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Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012



Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday, December 23, 2012. Sunday Territorian. 13 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:23-DGE:13 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K BOXING DAY SALES visi t an y of t hese specialits stores to bag yourself bargain Get dow n to J ape Homemaker Village on Boxing Day & MAXI INTERNATIONAL TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE Down to Earth The Vacuum and Cleaning Specialists 356-366 Bagot Road, Millner Ph: 8923 1188 Massive Savings / Convenience & Variety sundayterritorian.com.au NEWS Speared in ear by a garfish By PETER MICHAEL A BRISBANE mum has suffered hearing loss after she was speared in the ear by a rogue garfish. Julie Fison, 46, was swimming chest-deep at Port Douglas in September when the garfish leapt up and plunged a 2.5cm barb into her eardrum. Mrs Fison, a childrens adventure book writer, is still recovering from surgery. It was excruciating. It hit me hard enough in the head to make me collapse and bleed out of my ear, the mother of two said. She was left with facial palsy, unable to smile or blink on one side of her face for more than a month after the barb perforated the eardrum and penetrated a facial nerve near her brain. It took three hours of surgery at Cairns Base Hospital to remove the barb. She has since made numerous trips to ear specialists, physio sessions, an ophthalmologist and now a speech therapist. It is believed Mrs Fison is the first person in Australian medical history to be speared in the ear by a tiny garfish. Eighteen-year-old triplets Becky, Rachel and Jessie Robins have just graduated from Katherine High School Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Triplets path set to part By NICOLE MILLS THESE triplets might look similar but their ambitions are very different. Jessie, Rachel and Becky Robins, 18, graduated from Katherine High School this year. They plan to move to the Sunshine Coast in February and try to save some money before deciding which course they will apply for. But Rachel said they already know that their futures will take them on separate paths. Becky prefers outdoor and sport stuff, whereas Jessie prefers makeup and hair, she said. I dont mind either. Im kind of in the middle. Although the sisters are still looking into their options, the girls preferred career paths show their differences. Jessie hopes to work in music or beauty, Becky wants to be a personal trainer and Rachel plans to become a nurse. The girls, who live with their mum Ally Thompson, rarely fight and agree that they have a very close relationship. Becky said the toughest year of her school life was made easier because the triplets went through it together. There were always two people there for you, she said. I loved it. I wouldnt change it for anything. For more information on this years NTCET results, in cluding interviews with the top three students and top indigen ous student, see todays liftout

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