A Day in the Life of…

A Day in the Life of…

  Do you ever wonder what it would be like to spend a day in the life of someone else or be a 24 hour fly on someone’s wall? The Queen maybe, or Boris Johnson? Actually Boris can keep what goes on behind his closed doors to himself! How about Tom Cruise then? Get...
Smile – it’s free therapy.

Smile – it’s free therapy.

In a time where our futures seem uncertain, one thing remains for sure. A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. Here are some little things that made me smile this week.  Taking Team Neo Walkies to the doggy play park...
It All Measures Up

It All Measures Up

  Why is it important to use the right length of walking stick?   Using a stick can help relieve the pain and fatigue you feel while you are walking, and therefore the pain and fatigue you feel after. It acts as a balancing aid, letting your core muscles...
It’s All a Journey

It’s All a Journey

So why do people use and not use mobility aids? The former is for support, and the latter is because of shame. If you live with a disability you no doubt already know how chronic pain can make you feel. It’s exhausting and it’s depressing because it’s never ending. So...
Surprise Surprise!

Surprise Surprise!

Satan help us it’s a funny year so far. I never thought I’d use words like pandemic and quarantine in every day life, as easy as I say tea and toilet roll. What the hell has happened? Who knows who you can trust? I can’t watch the news too often, and I can’t have it...
I’m ready for my close up

I’m ready for my close up

You may remember I recently had the great pleasure of filming an episode of BBC Doctors in Birmingham, where I played a bitter arsey amputee. I am still relatively new to the acting thing and was very merrily swept along watching the process and secrets of filming...
To be read in the voice of Joe Lycett…

To be read in the voice of Joe Lycett…

Dear Booking.com I hope you can give me your full attention while I relieve myself of the anger, humiliation and frustration I have endured today as a result of booking through your website. We booked this room through you on 28/8/19 with a special request notifying...
With me every step

With me every step

Special orders and special requests. These are things I really enjoy doing, whether it’s a bespoke colour, engraving, unusual shape etc, I love a challenge and a chance to get those creative juices woken up to make something different. I once made a fluorescent...
A short beef

A short beef

Today I mostly want to rant. I don’t do it often but this is becoming an increasingly large and frequent beef with me and I am 100% certain that a lot of you will agree. PARKING!!! What gives anyone the right to look at me in my car and decide that I don’t...
These are a few of my favourite things

These are a few of my favourite things

Life is made up of several things I openly confess I could not be without. My list will be different yours. Yours may include gin, your washing machine or a mobile phone. While I love and entertain all of these choices on a daily basis, Maslow’s Hierarchy of...
Out of time

Out of time

Imagine this if you will. You wake up, yawn, scratch (something) and greet the day. Today is Monday. But imagine this is your last Monday. No more Mondays. You are doing your no mores. Because it all ends on Friday. Whoosh. Curtains. Final call. You’ve got your...
Hold on, I’m still connecting you

Hold on, I’m still connecting you

Life at Neo Walk like anything else today has the internet at it’s heart. I guess when you’re nurturing a small modern business through it’s growth period, it can sometimes feel like every week is an 8 day week and there’s not enough hours in...
Fancy an Irish coffee…

Fancy an Irish coffee…

So my friends, why walking sticks, why Neo Walk? Well if you had asked me 10 years ago what I wanted to do, I would have said open my own super chic hair salon. I was a newly qualified dreamy eyed hairdresser with visions of big bouncy blow dries and perfect pin-up...
I deserve a bloody Oscar!

I deserve a bloody Oscar!

This week I want to tell you about the time I died on Salisbury Plain. I also died in Scotland, twice in Norfolk and several times in Birmingham. In fact I died twice in one day in Birmingham. I could have died in Norway too but I gave that one a miss. I’m talking...
Mum, I’m running away to the circus

Mum, I’m running away to the circus

Take yourselves back to the year 2012. The year Obama was re elected, the year the Mayan calendar ran out of days but the world actually didn’t end, and the year the Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne. Oh yes, and the year I spent 6 months clowning around...
It’s a small world.

It’s a small world.

I remember several big changes very clearly from when I became ill in 2007. When you’re sat in a wheelchair, strangers feel entitled to talk to you or about you as if you’re stupid. You have to learn to accept help with things you never dreamed you’d...
Did you hear the one about the one legged blonde…

Did you hear the one about the one legged blonde…

A few years ago we were visiting Dublin en route to a wedding in Belfast. This was during a period when I didn’t wear a shoe on my prosthetic foot, instead opting for nothing except fake tattoos. I found it more comfortable for some reason, although it was much...
Conversations With Myself.

Conversations With Myself.

Somebody once told me never to underestimate the power of the brain. Those billions of nerve cells sparking and coordinating thoughts, emotions, behaviour and sensation. Controlling everything from your heart rate to your mood. So while I believed and marvelled at the...
Footprints in the sand….

Footprints in the sand….

Author, Sarah Bush. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed at the hairdresser’s yesterday, and one of the pages I follow shared an announcement from the Crosby Beach Distortions page. ‘A textile project inspired by the textures, colours and shapes of Crosby Beach’,...
Skywalker, Bubblegum and a goldfish??

Skywalker, Bubblegum and a goldfish??

“I have six walking sticks and my favourite the moment is Bubblegum Pink as it gets a lot of people talking to me. My yellow clear one reminds people of Luke Skywalker. My blue one makes people ask the question ‘does it have gold fish that come up from the...
Bubbles, bubbles…it must be magic!!

Bubbles, bubbles…it must be magic!!

“I am a huge fan of these walking sticks, not because they look so wonderful but because they offer stability and assurance to those of us who need that bit of extra help.  I have five of these sticks – opaque blue, transparent purple, candy cane,...
Have you ever met someone else with a Neo Walk stick?

Have you ever met someone else with a Neo Walk stick?

Just wondered if anyone else has ever bumped into a fellow Neo Walker? Because I post sticks all over the world I never really get to see anyone with one, I’m usually in one place most of the time. But last year I was going on holiday to Canada and while sat on...
Neo Walk sticks on Google Street View!

Neo Walk sticks on Google Street View!

How fantastic is this!! This lady spotted herself on Street Maps in Brighton, stylishly walking with her clear bubbles Neo Walk stick!! So now she is immortalised forever, or until they shoot that street again! Have you ever spotted yourself on Street Maps...
Paralympic Ceremonies

Paralympic Ceremonies

I can’t believe it’s been almost one year since the Paralympic Ceremonies and those unforgettable, inspiring games. For the first time in my life last year, I religiously kept a diary, as a memento of my days of training and rehearsing, the pain and the laughs, the...