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Car crash court case part 2

Posted by Philip on 7 December 2016, 1:53 pm

Yesterday I wrote about my concerns about testifying in court today  in relation to a car crash I was involved in this April. As luck would have it, I ended up not having to go to court at all. 

The defendant changed his plead to guilty to dangerous driving charges, so the Police didn't need me as a witness.

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Car crash court case part 1

Posted by Philip on 6 December 2016, 4:36 pm in , , , , ,

You may remember I was involved in a car crash back in April. Tomorrow I'm likely to need to go to court to testify against the young man who caused the crash.

To be honest, on one hand I hope I'm not required (the Police said they may have enough witnesses). Courts are such shaming places and the guy was really young — we've all done stupid stuff at his age.

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Lonely? You're not alone

Posted by Philip on 18 November 2016, 1:12 pm in , , , ,

I've been thinking a lot about loneliness lately and, this week, have started talking with ​​others about it. I often feel lonely — yet, as I ​​age, I ​​am more choosey about who I ​spend time with. As an introvert I ​enjoy my own company as well so, often, I ​choose to be alone.

Teddy bear sitting on a pier, alone in the sunlight

It's a strange conundrum but, as I'​​ve talked to friends and colleagues about it, I realise I'​m not alone. Loneliness seems to be a thing of our time. Maybe it always has been. And it's not just single people. Those in relationships say they're lonely too.

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When will the world feel safe again?

Posted by Philip on 15 November 2016, 2:50 pm in , , , , , , ,

I don't know about you but, to me, the world doesn't feel very safe at the moment. In fact, it feels pretty bloody scary right now.

Maybe 'safe' isn't the right word — in Be. Leadership, Lesley and I ban a few words and 'safe' is one of them, because you can't develop and change if you need to feel safe all the time. And living in fear is a miserable existence.

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Everything's ok? No it's not.

Posted by Philip on 14 November 2016, 9:37 pm in , , , , , , , ,

It's ironic that a week after Trump gets voted as US president, NZ has another significant earthquake.

This is a quick post, just to make the point that anything you read, hear or watch, saying the world is ok — it's lies.

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Five reasons to embrace conflict

Posted by Philip on 31 October 2016, 5:37 pm in , , , , , , ,

Conflict — it's easy to avoid. In fact, we often do anything we can to avoid it (well, I do). Often that means not doing anything.

Six people sit, three each on both sides of a table. Centre couple arm-wrestle.

Within the last 24 hours I was involved in a conflict situation with a colleague. I won't go into the detail — it's irrevelent. But the process the two of us went through — an action, a reaction by me that created conflict and then a conversation to come to a resolution — reminded me that, even though it is acutely uncomfortable, when handled constructively, conflict can have truly positive outcome.

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Is outrage over Wonder Woman becoming UN Ambassador missing the point?

Posted by Philip on 26 October 2016, 1:41 pm in , , , , ,

Wonder Woman has been appointed by the United Nations as the honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. And people, particularly women, are outraged.

Lynda-Carter-in-Wonder-Woman

I'm not particularly impressed, but I'm not particularly surprised. I mean, the decision seems no less effective than the rest of what the UN purports to do.

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Latest musing on disability in the media

Posted by Philip on 25 October 2016, 5:08 pm in , , , , , , , , ,

Recently a third year student at the University of Winchester studying Theatre Production (Arts & Stage Management) contacted me. Her focal topic is looking at "able bodied performers portraying disabled [people] and how we, as participants in the arts industry, feel about it."

She sent me some questions and here's how I responded:

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I am no longer a Select Committee virgin (aka Simon O'Connor asked me a question)

Posted by Philip on 14 October 2016, 4:33 pm in , , , , , , ,

This afternoon I presented to the Parliamentary ​Health Select Committee​ about my submission on Hon Maryan Street’s petition about voluntary euthanasia​ (or assisted dying). Imagine my delight when I saw, sitting in the sub-committee to which I was to present, Hon Simon O'Connor, the Committee's Chair​​, and Poto Williams, Labour's spokesperson on disability issues, whom I have met several times​. Score!

I began by acknowledging the death this morning of Helen Kelly who, in her struggle with cancer, lobbied for legalisation of both medical cannabis use and assisted​ dying (AD). Helen, if you're reading this somewhere and you had anything to do with ​the sub-committee make-up, many, many thanks.

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Remembering my purpose — revisited

Posted by Philip on 7 October 2016, 2:45 pm in , , , , , , , ,

Last week I blogged about my purpose. I said I felt purposeless, and wondered if being purposeless was, in fact, my purpose for now.

I've changed my mind. I wonder if surrendering my purpose was part of rediscovering it. I also wonder if my parents bringing a whole lot of newspaper clipping from when I was born has helped me remember.

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