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Billy the Bus BS: The Paralympics (62* d) RE: BS: The Paralympics 03 Oct 04

G'day Penguin Egg,

Which species are you going to hatch into? I've spent a few hundred hours with Eudyptula minor (Little Blue) - you'll find your portrait halfway down the page. Now, as a bird, Little Blue Penguins are TOTALLY DISABLED since they can't fly (in air - but watch 'em in the water) - their anatomy doesn't let them work too well on land either. Those mates are as mad and ratted as Phil and Mark (above) some climb a mile inland to 1,000 ft altitude every night - in the breeding season.

Anyway... here's a couple or three yarns about "disbaled peop;e" I've spent time with over years - most at Outdoor Education Centres.

- we "talked" a heap of 'impaired' kids through a ropes course that any army would be proud of.

Hearing - my favourite recollection is of a 14 year old kid who climbed off the bus, and started plaing 'air guitar'. He was from the school's 'deaf unit' and had been with us the year before. That night he sat at my feet with his finger tips on the sound box of my guitar, so he could hear the music. Meanwhile one of his mates stood behind me to hold my whiskers back so he could 'watch my lips'. He did a damned good job of singing along.

Awww... there's more, but... You're right Shanbles we're all disabled in some way.

Cheers - Sam

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