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Barely a week after the funeral of popular teenage sports star Jack Foy - who died after a shade sail accident in Hastings, Victoria - four teenagers have suffered suspected spinal injuries after falling four metres from a shade sail they had been sitting on.

Neighbours of the park in Burwood, New South Wales, reported hearing voices in the park around 2 am on Sunday, and speculated that a hole had been burned in the sail by a cigarette lighter, before paramedics were called to the scene at 3.07am.  Park neighbour Sajid Abdul said ‘I heard some sounds like girls and boys chatting… I heard screaming sounds.’

The incident comes only weeks after thirteen year old Jack Foy died after falling through a shade sail atop which he and team-mates had been celebrating a cricket victory at Hastings Westpark Primary School.  A huge crowd gathered at the service last Friday, where Jack’s football uniform was displayed, and Rev. John O’Shea said that Jack had ‘already left his mark in his two short years at secondary school.’

Shade sails came to prominence in Australian schools after comedian Chris Lilley’s character Ja’mie King in the ABC television series Summer Heights High complained of a lack of shade during a transfer from an exclusive private school to public school Summer Heights High.  The craze of climbing on shade sails is also evident in heartfelt tributes left to seventeen year old Gemma Thoms on the PerthNow website: ‘…remember that night that we got pissed and went out with your mate Shane and went to Garden City and climbed up the poles to run a muck (sic) on the shade sails and got all cuts and bruises all over us, then we got busted by the security guard and we gave them false names(?)’


 
Posted By Dann
A second earthquake has shaken Melbourne and parts of Victoria. The earthquake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, struck at 4.30pm yesterday, and came twelve days after an earthquake of similar size was felt in the same area.

Ten News said that ‘terrified office workers reported computer screens vibrating on desks, and ornaments falling from shelves.’

Closer to the epicentre, which Clive Collins from Geoscience Australia says was in a similar location to the last earthquake, the publicans of Korumburra described what they felt. John Beardsworth of the Austral Hotel said that the earthquake felt like a truck driving past the hotel. ‘It puts the shivers up me a bit,’ Mr Beardsworth said.

Chris Corr of the Korumburra Middle Hotel said that ‘it felt like there was a strange beast crawling across the roof.’ On the contrary, a Melbourne resident who wished only to be known as ‘Simon’ said that he had not felt the latest earthquake. ‘But, by God, I heard all about it,’ Simon recalled.

At the Herald Sun website, public reaction to the earthquake prompted arguments. ‘You Melbourne people are always real quick to crittersize Moe and the Valley,’ said Joey of Moe. ‘But I don't hear any sympathy when we are much closer to the eppycentre of these earthquakes than you.’

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Captain Boomerang(DC Comics)

Celebrity Korumburra resident and super villain Captain Boomerang is yet to comment.


 
Posted By Dann
An earthquake which was felt by Melbournians across a 100km radius was one of three to hit Australia in one day, seismologists from Geoscience Australia have said. The tremor struck at 8.55pm yesterday, and measured 4.6 on the Richter scale, with an epicentre in Korumburra, home to the Coal Creek heritage park.

Emergency services reported receiving numerous calls, however a spokesperson stated that they are unable to prevent geological events.

Korumburra resident James Carter described the horror as books fell from the shelves in his house.

While Geoscience Australia reported that this was Melbourne’s most significant earthquake in 36 years, a ‘mystery rumble’ shook the earth in the early hours of February 2, 2005, when tabloid favourite mX employed numerous clichés to report that ‘the earth moved in mysterious ways for thousands of Melbournians about 3am today with reports of deep rumblings in suburbs from Melton to Mitcham and Seaford to Cranbourne.’

In that instance, experts reported no seismic activity, with possible explanations for the shaking ranging from sonic booms from passing aircraft to lightening strikes. Radio 3AW caller ‘John’ suspected his house had come under attack by angry ghosts. ‘It’s a solid brick building,’ John said. ‘It took a hell of a lot to shake it.’


 

 

 
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