Why I am contesting the seat of Torrens in the state election of South Australia on March 17, 2018

Why I am contesting the seat of Torrens in the state election of South Australia on March 17, 2018

Why would anyone in their right mind want to have anything to do with politics? Growing up my parents continuously spoke of the good qualities of Labor Party politicians.  And these included Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke in federal politics, and Don Dunstan and John Bannon in state politics.  All four were competent leaders but were not perfect people.  Who is?  When I turned 18, I voted Labor too, and after a few years, I would regularly vote for the Liberal…

Read More Read More

I was a victim of bullying. It takes courage to take a stance against them.

I was a victim of bullying. It takes courage to take a stance against them.

At the end of 1977, having just completed year seven at Payneham Primary School, I was looking forward to joining Marden High School.  The school had a good reputation, and it was just down the road from my home.  It wasn’t long until I faced bullying from two students, Tony and Frank.  They were much bigger than me, and mother nature delayed puberty for me, and this made me smaller and an easy target for bullies.  Their IQ levels appeared…

Read More Read More

Midnight Oil “The Great Circle Tour 2017” and my four concerts

Midnight Oil “The Great Circle Tour 2017” and my four concerts

I’ve been an Oils fan since the 80s after being introduced to the band by my friend Richard. During a concert at Memorial Drive in Adelaide, we lined up early and ran to get a spot at the front and centre of the stage, as this was in the days of being able to walk. During one song, Peter Garrett, jumped off stage and stuck the microphone in Richard’s face. While they were singing together, I did what I thought…

Read More Read More

Accessible toilets and parking – what to do if someone is using them and they shouldn’t

Accessible toilets and parking – what to do if someone is using them and they shouldn’t

As I drive and urinate, I make use of accessible parking and toilets.  If you are wondering if I drive and urinate at the same time, the answer is yes, as I have an indwelling catheter (just below my belly button) and drain into a leg bag.  This blog relates to my experiences with accessible parking and toilets where people are doing the wrong thing. Accessible parking The law in South Australia makes it clear that you need a disabled…

Read More Read More

Travelling with a disability around Australia aka “buring the midnight oil”

Travelling with a disability around Australia aka “buring the midnight oil”

Why travel around Australia? I have paraplegia at the T3/T4 level, which is around the level of my chest, and therefore cannot use my body below my chest level.  Combined with chronic pain, this presents many problems when it comes to travelling, and this blog is about air travel.  My favourite band, Midnight Oil, announced they were reforming and setting out on a worldwide tour including the USA, Canada, South America, Europe, UK, and Australia.  I had to see them, as…

Read More Read More

Immersion Therapy™ with Determined2

Immersion Therapy™ with Determined2

It is difficult to exercise when you are paralysed from the chest down, but not impossible.  Once a week I attend Immersion Therapy™ with Determined2 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.  Immersion therapy™ is “a world first way in which people with injury or disability can have access to movement and benefits like never before”. I’ve attended the service for 18 months, and it has improved my physical and mental health, and I will now describe the whole process.  Madie, my…

Read More Read More

Chronic Pain and how I deal with it

Chronic Pain and how I deal with it

On September 11, 2009, I broke my spine, leg, ankle and collarbone, bruised my heart, as well as fracturing my sternum and ribs, and my head split open.  Although I don’t remember this, the only complaint I had a few minutes after the accident, was the pushing of towels on my head, to stop the bleeding.  Later in the evening, I was chatting with my friend Wendy, and she gave me the news that a tree hit me and had an…

Read More Read More

Is it ok to tell jokes about people with impairments?

Is it ok to tell jokes about people with impairments?

I love hearing jokes, including those from stand-up comedians. I briefly considered becoming a stand-up comedian, but I cannot stand up. So I contemplated being a stand-up sitting down comedian. That was a joke in case you didn’t notice it. Steady Eddy is an Australia comedian with cerebral palsy, and the basis for his comedy is his disability. If it is ok to joke about your disability, is it ok to joke about the impairments of other people? From my…

Read More Read More

Esther Simbi – disability doesn’t equate to inability

Esther Simbi – disability doesn’t equate to inability

Wheelchair John attended the “Wild Night in Australia” at Prospect Town Hall on the 30th of September 2017. It was a multicultural music and art night organised by the Divine Orchestra Music Ministry on the last Saturday of September each year. The goal is to create cultural awareness and competence in Australians and to allow migrants and Australians to blend and assimilate with each other. The night also supported vulnerable youth and other Australians by developing their music and art talents. The…

Read More Read More

Reflections on the 8 year anniversary of my accident

Reflections on the 8 year anniversary of my accident

It is not what happens to you. It is how you respond, and how others respond. On 11 September 2009, I supported my children, Jasmine and Ben, at their sports day at Cedar College, Northgate. A tree fell on me, and apart from a conversation with my friend, Wendy, I don’t remember the next few weeks. My spinal cord broke at the T3/T4 level (chest), and there were many broken and fractured bones, and a bruised heart. The damage to…

Read More Read More

Font Resize