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Nowhere safe

Horrible things are happening right now. Open the website of Sydney Morning Herald and see for yourself. There’s a failed assassination plot directed towards Barrack Obama, there’s the Hudson family murders and a brutal home invasion that ended in the death of a student.

The last piece of news hits closer to home. The girl who was killed at the home invasion had been attending the University of Sydney Foundation Program at Taylors College, Waterloo. The exact same course at the exact same college where I studied in 2003 to 2004.

According to the news, the girl and her boyfriend–both students at the college jumped off their balcony, naked. The boyfriend is critically injured but he survived. The home intruder got into their apartment after following their friend who was buzzed in by them into their apartment building. The intruder held a knife to their friend’s throat and ordered her to take him to the victim’s apartment who had left the door open for her.

What’s worse is that according to the news, their apartment was at McEvoy street, very very close to Taylors College, located in Bourke Street. I lived in the dorm in Bourke Street for one year and had always heard stories being told by my friends how unsafe the area is around the dorm.

Knowing that the girl had just started the Foundation course, it can be assumed that she had not been in Australia for a long time. I just kept thinking, it could have been me and my friends. Those people from Taylors College better be installing some sort of security measurements at the dorm.

My heart really goes out to the family of the girl. I can’t imagine how they feel, sending their daughter to study overseas, housing them in a secure apartment block near to college and then being informed that their daughter was killed in her apartment block. Who would have thought?

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Rich and creamy chocolate… poo.

Poo, picture courtesy of Shelikescute.com

Poo, picture courtesy of Shelikescute.com

One word of advice: If you’re craving for a bowl of delicious chocolate ice cream, don’t go to the Coogee Bay Hotel, because they might just serve you…poo.

Yes, it’s sick and disgusting. According to the news, a family went to the hotel and was served a complimentary bowl of ice cream after making a few complaints to the staff, which turned out to contain human excrement.

Jessica Whyte spoke to the Herald and said, “There were four scoops including vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut. At the bottom, there appeared to be chocolate. Greedily, I went for it ahead of the kids. Thank heavens I did. The stench, the taste … I spat the food into a napkin and immediately I was sick.”

Mrs. Whyte got violently ill afterwards. Apparently, they did an independent testing of what the thing was and the results showed that it contains similar properties to human faeces! The hotel tried to buy off the family with $5000 (WHAT!?! she ate poo!)…and the Whyte family refused. They demanded $1mil hush money, which I think is fairly reasonable.

This is interesting and I’m curious as to how the state government will handle this, especially since the NSW Food Authority had just released their new ‘Name and Shame‘ legislation.

Oh and the Coogee Bar Hotel… ranks second in Police’s list of 100 most violent pubs in NSW. Talk about quality.

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Safety is Golden.

Golden Gate Bridge. Picture courtesy of: VisitingDC.com

According to the news, they have just recently installed a suicide safety net at the Golden Gate Bridge. 1300 people have leapt to death on the bridge since it opened in 1937, more than anywhere else in the world.

Do people actually travel all the way there just to leapt?

Can’t say more…very sensitive issue.

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