SVALBARD, NORWAY, Daredevil Ben Stookesberry, 34, plummets 65ft as he becomes the first person to kayak down a glacier's waterfall in Svalbard, Norway.
THIS is the moment a daredevil kayaker d-ices with death - as he becomes the world's first to plummet over a glacier's waterfall. Ben Stookesberry, 34, plunged into the icy waters beneath the 65ft freezing falls of the Braswell Glacier in a matter of seconds. Alongside fellow pro paddlers Pedro Oliva, 29, and Chris Korbulic, 26, the trio performed a series of death-defying stunts in Svalbard, Arctic Circle, last month. The barmy trio came face-to-face with polar bears during their 12-day boat and kayak adventure through Svalbard, one of the world's most desolate landscapes.
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Chris Todd walks on water with the help of his self built 'tredalo' at Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, Lake 32 in Cirencester, England.
A MAN is attempting to walk across the Irish Sea - in a human HAMSTER WHEEL. Chris Todd, 35, will zig-zag 66 miles across open water for two days non-stop. He will power his metal wheel - which he calls a Tredalo - by walking on wire mesh, with two floats either side to act as stabilisers. The charity stunt will see him burn a huge 36,000 calories - almost three weeks worth - during the endurance feat. He will consume a whopping 30 litres of water and munch the equivalent of 60 Mars bars to keep energy levels up. Engineer Chris, from Bromham, Wiltshire, said: "It will be like running 10 back-to-back marathons. "The Irish Sea crossing is on the very edge of what I believe is possible. "But I am looking forward to a cold Guinness on arrival." Chris hand-crafted the human hamster wheel in his garden with help from his wife and friends. The idea came to him while rowing across a lake - and he spent 11 months painstakingly piecing it together. He originally planned to use it to cross the English Channel, but red-tape and high costs curtailed his bid, forcing him to turn to the Irish Sea. Chris added: "I've tested it on lakes and in the sea but that has only been for a couple of hours, which is totally different to a couple of days. "The only way we are going know if it will stand up to the battering from the waves is to actually do it. "It is going to be one of the toughest things I've ever done. Imagine spending 48-hours on a stepping machine in the gym without getting any sleep. "I'm not looking forward to night time in case I end up in the way of a ship and unlike endurance races on land the horizon is going to be bleak and featureless. "So it will be mentally challenging as well as physically." And Chris' long suffering wife Joy has her reservations about his latest hair-raising stunt for charity. He added: "It took me 11 months to build because if I spent any more time tinkering with it I'd be divorced. "She isn't over the moon that I am doing it and rejected the idea of accompanying me in the safety boat, but she is very supportive. "She has become quite used to my endurance feats and I've been very thorough with all the risk assessments." Chris hopes to raise $30,000 AUD (£20,000 GBP) and will split the money between two charities - Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Wiltshire Blind Association.
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BEWDLEY, UNITED KINGDOM One of Five, the painting African elephant's, abstract artworks at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley.
THIS elephant makes painting look easel - as she creates a masterpiece by clutching a brush in her trunk. Five, a 20-year-old African elephant, has become an art sensation at West Midlands Safari Park, in Bewdley. The 3.5 tonne ele has produced 90 paintings, which have sold for up to £250. The budding Picasso first picked up a brush two years ago and now creates abstracts influenced by the weather. And keepers at the park have taken to attaching a picture of Five crafting each painting to the back of the canvas - because buyers refuse to believe she has done them. Bob Lawrence, director of wildlife at the park, said: "Five has been a budding Picasso for a couple of years now. "People always say it is mind boggling, the standard she paints at is very good. "People simply can't believe she has done them until we show them the pictures of her painting. "She's an extremely intelligent animal. We put down a few pots of colours next to a canvas and she will pick and choose which she will use and in which order. "When we say 'paint' she'll pick up the brush and get to work. And when we say 'OK' she will stop. "We find her paintings reflect her mood or even the weather. "I've got one at home which is very eerie with black shadows, which she did on a rainy day. But if it is a nice day she tends to produce bright greens, reds." Five's extraordinary art career began when she picked up a brush keepers were trying to lap hoof oil onto her nails with - and tried to paint a picture not he ground. Mesmerised workers at the 200 acre wildlife park quickly fetched a canvas and paint pots to see what she could create. And to their amazement Five began crafting intriguing abstracts that have flown off the shelves at the parks store. Bob added: "She has produced 90 of those paintings so far and they sell like hot cakes. "A couple have gone for as much as £250 in charity auctions."
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: An urban camouflage model expertly blends into a fruit and veg stall in a market in London, England.
The UK’s leading lifestyle TV channel, Really has teamed up with make-up artist Carolyn Roper, to hide covert ‘spies’ in the city through the art of urban camouflage. The series of operations were launched to mark the UK premiere of the new series of CIA drama Covert Affairs, Wednesdays at 9pm from 19 September (Sky 248, Virgin 267, Freeview 17). The ‘spies’ were blended into iconic London backdrops including a black taxi outside the Royal Albert Hall, a London red bus in West London and a market stall on Portobello Road. One image features a ‘spy’ seated on a bus with the background elements seamlessly blended, she only becomes truly visible when she leaps out of her seat to the shock of surrounding passengers.
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Music-loving artists Mirco Pagano and Moreno De Turco used over 6,500 CDs to create these stunning images of the world's most famous musicians. Capturing their likenesses in incredible detail, the pair used existing CD covers released by each singer to piece together the collages. Included in their collection are Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. The duo, from Milan, Italy, even produced a separate stop-motion video of pop king Michael Jackson - using 1,100 Jacko CDs to make him move. Mirco, 29, said the pair worked for 200 hours over three months to finish the series. After selecting the musicians and their most memorable images, the pair scoured through CDs from each artists and selected those with a mix of colours and shapes. They then copied the label and printed them onto blank CDs before arranging them on the floor, suing a computer model to guide them. But the pair also want their work to send a serious message. They feel their copied CDs should highlight how music piracy is ruining opportunities for budding musicians and stopping them from becoming idols like the famous faces in their exhibit.