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The fragility of life

July 29, 2016

I was shocked on Tuesday morning to hear the news of the passing of Nigel Feetham, he had recently had an helicopter crash, and was undergoing surgery and treatment at hospital, when he suffered from a suspected blood clot.

Nigel was a gentle giant, standing well over 6 feet tall and with a healthy build, he wasn’t someone you missed in a crowd.

He had a very friendly and kind nature and was a pleasure to be around.

I last saw him a couple of months ago, and as always he asked how my ‘Ju-jitsu’ was going.



These incidents bring home the fragility and preciousness of life.

It’s much easier to be negative and complain than to find enjoyment and appreciate our life.


I’m reminded of the Buddhist story of a man chased by a tiger, to escape he hurls himself over a cliff, dangling precariously on a vine, two mice appear and begin to chew through the vine, if the vine breaks he will fall to his death, if he climbs back up the tiger will eat him, at that moment he sees a ripe wild strawberry, and eats it proclaiming ‘this lovely strawberry how sweet it tastes’


Let us all fully appreciate our lives, treasure each day and enjoy the small pleasures in our daily lives.


Good bye ‘big Nige’ it was a pleasure to know you.


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