For the author, being disabled has been no obstacle to living a normal childhood full of adventure, travel, trouble, arguments, accidents, clubbing, alcohol and emotional blackmail. Being pushed around by so-called friends (no enemies yet) and getting stuck in embarrassing situations are really just part of normal teenage life - not to mention romance and disappointment all around. At sixth form, languages are a passion, nightclubs a distraction, and university a goal that seems within reach. But serious illness and limited access will always be a problem that no will power or helping hand can completely overcome, leaving a sometimes frustrated but still determined, enabled and remarkable young man. But who knows? Perhaps he will pull for keeps one of these days. Perhaps Manchester pubs will all become wheelchair friendly. And perhaps Liverpool FC will relive the eighties and rule the universe once more!