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Sideswipe: July 11: Creative answer

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A more creative answer. Photo / Supplied
A more creative answer. Photo / Supplied

That's gratitude for you

Inmates who escape their cells usually do it to fly the coop, but some have more altruistic motives. At Parker County Jail in Weatherford, Texas, a group of prisoners recently broke out of their cells to rescue a guard who'd lost consciousness after a heart attack. The eight inmates who successfully left their cells banged on walls, hoping to catch other guards' attention and get help. The deputies initially thought the inmates were inciting a riot. After hearing the commotion they came downstairs, locked the prisoners back in their cells and called paramedics. "It never crossed my mind not to help, whether he's got a gun or a badge," inmate Nick Kelton told the station. "If he falls down, I'm gonna help him." The prison plans to reinforce the doors to ensure inmates can't escape and come so close to guards again.

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Boat name brilliance

1. "A friend of mine who works in immigration has a boat named Asylum Seeker," writes Pete. "My own boat is named Significant Other so that when customers phone midweek and ask my staff where I am, they can answer, 'Oh, he's out with his Significant Other!'"

2. Bob writes: "The best ones I've seen are Sailbad the Sinner and Dire Straits, with the dinghy called Dire Rear."

3. "My brother, a meat trader, had a yacht named Meathead," writes Lee. "The dinghy's name was Gloria." (You have to know '70s TV to get it.)

5. Madeline writes: "Often seen at Salcombe South Devon in early 60s, a yacht called Didgeridoo and its little tender - Oodiregdid."

6. "My mate's boat name is hard to beat - Berth Control," writes Laurence.

And a cringe-worthy one: "A million-dollar-plus motor catamaran seen in the Bay of Islands was called Bucket List-Tick," writes Stuart. "I nearly threw up on the spot."

Lost heirloom

"I'm hoping you might be able to help me with a plea to the Sideswipe community!" writes Margaret Stretton. "Somewhere between the Village Chiropractor in Devonport and Customs St Auckland CBD - I took the ferry - my gold chain with a black Tahitian pearl fell out of a hole in my pocket. It is a family heirloom and it would mean so much to get it back."

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