Tuesday, November 18, 2008


One of the stupid things that today's scoiety do is Graffiti Tagging.

They do it every where and cost the victims thousands of dollars to fix. Often, the very day, the owner cleans and paints over the taggings, the wall becomes a target again.

One building owner invented a sensory system that will sense anyone try to tag the wall, will have a wall of water like a waterfall over the tagger and sound an alarm. Alas, such a system is too expensive for most people to install.

One Saturday, I had dinner with some old people and some not so old people We were talking about how ugly and dirty the Auckland trains and train stations are. They talked about the terrible graffiti that had been tagged.

I told them of the most famous graffiti "tagger". In 1994, a Michael Fay, aged 18, with his teen aged friends tagged graffiti in Singapore. Michael, an American teenager who has arguably become Singapore's most famous - or notorious - prison inmate, not because he committed a hideous crime, but for a small petty misdemeanor, according to most of the civilized world but guilty to vandalism charges,

The student was sentenced March 3 to four months in jail, a $2,200 fine - and six strokes of the cane. The story made headlines worldwide, people watched when the U.S. President Bill Clinton intervened and asked the Singapore government to waive the caning, which he called "excessive."

After losing an appeal against his sentence, Fay asked Singapore's President Ong Teng Cheong for clemency. On May 4, the government announced that the Cabinet had recommended to Ong that Fay's caning be reduced to four strokes as a gesture of respect for the American president.

I remember when I first arrived in New Zealand in the seventies, someone had tagged a big motorway bridge," Muldon is a pig." Muldon was the prime minister at that time. I was shocked, but now, I am immune.

When I go for walks, I see some newly painted fence or walls. Without doubt, the wall will be tagged.

New Zealand herald

Graffiti pair drown in drain
New 8:58AM Monday January 21, 2008

SYDNEY - Two people who drowned in a flooded storm water drain in Sydney's east were were spraying graffiti on the walls at the time, police say.

Three people were inside the drain at Maroubra at about 5.30pm yesterday when it started to rain and the drain filled with water, trapping them inside.

The three were washed down the drain towards Lurline Bay, about a kilometre away, sparking a search by police on foot, PolAir and the Westpac rescue helicopter.

A 27-year-old Pennant Hills man escaped from the drain with help from nearby residents, but the bodies of a 25-year-old West Pennant Hills man and a 21-year-old St Peters woman were located inside the drain.

Officers later searching the drain found a bag of spray paint cans inside, police said.

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