Monthly Archives: February 2014

Every Emergency for the Price of One – Part 1

Sit down, on an uncomfortable chair without a headrest, inside a space no bigger than two widths of your body, turn the heater up to 30-degrees Celsius, task yourself with multiple, simultaneous and dynamic problems involving mental recall and hand-eye coordination, for three and a half hours, and call it fun.  This is what my...

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Fight AND Flight: Part 2

“Good luck!” - The two words that stood between my training and my life.  On an impeccable Brisbane summer’s day shortly after passing that black belt test (see previous post), I was about to wind up my third and last day of the school holiday flying training program run by the local flying school.  I...

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Fight AND Flight: Part 1

41-degrees Celsius, in an old school hall that smelt of old timber soaked in domestic cleaner, with the stillness of outside in the baking heat accentuated inside by the tin roof; I had to break this one inch board of wood with my heel in a spinning kick that followed the line of my head...
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The test tubes of life

I can still see the morning sun, still hear the birds chirping to the lizard running around, still smell the sweetness of the fresh morning air.  Compared to many I would consider myself very fortunate that the tests in my life have been relatively constrained.  Everyone has their own issues in life, present and past,...

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