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The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Jan 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Jan 2013

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6 NT NEWS. Friday, January 4, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 4 -J A N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Cracking good yarns Theweird, wacky and different sit pride of place in a Territorians heart. If you stuck a cracker somewhere strange, found a corpse in your kitchen, or insisted that jetting to Alaska on the ratepayers dime is legit, chances are youve made the list NT News celebrates the Lord Mayors junket to Alaska Rex Verzeletti, 16, Stephen Williams, 32, Mick Keeley, 50, and Geoff Verzeletti, 50, are part of a crazy crew who spent months building a mega-tanker of a beer can boat. Charley Laver, 14, and Angie-Rose Verzeletti, 14, relax in the net spa. January 1: News leaks that the 80-year-old woman Katherine resident Ingrid Phillips who was missing for 48 hours, was out in the wild weather doing a spot of community service. Good old grandma was found weeding a drain a few hundred metres from home, grandson Josh Phillips said on Facebook. January 4: Former Darwin artist Alan Phillips withdrew from his retrospective exhibition in Victoria after Wodonga council staff took offence at a photo of a nude womans back and a collage critiquing the Catholic Churchs ban on condoms. January 17: Nude Sydneysiders were caught with bat in hand and balls swinging both ways in a Darwin hostel after a night on the turps on Sunday morning. The six blokes were booted out from the Youthshack Backpackers in Mitchell St after they were caught on camera reliving crickets greatest moments in the nude at 4am. January 21: Ghosts in a Territory city have spooked a family reunion after photos of the afternoon returned with a unexplained shadowy spectre in the images. When Janine Pilgrim, 47, downloaded the creepy Kodak moment of a family friend and three of the Barke men Troy, 25, Ray, 21, and Jarrod, 21 of Palmerstons Woodroffe, she was aghast. Its really spooky, she said. February 2: A dirty nappy stuck in a loo has been blamed for grounding a Qantas plane flying from Darwin to Brisbane after passengers noticed a strange smell wafting from the front. February 2: University of Tasmania researcher David Bowman says that theres only one way to control gamba grass in the Territory: bring in elephants. Or even rhinos. Or preferably both. February 11: Darwins highest profile homeless man has thrown his hat into the ring for the lord mayoral elections. Trevor The Rubbish Warrior Jenkins said he would give free massages to everyone and set up a boxfor-a-job system in Darwin if voted in to the job next month. I would set up a boxing tent, and if you stay in the ring with the lord mayor for five minutes you get a job offer or employment offer for kids at risk, offenders etcetera, he said. February 11: A Darwin man is convicted for managing to steal more than $2000 in electricity from Power and Water. The court heard the man used two magnets to alter the magnetic field in the electricity meter. February 12: Shih-tzu Molly has been revealed as the Territorys first canine genius. She was the first NT dog to sit the Dr Stanley Coren dog IQ test. Molly scored 39 out of a possible 40 to put her in the genius category over the eight tests that cover problem-solving, short term and longer short term memory tests, and language comprehension with ham inducements. February 23: Nudity complaints about Palmerston deputy mayor Geoff Carter have been labelled politically motivated by the man himself. Police are investigating a complaint against Mr Carter, 64, for being naked in his own Durack home. The mother who complained said she just wanted a normal neighbourhood for her kids. My youngest daughter told me that she needed new eyeballs, she said. She complained after the children recognised him on TV being interviewed after mayor Rob Macleod was found guilty of aggravated assault using a golf club. February 24: Territorians swell up in support of Mr Carters penchant for peeling off at home. Turns out, a lot of us like nuding up. February 27: Hopes that elephants would soon be roaming around the Outback have been dashed. The spoilsports at NT Natural Resource Management say Jumbo and his mates are not welcome and using elephants to control the invasive grass would be highly impractical and ecologically irresponsible. March 24: A bloke disguised as bait revived the art of planking when the Adelaide River, known for its jumping crocodiles, flooded last week. March 25: The Rubbish Warrior missed out becoming lord mayor at the council elections but came within a whisker of winning a ward seat as an alderman. March 27: Thousands of Territorians have taken up a bizarre sex craze called dogging, which involves taking their pooch for a walk as an excuse to have sex in a public place. More than 2300 Territorians are registered on the Dogging Australia website. March 28: A new scheme to make farming more green is looking at genetically modifying Territory cows so they burp and fart less. Meat and Livestock Australia wants to genetically modify cattle, sheep and goats so they fart up to 40 per cent less. April 17: Police amused Territorians when they said the chief of the new Rebels Darwin chapter was about as welcome as a cane toad. A few weeks earlier, a Rebels member had covered himself in glory by using his association with the gang to try to intimidate patrons on Darwins nightclub strip. He ended up in court. April 30: Two men dressed in nothing but the worlds most unflattering swimsuit the mankini were snapped riding motorbikes on Darwins Bagot Rd. Motorist Sam Coates described the sight as confronting. May 5: A doctor returned home from holidays to find a body had been stored in her kitchen for three days at room temperature. Its just one of a number of mortifying stories in an Ombudsman report about the handling of corpses in the bush where morgues either dont exist or dont work and no one is taking responsibility. May 6: The Federal Governments nuclear waste dump will have more problems than protesters. Muckaty Station, 120km north of Tennant Creek, is a hot spot for UFOs. Manager Ray Aylett said he had seen many unexplained things in the skies in the 16 years he has lived near where Canberra wants to build the dump. May 12: A British author caused outrage yesterday by offering a reward for proof that Peter Falconio is still alive. Keith Allan Noble arranged for posters to be stuck up in Alice Springs offering the equivalent of $40,000 for finding the backpacker. May 26: Convicted killer Bradley Murdoch is passing his time in prison by preparing a dune buggy for the Finke Desert Race. He is working on a car to be driven by prison officers. May 31: Darwin Council is planning a mega-junket to celebrate its links with Anchorage a city where the average top temperature is 6.3C. Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim and aldermen will travel 10,667km to spend three days in our Alaskan sister city, which has no trade or cultural links with the Territory. And Darwin ratepayers will foot the bill. June 2: Ms Fong Lim announces she will pay her own way on a sister city tour to Alaska but a council staffer and one member of the Anchorage Sister City Community Committee would still travel on the ratepayerfunded junket. 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