I am still waiting for my wheelchair enclosure tickets from Lord’s. I am in a ballot and therefore cannot make any firm arrangements until I know what places I have been allocated. I’ve telephoned Lord’s two or three times over the last month and have been told that they are dealing with the tickets and they will be out shortly. They are certainly leaving things very late as it will be May in a few days time and the first test match begins on 17 May.
I must admit sitting here in my study chair looking through the window at the lashing rain and wind it is hard to imagine sitting in the warm sunshine at Lord’s, watching the cricket with a nice glass of champagne in my hand.
‘ My lovely’ went shopping and to an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. A horrid day to do it but she does not seem to mind. At least, I suppose it gets her out of the house leaving ‘ Jane the sheep’ lurking in the background as my babysitter.
Jane lasted until mid-afternoon when’ Paul the computer’ took over. It turned out to be a brilliant afternoon technologically. First of all Paul managed to link a HD video processor, via cable, from my laptop to our television set (which is ancient) and in so doing I can now play anything l can get on my laptop straight, onto the television. The advantage of this is obvious, that if there is a film or something like that that we would like to watch which goes on after I put to bed, I can use catch up on my laptop and show it to’ my lovely’ the following day. This is particularly attractive now that I go to bed at 8.30 and almost anything worth watching goes on until 10 o’clock.
I really am thrilled with this little bit of electronic juggling that Paul has set up for me. I think in an earlier life this sort of thing was bread-and-butter to Paul and I am fortunate enough to reap the benefit.
The second piece of technology that he produced was, in its own way, even more exciting. It is what you would call a camera mouse link. It works like this. You open your web cam and identify a specific area of your face, say, for example, the white of your eye and lock the mouse pointer onto it. You can then control the mouse solely by moving your head or rather t your eye. Having thus identified the icon or whatever you would then merely have to say either click or enter, using an ordinary Dragon command and it will be possible to completely control your laptop without even touching it. We only tried it out today and I’m really looking forward to trying to use it and see what drawbacks there are, if any. What a boon this will be to people like me who have actually no use of their hands or their arms are two weak to raise them to the keyboard. Am I not the luckiest person alive to have such a clever friend as Paul.