TOPICS: iFall – a phone’s tale of survival

WHEN the iPhone 5 came out, Apple called it ‘‘the thinnest, lightest, fastest ever’’.

They can probably add ‘‘toughest’’, after one fell five storeys in Newcastle yesterday and lived to play back its ordeal.

BEFORE: The view from Glyn Thomas’s iPhone before its tumble.

Novocastrian Glyn Thomas was on the roof of an office building at Honeysuckle filming the Forgacs floating dock as it left the harbour when his iPhone slipped from his grasp.

The phone tumbled, still recording, for what seemed like an age, then hit a first-floor roof.

The footage recovered later is an unnerving insight into what it would be like to fall from a building.

AFTER: What the phone saw – a concerned Glyn Thomas’s head peeping down.

The phone landed face up, somehow intact and working. For a moment in the video you can see Mr Thomas peering down, forlornly, from the balcony above but his dismay became amazement.

‘‘Best news is the iPhone 5 survived with only a slight scratch,’’ Mr Thomas said. ‘‘Five floors and in working order.’’

It wasn’t even in a protective case. We’re getting one.

A knockout find

COL Maybury, of Kurri Kurri, might have found a bit of Les Darcy’s foot. Hear him out.

It all started with a visit to East Maitland Cemetery, where the boxing great is buried in a recently refurbished grave.

Right next to Les Darcy’s final resting place lie the great-grandparents of Col’s wife, Marcia.

‘‘[Marcia’s great-grandparents’ grave] had become shabby and we decided to give it a clean,’’ Col told us.

‘‘We took new stones and scrubbing brushes and flowers. As I was cleaning it I spied a little bone, from some animal, I thought.’’

He snapped a photo of the bone, which was about seven centimetres long, and showed it to a doctor. It was identified as a man’s metatarsal (the bone in your instep).

Now here’s the rub, says Col.

Marcia’s great-grandfather was one Ned ‘‘Whistler’’ Doherty, the twinkle-toed Irishman credited with teaching Darcy to dance to help with his footwork in boxing.

‘‘Darcy’s grave does not seem to be well done after $60,000 – but you know what prices are these days and there is a small rat hole left uncovered,’’ says Col.

‘‘Could it be that Les’s foot bone gravitated to Ned Doherty?’’

We’re not sure who exactly does this kind of thing, but Col is keen to have the bone tested to see if it’s Les Darcy’s.

MAITLAND WONDER: Les Darcy’s grave, next to that of his dance instructor, Ned Doherty.

LEGEND: Les Darcy.

Workingon thebig day

MYSTERY: The bone discovered between the graves.

WE suggested doing something nice for people who have to work Christmas Day (like, ahem, journalists).

Bob Ingle, from Karuah, points out that men and women in the Defence Force will be on call on December 25 in all sorts of places.

‘‘The ADF is a 24/7 job,’’ he says. ‘‘Send them messages [you can write [email protected]] so they know they are not forgotten.’’

Nice idea, Bob.

Reverend Stewart Perry, of St John’s Anglican Church at Cooks Hill, reminded us that he works every Christmas. Poor bloke even has to go to church, though he doesn’t seem to mind.

Ann Bruce, from Lambton, recalls clocking on for 20 Christmas mornings at the service station on Croudace Road.

She worked the 5am to 9am shift. With everything else shut, customers would trickle in seeking ice, drinks and batteries for presents.

‘‘People would bring us little knick-knacks, like boxes of chocolates to share,’’ says Ann.

The pre-dawn shift, swapping gifts and best wishes with colleagues and customers, wasn’t such a bad way to start Christmas Day.