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Mid-Month Rumination on Dwarfism

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Ruminating has been the name of the game for the beginning half of the week. I’ve been feeling out of sorts again and pondering why. There was an anniversary of the passing of my Nanna last week and a difficult test at the hospital which confirmed my tingly fingers, but… Read more

Hello, I’m Steph and I’m Scanner and Multipotentialite

Friday 8 March 2019

If you’ve not heard of the two terms ‘Scanner’, ‘Multipotentialite’ before they describe a person who pursues many interests and creative pursuits.  Or as the term ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ which is bandied about when someone doesn’t appear to stick to one particular job or interest. Personally,… Read more

UNION – The Northern School of Creativity and Activism – A Personal Perspective

Friday 8 March 2019

This post has been in the draft section for over a month, but I still wanted to publish it.  Over the years I’ve had loads of support for the various activities I’ve undertaken and the weekend in Leeds was no different. It’s nerve-wracking going to new places and walking into… Read more

Dwarfism Documentary – Participant Request

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Documentary filmmaker, Mamaponya Motsai has contacted me to ask if I’ll share this request. Mamaponya is looking for people with dwarfism to share what is like living with this disability.  Details are below. I’m a film student at UCL and we have been tasked to do a film about an issue we… Read more

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UNION – The Northern School of Creativity and Activism – Leeds

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Over the weekend of 11-12th January 2019, 20 creatives, artists and activists from the North of England met at a converted chapel for the commencement of UNION – The Northern School of Creativity and Activism. UNION is a sector-based coaching programme for emerging community artists and social activists across the North… Read more

Happy New Year 2019

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Wishing you all the best for 2019 and beyond. Thanks for all the support in 2018 and here’s to a fantastic year ahead in this crazy world we live in. Steph x Read more

Hello Little Lady – A Year in Review 2018

Sunday 30 December 2018

There’s a plethora of the best of 2018 coming through the Facebook feed and I thought it only right honour the blog and write about the achievements of the year. I was also talking to acquaintances when one commented that I had had a great year and stopping to think… Read more

You're Just Little - The Powerful impact of participants' photographs

You’re Just Little – The Powerful Impact of the Participants’ Photographs

Tuesday 6 November 2018

You’re Just Little is a photographic exhibition that revealed the challenges, obstacles and societal assumptions people with Dwarfism face on a daily basis and ran between 4th – 14th October 2018 at Spectrum Cultural Hub. How participation started The initial proposal for the exhibition was to show my photography and… Read more

You’re Just Little – Exhibition Tour

Monday 29 October 2018

The video is a silent tour around the You’re Just Little exhibition at Spectrum Cultural Hub from October 2018. It starts by looking at the promotional postcard with the exhibition’s details on, moving around the corner to take a look at the participant’s photos. Continuing onto the wall description about… Read more

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Documentary Call-Out: Firecracker Films and Stacey Dooley

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Press Release TV production company Firecracker Films are producing a new documentary and I’d be really interested to speak with any dwarf households that are interested in finding out more… In this immersive six-part documentary series Award-winning journalist and documentary maker Stacey Dooley will explore a cross-section of society by… Read more

Talking about the photographic exhibition You’re Just Little on SparkFm’s ArtyParti

You’re Just Little – Arty Parti

Monday 8 October 2018

What a great way to start Dwarfism Awareness Month! On Monday 1st October, I joined presenter, Jay Sykes, and Kathryn Barnett, Spectrum Cultral Hub’s Studio Director, to chat about the ‘You’re Just Little’ photographic exhibition on Arty Parti, Spark FM’s participatory arts programme. We talked about what has influenced the… Read more

Buzzcut, Double Thrills, '-ish' by Aby Watson. Photo by Julia Bauer

Disabled Artists – Applications for funding from UnLimited now open

Thursday 20 September 2018

  Unlimited funds artists to create exceptional artworks – and we really want to reach out as many people as possible who might be interested in applying. Please share this opportunity widely with your networks using #UnlimitedCommissions. The next round of applications is now open for disabled artists and companies… Read more

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Your Chance to Participate in the You’re Just Little exhibition

Sunday 16 September 2018

One of the aspects that is incredibly important to me as part of the ‘You’re Just Little’ exhibition is having a participatory element.  My world of dwarfism is not unique to just me, there are many of us out there seeing and interacting with the world and I’d love to share… Read more

Little People UK 2018 - 7th Annual Convention - sign in foyer saying LPUK Welcomes You

Little People UK 7th Annual Convention

Sunday 9 September 2018

Over the summer tweets about the 7th annual convention for Little People UK (LPUK) started to come through my Twitter feed.   I was incredibly impressed with the line-up of activities and workshops that were booked for the weekend, wishing that I could attend.  Sammy Davis, the chairperson of LPUK, reached… Read more

You're Just Little - a photographic exhibition that reveals the challenges, obstacles and societal assumptions that people with Dwarfism face on a daily basis

You’re Just Little – A Photographic Exhibition

Wednesday 5 September 2018

I am absolutely delighted (and slightly terrified) to announce the launch of my latest project “You’re Just Little”. It’s a photographic exhibition taking place during Dwarfism Awareness Month at Spectrum Cultural Hub, in County Durham. The exhibition seeks to reveal the challenges, obstacles and societal assumptions that people with Dwarfism… Read more

Love fashion? Check out the #mysilhouettematterstoo Day

Thursday 16 August 2018

Mary Russell, of Dwarfism Beautiful, is looking for participants for her fantastic new campaign #mysilhouettematterstoo. Mary says, “#mysilhouettematterstoo Day is just a group of women with short stature spreading awareness about not having easy access to the fashion market like our counterparts (average height). Contrary to how we maybe perceived… Read more

Dwarfism and the Blue Badge Scheme

Dwarfism and the Blue Badge Scheme

Wednesday 8 August 2018

In the UK we have a scheme that provides those with mobility difficulties accessible and on-street parking. These parking bays are usually wider than average parking spaces, and generally located nearest to a particular building or area of town or city. To quote the gov.uk website… “The aim of the… Read more

39 Lessons Learnt by Hello Little Lady

39 Lessons Learnt

Thursday 26 July 2018

Sometimes, ok, a lot of the time I don’t feel qualified to impart life advice. That I haven’t experienced enough to write down words of wisdom to pass on. I turned 39 in July. One year from the big 4-0. The last year of what has been a very challenging… Read more

Hello Little Lady - Shortlisted in the Chronic Illness and Disability category by the Northern Blog Awards 2018

Hello Little Lady Shortlisted for Blog Award

Friday 20 July 2018

Erm, well, it was quite nice to find out a month or so ago that this lovely little blog of mine has been shortlisted in the ‘Chronic Illness and Disability’ category for the Northern Blog Awards. I think I accidentally nominated myself..!? Apparently, nominations occur through someone who has nominated… Read more

Quesiotnnaire - dwarfism, Art Spaces and Representation

Can I Ask You A Few Questions? Dwarfism, Art Spaces and Representation

Thursday 19 July 2018

  Fellow people with dwarfism – I need your help! In October I’ll be showcasing the photographic exhibition, ‘You’re Just Little‘. The aim of the “You’re Just Little” exhibition is to reveal the challenges, obstacles and societal assumptions that being a dwarf does not impact on how we engage with… Read more

Little Lady News – July 2018

Monday 16 July 2018

Hello, I keep meaning to blog more regularly, best intentions and all that. I have, however, been working on some rather exciting projects and received quite good news. Blog Shortlisted at the Northern Blog Awards 2018Last month I found out that a Hello Little Lady was shortlisted in the ‘Chronic… Read more

13 must-follow people with Dwarfism in 2018

13 Must-Follow People With Dwarfism in 2018

Thursday 31 May 2018

  The Dwarf community is full of amazing, talented people.   I have connected with some amazing people since I’ve picked up the metaphorical pen again. This has been especially so through Twitter and mostly has influenced the list of people I’d recommend you follow below. As a child, I never… Read more

Blog Post: 5 self-care tips for people with dwarfism

5 Self-Care Tips For People With Dwarfism

Thursday 29 March 2018

This blog post has been about two months in the making. I’ve put it down, been a bit on the scared side to make it public. A few weeks ago there was mention of self-care on a Twitter chat. This made my mind up to put this out there. Self-care… Read more

The ‘joys’ of buying car insurance as a disabled driver

Thursday 8 February 2018

It’s been that ‘delightful’ time of year to renew my car insurance. My current insurer had sent me a renewal that put my quote up over a £100 than what I paid last year. I felt a bit hopeful that access to different insurance brokers may have widened since before… Read more

Statement and Intentions for Hello Little Lady in 2018

Monday 4 December 2017

The motivation behind Hello Little Lady has always been to provide a platform and give a voice of the day-to-day experiences of living with dwarfism. Over the 9 years this has primarily been achieved through my own writing.  However a number of years now I have held creative ideas to… Read more

Reflecting on times gone past

Monday 30 October 2017

It’s been a bit of an emotional day. I’ve had my first appointment at the hospital I used to visit as a child and teenager to keep an eye on my growth.  The building has completely changed, but the walk up to the hospital brought back a lot of memories. … Read more

PIP Reflections and the Snap General Election

Sunday 28 May 2017

It’s been nearly 4 months since I received my new reward in the transition from DLA to PIP. It has given me much time to reflect, even though we now find ourselves in a midst of a snap general election with the Tories in course to win by a significant… Read more

TV Request

Thursday 23 February 2017

TV Request from Optomen Television Production company below.   Employable Me is back and looking for people with disabilities or conditions who would like help to find a job! The casting period is coming to a close in 2 weeks so would love to chat with anyone that is potentially… Read more

DLA to PIP – a Dwarf’s perspective

Thursday 16 February 2017

About a month ago I received the decision from the DWP regarding my PIP award. I had received an indefinite award for the higher rate mobility over 10 years ago, but due to the changes in this particular benefit and the Government’s insistence that everyone, regardless of how long someone was… Read more

It’s Dwarfism Awareness Month 2016

Friday 7 October 2016

How apt that I’ve decided to resurrect this blog through dwarfism awareness month. Did you know there are over 200 forms of dwarfism in the world? That dwarfism can be categorised into two broad types – proportionate and disproportionate. Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism. You’ll read many… Read more

Wow, has it really been over a year?

Tuesday 29 December 2015

…since I’ve written a blog post here! 2015 has not been a dwarf year for me, or maybe it has and I’ve not had the energy to write about the experiences I’ve had.  It’s been a strange year. Challenging on many levels, rewarding too. Realised my own strength, started to… Read more

The Annoying Thing About Being A Dwarf #455

Monday 20 October 2014

Ok, there are many things that are annoying about being a dwarf. The stares and comments and downright rudeness. That item you need in the shop is guaranteed to be on the top blooming shelf. For me though, one of more annoying things about my smallness, is the incompatibility of… Read more

What Is Dwarfism To Me?

Thursday 16 October 2014

It’s dwarfism awareness month this October. I love the idea of helping your average person known a bit about what it is like living life from a physically different viewpoint. But, I wonder, what does dwarfism mean to us? The people with the conditions, the syndromes? How do we view… Read more

The Flip Side Of Other People – The Too Helpful

Wednesday 15 October 2014

All it feels like some days is that I get stared at, seeing people nudged each other and point not so subtlety at me as I walk past, or overlooked in the queue for the person behind me – again. But then there is the flip side. The too helpful… Read more

Baby Born With Double Dwarfism In The UK

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Baby, Nathan Phillips, was born with two types of dwarfism inherited from both parents.  I remember reading about Nathan in the paper and thinking what’s this double dwarfism about and being pretty amazed by the story. I’ve never heard of this being possible! You might remember Nathan’s Mum, Laura from… Read more

Video: A Day In The Life Of Jon Novick

Monday 13 October 2014

I *heart* this video. Very eloquent. Read more

Socially Awkward Dwarf Moment #995

Wednesday 8 October 2014

He! There are times when being little does give you a good giggle. Me, the hubby, the in-laws along with LO were dining out at the local cavery. Now for anyone who doesn’t know what a carvery is, it’s where one can get a full English Sunday roast literally every… Read more

Review: ITV Tonight Programme: Against The Odds

Tuesday 7 October 2014

I always hold my breath when it comes to ITV’s handling of disability as programming usually sets my teeth on edge due to the narrative usually adopted. So, after watching my daily fix of Emmerdale, and I saw the programme’s title was ‘Against The Odds’. Wow, I thought, maybe this… Read more

Dwarfism Awareness Month – Positive Posters

Sunday 5 October 2014

Hello there dear readers, how’s your Dwarfism Awareness month going so far? I found these posters created by Samantha of Samantha Designs to help celebrate the campaign! Aren’t they great! Read more

Dwarfism Awareness Month October 2014

Saturday 4 October 2014

Photo from LPA website – http://www.lpaonline.org/dwarfism-awareness-ambassador-program October is Dwarfism Awareness Month this October. Started in 2009 by the Little People of America (LPA) to help raise awareness of the medical and social issues surrounding restricted growth. You can find out more about the campaign at the website of the LPA… Read more

Little Lady Update

Friday 3 October 2014

Hello there readers, I hope you’re still popping by once in a while to see if this here blog is still ticking away. I must apologise for a lack of posting, time does a fly by these with a young toddler in tow. So, how are you all? How’s life… Read more

I’ll Go And Get Midget Legs

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Walking in the park with my dear child I passed a couple of women. They clocked me out of the corner of their eyes, smirked at each other, then as we were walking past – one said to the other… “I’ll go and get midget legs”, referring to one of… Read more

Exhausted With Toddler

Friday 13 June 2014

Oh man, just when I think I’m in a roll again, it feels like life conspires to make you realise you’re not. The Beau has been working loads lately, meaning I’ve been doing the majority of the child care. It’s great, don’t get me wrong and I’ve come to a… Read more

One Of Us Will Die – A Stand Up Rom-Com

Wednesday 21 May 2014

The fabulous Kiruna Stamell and her husband have been on tour with their stand-up rom-com ‘One of Us Will Die’.  You can find out more about their production on their website » Would love to see this show at some point – please come to the North! Read more

That Must Come In Handy – Wink Wink

Tuesday 20 May 2014

… I froze. Me: “Sorry, what did you say…” very cooliy, with one eyebrow raised in the “you really didn’t just say what I think you said did you?” manner. Fella: “erm, oh, erm… for reaching lower shelves…” Me: “… if you’ll excuse me…” Well, that was a first. I… Read more

Little People UK Aim To Educate People About The ‘M’ Word

Monday 19 May 2014

Next October will once again be Dwarfism Awareness Month. I kind of missed it last year, but thought it was an amazing idea to help raise awareness of people living with restricted growth. In the run-up to October, Little People, UK, is charity for people with dwarfism in the UK,… Read more

A Spurt Of Comments

Sunday 18 May 2014

Really, fellow people of restricted growth, what’s it like?  You can go say a few days, maybe a week or (if you’re lucky) a month or two without getting any sort of unwanted or unwarranted attention… and then – bam! They are like buses, they’ll all come at once. The… Read more

Sad News – RIP The Wonderful Bev Burkitt

Saturday 17 May 2014

I’m late in acknowledging this – but late last year I heard the horrible and shocked by the news that the wonderful Bev Burkitt had passed away.   I send many heartfelt condolences to her daughter, Jasmine and her family. Bev was a lovely lady. I had and still do hold… Read more

Where Has The Last 18 Months Gone?

Friday 16 May 2014

…in a daze of nappies, weaning and all things baby and toddler.  This last year and half has passed in such a blur.  I’d like to say it was a happy blur, but alas it’s been quite the roller-coaster ride. On the one hand, I’ve been seeing Little One grow… Read more

Self-imposed Hiatus

Sunday 29 December 2013

Well, it’s been a truly tough old year.  Hello Little Lady will be making a comeback in 2014 with more rants about the perceived injustices of everyday life as a dwarf. Have heard some horrible news today in the dwarf community, which has shocked me to the core and saddened… Read more

This Made Me Laugh

Monday 11 February 2013

Check out Kiruna Stamell and Gareth Berliner’s Dave’s Leicester #ComedyShorts video » Given me a bit of a giggle this Monday morning 🙂 Read more

Congratulations Ellie Simmonds

Friday 8 February 2013

…on your fantastic multiple medal wins in the London 2012 Paralympics! Fantastic 🙂 I was cheering this wonderful, inspiring lady on whilst up to my ears in dirty nappies and giving my baby cuddles.  What a feel good, special year 2012 was for so many people! Check out Ellie’s official… Read more

Will I Have To Give Up Work?

Thursday 7 February 2013

…no not because I’ve had a baby, but because I might lose my DLA, thus my Motability car and access to getting to work. The criteria is apparently getting more stringent so the government can cut this particular benefit bill. It scares me. Not only will it mean I won’t… Read more

Congratulations Kiruna

Wednesday 6 February 2013

…who got married last year to her hubby, Gareth Berliner!  Bit late, but all the best guys! See Kiruna’s official website » Read more

War on Welfare and other petitions

Tuesday 5 February 2013

I haven’t had my head completely in the sand this last few months and I’ve been increasingly despairing at the looming changes to Disability Living Allowance into Personal Independence Payments. Thankfully the disgraceful treatment of disabled people at the hand of ATOS and their Work Capability Assessments are finally beginning… Read more

I Had A Baby

Monday 4 February 2013

The main reason that I haven’t blogged in such a long time is due to the fact I had a baby, oh and me and the beau decided to move house too.  Let’s just say we packed a lot in and it’s only the month that I’ve finally begun to… Read more

Happy New Year!

Sunday 3 February 2013

….er hello, do you remember me?  I used blog around here! I can’t believe it was May 2012 that I last published a post.  It’s been one hell of 9 months!   Let me fill you in on it over the next few weeks. So how are you? Read more

Small Teen Turns Eighteen – Review

Monday 7 May 2012

[ Before people start commenting – please be aware that I am neither Jasmine or Bev Burkitt.  Their official website can be found over here ] I’ve taken straight to the computer after watching the next instalment of Jasmine Burkitt in Small Teen Turns Eighteen on BBC Three.   The difficulties… Read more

BBC Three – Small Teen Turns Eighteen

Thursday 3 May 2012

Ooooh exciting news ladies and gentlemen, book some time in front of your TV this coming Monday 7th May as Jasmine and her Mum, Bev, return to our screens with ‘Small Teen Turns Eighteen’ on BBC Three at 9.00pm. The documentary follows Jazz planning that all important 18th birthday party… Read more

Now You’re Pregnant You Won’t Need To Get Your Trousers Shortened – Right?

Wednesday 18 April 2012

‘…er no’ was my reply to a colleague.  I have a metaphorical head smacks the desk moment. Moving the conversation on (with raised eyebrows)…. Read more

Florida Dwarf Tossing Legislation – Update

Tuesday 17 April 2012

Looks like common-sense has prevailed and the legislation has been revoked.  Yippie-do!  One for the greater good.  Here’s the Little People of America’s statement on the matter (on Facebook).  Such legislation protects and goes to offer dwarves, like myself, protection from the idiots who use our disability for their own… Read more

Goodness – How Did This Conversation Make It Onto TV?

Wednesday 14 March 2012

I’ve been so mad about the chat between Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler (who?) that I’ve had to take a while to think of a response… it’s still making my blood boil. Well, how to go about reinforcing stereotypes and prejudices surrounding people with dwarfism in one conversation hey?! …… Read more

The Guardian – Let’s Talk About Disability Series

Monday 12 March 2012

Talking About Disability The wonderful and frank ‘Talking about disability’ series on The Guardian website.  Disability campaigner Nicola Clark chats with Warwick Davis, Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson and Sally Bercow about their experiences of disability. From the dwarf perspective, I love Warwick’s recounting his P.E. frustrations at school, something I gladly… Read more

If You Read One Blog This Month – Check Out Kiruna Stamell’s

Friday 10 February 2012

For all fans of Kiruna Stamell, check out her self-entitled blog/official website.  I first saw Kiruna in Graeae Theatre Company’s production of ‘Whiter Than Snow‘ as it toured the country a few years ago. Kiruna is an actress who originates from Australia and has worked extensively in theatre, is known… Read more

Life’s Too Short – A Social Reflection Of The Dwarf Community And Representation In The Media

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Goodness where has the time gone and it’s February already!  I know I’m a little late in the write-up for the remaining Life’s Too Short episodes, but the series has provided me with some food for thought since finishing. Generally speaking it’s seems the sitcom limped to the end and… Read more

Little Lady Update

Monday 6 February 2012

For those regular readers who’ve been wondering if I’ve dropped off the edge of the world, fear not, there’s been some rather exciting news in Little Lady’s world and life has thrown somewhat of a curve-ball.  A major part of my particular dwarfism is a lack of stamina and an… Read more

Happy Holidays!

Sunday 25 December 2011

I would like to wish all my readers and supporters over the last year or so of Hello Little Lady blog a very Happy Festive season! I hope you all have a wonderful time and wish you all the best for 2012. Keep reading! Little Lady x Read more

Life’s Too Short – More Reviews Soon

Thursday 8 December 2011

Sorry ladies and gents, it’s been a hectic couple of weeks in Little Lady Towers with one thing and another, so I’ll be catching up with last week’s episode and this week’s too on the BBC iPlayer and then reviewing. Hope you are all well and looking forward to Christmas. … Read more

Car Engines Don’t Need To Be Small For Small People, Right?

Monday 5 December 2011

LL: “Pardon me? (Eh! in my brain – did I just hear that right?)” “Well, your car only needs adaptations to help you drive the car, it doesn’t need, like a smaller engine though does it?” a work colleague (WC) asked me the other day. LL: “…Er, no, they don’t… Read more

Life’s Too Short – Episode 4 Reminder

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Ladies and Gents don’t forget to watch the next episode of Life’s Too Short tomorrow night on BBC 2 at 9.30pm.  Here’s the link in case you miss it and want to watch it on the iPlayer after it has broadcast. [ad#HLL Link Only] Read more

Please Blow Away You Gales

Wednesday 30 November 2011

So the upper part of the great British Isles have been battered by rain and gales over the last few days and don’t I know about it!  Regular readers of HLL will know of my intense, intense hatred of high winds/gales. This weekend’s blustery times left me literally housebound and… Read more

Guardian Article: Would dwarfism stop me becoming the best mum I could be?

Thursday 24 November 2011

I found this inspiring article written by Michelle Harris on the Guardian website today and wanted to share it with you dear readers.  Wonderfully written, it tells the journey of Michelle and early motherhood.   Being a woman, I could completely identify with her worries, concerns and fears about bearing a… Read more

TV Review: Life’s Too Short – Episode 3

Thursday 24 November 2011

Oh-oh I thought when we opened with a scene with dwarf-tossing, but alas the most excruciating and embarrassing moments where left for the main character Warwick.  Once again we were treat to Warwick’s lack of social and self-awareness, this time, not just to life in general, but also within his… Read more

TV Review: Short Work on BBC

Thursday 24 November 2011

This documentary presents the difficulties that people with dwarfism have in the media and entertainment industry.   Many of you who have read this blog, know that I would love to see people with restricted growth to be represented more fairly on screen, in comedy and in film. It follows Rachel… Read more

TV Review: Life’s Too Short – Episode 2

Thursday 24 November 2011

…oops!  Have fallen behind on the reviewing of this series, but more of why later.    I caught up with the second episode of ‘Life’s Too Short’ on BBC 2 with the Wednesday repeat with the full intention of finding the show not funny.   While I could rile at why on… Read more

Warwick Blogs About Life’s Too Short

Wednesday 16 November 2011

While most of us in the dwarf community probably have an opinion on Life’s Too Short – it’s refreshing to hear Warwick Davis’ and his experience of filming the show. Read Warwick Davis’ blog article here » [ad#HLL Link Only] Read more

BBC Magazine Article – The Dwarf Actor Dilemma

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Damon Rose has written this excellent article about dwarfism and acting and thoroughly recommend that you read it.  I have often thought and felt down that the majority of roles available to people with restricted growth tend to be of the fantasy kind or that we are used for entertainment… Read more

TV Review: Life’s Too Short – Episode 1

Monday 14 November 2011

So, the nation was finally exposed to the first episode of Gervais’ – Life’s Too Short on BBC2.   One of the things that appears to shine through is the focus on the central characters personality, which having read other reviews around t’internet, agree that some of the situations would have… Read more

I Need The Paediatric Version Of That

Tuesday 8 November 2011

I love the NHS, to the bottom of my heart and am incredibly worried by the current legislation and what seems the march of privatisation into our health system.  I feel proud to have been looked after and continue to be so by some of the most caring, knowledgeable people… Read more

Florida Representative Wants To Repeal Dwarf Tossing Legislation – WTF?

Monday 7 November 2011

I’ve held off talking about this subject for quite sometime, mainly because it’s to do with those good folks on the other side of the pond, but I’m astonished that a person in government would even propose the repealing legislation that protects us people of short stature from being used… Read more

The Making of… Life’s Too Short Review

Saturday 5 November 2011

I really, really wanted to hate this programme and there were a few toe-curling moments. But not because it was a gag about a dwarf or poking fun at a dwarf.  What really comes through is the strength of (or more like the lack of) character played by Warwick Davis. … Read more

Ricky Gervais: ‘Bring on the haters’ on The Guardian website

Saturday 5 November 2011

In an interview on The Guardian website, the comedian Ricky Gervais wonders why people are worried that his new comedy ‘Life’s Too Short’ will be a “cruel comedy” and “…that people confuse the subject of the joke with the target of the joke…”. Well Mr Gervais, when you have been… Read more

Life’s Too Short – The Making Of

Thursday 3 November 2011

Warwick Davis’ new comedy series with Ricky Gervais is due to start soon – I’ve caught the trailer on BBC 1 on a number of occasions over the last week or so.  The Making of the Series is due to air on BBC 2 this Saturday (5th November) at 10.15pm… Read more

Challenging Your Disability Living Allowance Decision

Wednesday 2 November 2011

I’ve received a few emails in recent weeks regarding people with restricted growth having their awards removed and if I had any tips for making an appeal.   Thankfully, I haven’t been through the horrible process for a number of years, though in scarily similar circumstances, as it was the time… Read more

3 Tips For Buying Petrol As A Person With Restricted Growth

Monday 10 October 2011

I’ve blogged about this before, but I am always apprehensive when I go to the petrol station to fill up the car.   On more than one occasion I have been either stopped or had an issue with pressing the pump.    Thankfully it doesn’t happen so often these days, but if… Read more

Performer Refers To Her Child As Midget

Monday 10 October 2011

I’m a bit late on picking this one up and I don’t want to get into the racism row regarding Kelis at the airport.   I was, however, mystified (and somewhat alarmed as to) why the performer would use the the offensive word ‘midget’ (the equivalent of the ‘N’ word… Read more

I’m Flirting With Google Ads…

Saturday 8 October 2011

Hello lovely readers, you might notice a change or two around here. I’ve installed a Google Ads banner in some of the more popular posts on a 3-month trial basis.  This is mainly to try and cover the running costs of this blog… anything else is a bonus. While I… Read more

Programme Review: Channel 4 – Seven Dwarves – 20th September 11

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Tonight it was Craig’s turn to have the camera turned on his story in tonight’s episode of Channel 4’s Seven Dwarves (#sevendwarves).  An equally humorous and dark episode which highlights we all discriminate against something in life whether you are short, tall or fat.  Craig’s depiction of this had me… Read more

Programme Review: Channel 4 – Seven Dwarves – 13th September 11

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Ok, so I haven’t been a great fan of the title of Channel 4’s Seven Dwarves, however tonight’s episode has been exceptionally good.  This week following, Laura Whitfield from Sunderland and her poignant story of having lost her mum and her problems growing up and the obstacles that she’s overcome… Read more

Up, Up and Away…

Monday 12 September 2011

…and quite nearly literally.  Hello lovelies, I’m back from my holidays and flew back into Blighty on the tail end of hurricane Katia. Scary.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate wind and not just the smelly kind. The windows are rattling away in our house tonight and I’m… Read more

Little Lady Is Going On Holiday

Wednesday 31 August 2011

Why hello there dear readers, it’s been a mad year so far with various things that I have been going on in my life (all good) and now it is time for me to take a metaphorical and actual break. I’ve got my clothes nearly packed, am going to go… Read more

Channel 4’s Seven Dwarves

Wednesday 31 August 2011

I’m afraid the majority of this series has passed me by as I’ve had other things to deal with over the last few weeks, but I managed to catch the first episode of Channel 4’s Seven Dwarves, which was apparently made by the same people who made My Gypsy Wedding.… Read more

NOTICE: Small Teen, Bigger World

Thursday 4 August 2011

I’ve loved watching Small Teen, Bigger World as much as the people who have been commenting on this blog, but I’m sorry to disappoint but I am neither of these wonderful ladies.   If you would like to find out more about their show, head on over to their official website… Read more

Programme Review: Small Teen, Bigger World

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Over the last month, I’ve laughed, cried and at times felt uncomfortable as Jasmine and her Mum, Bev have allowed us a glimpse into their world. Bev provides a wonderful lightness to the somewhat heavy subjects handled throughout the documentary series.  Remembered my own shock of failing my first driving… Read more

I’m Not Jasmine Or Bev Burkitt!

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Wow!  Lots of comments and emails over the last 24 hours with the end of the airing of Small Teen, Bigger World on BBC 3 last night. While it is heartening to see so many people passionate and inspired by the programme, I would like to clarify once again I’m… Read more

Small Teen, Bigger World – Some Clarification – Please Read

Friday 29 July 2011

There has been some wonderful comments on Hello Little Lady regarding the lovely Jasmine and Bev Burkitt because of their show, Small Teen, Bigger World airing on BBC 3 over the last few weeks. I would like to clarify that I am neither Jazz nor Bev Burkitt. I’m another lady… Read more

Small Teen Bigger World – Official Website

Thursday 21 July 2011

Small Teen Bigger World now has an official website where you can leave your own comments about the show for Jazz and her Mum, Bev. You can find it over here at: www.smallteenbiggerworld.co.uk » Read more

BBC Ouch! Podcast with Jasmine and Bev Burkitt

Saturday 16 July 2011

Ladies and Gents the wonderful Jasmine and Bev Burkitt can be heard interviewed by Mat Fraser and Liz Carr on the Ouch Podcast, the disability talk show brought to you by the BBC.  They talk about their documentary Small Teen, Bigger World, their future plans and their opinion on the… Read more

Small Teen, Bigger World Interview on This Morning

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Jasmine and her mum, Bev Burkitt joined Phillip Schofield on the This Morning Show on Monday for a chat about their new documentary ‘Small Teen, Bigger World’ on that aired on BBC3 that evening. Watch the video » (opens new window to the This Morning website) Read more

BBC Three – Small Teen Bigger World

Friday 8 July 2011

Jasmine Burkitt’s latest documentaries, Small Teen, Bigger World, starts on BBC Three on Monday 11th July from 9.00pm.  The four-part series follows Jazz as she leaves home to start college to find her feet in the world and meet her Dad for the first time.  In the meantime, here’s a… Read more

Small Teen, Bigger World on Woman’s Hour

Friday 8 July 2011

Jasmine and her mum Bev joined Jenni Murray on this morning’s edition of Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.   They talk about the up and coming documentary that will be aired on BBC Three on Monday, their views on living with the attention that we small-than-average-people receive on a daily… Read more

Dwarves Mocked on Graham Norton Show

Wednesday 29 June 2011

< rant > So there I was the other Friday night, merrily laughing along to the general banter on the Graham Norton Show when, within the space of about 10 minutes, one of his guests, Lee Mack made two dwarf jokes.  Hrumph! On the BBC no less!  What do you… Read more

The Dwarves Are Coming

Tuesday 28 June 2011

I subscribe to the wonderful BBC Ouch programme through my Facebook account to keep up to date about when the latest disability news when an article on their blog caught my eye. The season of the dwarf Turns out that there are few programmes that are going to aired in… Read more

How Do I Stop My Son Marrying A Midget?

Tuesday 14 June 2011

< rant > Excuse me?!? I’ve been analysing the keywords readers are using to find HelloLittleLady.com.   I was aghast at seeing the phrase above. How disgusting, how bigoted, narrow minded can one particular searcher be?!? Not happy with the fact that this person’s son has found love, they are actively… Read more

What Doesn’t Break You Makes You

Monday 13 June 2011

Goodness it’s been a while again.  What can I say it, it’s been a very eventful 6 months so far and I wish I could I tell you it’s all been positive that’s kept me away from the keyboard. So far it’s been a year with 3 funerals, job interviews… Read more

NHS Choices – Restricted Growth Video

Monday 25 April 2011

Was taking a look over at the Restricted Growth Association website and found this informative video about restricted growth by NHS Choices. Dr Will Christian talks about what restricted growth/dwarfism is and provides advice on how to access medical services and how you can help your child. Read more

Early Day Motion 1719 – Public Attitudes Towards People Of Short Stature

Sunday 24 April 2011

It’s come to my attention that an Early Day Motion has been drawn up to challenge the unfair attitudes and prejudices that we, people with various forms of dwarfism are subjected to in the media, by some professionals and more so on the street going about our day-to-day lives. To… Read more

Life Got In The Way – Part Deux

Thursday 21 April 2011

Oh well, best intentions and all that but again I’ve left HLL looking like a digital graveyard.  It’s unintentional believe you me, it’s been a busy few months that haven’t left me much time or energy to write much.  So apologises to all of you who have emailed and left… Read more

Life Got In The Way

Monday 7 March 2011

Blimey, just looked at my blog here and realised it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Bad Little Lady ha ha.  In all seriousness, life has gotten rather busy since the end of January with some rather major events and other major events me and the beau are planning for… Read more

Stop Staring

Monday 31 January 2011

I was out for dinner with my family and as I walking back to the table with my food I overheard a girl telling her younger sister to stop staring.  Of course I averted my eyes and pretend not to hear with my ears as it was the end of… Read more

Warwick Davis – Size Matters Not Book Review

Wednesday 26 January 2011

I’ve mentioned Warwick Davis a number of times on this blog with his interview on Able Radio and his interview in Disability Now and have been anxious to get hold of his autobiography Size Matters Not for some time now.  Imagine how glad I was to find a copy of… Read more

The One Thing You Learn To Do As A Person With Restricted Growth

Monday 24 January 2011

Ask. Read more

Do You Identify As Disabled?

Tuesday 4 January 2011

I was having ‘that’ conversation at work the other day.  You know the one where a person who is curious or has a particular view of you wants to validate what their attitudes towards disability/restricted growth. It usually starts with ‘I don’t mean this to sound like it does, but… Read more

DLA To Be Changed

Thursday 30 December 2010

I’ve stayed clear of this for some time now as it’s a subject that makes me severely depressed.  The universal benefit Disability Living Allowance is to be renamed to Personal Independent Payments.  All claimants are to be reassessed except those with a terminal illness.  This is the point where I… Read more

Holiday Greetings

Tuesday 28 December 2010

Hope you are all having a wonderful time over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Here’s to hoping you having a happy and prosperous new 2011. Keep a reading 😉 Read more

You’re Small – Get Over It!

Monday 13 December 2010

Hmmm!  This one always manages to hit a raw nerve and lets just say that it had the desired effect by the person saying it on making me feel incredibly angry and upset.  Did I take the person to task?  Hell no, the people around me told me not to… Read more

Katie Price and the Bully Boy Frankie Boyle

Saturday 11 December 2010

The ‘comedian’ Frankie Boyle’s been at it again, and I say comedian in the loosest sense of the term, because really, this guy seriously isn’t funny.  Not content with picking on kids with Down Syndrome, he’s now picking on a specific disabled kid. Good on Katie Price for sticking up… Read more

Pain Day, Make That Pain Week

Friday 10 December 2010

Pfft!  I’ve been a right grouch-bag over the last week. Why? I’m in pain. I get aches and pains on a daily basis which oddly move around my body.  I think this happens when I rely on one section of my body to compensate for the pain elsewhere, but I… Read more

Dwarf Culture?

Friday 10 December 2010

Since watching BBC Question Time that inspired a previous post it got me wondering about the visibility of dwarfism/restricted growth in society. From my own personal perspective, there appears to be little understanding of the day to day lives that we lead, the problems we face and the experiences we… Read more

What A Long Way We Restricted Growth People Have To Go

Friday 26 November 2010

< rant > Oh dear, I’ve just watched BBC Question Time and was very saddened by the panels reaction to whereby some of our most senior politicians are using dwarfism to insult each other. Not only am I alarmed at how it is brushed off by one audience member as… Read more

Small Teen Big World Documentary Wins Award

Thursday 25 November 2010

Congratulations to Bev and Jasmine Burkitt and the production team for winning the Royal Television Society North West Awards 2010 – Best Single Documentary, for Small Teen, Big World, that was aired on BBC 3 and BBC 1 earlier this year. Watch the fabulous ladies accept their award » (YouTube)… Read more

Donate £5 To The RGA

Tuesday 2 November 2010

After listening to the RGA’s chair interview on Able Radio, I would like to ask you guy’s if you would be so generous as to donate £5 to this worthwhile charity? I cannot describe how important the charity is to helping people and their families with restricted growth.  Granted, it’s… Read more

The Woe Of Automatic Doors

Monday 1 November 2010

So there I am, stood in front of the library doors, waving my arms around like a prat in the wind and the rain, trying to get the damn sensor to pick me up. Funny, when looking back, yes. At the time – not at all… and it’s a recurring… Read more

Restricted Growth On Able Radio

Friday 29 October 2010

Able Radio is an internet radio station for people with disabilities or a restricting medical condition.  I’ve yet to listen to a live show, however I was thrilled to see a few tags on the site relating to restricted growth! There’s the interview with Warwick which we posted a few… Read more

Half-Term Shopping Hell

Thursday 28 October 2010

I made the mistake of going shopping during half-term this week, though I agree this would send the calmest of person into a rage, for me it’s a heart in the mouth moment from entering the store to leaving it. Why? The.Stares. We restricted growth people are used them yes,… Read more

Short Watch: Warwick Davis On Able Radio

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Having listened to Warwick’s interview on Able Radio, it’s amazing to listen to what his life story has entailed and how fortunate he has been to be able to make a career as an actor. On to talk about his up and coming comedy show with Ricky Gervais, it was… Read more

Short Watch: Harry Hill TV Burps

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Anyone see the actor Kevin O’Leary on Harry Hill TV Burps on Saturday 23rd October 2010 episode? Most of Harry Hill’s sketches are tongue-in-cheek, but this particular sketch didn’t sit too well with me, but then again neither did the one where they had the girl from the service station… Read more

What’s One Of Those?

Monday 25 October 2010

This was the answer to my question when asking the local council sports department if they had a hydrotherapy pool. * Groan * …here we go again.  Forgive my pessimism, but every time I try to access some form of sports facilities something doesn’t go right and it’s usually because… Read more

From MSN: Cheryl Cole Treats Birthday Boy Simon To A Singing Dwarf

Friday 8 October 2010

Having been roaming around the web this evening I found the link below. http://celebrity.uk.msn.com/news/gossip/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=154888199 Is this true?? * Head slumps onto laptop keyboard in exasperation * Why? I get the fact that people with restricted growth should make their money however they wish, however, I can’t help but feel this,… Read more

Petite Size Clothing

Saturday 2 October 2010

Continuing on with the clothing theme from yesterday – I found this handy directory called Petite-Size-Clothing.co.uk.  Split into handy sections like tops, trousers, skirts and shoes, it lists online shops that are dedicated or include petite sizes.  Make sure to check out the ‘We Love…‘ page too for the latest… Read more

Petite Fashion Autumn 2010

Friday 1 October 2010

I indulged in some retail therapy today and was pleasantly surprised rather than the usual depressed state it leaves me.  Being an odd body shape where you fit somewhere between children’s and petite sizes is rather frustrating on the fashion front.  I found this morning, that I could get back… Read more

It’s Like Being Famous, But Without The Money

Thursday 9 September 2010

How very true.  This was the phrase used by Bev Burkitt when describing what it is like being a person of restricted growth and the attraction that being so garners, though in our case it’s not sort after like a celebrity. I watched the BBC documentary ‘Small Teen, Big World’… Read more

Heads-Up: Small Teen, Big World

Monday 6 September 2010

…is going primetime!! The documentary that was initially broadcast on BBC Three and features the life of Jasmine Burkitt and her mum, Bev is being shown on BBC One at 9.00pm.  This is great news for the restricted growth community. I’ve already watched it twice and thought it was an… Read more

They’re Filming Midgets

Saturday 28 August 2010

Watching IN BRUGES on Channel 4, we’re 18 minutes in and Colin Farrell’s character has said the word ‘midget’ multiple times now.  The dialogue itself it quite funny and shows well how not-so-bright people actually talk about people with restricted growth. My blood boiled for an instance, but the delivery… Read more

Going On Me Holidays Again

Monday 16 August 2010

…I’ll be returning in the fall. Keep safe. Read more

You Have To Be 110% Better Than Every One Else

Wednesday 11 August 2010

This was what was said to me awhile back when I was seeking advice on going for a job.  The person was impressed with my CV and tapped into something that I’ve thought about often when trying to establish myself in an interview situation and in a workplace. Whilst I… Read more

Someone Tried To Video Me On Their Phone

Monday 9 August 2010

I was walking down the street with a friend who also has restricted growth, we were quite happily talking away when my friend went quiet.  She’d clocked that a young man was taking too long to pass us and our small strides.  We turned around and sure enough, he was… Read more

Apologises

Friday 6 August 2010

for the temperamental state of this blog of late…. I’m assured the problem has been resolved. Read more

You Look Like Pygmy

Friday 6 August 2010

…can I stand next to you to see the difference? Well it’s been the week of attracting attention.   This comment was made by a member of the public at work.  I tried the ‘we all come in different shapes and sizes’ route, but the poor person didn’t look like they… Read more

Hello Short Arse

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Was walking into a well known card shop in town, 3 boys, probably about 11 or 12 were walking towards me in my path.  Their faces were a picture when they were presented with a woman who is much older than them, but looks up to them.  Out of cheekiness… Read more

Label Me, Label You

Monday 2 August 2010

Label for me, Label for you.…we all get them given, we all give them.  I imagine even the nicest person in the world without prejudices will at some point make snap judgement about the people they meet…  whether it’s about someone’s manner in which they present themselves, how they behave… Read more

End Of Week Blues

Friday 30 July 2010

It’s Friday and I feel seriously depleted in the energy stakes. It’s like this every week and what is is caused by?  Working, in my attempt to be a good citizen and pay taxes. I’ve spoken to other people with restricted about this and it’s a mix bag. Some people… Read more

So You're The One Marrying A Midget

Monday 26 July 2010

It’s probably been just over a year since my beau had this rather horrible comment said to him while he was at work. To the uninitiated, some idiot thought it would they would try and get a rise out of him, thankfully beau was moved on quickly by his workmates… Read more

One To Watch – BBC Three Small Teen, Big World

Friday 23 July 2010

For those of you with Freeview, tune your TV’s to BBC 3 on Tuesday 27th July at 9.00pm ladies and gents!  BBC Three’s Adult Season is returning to our screens! The series explores the pressures on young people growing up quickly.  On 27th July episode Small Teen, Big World with… Read more

The Restricted Growth Association

Wednesday 21 July 2010

There comes a point in most restricted growth person’s life or for parents with kids with a form of dwarfism when you need to reach out to people who are going through similar experiences.  This is where charities like the Restricted Growth Association (RGA) and the Child Growth Foundation (CGF)… Read more

Having a busy summer so far

Tuesday 20 July 2010

…but not happy that the weather has gone a little cooler.  The heat helps makes my joints feel less stiff – ho hum.   Fear not, I’ve not gone into a pre-hibernation state, just enjoying the summer 🙂 More Little Lady ramblings to follow mid-week. Read more

3 Tips For Holidaying With Restricted Growth

Wednesday 14 July 2010

Aloha!  Guess who’s just back from their holidays?!? Moi!  Had a fabulous time, ate lots of nice food and saw lots of interesting places.  As ever, I always get a bit nervous about visiting new places, which is odd considering I love to travel.  The nerves stem mainly from how… Read more

Little Lady Is Taking The Week Off

Tuesday 6 July 2010

Off to enjoy the summertime.  See you next week. Read more

The Conundrum That Is Family Guy…

Monday 5 July 2010

…the animated US series that is shown (usually) very late on an evening on BBC 3 is like Marmite.  You either love it or hate it. Me? I.love.it. Huh? How come? Some readers maybe wondering considering my usual aghast at the world and it’s portrayal of people with restricted growth… Read more

Update On New Medical Tests For DLA Recipients

Friday 2 July 2010

Here’s an update from the Disability Alliance Website regarding the proposed medical assessments in the ConDem Emergency Budget 2010 for people receiving Disability Allowance: Disability Alliance: New medical test for DLA: more news » Read more

Disability Now – Warwick Davis Article

Thursday 1 July 2010

Check out the interview with the short actor Warwick Davis as he talks about his career and up and coming series called ‘Life’s To Short’  which I discussed being rather apprehensive about in a previous post. Warwick admits that the sitcom will probably ‘strike a few nerves’  though insists that… Read more

DLA To Be Cut From 2013

Wednesday 30 June 2010

I’m saddened to hear the announcement in the ConDems emergency budget that the DLA forms are to be replaced with a medical assessment and there are to be overall cuts.  Whilst I get the ideology behind the reasons that every part of society needs to feel the brunt of the… Read more

TV Programme Review: Are You Having A Laugh

Tuesday 29 June 2010

A friend of mine told me that this programme that takes a look at how disability is portrayed on TV in the last 50 years.   While planning our evening timetable of TV, my beau asked me if this was going to one of those programmes that upset me and would… Read more

The Guardian Article – Little Britain: what is life like as a small person?

Monday 28 June 2010

The Guardian Article – Last week The Guardian published an article by Leo Benedictus featuring 3 people with restricted growth and their life experiences. Hats off to that newspaper for giving the community a voice in national platform in a national paper. Re-reading the article I’m still in agreement with… Read more

Hello Little Lady is taking a holiday

Saturday 26 June 2010

Sorry for any inconvenience, we’ll be back on Monday. In the meantime if you need to get in touch please email  contact    @  hellolittlelady  .com  (no spaces) Read more