Mermaid Blog

An attack on Sovereignty? A needlessly costly exercise? Will the US ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities… and does it really matter if it doesn’t?!

This week the US Senate will put the ratification to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the vote. However, the possibility of this legislation becoming the law of the land has rattled many Americans who see the adoption of the Treaty as an attack on US sovereignty. Are they justified… Read more »

Disability in film – ‘Rust and Bone’ is the latest offering from French cinema exploring the psychology of disability. But will Hollywood follow…?

Jacques Audiard’s new French / Belgian film, starring the brilliant Marion Cotillard as a recovering amputee, won the ‘Best Film’ award at the London Film Festival in October. It is the second major film of 2012 to reach these shores where disability features prominently throughout the script. In a year where sport has done much to… Read more »

Five make a Comeback! – the televising of Enid Blyton’s crime busting crew marks a return to good old fashioned children’s storytelling… or does it?!

Kindle Entertainment, the London based independent television production company has announced its plan to revive the celebrated ‘Famous Five’ series of children’s books. But how will the jolly, ginger beer-swilling band of Julian, Dick,  Anne, George and Timmy the dog be received by today’s young audience? It is almost 45 years since Enid Blyton passed… Read more »

Man on a Mission – Will Bonner Paddock be the first competitor with cerebral palsy to complete the gruelling Ironman World Championships?

  On 13 October 2012, Bonner Paddock will attempt to be the first athlete with cerebral palsy to master the unforgiving Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. His biggest challenge to date, however, will not be the unpredictable ocean, the gruelling cycle ride or the debilitating marathon. The greatest battle will be against himself. Fancy a… Read more »