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The Weekend Selection: The break the bank edition

August 31, 2013

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Here are the top five new blogposts from the previous 7 days. Donna Williams: Why everyone should give Big Brother winner Sam Evans a break Jen Dodds: We need to talk about Sign Circle Deaf News: Deaf woman wins £21,000 (but misses out on £100,000) on Deal or No Deal! Deaf News: BT launch plans for next generation […]

Joe Collins: Tribute to pioneering Deaf filmmaker Stephen Pink

August 30, 2013

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When I found out yesterday morning that Stephen Pink had passed away over the Bank Holiday weekend, I was shocked and saddened. This is a tragedy for anyone involved in Deaf media in the UK. I remember the first time I met Stephen. It was in 1995 and I was standing on his doorstep waiting […]

Jill Hipson: How Facebook helped me beat the bank

August 30, 2013

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On Friday 7th June 2013, I was sitting inside Barclays Bank’s local branch staring at my mobile phone.  It was ringing.    The call was from a person at Barclaycard’s Fraud Detection team, who had insisted on speaking to me on my mobile phone.  I swiped ‘Answer’ then asked my son Richard, who was sitting next […]

Donna Williams: Why everyone should give Big Brother winner Sam Evans a break

August 29, 2013

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A few days ago, I wrote a blog post on DeafFirefly congratulating Sam on his success on Big Brother, but I have seen some ‘Sam-bashing’ online, from both deaf and hearing people. Let me explain why I think this is unfair. I’m deaf. I was raised oral and mainstream, words that are fairly innocuous in […]

Deaf News: BT launch plans for next generation text relay service

August 29, 2013

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Plans are being unveiled for BT’s new next generation text relay service. BT is introducing alternatives to the 18002 prefix, textphones and voice carry over (VCO) service. Starting from April 2014, the new service will be available on home, office and mobile phone lines from BT and other telephone service providers. Rather than needing a […]

Deaf News: Documentary to be broadcast about Deaf sailor Gerry Hughes’ round the world journey

August 29, 2013

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Deaf sailor Gerry Hughes will feature in a new prime-time STV documentary following all the ups and downs of his epic circumnavigation of the world. Silent Odyssey: Incredible Stories, which is produced by 5 Minute Network and Deaf production company AC2.com, will be shown at 9pm on Tuesday 10th September on STV. The married father […]

Deaf News: Deaf woman wins £21,000 (but misses out on £100,000) on Deal or No Deal!

August 28, 2013

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There were tense moments on Channel 4 yesterday afternoon as Clare Napier, a Deaf woman from London, won £21,000  on Deal or No Deal. After rejecting the banker’s offers of £4,500, £3,000, £2,500, £5,000, then £6,500 as the various boxes were opened, the banker offered Clare £21,000 with the possibility of winning either £750 or […]