My Theory about Autism and Repetitive Movement

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I came up with a little theory about Autism that I wish to share.

Sometimes I get asked “why do you like Thomas?” My answer is usually “I just do.”

It’s a known fact that people with Autism have strong interests in machines or vehicles. We tend to be fascinated with vehicles like trains, cars, tractors, planes and helicopters. In my Mum’s school there are people with Autism who have been intrigued by fans, umbrella, drainage system etc. The question remains, why are we fascinated with things that move?

My personal belief is that we become hypnotised by the repetitive and steady movement of certain objects.

It’s not like being hypnotised by a magician for instance. It’s more like being mesmerised by repetitive movement. You could say it’s similar to someone being engrossed in a good film. However, instead of people with Autism being engrossed by films etc we become fixated with moving objects.

With toy trains, for example, if you put the rails in the circle that train will move around continually. That and trains, in my opinion, are majestic to look at. They are glossy and stylish.

That’s where Thomas the Tank Engine comes in.

You have an interesting vehicle, a train, which has us Autistic people engaged. However, give that train a face, a paint job and a personality that children can relate to and we are officially hypnotised with Thomas the Tank Engine.

I genuinely believed that Thomas could have been real. With cartoons, we couldn’t touch them or see them in person as they were on paper. However, with Thomas, you could actually go to the studio and watch him and physically touch him as he was a model. In that aspect, he felt real.

Not only was I fascinated and hypnotised by a train, I was fascinated and hypnotised by a train who has a human face and a human personality. To this day my enthusiasm for Thomas has never weathered and as I have mentioned many times before I owe him a lot. If it wasn’t for Thomas I’m not even sure I would be able to talk and socialise let alone type this up for a WordPress blog.

What do you think? What’s your opinion? I will be interested to hear your views.

Thanks for reading. =)

Namaste.^^/

Ryan.

Why I support Charlton Athletic

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I like to propose a toast with my glass of J2O to my team, Charlton Athletic Football Club, who were founded 110 years ago on this very day.

When it comes to answering questions you would think that my most asked question would revolve around my autism and how I cope, etc, etc. However, my most asked question, since I was young has actually been, “why do you support Charlton?”

People are often baffled by the fact that I support Charlton, as I live in the North of England and Charlton is a London based club.

As it’s one of my most asked questions I will take this opportunity to explain why I support them. =)

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I started off as a Manchester United supporter. My reason for supporting Man Utd is rather silly but true. Back then, my Dad had big curly hair, the exact replica of Bryan May. I thought wild bushy hair was masculine and cool. At that time I came across a player called Karel Poborsky, he’s a Czech Republican international who played for Manchester United. It was at that moment that I became a Man Utd supporter… all because of Karel Poborsky and his hair. XD

Inevitably, I stopped supporting the Red Devils as soon as Poborsky left them. Haha.

For a good while I never had an interest in any particular club but one name did stand out, “Charlton Athletic.” I first learned that name in my brother’s Subbuteo set. For some reason, I was really taken by that name. I remember seeing them on the Gillette Soccer Saturday updates when they lost to Ipswich and I was surprisingly disappointed. I didn’t know how but I memorised the badge, the name, and the kit colour.

The Play-Offs Semi-Finals were on and Charlton managed to win their match and progressed to the Play-Offs Final. I found myself beaming that they won their match, but it never really registered why. All of my strange feelings and affection towards Charlton came to fruition when they played against Sunderland in the Play-Offs Final 1998.

During that match I found myself cheering for Charlton all the way. I would cry and run upstairs to my room every time Sunderland scored and would run back down if Charlton equalised. I cheered for Charlton much louder than I ever did for Man Utd. They were genuine and honest cheers too. I cheered loudest when Sasa Ilic saved that Penalty from that Penalty Shoot-out.

It was at that moment that I realised that I was a Charlton supporter.

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I suppose I haven’t really answered my own question. Why do I support Charlton? I’m not sure why, I just do. However, when I had my epiphany and discovered the Charlton fan in myself I learned that my Mum supported Charlton, my Uncle supported Charlton and my Granddad supported Charlton. So, if I were to give an answer I would say that it’s in the family blood. =)

One of the best moments of my life did involve Charlton Athletic as I was actually their mascot in one of their away games. Their company as a whole is friendly and I can vouch for their greatness as I have been involved with their players and staff personally, if only for a brief spell. I was slightly gutted that I never got to meet Alan Curbishley and Clive Mendonca, but I was still pleased that I got to meet all the players and staff like Chrissy Powell, Keith Peacock and Mark Kinsella.

Being a Charlton mascot was definitely a supreme moment and it’s a moment that will never go away. =D

THANKS FOR READING

Super Clive Mendonca Day

There’s no doubt in my mind that I will still get asked this question time and time again, but I don’t mind as the answer is daft but humorous. =)

Thanks for reading.

Namaste.^^/

Ryan

Triage X Episode Nine Thoughts

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I was a little bit fooled at the beginning as I really thought Mikoto was captured without explanation and was made to wear a Princess Leia outfit. But as soon as Hitsugi and Hinako were sitting on Arashi’s lap I knew it was going to be a dream. I didn’t actually think Hitsugi would go after Arashi as I thought she just kissed him on the spur of the moment. Then again, it was only a dream so I won’t be too concerned about that, I just thought it was more humorous to see Mikoto all flustered. Haha. It was just as funny to see Hinako flustered at the thought of more competition over Arashi.

Hitsugi looked cool in her fight against those twins. Now that her conscious is clear she looks much stronger than she ever did in her previous battles. I did wonder if she was really going to kill those twins but it looks like that they managed to escape just in time. I wonder who this princess is.

Oops, it looks like Suzue has been injected with the Platinum Lily drug, but how bigger dose did she take, I wonder? I kind of figured that she would be up to something important as she was a target for Syringe and Tobishiro’s group. I’m not really certain what Suzue’s looking for. I know it’s something to do with this Public Server but for what reason?

I didn’t expect Gyoji to be ruthless with Suzue as well. I thought she was just a loyal soldier for Kyoji and doesn’t really show emotions but I saw a more confident and ruthless side to her. Did she insert the drug into herself and she changed personality or was she just playing bad/neutral cop? I also didn’t expect her to promise to “reward” her co-workers. I can’t make up my mind if she was out of character or not as I didn’t think she had it in her to be like that.

I bet Gyoji is going to get punished terribly. Not only did Arashi manage to save Suzue but those broken girls have escaped from that room and are now on the loose. I have a feeling that they’re all going to go straight to Kyoji and Gyoji and they’re all going to literally pile on them both.

It’s a shame that it’s the last episode next week as I have been enjoying this series. I wonder why it’s 10 and not 12.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Triage X Episode Eight Thoughts

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I didn’t think that there was going to be a deep connection between Arashi and Hitsugi. I just assumed that Arashi just had a deep bond with Mikoto and Oriha as they’re all part of the Ampule One group and they’re similar age. I also assumed that Arashi and Hitsugi were merely acquaintances and that was that. How wrong I was. They go way back. Back to when Arashi was in rehab and that was when they first developed their bond.

Hitsugi had a pretty sad past and it makes a lot of sense why she wore that Shinto-type mask as it hid more than just her face. It shielded away her heart and emotions. As far as I can gather she went on that rampage because she was really upset and lost sense of herself. I kind of had an idea at the beginning that Arashi was going to be the one to stop Hitsugi’s rampage, and not Yuuko, who was the one that killed and saved her.

I was a bit shocked when Hitsugi locked lips with Arashi. I was somewhat spoiled before that there was kiss involved in this episode but I never would have thought that Hitsugi would be the one that steals Arashi’s first kiss. In a weird way I do think it was a sweet moment as it felt like Hitsugi has really let her troubled past go.

I’m actually pleased that this was a Hitsugi related episode as I felt like she wasn’t really that relevant despite being super strong. I actually feel that I know more about Inspector Tatara and Suzue than I did with Hitsugi. I learned in this episode that all the long she has a beautiful bond with Arashi. It makes me intrigue as to what Arashi’s relationship is like with Miki and Yuuko.

I get the impression that Suzue is going to be kidnapped soon. In the last episode Tatara mentioned that Suzue has been working hard doing some investigation. I wonder if Suzue’s investigation involves the Syringe group. Perhaps Syringe is planning to kidnap Suzue as she knows a lot about them? Perhaps they plan to kidnap Inspector Tatara. I’m not exactly certain what’s going on in that regard. I’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Triage X Episode Seven Thoughts

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Hohoho, so it turns out that this D99 virus/vaccine thing that Dr Mochizuki created is the reason that Arashi is alive. If Arashi was in that village that Dr Mochizuki visited then I would imagine that Arashi would be the ‘chosen one.’ Mikoto was lovely when she comforted Arashi. I think she’s beginning to understand him bit by bit, but I think Hinako still provides a healthy competition to Mikoto as far as romance is concerned.

I wonder how the group, Syringe, knew about this D99 drug thing. In the flash back it showed 5 people in silhouettes, but one person was indistinguishable. I bet that person is the one who revived that medical drug, perhaps enhancing it in his/her unique way.

It turns out that that shooter was Inunaki. Good job he isn’t a villain. Or is he? How did he know about the whole cargo information thing? I have a mini speculation… Perhaps Inunaki is somehow the one who brought back the D99 drug? Then again, what would he gain if he was a double agent for the enemy?

It seems like there was a three-way battle to gain the Platinum Lily drug. Syringe got one of the briefcases whilst Black Label got the other and Kyoji is left with no drug. They seem to be more than a match for Ampule Zero and appear to be much stronger than the likes of Arashi and Mikoto from Ampule One. I quite enjoyed the fights in this episode.

I’m disliking Kyoji more, especially with the way he treats the ladies. It makes me admire Goryu a lot. She is taking his abuse without complaining. I wonder how she would feel if Black Label got their hands on Kyoji. Would she be sad or be glad if he gets killed? Having said all that she looked nice in that maid outfit with cat ears.^^/

I was a little sad to see Hitsugi being beaten down like that but I really like the way Yuuko cut the floors quickly in order to get Hitsugi out of that situation. I wonder what happened to her right at the end. It’s as if she woke up with a different personality altogether. Eep.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara,^^/

Ryan

Triage X Episode Six Thoughts

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I can’t help but wonder if the comedy parts were inappropriate in this episode. I do always appreciate comedy moments, especially when they involve Oriha. However, I do think some of them moments did undermine the seriousness of the overall situation. Especially when you consider the fact that many people died and one of Oriha’s good friends, Aya, was shot and killed at point blank range. I’m glad she managed to avenge Aya’s death with the help of Mikoto and Arashi. I’m glad there were comedy moments but it probably would be more appropriate to leave them out of this episode.

That Wild Hunt person has a unique ability when it comes to hearing heartbeats. I’ll refer her as she as she was a lady but spoke with a man’s voice… it seems like she can mimic people’s voices and read their minds as well. I was correct with my guess that she was aware of the Black Label and was certainly aware of Oriha’s presence. Perhaps she wanted to use Oriha as bait to lure the rest of Black Label so she could take them all out.

I’m glad all the idols and the lady in the bunny outfit escaped death. It was somewhat humorous when the rest of the girls called her a ‘Grandma.’ I did enjoy that bit but I still think that too detracted from the seriousness of the situation. In that situation I would have thought that the other girls would be more desperate rather than being annoyed and name calling.

We find out at the end that Wild Hunt and the rest of the evil people were there to actually distract Black Label. This must mean that something bigger and more dangerous is going on.

Oh dear, that ending where it looks like Mikoto gets shot. Fingers crossed that she makes it out.

Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Triage X Episode Five Thoughts

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This was quite an intense episode. When I read the episode title “Idol Sacrifice” I assumed that something was going to happen to Oriha, but it turns out that it’s more than one idol being sacrificed.

I had some weird vibes from those mascots. From the get go I had a feeling that they were using their costumes as criminal disguises rather than fun props. Then, those disturbing scenes happened when those mascots killed that innocent man. It was a quite upsetting when that pretty girl got shot too.

It turns out that those evil mascot people are somehow connected with Ogawa Makoto and wanted to avenge him. I’m not sure if they know that Black Label is responsible but I get the feeling that they knew that Oriha was on the scene. That means that they probably knew as well that Oriha was going to be at that building in the evening and took the opportunity to try and take her down… maybe. That Wild Hunt dude, the evil leader, said that they’ve already accomplished his plan. What is that plan? Maybe he knew about the existence of Black Label after all and everything he’s doing is his way of sending a message. Or maybe he knew that Oriha was in the building after all and he shot the girl, Aya, as bait to draw her out.

I’m certainly interested to see what Oriha is capable of without her bombs. She managed to hold her own against that white haired man. I think it might have been a bit much of Oriha and Sumire to ask of Haron to do a karate move there and then, especially since she was frightened. I think Oriha will confront Wild Hunt and they will both have a brawl. In the meantime I think the police should now get a parachute so they can catch the idols when they’re forced to jump from the eighteenth floor.

On a side note, it was nice seeing Hinako again. It was great that Arashi took the time to go to Hinako’s restaurant and dine there, although not so great as Mikoto ended up being jealous. Haha.

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Avengers Age of Ultron

I went to watch the last showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron tonight. As it was Election Day I assumed a lot of people would be out casting their votes. Luckily, it was a small crowd. I thought the film was amazing and the action was literally none stop. You will hear my views of the film in a day or two. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.