Hobbies and interests
I have lots of hobbies and interests, including listening to different types of music, reading and listening to radio, particularly The Archers on BBC Radio 4. I have listened to the Archers all my life and the reason I love it so much is because the drama is set in a village in a rural area just like I have grown up in, so I find it easy to relate to. Not only that, but the storylines that take place in it teach me things about the world and I gain much knowledge from listening to it.
I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, particularly teenage fiction genres, books set during the First and Second world wars and stories set in Ireland. I much prefer reading books in braille rather than listening to audio books because it allows me to build up an image of the characters in my own head rather than having someone else’s interpretation. I receive books from the RNIB Library Service: they have a facility on their website where you can compile a request list of books you would like sent to you. Once the book is finished, it can either be recycled or sent on to someone else to read. I choose not to read e-books because personally I believe there is nothing like holding a physical book in my hand and sitting in bed to read it.
Another passion of mine is live music and I love attending concerts whenever I can. My favourite venue that I go to a lot is called The Stables near Milton Keynes. This is an amazing small venue with two performing spaces: a main theatre and a more intimate room called Stage 2. One of my favourite genres of music is folk music, and the Stables plays host to many folk concerts. I mainly attend concerts in Stage 2 because that is where emerging talent and young folk singers perform and those are the singers I enjoy seeing the most.
I also like going to pop concerts and have seen many singers over the years including Adele, Ellie Goulding and The Sugababes to name a few. Although I can’t see the singer or band on stage, I can still pick up on the atmosphere and love singing along with the crowd when the singer is performing one of my favourite songs. When it comes to booking tickets, I usually see whether a free companion or discounted ticket is available so that someone can accompany me. I tend to stick to venues where this option is available, but I find the amount of venues where this is offered at is increasing now.