Disability Humour. Living with a disability needs humour (and a few pranks)

Disability Humour. Living with a disability needs humour (and a few pranks)

Disability Humour – introduction ‘Disability Humour’ – It’s not fun living with a disability, but the humour makes it easier. Before acquiring a disability, my humour, including pranks, would regularly get me into trouble with other people. I took a rubber dog poo into work at Origin Energy and placed it into the filing cabinet of a work colleague. The plan was that they would be shocked, and then realise it was only rubber, and then have a laugh. Instead,…

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Adelaide Fringe Accessibility in a powered wheelchair

Adelaide Fringe Accessibility in a powered wheelchair

An introduction Adelaide Fringe Accessibility is a topic which is important to me, as I use a wheelchair to get around. I first attended the Adelaide Fringe in a wheelchair in 2016. And went to seven events including The Naked Magicians, Neel Kolhatkar and Abbot the musical. In 2017 it was only two events including Graeme of Thrones, and 2018 it was seven events including Jackson vs Jackson, Adelaide Wind Orchestra and the Soweto Gospel Choir. In 2019 I attended…

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How not to travel to the Adelaide Fringe via Adelaide Access Taxis

How not to travel to the Adelaide Fringe via Adelaide Access Taxis

Adelaide Access Taxis – introduction I am fortunate to have a vehicle that I can drive independently, whenever I want, and wherever I choose to go. It is a 2013 Volkswagen Transporter that can take my manual or powered wheelchairs. The underfloor lifter, docking station, 3-way driver’s seat, hand controls and an additional seat belt are the magic that makes it happen. There are times when catching a taxi is beneficial, such as journeys to the City of Adelaide or…

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No More Christian Nice Guy – a book by Paul Coughlin.

No More Christian Nice Guy – a book by Paul Coughlin.

No More Christian Nice Guy – Introduction I feel that I’ve chosen to be nice, rather than good. In 2009, I was hit by a tree, and I didn’t have the energy, strength or time to be anything other than nice. This would change over time. The ‘no more christian nice guy’ book has been helpful. A definition of nice could be ‘pleasing and agreeable in nature’. On the surface, being nice sounds ok. However, nice people keep saying ‘yes’,…

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Tithing Then and Now – do we tithe like the Israelites?

Tithing Then and Now – do we tithe like the Israelites?

I’ve attended a variety of denominations of the Christian Church. They include the Methodist Church, the Uniting Church, the Salvation Army and Australia Christian Churches. All of them have a few common factors including Jesus, Protestantism and Tithing. This blog explores ‘Tithing then and now’. Definition of Tithing For a Christian, a tithe is giving back to God 1/10th of what you have received. The Salvation Army has a giving program named ‘planned giving’. They ask that all church members…

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Wheelie Good Cruises but PWD may pay twice as much!

Wheelie Good Cruises but PWD may pay twice as much!

Wheelie Good Cruises introduction Wheelie Good Cruises promises ‘Hassle-free cruises for people with a disability’. And I’ve heard that they deliver on their promise. The best person to know about cruising with a disability is a person with a disability.  Wheelie Good Cruises is owned by Robert De Pasquale, who has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Apparently, he has been on cruise holidays for over 25 years. The Poll with a silly question Robert created a poll with the question ‘Should…

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Botanic Park accessibility issues while at the Bon Jovi Concert in Adelaide

Botanic Park accessibility issues while at the Bon Jovi Concert in Adelaide

Success with accessible seating tickets via Ticketek I wasn’t a fan of Bon Jovi, because Jon Bon Jovi was too sexy, and made other males look bad. But I did enjoy listening to their music and jumped at the opportunity to see them in concert. It was scheduled to occur on Tuesday 4th December 2018, in Botanic Park. This area is adjacent to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo. As this was my first concert in Botanic Park, I was…

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SCI bowel management – my 2.5 hours down the toilet

SCI bowel management – my 2.5 hours down the toilet

SCI Bowel Management – Introduction One of the goals of the WheelchairJohn Blog is to share an honest account of living with a disability. Although I am happy with life, there are things that I need to do, which I dislike. One of the worst is the 2.5 hours in the mornings. The time is devoted to my SCI Bowel Management. My Spinal Cord Injury requires I spend a long time sitting on the toilet, showering, drying and getting dressed in…

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Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada – the accident At the age of 18, Joni Eareckson Tada dove into Chesapeake Bay in the USA. She fractured the fourth and fifth cervical levels of her spine. Joni acquired an SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) and was paralysed from the shoulders down. The damage to my spine occurred at chest level, and I have full use of my shoulders, arms and fingers. I cannot imagine what it would be like to receive a higher level injury and be dependant…

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The Lucky Country – why do so many Australians complain?

The Lucky Country – why do so many Australians complain?

The Lucky Country Is a book by Donald Horne and many people called Australia ‘the lucky country’. Although the term is now meant to be a favourable comment, the original context in the book was a negative statement. Horne’s book title is found in the last chapter: “Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people’s ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in…

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