London's deaf hubbub
Is it deaf week or something? we don't tend to do those awareness weeks on Ouch! because that's all we do all the time. But it seems like we're getting a lot of 'deaf' across our threshold in the past 10 days or so what with BBC One's The Silence and Charlie Swinbourne's excellent article about his Hogwats and Glee-esque love for deaf schools. Oh and a signed BBC Proms performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
So let me add to the pile by saying that you can also listen to a radio show tonight that marvellously dips into a bit of deafie signie culture and that BBC Proms has gone a bit sign language love, too.
Deaf actress Sophie Woolley travels home amid the capital's hubbub, and gives an audio picture of how she experiences it. She told me:
"For deaf people the sign for London also means 'noisy'. Almost the same gesture that hearing people make to indicate 'mad'. London's noise levels reach a crescendo at night. I've lived here all my life, but it's started sounding unrecognisable to me because over the last few years I've regenerated into a deaf person. Even though I can see other pedestrians talking, I can't decipher any actual words. It sounds a bit like listening to snatches of speech underwater, and the diction is terrible. The consonants are missing and the vowels honk like Charlie Brown's teacher or someone pretending to speak French...."
It's on BBC iPlayer here if you missed it going out live and features other contributors and their London lives.
In the comments below, maybe some kindly BSL user can describe this noise / mad sign for me? And what is it you mouth when doing it? I've never understood the 'brilliant' sign where you say 'vee' while doing it. Why do you say that? Aren't you making things ultra complex for yourselves? I know, it's a deaf thing.