Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed

Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa set a new world record for the largest wave ever ridden. The athlete from Guaruja beat Garrett McNamara’s 2011 wave by two feet.
The judging panel for the Big Wave Awards concluded that the record-breaking wave surfed by Koxa at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017, was 80 feet (24.38 meters) overtaking Garrett McNamara’s record, whose wave was marked at 78 feet (23.77 meters) in 2011.
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Welcome to a holiday of the future

Dodging cannon balls in the 15th century, jumping off a mountain or shape-shifting your bed in a hotel room you can speak to — step into a holiday of the future.
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Dining goes sky-high with suspended restaurant

“gastronomic delights at a table suspended 50m in the air”

Dining in Auckland is about to be taken to new heights with some of the country’s best chefs serving gastronomic delights at a table suspended 50m in the air. Renowned Kiwi chefs Simon Gault and Gareth Stewart are among those involved in Dinner in the Sky, which sees 22 diners seated at a specially engineered table hoisted by crane over the city.  Diners board the platform at ground level and are strapped into seats with a harness with legs left dangling underneath. Guests are told to leave all belongings, apart from a camera or phone, on the ground.
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Play Me, I’m Yours

Play Me, I’m Yours was first commissioned in Birmingham, UK in 2008. With 15 pianos located across the city for three weeks it is estimated that over 140,000 people played or listened to music from the pianos. Since then more than 1500 street pianos have been placed in 50 cities, which have been played and listened to by more than 10 million people worldwide. Each new city that commissions the artwork becomes part of this growing international legacy.
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Star Wars’ R2-D2, dies aged 81.

7732496-3x2-940x627Kenny Baker, the British actor who starred as plucky robot R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 81.  Mr Baker, who measured one metre tall, played the resourceful droid known for his whistles and beeps in the original Star Wars movie in 1977 and in the five following movies.

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2014: 26 stories that inspire, delight, amaze or amuse.

Image32014 has seen its share of heartbreak, but there have been lighter moments too, so here, in no particular order, is a selection of stories that inspire, delight, amaze or amuse. [Ed: because I only like Happy Endings]. More . . .

How to always win at rock, paper, scissors.

paper_620x310Thought rock, paper, scissors was a game of chance? Think again.
In 2005, a flagging Japanese economy convinced Takashi Hashiyama, president of the electronics firm Maspro Denkoh, to sell the corporate collection of French impressionist paintings. This included a major Cezanne landscape and lesser works by Sisley, van Gogh, and Picasso.
Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s gave presentations to Hashiyama, touting their expertise and ability to achieve the highest auction prices. In Hashiyama’s judgment, the presentations were equally convincing. To settle the matter, he proposed a game of rock, paper, scissors.   More . . .

How to spend Powerball millions.

ISLAND GETAWAY: Buying Pakatoa Island won’t leave you any change from the $32 million winnings

Just after 8pm NZT someone will be jumping up and down and screaming for joy at winning Powerball’s $32 million jackpot. But by Monday they will have some decisions to make, not the least of which what to spend all that money on, or if to spend it at all.

Here is a taste of some of the ways you could try to invest 32 million big ones. . . .More