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Why passports only come in four standard colours

Passports only come in four standard colours. Photo: Ross DuncanThey’re a fact of life for travellers, and only considered at the airport or when they’re lost, but have you ever considered why passports look the way they do?
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Passport colours are limited to red, green, blue and black but there’s in fact huge variety in shades, each chosen for a reason, according to BusinessInsider.

The passports for countries within the European Union tend to be burgundy, due to their communist past, said Hrant Boghossian, the vice president of Arton Group which runs the Passport Index.

Carribean countries tend to choose blue, along with the Americas and Pacific countries, as a symbol of the New World, he said.

In Muslim countries including Morocco, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, their passports are different shades of green, believed to have been a favourite colour of the Prophet Muhammad.

New Zealand’s passport is black despite being part of Oceania.

Countries wishing to stand out, such as Switzerland and Singapore, choose a bright shade.

The US passport has seen several changes in colour, from red and green to the current blue.

Hidden artwork features in several, including those of Canada, Britain, the US, China and Norway, while Finland’s has a moose at the bottom of its pages which appears to run when the pages are flipped.

But ultimately, the colour is decided by practicalities.

“Passport production is a highly controlled process, and only few companies around the world are doing it,” Boghossian said.

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See also: The world’s best passports for travellers named

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Sydney University ‘lost’ computer containing sensitive student information

The University of Sydney has alerted NSW Police about the potential privacy breach. Photo: Fiona MorrisNSW urged to ‘take the lead’ on privacy laws
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The University of Sydney has admitted it “lost” a notebook computer containing sensitive information about students using disability support services, in a major privacy breach that has shocked and angered students.

As the Baird government is urged to tackle privacy law reform, the university warned on Friday it could not “absolutely guarantee the security” of a confidential database containing students’ names, dates of birth, contact details and disability diagnoses.

A notebook computer containing the Disability Assist Database was “lost in transit” on Monday night, students were told in an email.

While the computer was password protected, it was “possible that the database could be inappropriately and unlawfully accessed”.

The NSW Police had been alerted and an internal investigation is underway.

The extraordinary slip-up came to light a day after a multi-party parliamentary committee urged the state government to “lead the way” in Australia and pass new laws allowing people to sue for damages for serious invasions of privacy.

This would include inadvertent privacy breaches committed by governments and corporations.

A furious student told Fairfax Media: “It’s bad enough I have a condition that requires me to use the university’s disability services, but it’s worse that the uni could be so careless as to risk that information getting into the wrong hands.”

The university’s director of student support services, Jordi Austin, said in the email to students the university was “deeply sorry” and was “treating this event with the utmost seriousness”.

The university had “immediately [adopted] a range of additional procedures to further secure student data ahead of a wider review”.

An internal investigation would “result in further changes to procedures to prevent such an incident from happening again”. All affected students would be contacted once the investigation was complete.

A report was being prepared for the Privacy Commissioner and students had been informed of their right to make a complaint to the university’s privacy officer.

Upper house Greens MP David Shoebridge, a member of the parliamentary committee which recommended a raft of new privacy laws, said it “beggars belief that the university would include such sensitive data on a laptop” and the incident “confirms why we need fresh privacy laws”.

“It is hard to imagine much more personal data than details of a student’s disability,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“This is the very kind of negligent action that should be the subject of a new action founded on privacy.”

Under the committee’s proposal, people could sue for damages for invasion of privacy if they had a “reasonable expectation of privacy” in the circumstances and the invasion was “serious”. There is a public interest-style test designed to limit incursions on freedom of speech.

In most cases, the invasion of privacy would need to be intentional or reckless. But in the case of government agencies or companies that might release confidential data inadvertently, negligence would be sufficient. The latter proposal has attracted some criticism from legal experts.

The University of Sydney declined to comment on how many students may have been affected by the incident.

But in a statement to Fairfax Media, the university said it had “reviewed and tightened our protocols relating to our control of laptops and implemented other data control precautions and policies. We need to avoid giving specific details of security arrangements which might aid future attacks”.

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Davis Cup 2016, Australia v US: Tomic, Isner win, tie locked at 1-1Photos

Davis Cup 2016, Australia v US: Tomic, Isner win, tie locked at 1-1 | Photos Fans show their support during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and the United States at Kooyong on March 4. Pictures: GETTY IMAGES
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Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt encourages Sam Groth in his match against United State’s John Isner during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and the United States at Kooyong in Melbourne. Pictures: GETTY IMAGES

Sam Groth of Australia plays a forehand volley in his match against John Isner of the United States during the Davis Cup tie.

Aussie fans show their support during the Davis Cup match against the United States.

Sam Groth of Australia plays a backhand volley in his match against John Isner of the United States.

Sam Groth plays a backhand volley in his match against John Isner.

Jack Sock of the United States plays a forehand during his match against Australian Bernard Tomic during the Davis Cup tie on March 4.

Australian Sam Groth in action against United States’ John Isner.

Australian Sam Groth in action against United States’ John Isner.

John Isner of the United States plays a backhand in his match against Aussie Sam Groth during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and the United States at Kooyong on March 4.

Bernard Tomic of Australia plays a forehand in his match against Jack Sock of the United States.

Australian Sam Groth serves during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and the United States.

Aussie Sam Groth works up a sweat in his match against US’s John Isner on Friday.

Jack Sock of the United States gestures in his match against Australian Bernard Tomic.

John Isner of the United States serves in his match against Sam Groth of Australia.

Sam Groth of Australia serves.

John Isner of the United States shakes hands with Sam Groth of Australia after a win.

Bernard Tomic of Australia plays a forehand volley in his match against Jack Sock of the United States during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and the United States.

United States’ John Isner celebrates after winning his match against Aussie Sam Groth.

Jack Sock of the United States plays a backhand during the Davis Cup tie in Melbourne on Friday.

Australian Bernard Tomic plays a backhand in his match against Jack Sock of the United States.

Australian coach Jason Stoltenberg congratulates Bernard Tomic after his win over Jack Sock of the United States.

Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt encourages Bernard Tomic.

Jack Sock slips over during his match against Bernard Tomic.

Jack Sock plays a backhand during his match against Bernard Tomic.

Bernard Tomic of Australia is congratulated by captain Lleyton Hewitt after winning his match against Jack Sock of the United States during the Davis Cup tie.

United States captain Jim Courier congratulates Aussie Bernard Tomic after his win over Jack Sock.

Bernard Tomic of Australia celebrates winning his match against Jack Sock of the United States.

Aussie Bernard Tomic is congratulated by team-mates after winning his match against Jack Sock.

Australian Sam Groth plays a backhand in his match against John Isner of the United States.

Aussie Bernard Tomic reacts in his match against Jack Sock.

Jack Sock of the United States plays a forehand in his match against Aussie Bernard Tomic.

Aussie Bernard Tomic plays a backhand in his match against United States’ Jack Sock.

Jack Sock of the United States plays a backhand.

Jack Sock plays a forehand in his match against Bernard Tomic during the Davis Cup tie on March 4 in Melbourne.

Australian Bernard Tomic plays a backhand against Jack Sock.

Australian Bernard Tomic plays a backhand against Jack Sock.

Australian Bernard Tomic plays a forehand against Jack Sock.

Australian Bernard Tomic plays a forehand against Jack Sock.

Aussie captain Lleyton Hewitt talks to Sam Groth during his match against John Isner of the United States.

Australian Bernard Tomic serves against Jack Sock of the United States during the Davis Cup tie on Friday.

Jack Sock of the United States bites on his towel during his match against Bernard Tomic of Australia.

United States captain Jim Courier helps John Isner cool down during his match against Sam Groth of Australia.

Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt reacts as Bernard Tomic of Australia plays against Jack Sock of the United States during the Davis Cup tie.

United States captain Jim Courier shakes hands with John Isner after he won his match against Sam Groth of Australia.

John Isner of the United States celebrates winning match point in his match against Sam Groth of Australia during the Davis Cup tie.

Lleyton Hewitt captain of Australia reacts during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and the United States at Kooyong on March 4.

United States captain Jim Courier reacts as John Isner of the United States wins the first set in his match against Sam Groth of Australia during the Davis Cup tie on Friday.

John Isner of the United States plays a backhand in his match against Sam Groth of Australia.

John Isner of the United States reacts in his match against Sam Groth of Australia.

Australian Sam Groth reacts in his match against John Isner of the United States during the Davis Cup tie.

Sam Groth of Australia lets go of the racket as he plays a backhand in his match against John Isner of the United States during the Davis Cup tie.

Australian Sam Groth plays a backhand in his match against John Isner of the United States.

Australian Sam Groth plays a backhand in his match against John Isner of the United States.

Sam Groth plays a forehand volley against John Isner during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and the United States at Kooyong in Melbourne.

TweetFacebookBERNARD Tomic cannot recall everything Lleyton Hewitt was telling him at the changeovers late in a tense, draining four-set Davis Cup win over American Jack Sock that the Australian has hailed as among his most satisfying.

But Tomic does know that Hewitt was saying “the right things” to keep him positive and motivated during a challenging time against a player he had never beaten.

Tomic was struggling after a concentration lapse in the third set that carried over into the fourth, his team trailing 1-0 after Sam Groth’s loss to John Isner.

In the context of the first-round tie, and Australia’s chances in it, the singlesNo.1 simply could not lose against the US No. 2.

Tomicwon, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, and so the first-round tie stands at 1-1 ahead of Saturday’s doubles.

“Both matches today probably went to plan on rankings and on form, but the Bryans are obviously the favourites tomorrow in the doubles,” Hewitt said later.

“But I still think our guys have got a good shot at it. Then on the last day anything can happen. It’s going to be live going into the last day after today, which is nice.”

Just as it was immensefor Tomic, who is ranked four places higher than No.24 Sock despite not having beaten him in three previous attempts.

But the last was in 2014, and Tomic has been playing the best tennis of his career, with 13 wins from 19 matches this season, including a finals appearance in Acapulco last Sunday.

The flipside was that meant a long journey back from Mexico for a Tuesday arrival at Kooyong and and delayed grasscourt practicefor a player whose responsibilities increased when Nick Kyrgios was declared unfit to play.

But he loves the surface and the team environment, and continues to mature as a big-match player, his impressive Davis Cup record now 16-3.

“It’s an amazing feeling. So tough out here, the conditions were so hot and I was trying to get used to it as much as I could,” Tomic said.

“It’s been tough for me the last few days, coming on grass, so it’s not so easy and I’m just happy to have the chance first time having Lleyton there by my side means a lot to me.I had a surface to play him on which was in my favour, but I knew it was gonna be tough, so I’m happy I won in the end.”

To Hewitt, who has played so many, lulls are inevitable in best-of-five set matches.

“It’s how you respond to that and he found a way in the fourth set,” the veteran said.

“It’s not an easy thing to do, to come out when you’re the number one player for your country and you’re 1-0 down in Davis Cup, in aworld group match and Bernie did fantastic today and he’s done absolutely everything we asked of him all week.”

With more to come, notably a live reverse singles against John Isner on Sunday, against whom he also has a losing record:0-1.

The world No.11 squeezed out of a tight first set against Groth, havingbeen down0-40 in the fifth game, but broke in the first game of the second andgrew in confidence thereafter.

He served well, of course, he did, but it was also his return game that impressed.

Groth agreed that the first set was crucial, “especially the way we both play. We both play on a little bit of confidence, both play behind our serve and especially on a day when it’s quite hot out there as well.Had I have maybe taken a chance that 0-40 game early, maybe it’s a different story, but I felt like after that he hit that backhand winner that clipped the line in the tiebreak and then his confidence just seemed to build. He started taking cuts on returns and to his credit they started going in.

“Everyone thinks of John as a big server; the guy’s 11 in the world. he’s a quality player. I maybe didn’t expect him to hit as many lines as he did, but that’s the reality of it today – he returned well and got on top and got confident and was hard to stop.”

The Age

 

The week in picturesPhotos

The week in pictures | Photos WOLLONGONG: People swim at North Wollongong beach. Coastal temps of 30 degrees or above were felt on seven days during summer. Photo: ADAM MCLEAN
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NURIOOTPA: Teusner Wines vintage crew Bryce Conway, Courtney Neray, Peter Reiters and Simon Both take a break. Photo: CARLA WIESE-SMITH

ANGASTON: Angaston Yalumba Winery viticulturist Brooke Howell was recently labelled Silver Young Organic Leader. Photo: LAURA ECKERT.

ARARAT: Alice Culling has won a swag of medals at national titles. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER.

ARARAT: Kwame Tosuma performing with Sanofka. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER.

ARARAT: Rita Fokio, Mohamed Camara, Kwame Tosuma performing with Sanofka. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER

ARARAT: Ronald Menash performing with Sanofka. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER

BATEMANS BAY: Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council environmental rangers Sherrie Nye and Adam Nye set traps for the European green shore crabs. Photo: JUSTIN GILLIGAN from Marine Parks

BATEMANS BAY: Peter Bashford in his Batehaven workshop where he turns timber into time pieces.

BATEMANS BAY: The Batemans Bay High school staff and students try the new beach chairs in the water.

BEAUDESERT: Local icon Joy Drescher will not fight for a seat at the Scenic Rim Regional Council for the first time since 1979.

BEGA: The Greens’ Senator Lee Rhiannon, Eden-Monaro candidate Tamara Ryan and forestry spokesperson David Shoebridge welcome the new flora reserves.

BEGA: The Somedays’ Alec Mitchell and Mark Maranion take the stage at the Cobargo Folk Festival on Sunday afternoon. Photo: ALBERT MCKNIGHT

BENDIGO: Bendigo seems to have a large number of men’s barber shops. Barber David Chiswell works on Peter Palychronopoulos. Photo: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Fashion Designer, Linda Jackson. Photo: GLENN DANIELS

BENDIGO: John Galliford and Andrea Galliford from Canberra, enjoying some of the sights oof Bendigo during their 3 day stay. Photo: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Marilyn at sunset. Photo: NONI HYETT

BENDIGO: Promo for comic book fair. Kara Harris, Sec Dalek and Darren Hutchesson Photo: GLENN DANIELS

BENDIGO: Teddy Bears Picnic for Grade Preps at Spring Gully Primary School.Maya Dean, Arlie Koburn and Archie Burke. Photo: NONI HYETT

BENDIGO: UPF Anti Mosque Rally, Photo: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Young trainer Mark Giddings has a dog Lioness Lulu in this Saturday’s Australian Cup final. Photo: GLENN DANIELS

BENDIGO: Inside The Brick Lego exhibition. Spiderman, aka Chris Hiddins, examines his lego likeness. Photo: DARREN HOWE

BATHURST: BMX competitors Sierra Ebert, Tykira Yuke and Cody Yuke say they have been very impressed with Bathurst’s new $1.5 million track. They are in town for this week’s BMX national titles. Photo: PHILL MURRAY

BLAYNEY: Carlie Fee on Dirty Deeds and Jazz Johnston on Bob. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BLAYNEY: Kasey Wallace, 6, at Blayney Show. Photo: PHIL BLATCH.

BLAYNEY: Lola Jennings and Pegasus at Blayney Show. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BLAYNEY: Matt Fletchers’ Digger in action in yard dog trials at Blayney Show. Photo: PHIL BLATCH.

BLAYNEY: Showgirl winner Annika Brown. Photo: PHIL BLATCH.

BOOBOROWIE: It was almost a slip and a grip from Clare’s Brad Davy at the inaugural Booborowie lawnmower race, with Luke Earle watching on as he flies past.

CESSNOCK: Brokenwood Wines wine club assistant Sophie Ceccato during the staff pick at the vineyard.

CESSNOCK: Millfield truck driver John Bridge has been inducted into the National Transport Hall of Fame for his 46 years’ service to the industry

CESSNOCK: The #letthemstay banner was displayed by Nicola Scaife of Balloon Aloft on February 20

DUBBO: A collection of trained birds of prey has begun nightly patrols of downtown Macquarie Street, which feral starlings in their masses have made their own each autumn. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUNGOG: Chook the Dungog magpie has hit social media. Photo: Belinda-Jane Davis

DUBBO: In what she has described as the most exciting time of her life, former Dubbo College student Thalia Smith will take to the stage across Australia in the smash hit musical We Will Rock You, based on the songs of Queen.

HEBEL: Jack Johnston is looking forward to sending his wool to market this year. Photo: ANDREA CROTHERS

HORSHAM: Connor Jones, Nhill College, Black Ranges Division primary school swimming championships at Horsham Aquatic Centre. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER

HORSHAM: Edward Hausler, St Mary’s, Warracknabeal, Black Ranges Division primary school swimming championships. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER.

HORSHAM: Macey, Bart and Robyn Turgoose with a baby eastern brown snake their cat Dixie caught. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER

HORSHAM: Perry Demoltions pulling down Horsham Church of Christ. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER

KIAMA: Kiama-based performers Sean Emmett, Lincoln John Piper and Doug Faulkner. Photo: ADAM MCLEAN

KIAMA: Sharon Sutherland will undertake a gruelling physical challenge to raise funds for charity. Photo: ADAM MCLEAN

LAUNCESTON: Janalli Kaine takes a tumble in Junior Steer Ride at Powranna Rodeo. Photo: GEOFF ROBSON, The Examiner

LAUNCESTON: Prospect pooch Millie made headlines when she gave birth to 20 puppies. Photo: PHILLIP BIGGS, The Examiner

MILTON: John Payne judges some of the wines that have been presented for judging.

MUSWELLBROOK: Sister Dorothy and Matt McLaren revisiting their lessons. This is the same piano from his childhood lessons. Photo: Betina Hughes

NAROOMA: Paul Mayer from Team Jigman caught this 78cm flathead just off the main channel on Sunday morning helping get second place in the 2016 Narooma Flathead Challenge.

NEWCASTLE: The Pacific Aria approaches Nobbys on Tuesday morning. Photo: DAREEN PATEMAN

NEWCASTLE: University of Newcastle student Kali Sunshine Barcala felt the term artist had been ‘cast aside’ as the university abolished its Bachelor of Fine Arts. Photo: SIMONE DE PEAK

NEWCASTLE: Ruby Robinson (centre left, with flower wreath) celebrates her 11th birthday in a stretch Hummer on Saturday. Photo: MARINA NEIL

NOWRA: Fruitbat numbers are down on the South Coast.

NOWRA: Fruitbat numbers are down on the South Coast

NOWRA: The Shoalhaven Hockey under 18 continued its good start to the Illawarra season with another strong win over Kiama.

NURIOOTPA: Peter Reiters went along with the Barossa Herald’s messy plan. Photo: CARLA WIESE-SMITH

NURIOOTPAL: Courtney Neray went along with the Barossa Herald’s messy plan. Photo: CARLA WIESE-SMITH

PENRITH: A member of the Slovakian contingent practices for the Rio Olympics at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Photo: KRYSTYNA POLLARD

SCONE: Golden Fleece Warriors captain Josh Noble and Rouchel’s Nate Atkinson at Bill Rose Sports Complex ahead of Saturday’s A grade decider. Photo: BEN MURPHY

SINGLETON: Singleton Heights Pre-School readying their garden for the annual Tidy Towns Garden Competition. Photo: SHANNON DANN

ULLADULLA: Emily Higgans with Candy after winning first prize in the pony club mount.

WOLLONGONG: A car on fire at Woonona has spread smoke across Memorial Drive.

WOLLONGONG: Riders Against Discrimination Phillip Miller, Peter Holm, Jono Hyratt, Glen Carn, Sharon Parkes, Greg Jenkins and Carla Jenkins. Photo: ADAM MCLEAN.

WOLLONGONG: The recent loss of 500 jobs at BlueScope left a $400 million hole in the regional economy, according to a study commissioned by Wollongong City Council.

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New direction in 34-year-old plane mysteryInteractive map

ALAN Weller clearly remembers the stormy evening in 1981 when a Cessna 210 nearly ploughed into his farmhouse at Mt George.
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The night of August 9, 1981 was noteworthy alone for its terrible weather, with powerful gusts of wind and low, black clouds creating sleety, icy cold conditions throughout the Manning Valley and Gloucester areas.

Alan and his wife Lucy, who have lived at their farm just over the Tiri Bridge for 52 years, were readying for bed when they heard the tell-tale buzz of an approaching aircraft.

“We could hear it before we could see it,” Alan recalled.

Guy Watts, Alan Weller, Kelvin Gregory and John Ritchie look out towards the ridge that was the potential exit from the valley for VH-MDX.

He dashed outside to see the single-engine Cessna no more than 20 metres above the rolling hillsidethat house is perched on, battling against the gale.

“I was scared it was going to hit the house, it was that low,” Alan said.

In shock and disbelief Alan watched as the plane continued deeper into the Mt George valley he and numerous other farmers call home.

It’s the latest contribution to the mystery surrounding VH-MDX that, after 34 years, continues to deepen.

Alan says he has told his story to police and media multiple times over the past three decades, but according to him, the pleas for a redirected search have fallen on deaf ears.

“It was just ignored,” Alan said.

No trace of the plane has ever been found.

“I wasn’t expecting to see a bloody plane on top of my house”: Alan Weller.

It remains Australia’s only unsolved civil aviation incident.

On board the flight that night were five men – pilot Michael Hutchins, 52; Noel Wildash, 42; Rhett Bosler, 33; Philip Pembroke, 43, and senior Sydney Water Police chief Ken Price, 54.

Four of the men had sailed on a yacht to Queensland before enlisting the services of Hutchins to fly them back to Bankstown airport, starting in Proserpine with a fuel stop in Coolangatta.

The flight was going according to plan when events hurriedly began to unravel near Taree.

The radio transmissions between Hutchins and the Sydney Air Traffic Control paint a picture of the flight spiraling out of control over a 15 minute period.

At. 7.24 Hutchins radioed control requesting permission to ascend to 10,000 feet to escape turbulence.

Seconds later he radioed again saying that the automatic horizon and the direction indicator, two crucial navigation tools, had failed.

Ten minutes after his initial call Hutchins said the aircraft was picking up ice and was losing altitude at 1000ft a minute.

Alan WellerI heard this noise, I’ve looked up and seen this little plane battling

Kelvin GregoryThe red line shows the route the plane could have taken towards the suggested crash site.

TweetFacebook MapsPotential route of the downed planeDespite going back to that stretch of the Nowendoc Road near McQueen’s Bridge, the two could never agree on the exact location of the light.

Previous searches have been based upon the assumption that the plane crashed shortly after the final radio transmission was received at 7.39pm.

John’s accounts lend more weight to the theory that the plane could have flown through the farmers’ valley, over the ridge and the Khatambuhl Valley, before crashing near McQueen’s Bridge.

The new site is more than 50km north east of the Barrington Tops where past searches have been focused.

If Alan’s initial sighting was closer to 8pm, it also means that the plane may have continued to fly some time after the final recorded transmission at 7.39pm, with the loss of radio contact attributable to the plane flying well below the mountains hemming it in on either side.

It’s why they all believe a search in the new area is critical.

“It’s never been searched here at all,” John said about the area along the Nowendoc Road.

Given the lack of success with the traditional search areas, all the men are hoping that their first-hand experiences can provide a new direction to the mystery.

“We all live in the same area, we’re the same mould, we saw the same thing,” Kelvin said.

“We’re not pulling anyone’s leg.”

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