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I’m blind, but I love the night

Peter White  The Observer

Blind from birth, Peter White has always loved the night. This is his time to explore the world, to embrace every sensation, to play …

I’ve never needed a lot of sleep (five hours normally is enough for me), and it’s never worried me. More time to read; more time to think; more time to listen to the excellent World Service in the middle of the night. Trouble is, it seems to worry the people who have to live with me.

My very first punishment was for waking up too early. Having been blind from birth, I had to go off to a pretty Dickensian boarding school to be educated. Even aged as young as seven, we slept in large dormitories, governed by prefects, big boys who had reached the great age of 16, with all the maturity to be expected from a 16-year-old boy. Apparently my constant tossing and turning early in the morning disturbed prefect Pete, who dished out 100 lines to me: “I must not wake up before the bell goes.”

Read in Full:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/nov/01/blind-night-peter-white

‘Blind art’ exhibition launched


Rita Simpson’s Edinburgh painting is one of those in the exhibition

An exhibition of paintings by artists who have lost their sight is to be opened to the public.

The artists are all members of classes held by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) at its Scottish headquarters in Edinburgh.

The artists, who have varying degrees of sight loss, are forced to use their memories when creating their paintings.

The exhibition will be held in the cafe area of RNIB Scotland in Hillside Crescent until 27 November.

Read in Full:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8332681.stm



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