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    One of the many good tales of student pranks, trophying etc that goes round durham is that of the car being suspended under Kingsgate bridge.

    I always thought it was an urban legend, but I have just seen a photo of it!
    Looking at the car I think it happened a while back, you can just see hatfield in the corner of the photo. If anyone wants to go down in infamy at Durham, the bar has been set rather high!
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    (Original post by dave134)
    One of the many good tales of student pranks, trophying etc that goes round durham is that of the car being suspended under Kingsgate bridge.

    I always thought it was an urban legend, but I have just seen a photo of it!
    Looking at the car I think it happened a while back, you can just see hatfield in the corner of the photo. If anyone wants to go down in infamy at Durham, the bar has been set rather high!

    Hehe...not bad - any idea whose car it was?
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    (Original post by shilling)
    Hehe...not bad - any idea whose car it was?
    Rumor has it was the Vice-Chancellors, but more likely it was bought from a scrap yard. Apparently they rigged together a barge, floated the car to under the bridge (the car is just a shell, all the heavy stuff was stripped away) lowered chains down from the bridge, and the guys in the water connected them up with bolts. The car was then hoisted from the bridge and secured with bolts again.

    Not having either enough man-power, or long enough chains to replace the excess cut away, the Fire Brigade had to use long handled cutters and let it drop!

    To make things more impressive, the entire operation was conducted in the dead of night!
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    Would there usually be a special occasion for a prank like this, or are they just conducted randomly by members of the Durham student body (with perhaps a little too much time on their hands)? hehe
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    (Original post by shilling)
    Would there usually be a special occasion for a prank like this, or are they just conducted randomly by members of the Durham student body (with perhaps a little too much time on their hands)? hehe
    Apparenntly it was done in RAG week, where stupid stunts were combined with raising money for charity. RAG is no more, but DUCK (Durham University Charities Kommittee) has replaced it. The legend goes that RAG was dissolved after a disasterous stunt involving the Prison. Students supposedly broke in to the administration block, and left a box of milk tray on the Governors desk.

    The stunts are still going to this day,

    (Original post by Police report from 2002)
    Late Sunday night an unknown group of students climbed over the security fence protecting the building works at Durham Cathedral, climbed the scaffolding and hung a banner bearing the DUCK logo from the top of the Cathedral. Presumably the same group of students also spray painted the word 'Quack' in large yellow letters on to Palace Green.
    Legend also has it that students set up cones, road closed signs, etc on the bypass and diverted all the traffic through the supposedly pedestrianised city centre.
    They are also responsible for painting the footprints from the statue in the Market square to the nearest pub and back.
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    Ha, sounds like good fun!
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    And were you ever involved in any such antics Mr. 134? *looks suspicious*
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    (Original post by shilling)
    And were you ever involved in any such antics Mr. 134? *looks suspicious*
    I deny everything!
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    (Original post by dave134)
    I deny everything!
    He's Guilty!
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    (Original post by Valen)
    He's Guilty!
    Most of the so called "stunts" would get you thrown out of the uni, some would have the police asking serious questions.

    A few years back one of my tutors had the unfortunate duty of sitting on the hastily convened Senate Disciplinary Committee to consider what to do with some hatfield students attempt at a prank involving the same building works to the cathedral mentioned in the Police report I quoted (different incident) As the stunt went horribly wrong and the cathedral nearly caught fire they were expelled from the university without any qualification and barred from ever re-applying. I believe the police did not persue an Arson charge, but that was due to lack of evidence of malice, I think they recieved community service orders for criminal damage.

    So as I stated above, I deny everything!
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    (Original post by dave134)
    Most of the so called "stunts" would get you thrown out of the uni, some would have the police asking serious questions.

    A few years back one of my tutors had the unfortunate duty of sitting on the hastily convened Senate Disciplinary Committee to consider what to do with some hatfield students attempt at a prank involving the same building works to the cathedral mentioned in the Police report I quoted (different incident) As the stunt went horribly wrong and the cathedral nearly caught fire they were expelled from the university without any qualification and barred from ever re-applying. I believe the police did not persue an Arson charge, but that was due to lack of evidence of malice, I think they recieved community service orders for criminal damage.

    So as I stated above, I deny everything!
    Oh dear!
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    (Original post by shilling)
    Oh dear!
    They were lighting a fire under the plastic sheeting, hoping it would diffuse the light and be visible for miles.

    In fact it burnt and some of the 12th century timbers were starting to catch alight. I think they got off lightly for charring a world heritage site!
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    (Original post by dave134)
    They were lighting a fire under the plastic sheeting, hoping it would diffuse the light and be visible for miles.

    In fact it burnt and some of the 12th century timbers were starting to catch alight. I think they got off lightly for charring a world heritage site!
    Idiots, I thought they went to university, lighting a fire underneath plastic is gonna cause the plastic to melt, drip in the fire, and then catch alight.

    That kind of prank isnt quite so funny, but some others can be very funny, if done with care and attention to ensure nothing really dangerous can happen.

    At my 6th form collage we have a new building which has just been completed, and last year, as a prank, a pupil scaled the crane which was then being used to construct this building (big building, and very tall crane). Once up there he attached a 9 foot long representation of a male organ and left it dangling from the end of the crane. Needless to say when they caught him the expelled him for a) going on a building site and b) endangering his life.

    EDIT: P.S. thanks for the bad rep for this post and not leaving a message explaining why or who you are, although i suspect it proberbly has something to do with me calling them idiots.
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    right ...

    1 = harry potter was filmed at Durham but they only used part of the library, the top of the cathedral... and the cloisters and close(where the flying scene in the first film was shot).

    and 2= i know that castle has formals twice a week n they range from semi smart(ie girls can get away wit trousers) to proper posh ball gown stylee.. so therefore i see this as an excuse to buy as many outfits with the justification that they are essential items of clothing....(dont think my room will have enough space for all my clothes!)

    unfortunatly gentlemen it is not so exciting for u... i guess its a suit as less smart n DJ as very smart... but hey maybe u could start a new trend n break tradition .....branch out into dresses... (he he)

    xPx
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    Hmm.... breaking tradition, dresses... sounds interesting.
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    (Original post by Valen)
    Hmm.... breaking tradition, dresses... sounds interesting.
    And all us girls could go in DJs
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    (Original post by Valen)
    Hmm.... breaking tradition, dresses... sounds interesting.
    Be sure to wear nice revealing ones too.
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    (Original post by lilsunflower)
    Be sure to wear nice revealing ones too.
    Oh, don't worry... I will!
 
 
 
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