It's what you do about it that counts.
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As I wrote back in July, he is also paralysed since he broke his back in 2010. Now Ross Whitaker has made a film about this extraordinary and extraordinarily decent man. It's just been launched to rave reviews in Dublin and is on show in Dublin's Lighthouse Cinema. If you can watch the trailer without being unmanned from the comfort of your sofa, then you can run down to the cinema and watch the full 90 minutes with other people: you have till next Thursday. If you live down the country, Mark and Ross have undertaken a punishing schedule of premiers in Killarney, Cork, Galway and Ballygobackward, many of them with Q&A sessions. Slightly longer trailer. It's also being shown at Garter Lane in Waterford on Tuesday 2000hrs with Mark and Ross and Simone, the female lead, in attendance and answering questions afterwards: about the film, robotic prosthetics, the zen of rowing and whatever you can think of. I know this is happening because I've been asked to m/c the Q&A. Mark can't chair his own session because he can't see the suits in the front row let alone the lads in the cheap seats at the back.
I'm sure Blobistas in Ukraine and Russia and USA and China and France can do something about getting the film to air local to them. How difficult can that be? A lot easier than walking with a broken back, mates.