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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 October 2014
6 SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER 2014 AUSTRALIA When Greek Australian cou- ple Nick and Connie Christou saw a flash out of the corner of their eyes, followed by a loud thud, they didn't expect to have just witnessed a little girl falling from the eighth storey of the Gold Coast apartment complex. "We saw a little girl in the hedge trying to get out. Con- nie jumped into the gar- den and she threw her arms around Connie and wouldn't let go," Mr Christou told The Courier Mail. "She was calm and coherent, which is why we didn't think she could have fallen from so high up. We didn't know where she had come from. We thought maybe one floor up at most." Parents John Horne, a Sin- gaporean businessman, and his wife Rahima were said to have been out looking at real estate when the fall took place, police investigations finding the fall to be an ac- cident. A gentleman also staying at the Gold Coast complex called paramedics, who rushed four- year-old Alexa Horne to the Gold Coast University Hospi- tal. Despite a broken leg and other abdominal injuries, she is now in a stable condition and in recovery. With both parents feeling extremely lucky to have their daughter alive and well, the couple gave thanks to all in- volved in the rescue of their daughter, with a special men- tion to the Christous. "Both her mother and I feel extremely lucky after the fall she had," said Mr Horne. "We would like to pass on our thanks to all the staff at Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland Ambulance Ser- vice and the Phoenician Ho- tel, as well as members of the public who came to her aid. "In particular, we want to make special thanks to the couple who cared for Alexa so well immediately after her fall." Fortunate to have only suf- fered a broken leg, Alexa's survival is considered to be something of a miracle, her mother suitably dubbing her an “angel”. Girl survives eight- storey fall Alexa’s fall was felt by the community, making the front page of The Courier Mail last Saturday. A Melbourne couple were in the right place at the right time when four-year- old Alexa fell from the eighth storey of their apartment complex Alex Skopellos is the proud owner of the Raglan Street rainbow fence - a standout in the heritage-listed street in the suburb of Port Mel- bourne. The fence was painted two years ago by street artist La- chlan Bell, bringing a bit of colour to the street and the lives of passersby. However, not everyone is as enthusiastic about it as Mr Skopellos. A complaint to the Port Phillip Council saw the Vic- torian Civil and Administra- tive Tribunal order that the fence be repainted with her- itage colours within 21 days. If Mr Skopellos doesn't com- ply, he risks being fined a hefty $4,000. "Heritage is a very impor- tant issue to a number of people in the area and we have regulations," Port Phil- lip Council mayor Amanda Stevens told The Age. But after travelling to col- ourful South America and India, grey, beige and pink tones just don't seem to compare. According to Mr Skopellos and housemate Aiden Des- ouza, despite the complaints from the council, people have been very complimen- tary, after finding out what his neighbours think first hand by going straight to their doors. "There were no complaints [from neighbours], every- body said they loved it," Mr Skopellos told The Age. "It's just the council trying to make it more conserva- tive for the yuppies. You'll be doing more bad than good painting over it." Mr Skopellos at least has the backing of artist Mr Bell, who has said he'll agree to pay any fines if the council doesn't budge. Rainbow fence here to stay The famous Raglan Street rainbow fence. Breaking from the beige mould of Port Melbourne, Alex Skopellos is prepared to fight for his left-of-field fence Close to 100 people gath- ered for the presentation of Ioanna Liakakou's sixth po- etry collection «Της μοναξιάς και της αγρύπνιας» (Loneliness and Vigil) at Pontiaki Estia in Brunswick. Tackling similar subjects to her previous works, though with a greater air of maturi- ty, Liakakou's thirteenth book deals with themes of love, life, romance, exile, nostal- gia, alienation, war and peace. Presenting the book was An- drea Garibaldis, with opening messages delivered by Ioan- nis Pilalidis of Pontiaki Estia, president of the Greek Austral- ian Cultural League of Mel- bourne Cathy Alexopoulos and Thimios Haralambopoulos, president of the Greek Writ- ers Association of Australia. Liakakou’s contribution to Greek letters Writer Ioanna Liakakou on the night of her book launch, along with members of the Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne and the Greek Writers Association of Australia. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES.
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