He’s an in­spi­ra­tion

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What a re­mark­able per­son Tom Over­stone was to sign up to be­come an or­gan donor aged 12 (“Life & Soul”, July 15-16). And what a tragedy to lose such a fine young man in a freak oc­cur­rence when he was only 17. Who would have thought that Tom’s self­less de­ci­sion would save the life of Ta­tiana when she was at death’s door? And who would think she’d later meet Tom’s fam­ily and that they would form a close friend­ship? Tom set a fine ex­am­ple for all who haven’t yet signed up to be­come or­gan donors to do so. Pe­ter Ralph Ash­bur­ton, Vic guest was in­sulted by the first half of her ar­ti­cle is stun­ning. And by her own ac­count, un­til she in­sulted him in writ­ing he was the per­fect guest. Paul Graziotti Dalkeith, WA Lynn Bar­ber’s hon­esty demon­strated the com­mon mis­align­ment of char­i­ta­ble needs and deeds. No doubt she had hon­ourable in­ten­tions, but what her story shows is the need for a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the sym­bi­otic ful­fil­ment be­tween the ca­su­alty of cir­cum­stance and the char­i­ta­ble provider. Once this is re­alised, both par­ties can ben­e­fit. Bruce Arm­strong Bud­erim, Qld So, one con­trived per­sona is sud­denly turned on its head – to be­come an­other con­trived per­sona but with self-de­scribed “mean­ing”. Real artists don’t feel the need to point to per­ceived vul­ner­a­bil­ity – it’s ev­i­dent in the mu­sic. If any­one is taken by Perry’s new “style” they’ve sim­ply swal­lowed a dif­fer­ent mar­ket­ing cam­paign. He­len Scheller Be­nalla, Vic

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