Monday, 1 October 2018
Nigel and Masum (Innocent) - autistic spectrum needn't be a handicap
Nigel is the one on the right. Masum is from Bangladesh.
They were the lighting guys for the recent Holmfirth Civic Hall's opera production, Cosi fan Tutti. Professional outfit and a successful evening, despite a long performance which had already been edited.
These guys stayed with me overnight and left for Surbiton after breakfast. Nigel speaks for both of them. He is a talented guy with stints in the Police, teaching and the NHS as well as lighting 30 concerts per year. His mum is from Mossley, a station on the Greenfield-Manchester line. People live there too.
Our breakfast was dominated by autism. They had Chris' old bedroom, so pretty obvious he is a pilot. Andrew's picture is on the wall and I mentioned some of his issues. Nigel, 53, was diagnosed Asperger's in his 40s. Great to listen to an articulate person talk about his problems. He walked alongside me and my thoughts and feelings. Thank you.