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The Cairns Diaries

 
 
hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 09:58 pm
I hadn't realised this happened in Cairns - I remember it though. Bloody awful. So glad he's got on. Apparently the school, right on the main road heading south into Cairns, was closed 2 or 3 years ago, and bulldozed last year. Enrolments crashed after the attach. Shock. Horror.

Janda's special birthday

Damon Guppy

Friday, August 15, 2008

© The Cairns Post
Source


COURAGEOUS Cairns youngster Jandamarra O'Shane turns 18 today, more than a decade after a crazed stranger doused him with petrol and set him alight at a school.

The shy youngster, who captured the hearts of Australians with his inspirational recovery, is happy to spend his birthday away from the public eye that has watched him since the inexplicable attack.

"I'lll just be going out to a restaurant with family and friends," Janda, as he is affectionately known, told The Cairns Post.

He still bears scars but said he rarely reflects on the random attack that left him with burns to 70 per cent of his body when he was just six years old.

Janda, who now goes to Woree State High School, said he was puzzled by the attention still given to him, but said he was touched by the concern people still show.

"Yeah, it's a bit strange. Sometimes I forget that all of Australia knows what happened," he said.

"People still want to know how I'm going."

For now, his priority is to enjoy life and spend time with mates, including his fellow members of the Juda Mulla Wadama dance group, which had its first performance last week.

"I'm just loving life and cruising along," Janda said.

When he leaves school, he wants a mining job and to learn to drive trucks.

On October 10, 1996, a former street worker from Adelaide named Paul Wade Streeton, then 26, walked into the grounds of the former North Cairns State School carrying a five litre tin of petrol.

He grabbed Janda, who was playing with friends, doused him with fuel and set him alight using a cigarette lighter.

School principal Michael Aitken heard children screaming and ran out of his classroom to find Janda running towards him, covered in flames.

He used his shirt to smother the burning boy and was hailed a hero for saving his life.

Streeton surrendered to traffic police nearby and was later sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder.

Janda spent four months in the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane, enduring several operations and skin grafts.

http://www.cairns.com.au/images/uploadedfiles/editorial/pictures/2008/08/14/Cairns-WebUsual-CP15AUG08P001-CC113939-JANDAMARRA.jpg
Loving life: Jandamarra O'Shane will celebrate his 18th birthday today, 12 years after he was set on fire in an horrific attack.
http://www.cairns.com.au/images/uploadedfiles/editorial/pictures/2008/08/14/Cairns-WebUsual-CP15AUG08P003-C0016079-JANDAOSHAN.jpg
Remarkable recovery: Jandamarra O'Shane takes his first steps in hospital after the attack.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 10:53 pm
So, what's happening in Cairns, man? I hear it's been raining. Wink
hingehead
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 08:16 pm
@msolga,
Yep it was - but it's a perfect day, weather wise, today. All other-wise it sucks.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 08:32 pm
@hingehead,
Checking in, starting to follow this diary...
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margo
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 08:33 pm
@hingehead,
problems???
hingehead
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 09:03 pm
@margo,
Oh yeah. But I'm not a spillguts sort of guy. Thanks for asking though....
margo
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2008 01:26 am
@hingehead,
standing by with a large bucket!

I've had a week of it - what's one more?

And I'm no longer paid to do it - it's love, baby!

Holler if you need help!
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hingehead
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jan, 2009 10:18 pm
Well Cyclone Charlotte hit the other side of the Cape at about 4 this morning - we've had a tropical downpour all night and on the way to work this morning I suddenly remembered why I have a 4WD.

You can see Cairns Post reader submitted pics here: http://tools.cairns.com.au/photo_gallery/photo_gallery_popup.php?category_id=35

Now I'm going to try and get back before every route is blocked by the rising water.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jan, 2009 10:21 pm
@hingehead,
music to swim by...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWLw7nozO_U

(be safe)
msolga
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jan, 2009 10:37 pm
@hingehead,
Quote:
Now I'm going to try and get back before every route is blocked by the rising water.


Hey, you take every care, hinge. Don't do anything too risky, will you?

(Now I'm going to worry till your next post.)

<thinking> It's rather early for the annual big wet, isn't it? Or is my memory getting hazy in old age? Wink
hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 07:23 pm
@msolga,
Trip home was fine, the creek I splashed over was back under the bridge.

It's sunny again, only a few roads are closed.

Now that's a pothole!
http://tools.cairns.com.au/images/gallery/remote/2009/01/12/142885.JPG
msolga
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jan, 2009 02:47 am
@hingehead,
Ah that's a relief to hear, hinge. The situation sounded very serious.
I was wondering, actually, if you were being a bit "adventurous" trying to beat the flood home!

That indeed is quite a pothole! Shocked
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djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jan, 2009 06:23 am
amazing picture
http://tools.cairns.com.au/images/gallery/remote/2009/01/13/145575.JPG
Barron Falls, the day after the floods
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jan, 2009 07:23 am
http://tools.cairns.com.au/images/gallery/remote/2009/01/12/144755.jpg

i guess god does have a sense of humour
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jan, 2009 07:26 am
@djjd62,
Wow, that is amazing, djjd!
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 05:45 pm
@Rockhead,
Hi Rocky

I kind like this one more: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ycSHuZxT1lU

Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 05:58 pm
@hingehead,
I do tooo as a song, but how the hell you gonna swim to it?

(can't swim with yer bong...)
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 06:16 pm
@hingehead,
think you'd like some of the mixes at this blog, the link to the blog is in my cool music thread here

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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 06:20 pm
@Rockhead,
Hmmm. I'll just sing along. Blub Blub Blub.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2009 12:37 am
On Saturday morning a 38 year old cyclist was killed in a collision with a truck at the Trinity Beach roundabout on the Cook highway. They haven't released his name as his family is overseas and not yet contactable. The cycling community is organising a memorial ride from the Tobruk pool to the roundabout to drop flowers. I'm thinking of going, depending on the weather (and if I can get to the pool by 6am. The added tragedy is that the victim was a specialist doctor working out of Cairns Base Hospital, and remote towns like ours can't afford to lose those sort of skills.

I hate when stuff like this happens. As a rider and a driver I can see the faults of both. Generally I've found the drivers are improving, but I'm what I consider an ideal cyclist - I obey the road rules and give clear hand signals with plenty of warning. And I have a luminescent bike vest that will ensure I will be the first rescued if Cairns is ever buried under an avalanche.
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