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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday July 9 2015
2 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, July 9, 2015 www.times.co.nz Email email@example.com facebook.com/timesonlinenz ADVERTISING SALES Cynthia Paterson – Ph 271 8032, Botany South, Botany Junction, Flat Bush and East Tamaki Kelly Cooke – Ph 271 8026, Botany Town Centre Phoebe Sims – Ph 271 8029, Pohutukawa Coast and general enquiries Selina Chant – Ph 271 8068, advertising manager Classifieds – Ph 271 8055, firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS ROOM Farida Master – Ph 271 8047 – news editor Marianne Kelly – Ph 271 8045 – news editor Natalie Brittan – Ph 271 8097– news reporter Nick Krause – Ph 271 8040 – managing editor Wayne Martin – Ph 271 8065 – photographer DELIVERY QUERIES Emma Smith – Ph 271 8014, email@example.com PUBLISHED BY Times Newspapers Ltd, Level 1 The Lane, Botany Town Centre, 588 Chapel Rd, East Tamaki. 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Terms and Conditions apply, go online for details. 126194-V5 Providing radiology services to the greater Auckland region for more than 25 years. 10 branches across Auckland All patient bookings and enquiries: Phone 09 623 5870 www.radiology.co.nz 260 Botany Rd Howick OPEN: 7 days 8:30am-10pm No ACC surcharge on most exams X-ray Mammography Ultrasound CT 128223 CHAPEL • RECEPTION LOUNGE • OFFICE For personal, professional service to all districts at all hours 35 Wellington St Howick Ph 534 7300 www.howickfuneralhome.nz 128336-V4CAR0723-V6 EVERYDAY BEEF, LAMB PORKANDCHICKEN PRICES SLASHED! POINT TO PONDER Do you have a definite plan in your life? Challenging the theory of going with the flow, Sir Ray Avery nudged students and teachers to have a rethink FARIDA MASTER MYENTIRE life has been a series of beautiful accidents. They call it serendipity. Or is it synchronicity? I’ve always believed in chance meetings and amazing coincidences that chart our life path and open up new vistas. Who would have thought that a cell phone being stolen by school kids at precisely the same address where the Times office stands, would have got me this job? The circle of life is fascinating and has always led me to go with the flow—till now. Last week after listening to Sir Ray Avery’s incredible story as part of the `Believe You Can, dream team’ at the Botany Down’s Secondary College where he inspired students to start planning their lives, has made me rethink the core philosophy of life. The internationally- recognised social entrepreneur known for using technology to help the down-trodden in underdeveloped countries said that he has precisely 4775 days left on this earth. And a definite plan to go with it. While he spoke about what he calls his `Tiger Woods’ days, where he dated as many girls as he could without getting caught, hesaidhisplanat16wastobe rich and get as many women to love him since he had been deprived of it as an orphan. The plan of dating a different girl in every county in England didn’t go very far. He met with a terrible accident whilst rushing on his motorcycle from one date to another. Everything came crashing down as all his girlfriends later turned up at his hospital bed. The rest is best forgotten. Except for the insatiable desire to impact lives in a positive way. Sir Ray Avery was determined not to be a product of his circumstances but of the decisions he made. He was driven to introduce low cost medical devices for those who couldn’t afford it. I asked him how does one calculate the days of our lives? He simply said there are lot of programmes on Google where you are asked a load of questions on your lifestyle and other habits, after which they come up with the number of days you have left on this planet. He stressed that one shouldn’t just live by kinetic energy and go with the flow but instead create a plan that makes every day count. You can’t do it unless you have a definite goal in mind. Looking at the long list of Sir Avery’s achievements and the way he has impacted millions of lives made me wonder if the theory of going with the flow worked vis-à-vis that of being a race horse or a marathon runner with the single-minded determination of reaching the winning post. It needs ambition, discipline, deep-rooted hunger and the fierce urgency of ‘now’, amongst other attributes. As they say, when you want something badly, the whole universe conspires to make it happen. It’s obvious that Sir Avery doesn’t have the fear of death but that of not having lived fully. COMMENT Are you the driver of your destiny or a product of your circumstance? We’d love to hear it: firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/ timesonlinenz text bot (space) your message to 875 Are you the driver of your Plastic found in a muffin A LOCAL woman got a fright halfway through eating her store bought muffin last week when she found a chunk of plastic embedded in it. The woman who would prefer to remain anonymous says she had purchased a pack of muffins from Pak’nSave Botany and began picking at one with her fingers when she discovered the plastic. “It wasn’t what I expected, I thought maybe it was something that was supposed to be in there but it wasn’t,” she said. Upon returning to the store, she was met with a very apologetic staff member who explained that it was an accident during the manufacturing process and the plastic had come from the packaging of the muffin mix. She was reimbursed the cost of the muffins as well as being offered a new freshly baked pack. The woman said she had shopped at Pak’nSave Botany regularly and this would not stop her from returning again. Pak’nSave Botany said it had never happened before and measures such as re-training staff had been taken to ensure it wouldn’t happen again.
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