North Shore Times : January 11th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 11, 2013 NEWS Thieves hit surf athletes twice By KERRY GALLAGHER Visiting Australian surf athletes were robbed twice in four days. Surf lifesaving teams represen- ting New South Wales Country and Central Coast are in New Zealand to compete in a tri-series with a Northern Region team. But petty thieves at Silverdale on Saturday and then at Orewa Beach on Tuesday have soured their otherwise successful time. Bags were taken at random, but one NSW Country member was a victim in both robberies, while another had everything taken at Orewa except the uniform he was competing in. On Saturday, the teams had competed at Red Beach s annual Owen Chapman Surf Life Saving Carnival and were enjoying some leisure time at the Action Raceway Indoor Go-Karting Centre in Silverdale. While they were inside, thieves smashed a window to one of their mini-vans and stole two team bags. They contained iPods, phones, jewellery, money and cards. There were also distinctive team shirts and caps. While stressing the event organ- isers were blameless and the host clubs had treated them well, NSW Country team coach Harry Klouzal says morale had suffered. Two girls in our team were dev- astated [after the first robbery]. They were crying and what can you say to them? Those things are replaceable but it s an invasion -- and then it happened yet again. Thieves struck again at Orewa Beach on Tuesday while the teams were competing in the third test . This time both teams suffered as thieves entered team tents and took more bags. Central Coast team manager Kenn Borgesson says one of their party was devastated to lose her iPad, while another 14-year-old competitor lost her iPhone. Mr Borgesson says the robbery was just unfortunate on an other- wise enjoyable trip. He says a car registration plate has been taken and traced to a ren- tal car. T-shirt mystery unsolved Strange business: Women worldwide are baffled over why small holes appear in their T-shirts around the midriff area. Left: Julie Eley. MYSTERIOUS holes appearing in almost new T-shirts around the midriff area have baffled TV Guide editor Julie Eley for a couple of years. At first she thought they were caused by a sharp belt buckle, moths or the way she washed them. Then she mentioned it to a couple of friends and they also had the same problem. Intrigued, Julie wrote about what she termed the Strange Case of the Holey T-Shirts in her weekly edi- tor s letter in TV Guide, which is the country s biggest selling maga- zine. And the response has been over- whelming, she says. It looks like this a much bigger issue than I thought, Julie, who lives in Takapuna, says. But intriguingly, no-one seems to have a definitive answer. One reader emailed Julie to say that she and her best friend have been experiencing this for some time now. It became like telling people you believe in UFOs! The nearest Julie came to a solution was an email from Jeanette Robinson-Tromop, who has a tertiary qualifi- cation in clothing tech- nology. I have seen the same demise of many of my daughter s clothes. she says. Unfortunately for her she has, I think, paid too much for expensive cloth- ing of exceedingly poor quality. My explanation for the failing fabric is that the manufacturers are cutting cost at every step of production. Cheap poor quality synthetic fibres are made into poor quality yarn which in turn becomes poor quality fabrics often too loosely knitted and not presh- runk. Solution: Keep the doc- ket and take it back to the shop. Complain. Tell the seller the clothes are crap, get your money back. But Ms Robinson-Tromop didn t say why the holes always appear around the midriff area, Julie says. One reader Googled the problem after reading Julie s article and found widespread debate about the issue. I have been researching on Goo- gle and I think a person who sug- gested the combination of the top caught between the jeans style button and the bench top sounds the most likely in my case. Another TV Guide reader also thinks she has found the answer. I had the same problem and tracked ittothetabonthezip in my jeans. Have changed to pull-on jeans (no zip) and the problem has gone away. B u ta sJ u l i e points out: Men have zips on their jeans yet don t seem to get holes in their T-shirts. And her editor s letter struck a chord across the Ditch. Dear Julie, although I am not a buyer of the NZ TV Guide as I live in Australia, my mother emailed me a copy of the your most recent editor s letter regarding the mysteri- ous holes appearing in T-shirts. I myself have been having the same problem for some time now and still can not work out what is doing it.
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