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Webb, Geoff (Part 5 of 6). Geoff Webb Memories of Polio

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    Webb, Geoffrey, 1927- (speaker, male)

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    Part 5: Trialing Robin Cavindish's first standard built-in wheelchair. Visiting Poole as a 'trail run' to living at home again; problems on the first trip out. Usefulness of the Nuffield Hospital. Moving to a new bungalow near the Nuffield; receiving help and furniture for new home from friends. New home help. GW called his new home, 'The Fairground’, after Rudyard Kipling's poem called 'Sussex’. Joining in normal activities; going to the pub, the cinema, the theatre and restaurants. Started smoking a pipe again; getting a small job testing tobacco and blends for Gallaher's, the tobacco company. Weekly shopping expedition to Sainsbury's. Writing to The Times to describe how the machinery and gadgets helped GW live at home with this sort of freedom. Reg Maling's new typing control that allowed GW to type letters.

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    Self-recorded reminiscences of a polio sufferer and activist for independent living facilities for the disabled, recorded around 1975

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    Geoff Webb self-recorded reminiscences: full transcript (PDF)

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