Bear had the room next to your humble Devil for a year at Eton and, for all that he used to demonstrate his black belt karate moves mainly by practising them on me, he was a thoroughly decent chap. As a result, I'm extremely pleased to see that his latest foolish expedition has been a success.
A British Everest summiteer has become the first man to fly higher than the top of the world in a powered paraglider.
Bear Grylls, who at the age of 23 became the youngest British climber to scale Mount Everest in 1998*, achieved a feat that had been deemed impossible by many critics prior to the mission.
I have a soft spot for utter lunatics who do loony things just because they haven't been done yet; it reaffirms my faith in man's pioneering spirit...
* Actually, he was the youngest to scale it and return alive. And he did so a mere two years after breaking his back parachuting and being told he'd never walk again.