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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Wobbling Wilma (U1818838) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    Ok,

    Now we're all arriving...

    Over on the old board, Lady B and I were having a nice little chat about walking stick chic - as in cool and groovy mobility aids that don't look like you borrowed them off yer grandma / stole them from the nearest NHS hospital. This was partly inspired by the lovely Jonny Depp and his most loveliest walking cane in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as illustrated here:

    chocolatefactorymovi...

    (Click on the thumbnail of Jonny/Willy Wonka, left hand column, third from top to see what we were dribbling over... for our VI users, it shows a 'knob tobbed' walking stick - i.e. the bit you grab on to is spherical, and black and white swirly candy-striped. The stick itself is full of brightly coloured sweets: jelly beans, I think.)

    Obviously, Lady B and I are both stick-weilding ladies... anyone else know any cool mobility aids they'd like to tell us about... fantasy mobility aids... mobility aids you'd love to own?

    WW
    x

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  • Message 2

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    Posted by smogstar (U1818940) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I have some brilliant metallic pink crutches!

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I couldn't resist: I have ordered one of the blue lucite crook-handled sticks. smiley - loveblush

    I had hoped I was going to be able to provide a link to the clear canes site once the new boards were up and running, but I think that would break the rules on the grounds that it relates to a commercial enterprise i.e. they sell fab sticks!!

    My stick should have successfully flown across the Atlantic in a couple of weeks' time, so I shall most definitely be reporting back here on what it's like in the flesh, so to speak.

    AND, if it's anything like as uber-cool as I think it's going to be, I'll order some other colours as well. In fact, I'm thinking of co-ordinating them with my spec frames, which means I'll need a purple one and a red one yet...... smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by Swift_ (U1723094) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    Probably my silver violet dream Quickie - the framework looks cool at least, but the seating spoils it.

    My dream would be do actually have 'cool' patterns for wheelchair seating and standers...as opposed to the zoo animals smiley - winkeye smiley - doh

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  • Message 5

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    Posted by Wobbling Wilma (U1818838) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I couldn't resist: I have ordered one of the blue lucite crook-handled sticks. smiley - loveblush 

    How jealous am I! On reflection, I decided the crystal embedded one might be a bit Pimp for me...

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  • Message 6

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    Posted by Chris_Page (U557481) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    No sense of adventure, Wilma!

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  • Message 7

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    How jealous am I! On reflection, I decided the crystal embedded one might be a bit Pimp for me... 

    There's nothing to stop you indulging as well. He's only sold 9 to UK customers so far, so we could start a trend smiley - winkeye

    They're cheaper than the crystal embedded model as well. The whole thing - including shipping from the States - cost under £37.

    Boogaloo Dude is waiting for mine to arrive before making a final decision on whether to get himself one with an LED light for posing with when he's performing with his band on stage.....

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  • Message 8

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    Posted by Wobbling Wilma (U1818838) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I want one which works on the principle of those trainers which flash when you put your heel down... I want a flash of light every time I put my stick down, pulsating up and down the stick.

    And Chris... No sense of adventure? You haven't seen the one I bought in a craft market in Cuba, made out of four different types of Cuban wood. Granted, it *wasn't* made out of turtle-shell like some of the others. In my defence, trying to get that back across the border is smuggling, and, erm, I wouldn't want to offend any of our Turtle buddies...

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  • Message 9

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    Posted by Chris_Page (U557481) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    Oh alright, then! smiley - winkeye

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  • Message 10

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    Posted by Turtle (U1818856) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    JEALOOOUS

    WHere are you lot getting this stuff from? mine are NHS crutches but have homemade fake dalmation print fur on the top
    i'll take a pic of em cos i'm saaaad

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  • Message 11

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    JEALOOOUS

    WHere are you lot getting this stuff from?

     


    Many hours of tireless web surfing, to be honest. I hadn't looked for a while, but was spurred into doing so again by my conversation with Wobbling Wilma last week.

    Cool mobility aids are as rare as a very rare thing. Although, now that the design potential of hearing aids and prosthetic limbs has been recognised, maybe we won't have TOO long to wait before sticks and crutches catch up.

    In the meantime, Google 'clear canes' and prepare to fall in lust... smiley - magic

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  • Message 12

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    Posted by Chris_Page (U557481) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    Well wheelchairs have been funky for ages - pity I can't afford or use most of them.....

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  • Message 13

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    Posted by Melbamae (U1820267) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    Actually my dear Lady B, my husband has been sporting only the coolest crutches known to man for the last oh 8 years or so.

    Thomas Fetterman (the Rolls Royce of crutch makers) made him a gorgeous set of metalic purple crutches 8 years ago....complete with gel filled handles, leather cushioned arm cuffs, virtually slip proof gripping gel filled tips and removable ice tips for those snowy slick days. He said when he got them he'd never walked more comfortably as he did on those. No more aching shoulders or jarred elbows....just smooth safe walking.

    It's a shame he hasn't been able to use them the last few years.

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  • Message 14

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    Actually my dear Lady B, my husband has been sporting only the coolest crutches known to man for the last oh 8 years or so.

    Thomas Fetterman (the Rolls Royce of crutch makers) made him a gorgeous set of metalic purple crutches 8 years ago....complete with gel filled handles, leather cushioned arm cuffs, virtually slip proof gripping gel filled tips and removable ice tips for those snowy slick days. He said when he got them he'd never walked more comfortably as he did on those. No more aching shoulders or jarred elbows....just smooth safe walking.

    It's a shame he hasn't been able to use them the last few years.

     



    But OF COURSE he had. Nothing, knowing as much about your husband as I do, would surprise me less smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by tam (U1723260) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I was visiting a friend this morning, he has a superb stick whose handle is in the shape of a snarling wolf's head with VERY big teeth.

    I said, Where did you get that? I want that one!! but he said he had inherited it from his dad. He thought it was Indian in origin. smiley - sadface

    Tam

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  • Message 16

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I was visiting a friend this morning, he has a superb stick whose handle is in the shape of a snarling wolf's head with VERY big teeth.

    I said, Where did you get that? I want that one!! but he said he had inherited it from his dad. He thought it was Indian in origin. smiley - sadface

    Tam 


    I thought you were a wheelie crip, Tam?

    Do you moonlight as a sticky crip as well, or do you just have an abiding desire to own beautiful and unusual sticks?

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  • Message 17

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    Oh, yuck!

    I've discovered that there's a seller on ebay offering a walking stick artistically fashioned from a bull's penis.

    Apparently it's a "great talking point".

    How grim is that? smiley - yikes

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  • Message 18

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I want one which works on the principle of those trainers which flash when you put your heel down... I want a flash of light every time I put my stick down, pulsating up and down the stick.

     


    This is SO not what you're after. Chic it ain't. Although I can see that it could be USEFUL....

    There's an American company called Pathlighter which produces .. erm... 'lighted safety canes'. They're a 'Bright New Way to get around safely'.

    The lower half of the shaft on a standard orthopaedic cane has been replaced by a bright torch, so that you can see where you're putting your feet. The switch for the torch is in the stick handle, so you can just turn it on if you can't see your feet in front of you.

    It's just one of those things which you KNOW is a good idea, but which you wouldn't be seen dead using....

    What I've also found - and this is not only a good idea, but an unobtrusive one - is a stick which has a personal alarm built into the handle. Which could be an excellent way of alerting walkie talkies on the bus/train/tube to the fact that you really DO need them to give up their seat for you. smiley - laugh

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  • Message 19

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    Posted by tam (U1723260) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I'm a part-time wheelie, Lady B, depending on the weather and me joints. Sometimes I get day-release for good behaviour.

    Tam

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  • Message 20

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Tuesday, 9th August 2005

    I'm a part-time wheelie, Lady B, depending on the weather and me joints. Sometimes I get day-release for good behaviour.

    Tam 


    I can't believe you ever behave BADLY, Tam. Unless there's a dark side of yourself you're keeping from us.... smiley - devil

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  • Message 21

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    Posted by tam (U1723260) on Wednesday, 10th August 2005

    Lady B

    It's a points system. So many points for dropping something (a) breakable (b) bounceable; so many for chipping the paintwork with the chair; so many for taking it out on other people; so many for treading on the cat. (Course, the cat's got her own points system: how many times can I get him to tread on me and feel guilty enough to give me an extra prawn?).

    Score kept by Him Up In The Sky and days off awarded accordingly.

    Tam

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  • Message 22

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    Posted by Wobbling Wilma (U1818838) on Wednesday, 10th August 2005

    This is SO not what you're after. Chic it ain't. Although I can see that it could be USEFUL.... 

    God no, I wasn't thinking practical. I was thinking Disco Stick... Maybe you're right, though...

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  • Message 23

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    Posted by wheelspinner (U1828341) on Wednesday, 10th August 2005

    My new RGK that I ordered a few weeks ago is going to be silver and metallicylilacy colour, so we will see how that works out...

    My crutches, originally bright yellow (bleeuuuugghhhhh) then spray painted purple to match a bridesmaid's dress, now have very trendy yellow scratch marks. Very glam (not).

    I want a wheelchair where you can magically press a button and it co-ordinates with your outfit for the day (I seriously regret going for the bright turquoise option when I was 15 for the power - especially when I'm wearing red!)

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  • Message 24

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    Posted by L Barbs (U1826608) on Wednesday, 10th August 2005

    I WANT ONE, I WANT ONE!!!!

    ....not that I've ever used a stick!

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  • Message 25

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Wednesday, 10th August 2005

    This is SO not what you're after. Chic it ain't. Although I can see that it could be USEFUL.... 

    God no, I wasn't thinking practical. I was thinking Disco Stick... Maybe you're right, though... 


    Don't even think about it. It was possibly the least attractive mobility aid in the world ever.

    Anyhow, you don't want a stick that lights up to show you the way, you want a stick which lights up for entirely recreational purposes. Haven't yet found one of those, though.... smiley - sadface

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  • Message 26

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Wednesday, 10th August 2005

    Lady B

    (Course, the cat's got her own points system: how many times can I get him to tread on me and feel guilty enough to give me an extra prawn?).



    Tam 


    I must owe my cat a LOT of prawns. Had to hold her down by the scruff of her neck yesterday and cut out a matted bit of fur. She was NOT happy...

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  • Message 27

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    Posted by tam (U1723260) on Wednesday, 10th August 2005

    Flea treatments are the worst, because it takes 2 people, one to chase the cat, one (me) to hold the cat, first one to apply the spot-on.

    When Custard sees 2 of us coming, she knows it's GBH time.

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  • Message 28

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Wednesday, 10th August 2005

    I have to go to the vet for that. What with there being only the one of me.....

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  • Message 29

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    Posted by boogaloo_dude (U1839939) on Thursday, 11th August 2005



    I've always wanted a cat called Custard. It would go so well with my existing two - Treacle and Pudding (honestly!)

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  • Message 30

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    Posted by Chris_Page (U557481) on Thursday, 11th August 2005

    I have to go to the vet for that. What with there being only the one of me..... 

    When were you treated for fleas, dear?

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  • Message 31

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Thursday, 11th August 2005

    I have to go to the vet for that. What with there being only the one of me..... 

    When were you treated for fleas, dear? 


    I was being linguistically economical. I was actually referring - as you know very well - to dear old Fishbone's unwelcome visitors. Not my own.

    Booglaoo Dude, on the other hand is currently having TERRIBLE trouble with fleas. To the extent that he felt compelled to show me the bites on his leg yesterday. Nice.

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  • Message 32

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    Posted by Vaughan Simons (U1726438) on Thursday, 11th August 2005

    God no, I wasn't thinking practical. I was thinking Disco Stick... Maybe you're right, though... 

    Now, is it just me, or does Wobbling Wilma's Disco Stick not sound like absolutely the most fabulous disability-related product name EVER? smiley - biggrin I think you're sitting on a potential goldmine there.

  • Message 33

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    Posted by boogaloo_dude (U1839939) on Thursday, 11th August 2005



    Another example of linguistic economy I fear. Mine are cat fleas too. Really.

    And yes, I do have nice legs smiley - whistle

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  • Message 34

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Thursday, 11th August 2005

    You're not going to let me get away with posting a link to the site which has a photo of the closest to disco-stick perfection I've been able to find, though, are you Wiz? Given that, although THAT stick's not for sale, all the others on the site ARE...

    OK, back to the old method smiley - sigh

    Google using the search term 'clear canes'. Click on the first hit in the resulting list. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on the "gallery quotations glo-pole" link.

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  • Message 35

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Thursday, 11th August 2005


    And yes, I do have nice legs smiley - whistle

     


    Compared to what, exactly? smiley - yikes

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  • Message 36

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    Posted by Chris_Page (U557481) on Thursday, 11th August 2005


    And yes, I do have nice legs smiley - whistle

     


    Compared to what, exactly? smiley - yikes 


    A piano? smiley - erm

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  • Message 37

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    Posted by boogaloo_dude (U1839939) on Thursday, 11th August 2005


    And yes, I do have nice legs smiley - whistle

     


    Compared to what, exactly? smiley - yikes 


    A piano? smiley - erm 



    The rest of me! smiley - laugh

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  • Message 38

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    Posted by Lady_Bracknell (U1819465) on Thursday, 11th August 2005

    Fair point.

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  • Message 39

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    Posted by Chris_Page (U557481) on Thursday, 11th August 2005

    Ouch - literally....

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  • Message 40

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    Posted by oichick621 (U5876890) on Friday, 29th September 2006

    I have front wheels that light up on my manual chair. As I move they blink. I also have leopard print wheelchair rim covers, I sell them at The Gimp Store.

    I use to know a gal who made joystick doodads for power chairs, they were awesome! I don't think she makes them, but if I found out she still does I'll post about it.

    Bonnie

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  • Message 41

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    Posted by nuttyblonde84 (U3360159) on Friday, 29th September 2006

    How do you lot find all this cool stuff. I went on the web and put in "fantasy mobility aids" and all I got was Fantasy ribbed condoms the essential health aid LMAO. I suppose they could come in handy, you never know smiley - winkeye

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