Great Get Together Goes Global #MoreInCommon

Beyond the Flow

Lately, I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed by the latest terror attacks in the UK, which as we all know too well, are simply the latest chapters in a much longer story. Despite believing in the power of the pen to overcome the sword and in the power of the individual to change the world, or at least influence the world around them, I am starting to doubt. These attacks are so random and unpredictable and the victims ordinary people…it’s all becoming quite impossible to fathom.

Coffee french

For those of you who have been following my blog for some time, you’ll know that I’ve been part of a global blogging group 1000 Voices for Compassion, which started up after the attacks on Paris. However, I’d already been speaking out against terrorism  following the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in the Ukraine and the Lindt Cafe Siege in Sydney. Journalists covering…

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6 thoughts on “Great Get Together Goes Global #MoreInCommon

  1. Rowena

    Thanks you very much for the reblog. It’s been great to meet you and be part of this global extension of Jo Cox’s work.
    Best wishes,

      1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

        No problem, Rowena. My username can be a little confusing. It stems from the second guide dog I owned, who was called Drew, and I use it in memory of her. Best wishes, Kevin

      2. Rowena

        I can’t imagine the relationship you have with your dog. Most dog owners have very strong relationships with their dogs but it must go to another level for you. Friends of mine recently cared for a guide dog pup. They really enjoyed it and it’s raised awareness of guide dogs among our friends too. How long have you been using a dog for? My Great Aunt was legally blind. She had worked in a chromite factory during WWII and the chemical damaged her eyes and she ended up with patchy vision. So, she could see your head but not your feet for example. I caught a plane with her as her companion and she was very quick to hold onto the arm of a male steward. She also used to play blind cricket for Australia. She and my grandfather used to send each other casettes through the mail instead of letters. That takes me back. I don’t know whether you’ve read that I have disability issues myself. I have hydrocephalus and an auto-immune disease which attacks your muscles and in my case, my lungs as well. I have a disabled parking permit and no doubt you would relate to my struggles trying to walk along decaying footpaths. I can have quite a lot of trouble walking on footpaths and yet am currently able to dance in a studio. It’s all a bit hit and miss.
        Over the last couple of years, Australia has introduced the National Disability Insurance Scheme and I’m finally getting the support and encouragement I need. NDIS also represents a huge shift in attitude towards disability…much more positive.
        Anyway, it’s getting late so I’d better head off.
        Best wishes,

      3. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

        Hi Rowena,

        Yes I have had an incredibly strong relationship with all of my guide dogs. My present dog, Trigger has been with me since 4 July 2011 and is a lovely, brindle/lab retriever. Being an assistance dog he goes practically everywhere with me, including the office, restaurants and, of course the pub! I was interested to read about your aunt, especially the fact that she played blind cricket for Australia, which is quite an achievement. Did she use braille? I am 48-years-old and when I was growing up braille was the main means of communication for those who couldn’t read magnified/large print or Moon books. I learned to use braille from about 5-years-old and also listened to many spoken word cassettes. I still have quite a collection of braille books, but much of my reading now is done using the Text to Speech facility on my Kindle. As with your aunt, I have some vision. I can see outlines but not detail. So, for example if a friend where to walk past I would discern their outline but wouldn’t be aware that it was a friend unless they spoke to me. I’m glad that the position of disabled people in Australia is improving. Here in the UK we have the Equalaties Act which makes it illegal to discriminate against people on the grounds of disability, race, sexual orrientation etc. There are also non means tested benefits which can be paid to people with certain disabilities which means that a disabled person (irrespective of their means) can receive money due to being disabled. I have family just outside Perth but have never visited Australia (my uncle and his wife moved there many years ago but come back to the UK from time to time to visit). I look forward to reading your posts. Kevin

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