Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Ice Ice Baby!

First of all my interview on Thursday didn’t go too well. The test was ok, but quite long and intense. However, the actual interview was tough. Considering it was just a clerical assistant post they asked questions, such as do you have experience in training others? They had interviewed 6 people prior to me, so it’s very unlikely I will get the job.

On Friday I went to Blackpool with 6 friends and came home last night. My friends included Amy, Cara and then 4 lads. It was one of those £9.50 holidays from The Sun newspaper.

Since it was so cheap it wasn’t likely we were going to stay in a 5 star hotel and had a lovely icebox, I mean caravan to stay in. God I’ve never been so cold in my life! Thermals, vest top, long sleeved top and big jumpers still left me freezing!

We went to Pleasure Beach on Saturday and apart from the weather being Baltic it was quite good. The first ride we went on was the Pepsi Max that I didn’t realise until I got to the front of the queue that it was the ‘fastest in Europe’ and ‘a real vertical reality’! I don’t do upside down rides, but this roller coaster kept going up and up and up and up and up and up! Oh how I screamed! My favourite ride was the big Dipper that was built in the 1920s.

After the boys got drunk on Saturday night there was little movement on Sunday and we magically lost an hour with the clocks changing. British Summer Time has officially begun! So what better way to celebrate than go to the beach! Cara was dressed for summer, but I had my 10 thousand layers on and still shivered constantly!

Yesterday, before the long journey home we went back to the centre of Blackpool. Amy wanted to go to the Sea Life Centre, so I accompanied her so she could get my disabled discount. As we walked past the various tanks Amy described the different species that swam within. Some sounded ugly, others pretty and some interesting. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stroke a shark or swim with the stingrays, so I honestly found it a tad boring! It was warm inside though, so I didn’t mind paying for that!

Overall, it was a good weekend. There were times when the boys picked on me for being blind, such as it will be really funny if we swap Selina’s drink and she won’t notice, but what can I say I’m an easy target.

Monday, 23 March 2009

RNIB Reject

Trainee Grade Scheme I applied for. TRAINEE! Not MANAGER or even ASSISTANT, TRAINEE! Hi Selina, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful in getting the job! Me, ‘err why?’ said in a lovely shocked and disgusted tone!

Basically, I answered the questions fantastically, but I lack experience! EXPERIENCE?! I’m sorry for a poxy Trainee Grade Scheme where you don’t need experience?! So having 10 GCSEs, 3 and a ½ A Levels, NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and a year’s paid work experience at the Council clearly means I’m unqualified. I sound bitter don’t I?

I would have preferred them to be honest, well they were honest in saying I came across really well etc and they can’t actually fault me, but they should have said we already have a couple of blinkie learners at the college who we promised the job to!

They were also unsure why I had applied for the position. Let’s see now it’s not brain surgery, it was only open to blind and partially sighted unemployed individuals. Humn, so did I apply because I wanted a job perhaps? ARGH!

Anyway, they can stuff their little job that I didn’t want really. I’m so much better than that anyway, but was willing to lower myself to their level just to say I work. So they’ve done me a favour.

I have a job interview on Thursday at the Council in the Highways department. I would say fingers crossed and all that jazz, but let’s face it I’ll be just as surprised as you if I ever find work!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

What A Drag!

Oh what a long day! I had my interview at RNIB for the Trainee Grade Scheme I mentioned I applied for. My interview was at 10.30 and I didn’t get home until 13.30! First I was given a tour, which was incredibly boring and I found it difficult to be enthusiastic. Basically, I’ve had a tour before and it’s not much different to RNC what they do anyway.

Next was the assessment as they called it. Basically the test. I was given a list of 4 duties and had to prioritise them. I just numbered them. I think I was meant to describe in more detail though why I put them in that order, but it wasn’t explained properly and the test person told me I would get the chance to discuss it in the interview. Secondly, I had to write a letter, which wasn’t difficult.

After a long wait I was finally called in for the interview. Feeling cold, hungry and tired I really needed to use my Drama A Level skills to get me through! The questions were standard and nothing I struggled with to be honest. Apparently there are 2 vacancies available. They didn’t ask about the test though.

My dad somehow found out that they were interviewing 4 people. So 50/50 chance I suppose. One other candidate I saw was really old compared to youthful me. As I said before I don’t really want the job, as it’s full time, but beggars can’t be choosers hey.

I should hear by the end of the week. On a more positive note I should have an interview at the Council in the Highways Department soon, as they called on Monday to ask about test requirements. They’re looking for 2 part-time people, so more of what I want.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Billy Elliot

I went down to London on Friday to see Jack and on the Saturday we went to see Billy Elliot at the theatre. It was his choice of musical, but I looked forward to seeing it none the less. I hadn’t seen the film, but knew the basic storyline that Billy wanted to be a ballet dancer.

We had ok seats on row D, but to the right of the stage. Jack could see which was the main thing. Most of the humour seemed visual, as the audience constantly laughed. There was an irritating woman next to me who kept shushing jack who was audio describing parts for me. We just ignored her.

Overall the performance was good. Can’t say any of the songs were memorable, but the acting was excellent. Jack seemed impressed by the dancing, which I can only imagine was breath taking. I did enjoy it, but because it was so visual, I have enjoyed other musicals more.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Flash Dance

What a feeling! My family and I went to see Flash Dance at the theatre last night and I really enjoyed the performance. As per usual the live singing, music, dancing and acting was outstanding. There were a few stars in the show too including Burney Nolan, Bruno Langley from Corro and Noel from Hearsay.

I found it humorous in general and the lyrics to the songs brilliant. Nothing like the toe tapper of What a Feeling to finish it off too. I hadn’t seen the film, but was still impressed.

Monday, 2 March 2009


On Saturday I got the train to Walsall in order to attend the AGM Goalball Tournament. I met Jack at Birmingham New Street and it was fun seeing him again. Amazingly my assistance turned up and even though I had an empty rail card in my hand along with some money the ticket man said that was fine and so I didn’t end up paying!

The AGM is a friendly tournament and so everyone is mixed up. The theme for this year was chocolate and my team was called the Fruit and Nuts. Probs the only chocolate I don’t like! My other team members were Adam who I was put with last year too and who I didn’t really want to be with again and Nathan who has Albinism from New College Worcester. We were the only team without a 4th player, which meant none of us could get subbed.

I hadn’t played goalball since November, but considering that I didn’t do too badly. I played right wing, but my favourite position is centre. I was happy on the right though. We won our first game 8 – 4 and to be fair the ball didn’t really come my side, but I didn’t let a goal in and scored 2.

The next game we won 5 – 2 and I scored another 2, but let the 2 in. They both hit me, but my wall wasn’t strong enough. Doesn’t matter though, as we won!

The last game was tough and we ended up losing 2 – 1. It should have been a draw as one of my shots hit the post. I’m pleased to say I didn’t let the goal in and we were in the final.

The other two were getting really stressed out about the final, but I was calm, as I’m used to coming second. It was a tense game and at the end the score was 3 – 3. We all scored a goal each, but Adam had done 4 high balls that resulted in penalties and let 2 goals in. I was warmed up by then and nothing was going pass me. It came down to a golden goal, thankfully I stopped the first 2 balls and Nathan blocked the third. Nathan scored the winner and it was great that I actually won something!

I got all hyped up that I would have my picture in British Blind sport’s magazine with my medal, but typical because it was a friendly we got chocolate as prizes and nobody took a picture. Rubbish!

Jack and his team won the experienced section and hopefully GB will call him up to play for them soon. He definitely proved himself in my opinion.