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Sunday, November 20, 2005

John Campbell rocks

Congratulations to John Campbell for comforting a dying motorcyclist after he crashed at an Auckland intersection.

"Campbell jumped out of a passing taxi and held the hand of Piripi Pokaitarawikiriwhi, 29, as he died. The broadcaster was first on the scene of the crash in Grey Lynn a week ago. "

Piripi's family have thanked Campbell for his actions.

While I did not know Piripi, I would say its a fair bet a unionist for Unite would have been driven by compassion and a genuine desire to help others. While it is sad someone with so much to give lost their life so early, there is a nice synchronicity in that in his final moments he gained reassurance genuine compassion exists in this world.

It also appears Piripi may have been an honourary member of the Order of the Chicken. At one picket outside KFC in Balmoral he protested against youth exploitation and low wages dressed in a Chicken suit. This makes me wonder if this was the same famous chicken suit used by the Alliance in the King Country byelection, and even more ironically, send out to meet Jim Anderton in 2002 when the partyhopper refused to debate an Alliance candidate.

Often it is so hard to know what media personalities/politicians are really like in 'real life'. It's reassuring to know John Campbell is a decent compassionate human being.

Update: Fixed spelling of synchronicity, I went looking for a Police discography to check!

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At 5:08 PM, Blogger Comrade_Tweek said...

Full kudo's for John Campbell. He really is a decent human being.


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