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WAWIBF... Hipbreak Hotel

6 October 2006

This week Paul Moran, a man who makes money working as a Flying Elvis, broke his pelvis. Let's just think about that for a moment. In fact, let's repeat it: this week a man who makes a living from jumping out of an aeroplane dressed as the King of Rock and Roll (a Flying Elvis), broke his pelvis. How cool is that?

Moran was part of a 10-man Flying Elvis skydiving team. Last Friday they were hired to skydive into the car park of a new casino in Montana. Christ alone knows why. Anyhow, nine of the Elvises ('Elvi' is just not right) landed fine, but Paul Moran, the tenth Elvis, misjudged his landing, hit the ground at 50mph and, um, broke his pelvis.

Obviously, as human interest stories go, this one ranks lower than most. In fact we're only mentioning it here at all because we find the rhyming element so desperately, childishly amusing. And the fact that it couldn't work with any other 10-man skydiving dead legend tribute team. We've tried it. A Flying Lennon who tore his tendon? Nope. Rubbish. A Flying Bolan who ruptured his colon? Not really. Only if you garble your colon. A Flying Cobain who buggered his brain? Well maybe. But pelvises are far funnier than brains. And no one rhymes with a body part quite like Elvis. Except perhaps... a Flying Glitter who shattered his shitter? Nah. Bad Egg, Glitter. Let's leave him out of this.

So, Paul Moran, poor old Elvis with the fucked-up pelvis. Get well soon. And get a proper job.

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