Thursday, 11 August 2011

Tombstoning for Beginners

Do you tombstone?
This may seem an odd question. Especially if, like me, you associate the word with Twilight or Wyatt Earp. Tombstoning is, however, the sport of leaping off cliffs and bridges into pools of water. It’s been popular in the US for decades but also attracts people to the Lakes, where you can do it at a number of locations.
Frankly, I think it’s about as sensible as tying yourself to a rubber band and jumping off a bridge. If you want that sort of thrill, do it properly and jump out of a plane.
Tombstoning in the Lakes is now attracting attention for the wrong reasons. A local Tory councillor managed to hospitalize himself as a result of engaging in the activity. 
The fuss associated with the activity (calls for it to be banned), rather than the incident itself, formed the lead story in this week’s Westmorland Gazette. Never one to forego the chance to get involved in a touch of tasteless controversy, here are the four ideas offered for this week’s front page cartoon. To see which one got past the editor’s eagle eye, go visit my website.

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