Brendan Cox – In memory of Jo

July 21, 2017


British Labour MP for the constituency of Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, was murdered on June 16th, 2016 as she met with constituents. A campaigner and an active member of her community, Jo was a wife, daughter, sister and mother of two, and her death galvanised calls for a return to civility in political discourse.

“We have far more in common than what divides us.

– Jo Cox

“I don’t want to fixate on how Jo died, but how she lived.” 

– Brendan Cox

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Billy Monger: Back in the driving seat after racing accident

July 7, 2017

People supporting others, they’re the true inspiration

“People keep saying I’m the inspiration but I think all these people coming together to support someone, they’re the true inspiration.”

Billy Monger



“Sharing, supporting, informing,  enlightening,  encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”
enough there for now, c!
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Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog/comment and/or kind thought(s)

July 2, 2017


Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog/comment and/or kind thought(s)



I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (“zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at
in recent years …true!) …a few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a few years back.

Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me.

Sorry and hope you can understand.

* “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

~ Franz Kafka

I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

“As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
– craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

“Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
“Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
“Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
and you may even hit the stars.”
– craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

– as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
– c

“Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”


“If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or
Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well
that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper
who did his job well.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

“If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at


All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

“When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand


“I wish you well on a rainy day
I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
to remind you that happiness can happen
when you least expect it.

I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
to show you the simple beauty of life
and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

I wish you rainbows
I wish you well.”

– Larry S. Chengges

”Since I can never see your face,
And never shake you by the hand,
I send my soul through time and space
To greet you. You will understand.”

– James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)



“An Extraordinary Life”: The Young Kiwi Nurse

July 2, 2017



“Nurses are quiet heroes in comfortable shoes”



“Heroes are simply ordinary people, who find themselves in extraordinary situations and rise to the challenge of helping their fellow man… and so one person at a time, help make the world a better place for all.”




One of the biggest challenges brain injury survivors face when returning to work is a lack of understanding from their employers.

June 23, 2017

Living With Head (Brain) Injury

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One of the biggest challenges brain injury survivors face when returning to work is a lack of understanding from their employers.


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One of my biggest dilemmas/conflicts has been what (and how) to share with my potential employers, as it’s so hard for people (let alone many health professionals) to understand the full nature and effects, so complex,  of head/brain injury.


With experience, I found honesty (absolute) is always the very best policy!

Also see “But you don’t look disabled”


Incidentally. Headway UK were a great help to us with most helpful and valuable info in “the/our very dark days” of 1988/89 *

In the days before widely available “info” on the www.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“Sharing, supporting, informing,  enlightening, “entertaining”(??), encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”
enough there for…

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One American family’s mission to rescue civilians in Mosul

June 22, 2017

MOSul David Eubank

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One American family’s mission to rescue civilians in Mosul


David Eubank spent 10 years in the Army Special Forces. These days he’s an aid worker with a relief group he founded called the Free Burma Rangers.


“Ordinary people doing extraordinary things –

Shining a light in the darkest of places.”

light tunnel

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light in the darkness



“In the midst of darkness, light exists… and persists.”



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A man-made disaster: Inside South Sudan’s famine crisis with David Shearer

June 14, 2017

Sudan (south)



Also see Kiwi in a land of war and hunger from the NZ Herald

Headway Acute Trauma Support

June 6, 2017

New Zealand Red Cross in Sudan

May 20, 2017

A Young Kiwi Nurse


A Kiwi Red Cross nurse working in South Sudan has described the moment the hospital she’d been working in was hit by rockets and heavy gunfire.


“Ordinary” people making an extra-ordinary  difference, shining a light in a sometimes very dark world

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Bonhoeffer in China

May 18, 2017


An interview

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‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.Not to speak is to speak.Not to act is to act.’

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Shining a light in the darkness


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