recruit” a few “movers and shakers” who also had the ability to get things done, rather than sit around talking about things all day.

Eh?……….Oh yes it is a registered charity in Ukraine………and is there to help the disabled………which for the most part are completely ignored…….to the point of no transport, no ramps, no toilets, no home improvements et al.  I have absolutely no idea how Ukraine will cope with 1 disabled person during the 2012 football tournament, let alone hundreds or thousands!!

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So, being an “old soldier” who converted a few bullets to brass in the face of those trying to do him harm……..it is, for me, a case of “there but by the grace of God go I” in many respects and is further highlighted when seeing crippled and limbless old soldiers in Ukraine literally begging for money in the streets…….to which I always give……..and it’s good for my Karma too.

Anyway, Ukraine has nothing in the way of facilities for the disabled person, either public or private……..unless you happen to rich enough to fit out your apartment…….but then of course you can’t get up the steps to actually get into the apartment in your chair………Don’t get me started!!!

However, we have had a minor success……..nothing major, nothing outstanding, things most people in European countries take for granted so much, they don’t even see them……..but……..

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The first and only public disabled toilet has been built and opened in Odessa…….and it is not a “hole in the floor”……read my “Needing to Pee…….or Worse” post.

There is now, an electronic sliding door, push your Kopeks in the hole, disabled toilet meeting all EU standards in the park on Gorsad opposite the Neapolitan restaurant.  It even has instructions for use, not only in Russian, but German, English, Turkish and French on the outside telling you how to open up this little Tardis.

So we have a little victory………not much of one……….but we have one………and it is there……..and it is working………but it is still the only public disabled toilet in the City………FOR NOW!!!!

What?……..What’s a Tardis?………You don’t know about Dr Who?  Here’s a pic of the Tardis……….and Google Dr Who……….I know you know how to!!

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Anyway, trumpet has now been blown, dear readers………and in the words of DJ’s Smashy and Nicey……..”It’s for charity mate!”

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