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|Roof leak worries Cabbagetown club
The boxers pray for a cold snap as they punch the heavy bag. They want the mercury to drop as swiftly and easily as a palooka.
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He closed the door and pointed to the ceiling. Many tiles were missing; the remaining tiles were sagging, swollen and stained with rust-coloured water.
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A couple of kids were working each other over in the ring. Peter said, "One is Chechen, the other is from Afghanistan. We have a number of kids from that part of the world. Tough kids."
Cabbagetown kids now.
One of the tough kids took a blow to the nose. Blood ran down. Peter called time. The kid stepped out of the ring. Peter pinched a tissue to the young man's nostrils and said, "Breathe through your mouth. Relax. You got forced air at home?"
The kid wasn't sure what that was. Peter explained forced air. The kid said yes, he had it. Peter said, "Is there a vent by your bed?" Yes. "Is it dry in the morning?" Yes. "The slightest tap can start you bleeding. Cover the vent tonight. Sleep with an extra blanket. Put a glass of water by the vent."
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Here's the thing. You cannot staunch a roof as easily as you can stem the flow of blood from a battered nose. A tissue costs nothing. The roof repairs will cost $43,000.
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Two new fighters stepped into the ring. One is a prospect and the other is new to the sport, too old to be a prospect but stylish all the same.
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