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February 10, 2007

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Bob Telford

Brilliant, just briliant, and a timely reminder that we have a duty to encourage others to experience and enjoy what we enjoy, this last remaining arena of taking responsibility for oneself.
We must resist the culture of fear of liability that is destroying the continuity in passing on the fascination and skills from our generation to the next.
Those organisations such as Sea Cadets, and Sailing Clubs where kids would normally be able to gain first experience and learn, are finding it increasingly difficult to operate under the pressure of safety legislation, certificates of [in]competence and insurance.
We have to stand up and take responsibility and encourage others to understand and accept the nature of risk. Personally I would rather drown than be mangled to death in the backseat of a speeding car.

sarah w

What you describe is the essence of immortality. Those who have gone before are our lifeline to the spirits of all that has been before us. Death is not a risk of life, it is the inevitable. To learn, and pass on what we have been given is to fan the spark of eternity to a roaring flame, so that there may be a torch still to pass!

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