31 January 2012

Strange scenes on Garema Place to promote the Multicultural Festival

| johnboy
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concret blocks smashed

Yesterday I got a media alert in and it was one of those things that just couldn’t be resisted.

Canberra Kung fu grandmaster Neal Hardy will tomorrow (Tuesday) give media a preview of his world record attempt at next month’s National Multicultural Festival (10-12 February), which will see him lie on a bed of nails with more than 500kg of bricks placed on his torso, and then have the bricks smashed with a sledge hammer.

As a preview of his resilience, Master Hardy will tomorrow lie on a bed of nails and have people stand on him during the demonstration. He will attempt to break his own world record on Sunday 12 February as part of the Festival celebrations.

And so, at 2pm by the merry go round the media reptiles assembled with suitably photogenic ethnic folk and a crowd of bored kids slowly gathered wondering loudly what was going to happen.

photo op

With summer returned no one wanted to stand out in the sun, so clusters formed in the shade.

The WIN camera crew was running late and who is going to waste a concrete block to not have it on the evening news? We waited.

The news crew arrived, interviews were conducted away from the crowd and as you can see above Master Hardy duly dispatched the concrete blocks.

There then followed the slightly unedifying spectacle of the Minister for Multicultural Affairs climbing onto a man laying on a bed of nails.

No really, I’m not making it up:

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For more exciting scenes in the City be sure to check out the Multicultural Festival when it kicks off 10-12 February.

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They’re not the plinths that the famous poets were on, are they?

This is simply way cool.

Will be there (for the real thing) with bells on.

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