I wrote a post on 15 year-old James Hobley recently which has been one of the most read posts ever on this blog. His story is incredible, overcoming problems with autism and going on to study ballet and recently being awarded a place at the English National Ballet’s School and he will transfer from the north to live in London to begin his studies at the School after the summer.
Now, unfortunately, I am writing an angry post as poor James has been assaulted and is in hospital awaiting surgery. With his character he will surely get over yet another hurdle and reach the finish line winningly, but it is difficult to fathom the mentality behind such cruel actions.
Get well soon James.
UPDATE: 1 May
James was beaten around the head by a school bully and has had 4 stitches in his nose. Tomorrow morning he will have surgery on his eyelids. Bullying was a reason for which he began home schooling with his mother when he was younger. Sad…
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.