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Old 05-12-2008, 7:06 PM
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True stories on how cellfones helped.

Below are a couple of true stories about how a cellfone came in handy.

Happy Reading...........

These gems were in this Thursdays shortlist mag.

Feel free to add any quirky stories you can share with us all involving the use of a cellfone !


Back in 2005, while working at the quantock gateway pub in bridgewater, somerset, chef matthew stevens was surprised to feel a sharp bite as he unloaded a box of fresh bananas.The culprit was a deadly looking tropical spider, but instead of wasting time panicking , or pondering wether he would now receive superhuman powers,quick thinking stevens took a photo with his mobile fone,jumped in the car and rushed to hospital.The 23yr old was lucky;doctors identified his attacker as the brazilian wandering spider-one of the most venomous arachnids in the world-and treated him immediatley. He lived ,but I would not have liked to be the one to go back to look for it !

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Two australian fisherman cheated death this month by adopting a method normally more associated with a coldplay concert than a rescue attempt. Having tipped into the ocean just off the darwin coastline at 8pm, the unnamed, yet curiously age-verified men {26 and 39}managed to call the police and alert them to their predicament. Unfortunatley, they were unable to give their exact position of their 15ft boat, providing police with the mammoth task of scouring the entire coastline in the pitch black... and then a brainwave. Using the light from their mobile as a beacon, the men waived it above their heads until the rescue boats spotted them. Somewhat unsurprisingly however,both had been subsequently summoned to court for failing to carry the correct safety equipment{lights,anchor, that sort of thing !}

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Last month in perth, scotland,local electrician derek kinmond was having what is known in the business as a 'bad day' at the grain store of paul's malt ltd.Rather than supping a hot tea while prodding around fuse boxes, the plucky 51 yr old was up to his waist in a grain silo, and disappearing fast. His left leg was already damaged beyond repair-doctors later amputated it below the knee, and if he didnt act quickly he was going to die.Rather than collapse into shock,however,Kinmond reached for his mobile fone, called his colleague and calmly asked him to switch the machine off.Then, noticing the time,he called his wife to tell her he was going to be a little late home.Six hours later, using cutting equipment, airbags, lines,ropes,hydraulic equipment and breathing apparatus,firefighters finally freed him. His tea was in the microwave.

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'Cabin crew, doors to manual,cross check' is an expression familiar with anyone who has flown, and refers to the arming and disarming of the plane doors.It does not,however include the doors in the cargo bay, and on 28th of december 2005, this is exactly where an unnamed dublin airport handler found himself, sealed in and unable to escape.A lost bag had seen the handler enter the hold of aer lingus flight, but colleagues had accidently locked him on, a situation that he only realised once the pilot fired up the engines. A quick mobile call to the supervisors office resulted in the are traffic control recalling the plane, sparing the man a free, but deadly,32,000ft-high fligh to new york.
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Wow, some pretty amazing stories there.

Just goes to show how much we rely on and use modern technology so frequently in our lives - i still remember everyone saying 'mobile phones will never catch on'

And look where we are today. Great thread.
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When mobiles truly moved on from handsets on a car battery(I had one !)Services such as SMS and mms did not exist. Camera on a fone, ha never happen they said !
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you made me realize what phones do in our daily lives, every day I'm loving my phone again and again..
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