Sexy Italians Turn Base-Jumping into Fashion Catwalk in the Sky
Leave it to the Italians to take something as utilitarian as base jumping and turn it into an elegant fashion cat walk, starting with the gorgeous/crazy Roberta Mancino base jumping in high heels and a sequin dress. (via Gizmodo)
Romania: Drone Footage Shows Roma Community Living on Chemical Waste Site
Senior religious figures from across the UK are calling on the mayor of a Transylvanian town to change his policy towards the Roma – after they were driven from his town and forced to live on a chemical waste dump.
Seventy six families were evicted from their homes in the centre of Romania’s dynamic second city Cluj and relocated to one-room structures on the Pata Rat dump.
There are no roads to the waste site, so the mud is pervasive, there is only one communal shower block, and initially no toilets in the homes.
Children complain of breathing problems; arriving at school, they are forced to stand outside and wash the mud off their clothes, leading to inevitable taunts. (via Telegraph)
Russia’s Youngest Boy Racer Takes Car Stunt in his Stride
Toxa Avdeev posted this video of his three-year-old son enjoying the ride after fitting a camera to the dashboard of his powerful Subaru Legacy B4.
Strapped into his safety seat, the little boy initially appears bored until he hears the squeal of the brakes. His eyes then open wide with excitement and he grins widely as the car speeds up, spins and drifts. (via Telegraph)
Ten of the world’s best windsurfers battle huge waves and 80mph winds off the coast of Cornwall for Red Bull’s Storm Chase competition. For most events, bad weather is a reason to cancel – but this event only gets the green light when weather conditions are at their worst. France’s Thomas Traversa won the competition with Brazilian Marcilio Browne in second and Germany’s Leon Jamaer in third place (via Guardian)
Atlantic Storms Hitting the UK and Western Europe - Satellite Animation
A series of images from 29 January to 10 February 2014 shows a succession of storms moving east across the Atlantic Ocean and hitting the UK, Spain, France and Portugal. The white areas show clouds, bright red is the jet stream and the purple is cold air. The green areas are warmer, more moist air.
Storms, plotted here by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, have caused severe flooding and damage to properties and transport links on Europe’s Atlantic coast. Further east, counties including Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, have experienced the heaviest snowfall for decades (via Guardian)
The U.K.’s Channel 4 aired Hunted, a wide-ranging documentary about homophobia in Russia. Its biggest coup was achieving access to the inner workings of Occupy Paedophilia, the largest vigilante group responsible for the hunting down of, physical abuse against, and public humiliation of gay people (predominantly gay men). Though such footage has been making the rounds, this is the first time I’ve seen the planning and luring process of the group. Via the third-party cameras, we also get a sense of how long such an ordeal lasts (an hour). Though mild in violence, the footage above is as hard to watch as the rest of this stuff, so proceed with caution. (via Gawker)