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Kids, meaning and agility

Posted by Philip on 4 April 2015, 1:03 pm in , , , , , , , , ,

Recently I spent an hour at Rosebank Primary School in Avondale, speaking as a Duffy Books in Homes Role Model. It’s something I’ve done a couple of times each year since connecting with Linda Vagana, Duffy’s GM, when we both did the Leadership New Zealand programme in 2012.

It’s a tough but rewarding gig. Primary-aged kids pull no punches as an audience. I’m not the usual and as I begin to speak, the giggles start.

I resist the urge to ask, “What are you laughing at?” To begin with anyway. Instead I ask all 500 to introduce themselves to me – their name, where they come from and a secret about them – all at once. The hall erupts with noise and laughter.

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Reading, success and primary school kids

Posted by Philip on 20 September 2013, 10:10 am in , , , , ,

Yesterday I had the unprecedented pleasure of going to Waterview Primary and speaking about reading and success on behalf of Duffy Books in Homes. I say pleasure in hindsight because, as I tweeted beforehand, I was actually pretty nervous about it:

My fears, however, were unfounded. As soon as I got to the school, kids began coming up to me. They knew who I was, they'd read my tweet and, though most would not have even been born, they knew I was on Shortland Street!

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Walking: intrinsic value or mere consequence of human evolution

Posted by Philip on 10 March 2013, 12:19 pm in , , , , , , ,

On Friday a wheel fell off my power chair. To be specific, one of the powered wheels fell off my chair. Literally, the axle snapped.

I use a hybrid power chair system, called e-Fix. It consists of two motorised wheels, a battery and a joystick, that fit onto a standard lightweight chair frame. It's really cool and the only one in NZ, but it's new technology.

In three years it's broken twice, every eighteen months or so. Last time one wheel broke, they were both sent back to Germany, where it was designed. When I got them back, the entire mechanism had been improved, which made the system better. Bonus.

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