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with Tom Soper, all-rounder
July 19, 2010
yourself in five words?
Prudent yet competitive and adventure loving.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
When in hot water, bath.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Skydiving (tandem), and bridge diving (bungee jumping).
Both good hangover cures.
is your most treasured possession?
My independence, currently in the form of a power wheelchair.
My feather pillow.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
have any strange hobbies?
I create and run complicated fantasy leagues for popular
sporting events. I currently have 44 entries into my World Cup 2010
league, which I am (suspiciously) winning.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
My posture, caused by my wheelchair's chin control
(and my need for control).
is your greatest extravagance?
Basking in Mushana, glorious winter sunshine.
have you got in your fridge?
What have I got in my kitchen? I can get away with that
answer since my car accident!
is your greatest fear?
To wake up one day and discover that all of this is real.
This applies primarily to my disability but also to the incomprehensible
greed that some human beings exhibit and the lengths they go to
satiate their desire.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
Canoeing the Zambezi River.
are your heroes in real life?
Rob Nairn, magistrate, criminologist, Buddhist teacher,
mindfulness advocate and nice guy. Everyone else, who rallied behind
me when I needed it most.
and where were you happiest?
Breakfast with my wife in a turning Msasa forest at the
base of Mount Inyangani on a mountain bike ride several years ago.
your biggest vice?
were you like at school?
Always the odd one out for some reason or other. Perhaps
I didn't like conformity.
are you doing next?
In terms of anything useful, I am toying with the idea
of making some notes on my experience of becoming and being a quadriplegic
and reviewing these to establish if lessons learned might be useful
to an audience.
In a literal sense, I will be opening a beer in a minute. It's Friday
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