“You & Yours”

I used to listen to this Radio 4 programme about three times a week when I worked in photographic prop shop (textiles only). For some reason (and I was in my twenties) I preferred this station to any other. I like music, but not all day long, and I can’t stand the public ranting across the airwaves with their opinions.

You and Yours was hardly the highlight of the day. I think I thought it was some kind of consumer show, which I still believe it is, but it is somehow very serious and worthy and a little bit dull. The World at One with Nick Clarke (now sadly deceased) was like an auditory trip in comparison.

Yesterday I caught a bit in the car. In the same reverential tones as always, they reported on leisure activities for the disabled and I was suddenly transported. They talked to someone from Riding for the Disabled and I was reminded strongly of the transformational qualities that horses can play in our lives. I once helped out at a Riding for the Disabled club at Lee Valley in East London and I have never forgotten sharing in the enjoyment the riders so clearly felt on horseback.

The programme talked to an instructor with 35 years experience and the reporter asked her how the profoundly disabled cope with no strength in their limbs. The instructor had an answer that blew the question out of the water. She replied that she had, last June, taken on a new 5 year old pupil who had lost her legs and arms to meningitis. This young girl was now walking, trotting and steering independently. The instructor said that the dynamics of riding are more subtle than we imagine. It does not necessarily require extravagant flapping and kicking, instead we can do so much with our seat and core muscles and that the horses (not all but many) seem to understand and respond positively to a rider with disabilities. In fact, some tricky equine customers are equally transformed by their disabled riders.

I am not saying that the playing field is level in terms of competition; dressage for instance is graded by disability of the riders from 1-5 so those with a milder disability, say 2, will only compete against other riders deemed 2. I am certain though that those riders who come to riding with a disability are as rewarded, if not more so really, than those of us whose interest and relationship with horses is more mundane.

Posted on January 21, 2010, in Children, Horse racing, Radio and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Our wavelengths* are quite similar, Diva. I was thinking of blogging only yesterday on how the phone-in show has destroyed Radio. My tipping point was when I heard some individual whining on about how Cadburys ‘gotta be kept British.’ I could just tell from this chap’s general demeanour that he had a full grasp of multi-national company finance and was totally versed in internation takeover practices. To be fair though, he was less irritating than Robert Peston. (sp?)

    I caught a You and Yours last week (I had not heard it for years) – it was an absolute beauty about this fraudster who, on the run from le Plod Anglais, had set up his fraudstering in the south of France and was conning old Brit ex-pats out of their savings by offering to invest it for them. One after another they came along saying how he was handsome and suave and plausible so of course they just wrote him a cheque for 200,000 grand to make them even richer than they already were. Next they were getting a ‘pressure group’ together to try to sue the Banc Paris National for cashing the cheques for the bloke.

    * pun intended

  2. Yes that is exactly the kind of thing you would expect from You and Yours (stacks of cash in that instance!). Perhaps they should rename it “Fools and their money”.

    Radio is my habit, for good and ill. Only this morning my poor mother was being texted about Melvyn Bragg and his hectoring manner on “In Our Time”. He puts his guests on edge, makes them shuffle their notes continually and audibly, and distracts me from the subject at hand.

    Whilst I am at it: I am enjoying the history of the world… but the music is irritating me and I am not sure about the presenter, but as it is his creation I realise I should just be grateful to him. I would just like it to be a bit more accessible. The language makes “one” work quite hard to keep up!

    That’s just nitpicking really, the swimming reindeer today are amazing – photo here

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