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A dead friend and his blog. PAUL SQUIRES gingatao

http://gingatao.com/

Before the universe I attest that Paul Squires was one of only a few people I have met throughout my entire life who engaged me with ideas, charmed me with humour, motivated me by example, and taught me what an authentic, inquisitive, reasoning, compassionate person could truly accomplish in the blink of an eye that is our lives here. I loved him as a brother, and I am so so sad.

I first met Squires when I was 18 (some 25 years ago). I had come down to Brisbane to go to uni, and he was also at the same uni. I had moved into the share-house he was in, and we shared others after that one.

A friendship. A special man.

Having got drunk with Squires many times, talking about writing, or philosophy, or football (soccer), or politics, anything and everything, this is what I think he would want people to do: be curious, challenging, and have a good time using your mind to explore and discover. The only other person I knew (and Paul knew him), to so consistently engage one with interesting and humorous conversation was Robert, my dead older brother.

Andrew.

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  1. The Querulous Squirrel said, on August 2, 2010 at 1:45 am

    So many of us have been affected, in so many ways, from so many places.

    • thecuriousmail said, on August 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

      Many many people come and go thru one’s life. Very few stay and have a lasting worthwhile influence. He did. I am happy for that. There is much he can be proud of, not the least that he had this positive effect on many people.

  2. Tina Trivett said, on August 5, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I’m so sorry Andrew. We’ll miss him so much.

  3. Gabrielle Bryden said, on February 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Ha! The famous Andrew, friend of McPaulus 🙂 A special man he was indeed – reading his comments on your blog is a bit like having him back again – but sadly no. I went to the same Uni – missed you both by a few years. Take care Andrew.

    • thecuriousmail said, on February 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      I wish I could figure life out

  4. sarah ott said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    i am just now reading this and just now realizing that paul s had passed away. very tragic. i will always remember his puzzle box and of course all his faithful words of encouragement.


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