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Prison break reveals lack of literary depth at the Canberra Times.

By johnboy 12 December 2008 27

The Canberra Times has what could have been a short piece on a Belconnen Remand Centre inmate (or are we meant to call them a “resident” these days?) caught trying to tunnel to freedom.

The story is significantly padded by references to the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”. As if that movie is the only prison break recorded in popular culture.

Anyone want to suggest other famous tunneling prison breaks for future reference? Both fictional or historical are fine.

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sunshine 5:30 pm 16 Dec 08

hehehe how embarrassing for them – the police discovered it, NOT the custodial officers

astrojax 12:14 pm 15 Dec 08

sorry to be a three-post nutbag, but wasn’t howard jones a bad-haired eighties popster with nik kershaw? surely, an appropriate new career..?

astrojax 12:12 pm 15 Dec 08

ooh, and i liked this bit:

Superintendent of Custodial Operations Howard Jones said he expected charges of attempting to escape lawful custody to be laid against the prisoner.

how do they know this ‘resident’ was trying to escape – maybe he was digging a tunnel to let someone else in? what, with canberra’s tight rental market and all…

astrojax 12:09 pm 15 Dec 08

ian mcewan’s ‘the innocent’ is all about tunnelling, though not to escape; sort of.

was also going to shout out to hogan’s heroes – but i know nu-think!

(and the black pudding’s very black today, mother. even the white bits are black.)

poptop 2:42 am 13 Dec 08

Libby Prison Tunnel Escape
Silvio Porto Tunnel Escape
Island Farm Tunnel Escape

As we are including POW camps, I think the tunnels under the Berlin Wall probably count too.

But the Canberra Time could learn much from Esquire Magazine, which provides a “How they almost did it” slideshow for the Kinross Prison Tunnel Attempted Escape.

utah 12:22 am 13 Dec 08

The Wooden Horse at Stalag Luft III wasn’t bad, either:

Thumper 6:15 pm 12 Dec 08

It were always raining on Denley Moor, ‘cept when it were fine.

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