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(generated from captions) over 200 km/h. He's just

returned home to Canberra after

another extraordinary test of

climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with endurance. He and his sister

a camera and they share their

pictures with us for the first

time. I met him on the top of

our own Mount Ainslie, I drove

up there but that would have

been far too easy for

the 24 hours before our

interview Michael Milton had

undergone intensive Paralympic

training near the Queensland

border, driven 15 hours back to

Canberra, been for 130

kilometre bike ride and was now

powering up Mount Ainslie for a

Stateline interview - no

problem. Hi there. How you

going? Philip Williams,

Stateline, how are you? Nice to

meet you. You're barely out of

breath have you just come up?

I don't know about that. That's

incredible what you've just

done up this hill. Ainslie is a

fun little hill. It is a good

city climb. We call this Mount

Ainslie, it is barely a bump

compared with Michael Milton's

latest adventure, climbing

Africa's latest peak Mount

Kilimanjaro? I climb a

mountain to go through what it

is like to go through the

experience of going up the

mountain, to learn about myself

to learn about my own physical

abilities and limits. I chose

Kilimanjaro because it was a

mountain you could hike, it

didn't require tech any skills

that I don't have and because

of its altitude. It is one of

the highest mountains in the

world at 5,895 metres they're

the reasons that I chose it.

With my sister, on summit night

she actually left about an hour

before I did. She wasn't in the

best condition, she had some

problems with altitude

sickness. I don't know what it

is about altitude and emotion

but um, it certainly can get to

you. The one person I haven't

really mentioned so far on this

trip has been my sister, Jenny.

I have a lot of respect for

what Jenny did on the mountain,

the way that she really dug,

deep, deep into herself to find

the energy to get to the summit

and do what she did given the

physical condition she was in

was an amazing inspiration for

me and to be able to share that

with her, to be able to go

through that, particularly that

day. How do you feel? The

hardest thing I've ever done in

my life. I think sharing that

experience with my sister, I

think we've had a fairly

typical relationship in many

ways we fought like cats and

dogs as teenagers as we mature

more we respect each other and

know each other very well and

being in an environment like

that that is very very different and also very very

tough. It means you have to

lean on somebody else and I

think being able to lean on

each other when either of us

was having difficulty or needed

that support really did deepen

our relationship. It's nice to

be up here. # # # #

I guess you can tell it means

a lot to me to be here to be

able to set a challenge, to be

able to climb the mountain, to

be able to go through the

process with my sister who

really had to slog it out even

harder than I did.Jen, come


Your attorney to cry on

camera. I still believe there

is something deeper in me, I

still believe there is more

energy reserves there some

where and I look forward to

really pushing the limit and

finding that limit, doing

something in the future. We

look out before us here and

this is your city, this is

where you grew up, as a little

boy did you ever contemplate,

did you ever dream the big

dreams that you've turned into

reality? I guess I had goals

that I thought about as a

child. Most of them were to do

with skiing, that's was my

passion, what I loved to do and

still love to do. Winning

Paralympic gold medals and

being on a world stage those

sorts of things were dreams I

certainly had. I guess as you

become more mature you learn

about goal-setting processes,

you learn about your own

physical abilities and I think

I've certainally taken what I'm

doing a long way past my dreams

as a child.

Dreams that could not have

included visiting a refugee

camp that's being support ed by

Ausaid. The whole camp runs on

a dollar per person per day,

that is a dollar not just

covering food and water but

drilling bores, education,

hospitals everything is covered

by a dollar a day. One toch

touching scenes of the whole

Kilimanjaro walk afterwards was

when you were playing

soccer? At the regee camp we

visited there was a bit of

sport going on, it was a great experience to see the passion

of the people for sport and

even though, you know, they're

struggling to find enough to

eat they still find the energy,

some where to run around a

paddock and kick a soccer ball

and that was really cool. And

you scored a goal. I kind of

scored a goal. It came down to

a penalty shootout, I think the

goalie might have been treating

me nicely.

Apart from the upcoming

Paralympic Games, an attempt on

the Australian speed skiing

record at 212 km/h and walking

the Kakoda trail there is

another mountain that awaits. I

would love to go to the

Himalayas, my whole life has

been dedicated to mountains,

starting off going down them,

down them really fast and now

going up them as well. There is

definitely attractions in going

to the biggest mountains in the world. Everest? Everest is

something that I don't have the

experience or the background or

the knowledge to know if it is

possible as a goal or not . I

need to be realistic about what

I'm dog and hopefully in couple

of years I can have the

experience and the background

to say yes, let's do it or no

that's just suicide and

hopefully I have the mental

capacity to be realistic about

what is possible. As someone

everests already, who has conquered a lifetime of

congratulations and we look

forward to seeing results of

your next incredible

adventure. Thank you.

Absolutely extraordinary

energy. Now, Sam Walker makes

cakes for the farmers 'markets

but of course there's much more

to her than that otherwise we

wouldn't be dog this story.

Nostalgic for a bygone era, a

kitchen that is always as warm

as her freshly baked cakes, a

mum that gives great cuddleses

and thinks life is about community then you should get

along to the farmers 'markets

and meet her. We found life

even richer than her

cakes. About 20 years ago I

started getting interested in

my food, I was dog a degree at

ANU and studying visionary

studies and I loved that it was

great. I wanted something

practical to do with my time. I

started cooking to earn some

money so I could live while I

was at university. This struck

a chord with me it occurred to

me it was great. It occurred to

me it could be a job for me. I

started to go with food and

that's where I started. A great

job to do, I had four children

and the food and the cooking

has been able to weave in and

out of my life when I want a

job, one comes along and that's

very nice. To tell you the

truth there is not a lot of

effort that needs to go into

food. The trick about good

cooking is good shopping. If

you can go and buy good quality

ingredients and start, how long

did that take - no time at all

to cook a cake, people think it

is scarer than it is. I

encourage everybody to give it

a go. You'll find it is really


I love the farmers 'markets.

It is how we should all be

shopping. This is a good

opportunity to have social

connections. People talk to me,

they want to know what's in the

food. I talk to other growers

about the vegetables picked yesterday. We know the history

of our food. It's an important

thing, we're not just buying it

from a supermarket chain but

we're buying it from someone

who this food has meant

something to. I had someone who

I ran into the street who is a

customer from the market just

the other day and she said I

wake up on Saturday morning

with a smile on my face, that

made me so happy. That's how I

feel about it. You don't do

that when you go to the

supermarket, you don't wake up

with a smile on your face

because the farmers 'market is

different. The food is

fantastic, the quality of the

food is fantastic, the price is

good, that doesn't make her

wake up with a smile on her

face, what makes her wake up

with the smile on her face is

she's coming out having

interaction with people and

positive experience with her

shopping, an unusual thing in

this day and age.

Every Wednesday we have

cooking classes at North Ainslie primary school. The

children come in and really

enjoy it. I enjoy it. We don't

do anything really complicated

they really enjoy it. Very

simple recipe s, we have 45

minutes, we want them to eat

something or have a gift for

something. We do something

simple or quick. Wash your

hands first, did you wash your hands? No. Go over to the sink

and the girls will help you

wash your hands. It was a bit

lumpy last time. Grab one piece

of dough. Soft with the rolling

pin. You may even be able to do

your name if you have a short

name. Perfect. Brilliant. How's

yours going? Rolling is fun,

isn't it? Anyone seen the

letter A? Here we are. What

about the people who have been

doing the pastry who can swap

with the people doing the

orange juices so you get a

chance to have a go. You better

keep going guys. How do you

spell it, ? EAT.

We'll all have a glass of

orange juice and a

biscuit. Want some? My mum

makes lots of, well, cakes. We

really felt that the kids

needed something to do at lunch times, particularly with the

kids with autism, they find the

launch times hard. If you're

autistic, you have social

issues, communication issues

and sensery issue, the

playground can be a nasty

place. It has always been

lovely, no-one has ever got

into trouble. It is not a

special environment. All they

want them to do is have fun and

enjoy themselves and respect

each other. In my family

Daniel's autism is a small part

of our life, it isn't a big

problem unless his needs are

not met and it becomes a very

important part of our life and

everything falls apart. We keep

him happy and our life is

great. Well done, excellent.

When I went to this conference

in Melbourne, the women who I

was talking toing very

intelligent, both autistic, if

I hadn't the chance again I not

choose not to be autistic. I

don't want him to be different.

It grieves me that the attitude

of the system is often let's

fix this problem, let's make

them like us. That's not what I

want I want him just like he

is, thank you.

There's an A - it wasn't xabt

chully the food that struck me

but the social interactions I

had with people. As I went

along I realised food is really

important as far as the

connections that are made

between people. This goes back

in history as a very very long

time. Food has been part of the

celebrations, it is important,

birthday cakes, Christmas time

or the really important times

in people's lives, food plays

an important part.

Looks delicious and you can

say hello to Sam at the next

farmer's market. Ben Sticpewich

is a teacher at Erindale

college. He's played to the

Australian troops in Baghdad

and is a champion air

guitarist, now he's in his

Jesus year he's spreading his

rock'n'roll gospel to an

entirely new generation. Emma

Renwick produced this

story. Are we ready to

rock? Yes. I was walking around

with a mad guy with his hair

down to his butt and ties it in

a knot and wou he teaches drama

and music those are my

favourite classes. There is to

law against having long hair

and there isn't actually a

specified dress code on paper I

look pretty good. I think the

teaching profession is slowly

changing, the new teachers

coming through very quickly in

the next two or three years as

almost half of the teaching

profession will retire will be

probably some of them might

look a bit more like me. Oh

man, that hair, see this is -

two years. I'll let it out for

you. Two years, see that I

don't now know how long that

took, man, that's ancient,

that's an achievement in its

own. For me, rock, hair,

yes. My mum loves him, she

reckons he's great she's met

him a couple of times she

thinks he's good. My mum's

exact words about Ben is that

guy should get a hair cut he's

a hippie. The first times I

enter staff rooms at college

they might think I'm a student.

I definitely get looks. I

suppose I'm some what of an

outsider in this environment

and that's really my whole

approach to teaching is that

I'm not really a teacher. See

if you can pull it off from

there... Last year I started at

Melrose High school of rock for

students who are at risk,

didn't want to be at school.

After putting them in a band we

rehearsed up a scong, played at

the school social, it was

fantastic, the kids were crowd

surfing, mosh pit mayhem. The

comment was well we have

something to come to school

for. And obviously they're

engaged in something relevant,

an activity that interests them

and have fun dog. Along the way

they learn skills of how to do

stuff It's hard to not be his

friend as well as a student of

his because as he's teaching

you you just get along with him

very well. He knows how to act

differently with different

people. He dun't treat everyone

on the same level as I'm going

to speak to you and everyone

the exact same way. Some of the

things they said brought tears

to my eyes but the friendship

isn't like a friendship between

two students. I still maintain

a professional relationship

with the students and when I

need to say things to them I

will say things to them. I will

no longer be their friend. But

I don't see why you can't get

along, build rapport, and it

makes a huge difference because

I have all these kids that will

do anything for me now. I've seen students that aren't very

social that come into the class

and he's helped them and now

they're doing this type of

stuff and they're really

enjoying it. I think teaching

is definitely the best thing

that's ever happened to me. To

put that in perspective. I'm

flying into Baghdad airport in

the cockpit of a Hercules C 130

sitting next to angry Anderson

on my way to play lead guitar

with him in 2003/2004 to

entertain the Australian troops

in Baghdad. As we go into the

airport the missile alarm goes

off. I could hear what the crew

was saying and they weren't

happy. We went into evasive

procedures flying all over the

place like a rollercoaster.

Angry turned to me and said,

this is the real thing, we're

going to die. He has excellent

stories. If you ask him,

somebody his age seems to have

more life experience than a lot

of 40 or 50-year-olds I've ever

spoken to.

I was at a wedding, having a

bit of a boogy. I noticed he

was doing air guitar moves and

he was pretty good. I got

carried away and let rip.

afterwards, when we recovered

we were having a chat and he

was telling me, you've got good

air guitar moves have you ever

thought of entering the

competition, he told me I would

have a shot at the title if I

did that. So I thought I might

just do is really mime,

so air guitar works perfectly

in music and drama, it is the

ultimate crossover for those

two subjects really. Kids love

it. When you see The Breakfast

Club you will see how I managed

to work air guitar into the

show. The good thing about The

Breakfast Club is while there

is high energy rock, live rock

band on stage there is also

very quiet intro spective

moments so it's a really good

way to explore that world that

happens under the level of

aware ness of parents and

teachers. Once we turn away

kids change. The whole basis of

my approach to pedagogy is can

be summed up with these

letters, WWYDT - it stands for

why would you do that? It is a

question you can ask at any

time to bring the students

awareness back to why are they

doing what they're doing. I

think that focussing the

student's awareness inside of

themselves and in their own

heads so they can shine a torch

inside there and see what's

going on is probably the best

thing I can give a student. Ben

doesn't just teach up here he

teaches here as well. It's a

link between things, he's

taught me a lot of life lessons

as well as music lessons. Yeah,

it's good.

My teachers were never that

much fun. If you aren't

inspired yet you're hard to

please, so try this, three

gardens will be opened for inspection this weekend as part

of the open garden scheme.

Nothing unusual about that.

These three are in Duffy and

devastated by the fires. Both

the gardens and gardeners have

fought back and flourished.

Aaron Hage and Ian Cutmore shot

and produced this story.

The bushfire has completely,

you know, changed the community

in many ways the original

community, but at the same time

it was probably one of the

worst areas hit, there's been a

strong sense of community and

getting together, particularly

the people who were here and

who have rebuilt. There's a

sense of continuity, a sense of

belonging, continuity in that

there are aspect s of a garden

that you could keep and plants

you could keep and building

material like blocks and bricks

that I could retain. The bbq

area has stayed and arch way

and things like that. That gave

me an opportunity then to start

building up and so I didn't

actually, I haven't actually

got a new garden, as I said. I

have a re constructed garden or

a res sur rekted garden from

the past. That's a heeling

process, it's sort of like the

body of the garden was broken

but the body has been mended

and healed and lives again.

There seems to be a bit of a

theory round lately out of the

ash we there is a lot of

potassium which has helped the

plants to grow. At the same

time I have a garden which was

far better than what I had


I, after the fars, friends and

relatives were helping me go

through the Ashes and scav en

dge and work on what whatever

we could get out of the fires.

There were some things that

weren't able to be used that I

didn't really want to lose

either. For me I needed some

sort of memory of the past and

a tangible memory. There are

other memories for me such as

trees and shrubs, for others

there is an opportunity to look

at something and say, well, you

know, it's a reminder, it's a

memorial and a reminder. It

will always be a reminder for


Through the sort of a tragedy

and all the destruction there's

been this very very positive

process which has enabled me to

go forward and I will be able

to continue with the forward


And three Duffy gardens

featured in that story. Ross

White's garden is in Burrendong

Street, the Cornish garden is

in Tarago Place and the o conel

garden is in Eildon Place. They

are open Saturday and Sunday.

David Reid is an acome

accomplished cinemaing to

grapher and pilot. He flew the

come - plane and the camera at

the same time. Here are his

holiday snaps from North

America. Until next week,

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