Go Play in the Sand, John

June 2, 2010 · Filed Under Channel 4, Dyslexia, Go Play in the Sand, Phil Beadle · Comment 

Phil Beadle said John is an ordinary man with an extraordinary story Kavanagh Tipping Publishing Go Play in the Sand, John http://ow.ly/1SZXU

Last Episode – Can’t Read, Can’t Write Channel 4

Did you see me on the tele? If not you can see it on the Channel 4 website. I had no idea how they were going to portray me and what Phil was going to say but I think they did a pretty fair job. When you agree to go on these programmes you never really know how the final programme will be edited, but I was happy with what came out. Phil is a decent bloke and he realised that he wouldn’t be able to help me long term. My dyslexia is too acute really but he is convinced that I would be able to read if I had consistent one to one tuition – something which doesn’t really fit into my life.Miffed Mowser as seen on Channel 4\'s Can\'t Read, Can\'t Write

Not only that, but I don’t think people realise the sheer amount of mental effort that I have to put in to sound out even the most simple of sounds. My phonetic ability is just so poor. I concentrate so hard that I sweat and my head literally starts to throb. On the programme I am not sure that really came across.

I also felt that it showed me in a bit of a negative light that I didn’t try very hard (hence I got a B!!), but I can tell you, I was giving it everything I had – I wanted so much to learn to read just like Teresa and the others. Poor old Jim, my mate, felt the same.

One thing – did you see the bit with me looking out on the garden in a whistful manner? DID YOU SEE MY CAT? Mowser was sitting on the table sporting a rather nifty collar and looking pretty miffed about the whole thing.

In case you missed it, here she is!

Anyway, now that is over with I can concentrate on all the good things in my life which I can be grateful for – and I have many. My book is selling really well since being published on Monday. I really hope it inspires people to make the most of every day and go for their goals and dreams. I am. Many people concentrate on what they haven’t got, instead of what they have got. I was like that. I was so bitter that I couldn’t read and write. I am not like that anymore. I have Jill to help with my reading and writing as well as my software so I just adapt and get round things. It is just a different way of thinking. Winston Churchill was dyslexic. He wrote loads of books – he just dictated them to his version of Jill! Easy when you think that way.

I have found out recently that everything in our lives happens because of the way we think. I now make sure I only have positive goal related thoughts and I act the same way and guess what – I am drawing to me all things that are good. Want to know what I am talking about? Then treat yourself to a book called The Secret. Then you will find out. I bought the CD set – only £9.99. It changed my whole way of thinking and I now truly believe that nothing is beyond my capabilities (although becoming a ballerina may be!!).

My book explains how I came to this realisation. Amazing!

Channel 4 Can’t Read Can’t Write

Did you see me on the tele? Jill has been reading me a lot of the reaction to the programme last night. it seems that it touched a lot of people emotionally. I was terrified waiting for it to come on. I knew I wouldn’t be on very much because my one is coming up last in two weeks time. I tell you what though – I was really miffed that Phil didn’t try the pipe cleaner thing with me – I think it would have worked. Oh well. He did what he thought was right for me but I think he found me a bit tough going. Jill says that when I find things really hard, I get angry and push them away which looks as though I can’t be bothered which couldn’t be further from the truth – it is just so hard – it’s exhausting – so I suppose in a way I do give up but my brain just won’t hold the information long enough for me to make sense of sentences and things. It’s so difficult to describe.

We wanted to be able to get across what it is like to be unable to read and write properly and so I have written a book with the help of Frances who was my ‘ghost writer’. it has just gone to print now and it is called ‘Go Play in the Sand, John’. I have told my story in the hope that it will help people to understand but also I want it to inpsire people into going out there and making stuff happen, even though they may have things in their life that hold them back. It’s not what happens to you in life, it is how you deal with it. For instance, I can’t write this blog – I do not have the right brain to be able to do it, so my Jill does it for me – I am still making it happen aren’t I? Just in a different way. Also, I can surf the internet because Access to Work bought me a computer with special software on which allows me to hear the text and I can write short sentences with Dragon Speak software. That means I can write my own invoices and quotations – I always get Jill to check them mind!

Writing a book is a bit ironic – I can’t read it! But we want to put it on to audio so people can listen to it if they struggle with reading. It costs though so we have to take one step at a time.

You can see some excerpts here on the publishers site http://kavanaghtipping.com/index.php/Forthcoming-Titles/Go-Play-in-the-Sand-John.html
I have to get my head straight now and go out and earn some money – not sure I will be able to live off my new found fame just yet!!!!

Channel 4 Fame on the Way!

July 16, 2008 · Filed Under Can't Read Can't Write, Channel 4, Dyslexia, Phil Beadle · Comment 

Phil Beadle and John Tipping Channel 4 Can\'t Read, Can\'t WriteLast year I did 6 months of filming with RDF media for a programme for Channel 4 called ‘Can’t Read, Can’t Write’. It’s all about adult literacy. You can see the Channel 4 link by clicking on the picture.

Well, after all the filming, we didn’t think that I was going to be on it BUT whilst we were on holiday I had a call from them saying that they were including me in the third episode. This should go out on the 4th August. The programme starts on 21st July and follows Linda, Kelly, Teresa and Jim. The three girls are now reading and writing but Jim and I didn’t manage to move on even though we tried really hard.

Phil Beadle tried really hard but he says himself that he doesn’t have all the answers – he didn’t for me. I suppose I knew deep down that there would not be an answer and that I wouldn’t be able to suddenly read and write but it was nice to hope for a miracle for a while.

Katy TippingLast night we went to a debate about adult literacy at Channel 4 in London in the run up to the programme coming out on Monday. It got a bit heated between the girls, Jim and the panel but I kept quiet (because Jill told me to!). They were talking about being taught to read and the help that is out there (or lack of it) but It doesn’t matter how many ‘phonics’ you throw at me, I won’t be able to read it, sadly. Never mind, I don’t think things are too bad and I manage using my software (and Jill’s magic typing fingers!).

I had some other good news today. My daughter Katy, who goes to Dover Boys Grammar (don’t ask!) and her gang have just come second in the National Young Enterprise Competition. Chip off the old block I’d say!