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Panpa Bulletin : November December 2006
paper November--December 2006 PANPA BULLETIN | 13 YEAR IN REVIEW ment of hoons and jingos of all races and creeds converged on a few beachside suburbs in Sydney for a melee-sized game of British bulldog. Over the en- suing days, weeks and months, police checkpoints and gates appeared across the entrances to known trouble spots, es- pecially around Botany Bay. Helicopters hovered overhead, riot squad vans cruised the streets. Tabloid newspapers and current affairs shows and their peers at the shriller end of the radio industry had a field year over it all, as the lo- cal Middle Eastern and white communities fired shots across each other's bows -- and, occa- sionally, into each other. And, of course, there were the celebrities. Celeb- rity entrances -- especially celebrity daughters. Suri Holmes Cruise. Mia Cartwright Hewitt. Shiloh Jolie Pitt. At the top of the surprise ce- lebrity list come Todd Russell and Brant Webb, a pair of blokes from the tiny Tasmanian mining town of Beaconsfield, who set off for work one day in April and spent the next two weeks lying at a the bottom of a collapsed mineshaft. By the time of their miraculous rescue, media had descended on the mine site from all over the world. Amid the screams and shrieks of multimillion dollar book deals and appearances In April, Brant Webb and Todd Russell emerged into tumult after two weeks at the bottom of a mineshaft. continued page 14 Source: AAP images