Friday, November 30, 2012

World's Fastest Chip Wrapper

A chip shop worker has won a Guinness World Record title for being the fastest at wrapping chips. Speedy Steph Celik packed five 350g bags - with added salt and vinegar - in just 58 seconds. The mother-of seven beat the previous record by two seconds to earn a place in the Guinness World Records. Her successful attempt came during filming for CBBC show Officially Amazing, to be aired in March. Steph, 32, said: 'It started as a bit of craziness.
'I had the idea of giving it a go and suggested it to my boss. She liked it and it all went from there. Steph has worked at the Blue Whale fish and chip shop, in Maltby, South Yorkshire, on and off for 19 years. She began honing her skills to speed up the process of serving customers. 'I don't like waiting in a queue myself, so if I don't find it very amusing I don't think anyone else would,' she said. 'Someone had already attempted this record, so I needed to do all five bags of chips in under 60 seconds. 'I think I knew straight away that I'd managed it. 'A few customers have pointed out how quick I am, but others don't really care as long as they're fed.'
Enjoying her 'claim to fame', Steph said she couldn't have smashed the world record without the help of her collegues. 'I've been doing it for a while. We work well as a team in the shop, like a big family unit,' she said. 'It's nice and busy, we don't get many complaints. 'The customers are well looked after and they go home happy. 'It felt amazing after I got the record, and it's been crazy since. 'But this is my moment of madness, my claim to fame.' Shop owner Nikki Avgousti said: 'Steph's done really well and we're proud of her. 'She suggested it, we liked the idea and she went and did it. 'Customers have been congratulating her. 'Everyone here is pretty quick so we were wondering who might be the fastest and Steph showed us she is.'

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

India Fabolous Photos Snaps From Above With the Help of Camera inserted into the kite

Taken from skies high above India these startling images provide a new perspective on the country's rich culture and vibrant landscapes. Incredibly they were snapped not from the inside of an aeroplane but from camera hanging from a simple kite. For the last nine years French photographer Nicolas Chorier has been attaching one of his four specialist cameras to a simple Japanese-style kite in order to take thousands of pictures of places from above.
The iconic white stonework of the Taj Mahal with the city of Agra.
Lengths of of fishing net looks like strings of spaghetti as fishermen walk among the scattered debris of their trade on this beach in Kovalam, Kerala at the southern tip of India.
Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka state, India, located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, which dates back to the 1st century BC.
Part of the beauty of Chorier's style is it allows him to shoot buildings such as Udaipur Lake Palace in Rajasthan, from the air in an ecological way - without resorting to helicopter or plane.
Men participating in the Indian martial art of Kalaripayattu in the southern state of Kerala. It is one of the oldest fighting systems in existence, practiced in the state and contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Camel riders and their animals cast long shadows as they take a rest in the sun in Pushkar - in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
A gaggle of fisherman drag in a boat full with their bounty from the sea. Nicolas was given his first camera when he was 12-years-old and quickly became a photography enthusiast.
Women put their colourful freshly washed sheets out to dry in the sweltering sun while a child comes to assist.
Chorier says he loves the idea of using only the wind to take photos as compared with burning kerosene with a helicopter, or wasting helium with a balloon'.
Nicolas uses a remote control to move the cradle and camera into the best position to take a picture. He says each site brings its own challenges.
The photographer says: 'I have to consider the atmosphere temperature, the crowds, winds, electrical wires and obstacles. It can become very touchy at times'.
Nicolas it is not just getting close to his subjects that he enjoys, but also the ecological benefits of not using an aeroplane or other mechanical device.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Risking Children : How Indonesia School Children Use Of Aqueduct

Children in Indonesia are risking their lives everyday just to get to school. They use an aqueduct, suspended hundreds of metres above the ground as a shortcut, even though it was not built for people to walk on. It is meant to transport water, but the wooden structure links Suro Village and Plempungan Village in Java.
Even though it is dangerous, they would rather use the precarious structure than walk a distance over three miles. Children cycle along a wooden planks in the middle in their school uniform while local adults use it to transport food and material between the two villages.
Earlier this year a group of Indonesian children were filmed crossing a collapsed suspension bridge over a swollen river to reach their school after three suspension bridges in the district of Lebak collapsed due to flooding. Despite the poor transport links the Indonesian island has a population of 137 million, meaning it is the world's most populous island, and one of the most densely-populated places on the globe.

Friday, November 23, 2012

World's Largest Camel Market

These atmospheric shots of herders and their camels trekking across the desert appear to hark back to a time before technology and industrialisation - but the images are actually of the world's largest camel fair still held every year in the middle of the Indian desert. Hundreds of herders descend upon Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan for the five-day annual camel and livestock fair. The Pushkar Fair, also known as the Pushkar ka Mela, is held on the banks of Pushkar Lake every November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon.
The epic spectacle attracts 300,000 people and up to 20,000 camels, cattle and horses. The event, which sees tough bartering over livestock, has also become a major tourist attraction in recent years with a fair football match between the locals and visitors. A camel race starts off the festival followed by music performances and tough competitions such as the 'matka phod' meaning 'longest moustache' and a 'bridal competition'. While the herders deal livestock, many shoppers attend to visit the stalls of clothes and textiles.



Awesome Balloon Bridge

Creative bridge designed by French artist Olivier Grossetete is supported by three helium filled balloons. Pont de Singe (Monkey Bridge) is located in Tatton Park’s beautiful green garden in Cheshire, England. Creative balloon bridge was made for contemplation rather than function. Photos by Duncan Hull, Toby Savage, Wilf, and Thierry Bal.

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