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What's wrong with this email?
Dear All,

It has come to my attention that the map sent earlier failed to send, so directions to this afternoon's wrap are as follows:

- Turn left out of the entrance to Birkbeck reception and walk down Torrington Square to Torrington Place.
- At Torrington Place, walk up towards Waterstones and cross to the other side of the road to Malet Place.
- Walk down Malet place about 100 metres and under the tunnel.
- On the other side of the tunnel, look behind you and you will see the steps up to the Medical Science building. Climb the steps and enter the building.
- In the foyer, take the stairs facing you up to the first floor, where the AV Hill Lecture Theatre is.

Best wishes,


Where are the alternative directions for people who can't, or shouldn't, use stairs?

And yes, you freaking well know that I can't/shouldn't use stairs, because we had this conversation only very recently about the damned Symposium!


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barakta From: barakta Date: 30th April 2010 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
"Failure to meet your anticipatory adjustments by providing alt routes at the same time". Give me a name and email address and I'll email him if you like (have righteous indignation spoons atm).
baratron From: baratron Date: 30th April 2010 22:02 (UTC) (Link)
Mmhmm. In fact, you've picked almost exactly the same wording that I thought of. I can't decide which would work better - a 1 line email saying "Where are the alternative directions for people who can't, or shouldn't, use stairs?", or a long, stompy email going all DDA on them.

I shall ask for advice from Philip and/or the Disability Office on Monday. Really thinking that Certain Administrative staff here need an enforced lesson in disability matters. I mean, if I have to sit through an enforced lecture on plagiarism...
lovingboth From: lovingboth Date: 30th April 2010 22:21 (UTC) (Link)

One day, someone will compare the enforced plagiarism lectures at various places and conclude that they are suspiciously similar :)
baratron From: baratron Date: 1st May 2010 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
turkish_coffee From: turkish_coffee Date: 30th April 2010 22:03 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps the foyer has an elevator as well and he assumed people who can't/shouldn't use stairs will be smart enough to see it once there?

The steps to the medical science building don't sound too tough, but surely there is an alternate entrance.

I would phone up the people in the building and ask about handicap accessible routes to the lecture hall. You might do better getting through to them than the people running the event. Not that you haven't had this problem enough to have thought of that... (Well, obvious and past procedures slip my mind often...)

People are just frustrating and there's not much you can do.


*phone rings*
*MAN picks it up*
Financial Aid Lady Alpha: "Yes we got your fax and it is fine."
(two days later)
Financial Aid Lady Beta: "The fax didn't come through well and we can't read it."
*MAN facepalms*


GIRL: "I don't understand why the three figures on my financial aid printout are so different. I can't tell how much I'm meant to be getting."
FINANCIAL AID LADY GAMMA: "Well it's says $aid there."
GIRL: "But on a different page it says $_aid."
FAL GAMMA: "Well the other page said $aid."
GIRL: "And that's why I'm confused."
*FAL GAMMA READS OFF the entirety OF THE PAPAERS GIRL was confused reading by herself*
*GIRL gives up and LEAVES*


I'm sure you can guess what I've been dealing with recently...

(Stories provided in the intrest that misery loves company.)
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