Friday, May 18, 2007

Grin and Bear it

Bear Grylls is in the same category of lunatic Etonians as Ranulph Fiennes and his ilk; both are the kind of people who like to do utterly insane things because they can't conceive of anything else that they would rather do.

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.

1 comment:

Mr. Hughes said...

How on earth did he ever come upon that *extraordinary* name?? If I hadn't have known better I'd have assumed he was American and baptised in honour of the last grizzly despatched by his bushy-bearded father in the backwoods. Perhaps he is/was?
I am paying a visit to your alma mater this weekend, to hear them warbling some of my lovely music; I'll give them your regards, if you like.