Tombstoning is a water sports event (as yet unrecognised by the International Olympic Committee). It involves diving into water from considerable heights. It has been widely condemned by health and safety officials, not to mention the families of paraplegic teenagers.
The youtube generation has dreamt up a contemporary variant. Balconing. This involves young Brits, holidaying in Ibiza hotels, getting mashed then leaping from balcony to balcony, or diving from considerable heights into the gloom where they last recall seeing a swimming pool. Naturally every second of this hilarious anarchy is captured on multiple cellphones. Nine holidaymakers have died and 30 have been seriously injured in the Balearics this year.
Ibiza and Majorca attract Britain’s youth because it’s a cheap getaway. But if saving money is a key incentive, scaling local bus shelters then crashing head-first onto the pavement would be a far more cost-effective way to snap spinal chords. Mind you, that anti-vandal paint is a devil to get out.