Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creative Japanese Designer Shigero Ban Wins The 2014 Pritzker Prize For Architecture...

The creative Japanese architect Shigero Ban is a very respected and highly thought of person in New Zealand and a particular favourite in the devastated city of Christchurch which was virtually leveled to the ground after the 2011 earthquakes.
Mr Ban created a stunningly beautiful 'cardboard cathedral' replacing the original iconic structure that was almost totally destroyed.
Shigero Ban's commitment to humanitarian causes is also well known and his designs for disaster relief efforts, highly respected.
One of this extraordinary man's talents is using cardboard and cardboard tubes in particular to form long lasting sustainable designs. His emergency shelters offered safe havens to the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami and too in Sri Lanka.
Shigero Ban is making our world a better place...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brando Yelavich Continues His Epic Journey To Become The First Person To Walk The Entire New Zealand Coastline...

A few days ago I had the delight of catching up with my young friend Brando on the Mahia Peninsula. Wildboy is the name he's using these days but since I met him on day two of his epic adventure to walk the entire New Zealand coastline, this remarkable young person has become an inspirational man.
His parents Todd and Danella have every reason to be immensely proud of their son with his attention deficit disorder and his dyslexia for achieving what nobody has ever achieved.
Many have talked about it but Brando is walking the talk and when he reaches Cape Reinga in early August he'll deserve every accolade that comes his way.
He will have conquered his first Everest.
He's got others in mind, like writing a book, continuing to inspire others, being the first person to climb a mountain on the moon and getting a car.
He jokes he's fed up with walking.
As you might well imagine he's had some wonderful adventures on his journey, catching his first Hapuka at Ngawi with my friend Malcolm was one, living off the land has been an incredible experience and he's met many amazing people.
Some like Tarsh from Dunedin have gone to great lengths to travel part of the way with him.
Right now she's walking with him from Mahia up the coast to Gisborne on the East Cape. You can follow Brando every step of the way too and on that matter, so far he reckons he's made over seven and a half million steps on the five thousand eight hundred kilometers already walked.
It was great to see him but I'm glad I'm not carrying his pack.
It's so heavy I could hardly lift it.
I'll catch up with him again before Cape Reinga.
And yes Brando. Life is good...

Monday, April 14, 2014

And The Winner Of The Best Shed In The UK Is...

Quick, pass me the envelope!
And the winner of the award for the very best shed in the UK in 2013 and the first prize of a thousand pounds goes to Alex Holland applause applause and his beautiful little boat-topped shed situated in the Cambrian mountain range near Marchynlleth in Mid Wales.
Some of you are old enough to remember and yet not too old to forget that Alex's wonderful shed featured here last year.
The Flying Tortoise does know how to pick a winner when it sees one.
Congratulations Alex.
To the other winners, Clare Kapma-Saunders and her Queen Emma Galleon, David Lifton and his Tardis, Abigail Walker of Pangbourne  in Berkshire and her Nissen Hut Styled Shed. Marcus Shields and his sustainable Eco Shed with it's wildflower roof and retired Guerilla artist Luke Hollingworth known as Syd from Malmesbury in Wiltshire. Congratulations
And to all the other Sheddies and Sheddites who entered Cuprinol's Best Shed Competition, thankyou for entering and we'll look forward to seeing who wins what next year...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kids, Don't Try This Without Parental Supervision...

And parents.
Don't even think about trying it.
Without asking your children first...

Norwegian Idiot Stian Ytterdahl Does It Again...

It seems that eighteen year old Norwegian Stian Ytterdahl is even sillier than first thought.
Not content with the McDonald's invoice tattooed on his right arm, the idiot boy has just had another invoice, this time from his tattooist, tattooed on his left arm.
As you might imagine, his parents are thrilled and his mother is having a nervous breakdown...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Oh Danny Boy That's A Bonny Wee Housetruck...

Oh Danny that surely is a gorgeous little housetruck you've made for yourself there.
Danny lives in the Golden Bay area at the top of New Zealand's South Island and he and his wee truck are well known identities in the area.
There's plenty of alternative lifestylers, bohemians, artists, musicians, and very interesting folk in and around Nelson, Motueka, Takaka and Collingwood areas and Danny is just one of the many colourful characters...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Police In Pakistan Arrest Nine Month Old Mohammed Khan For Murder And Throwing Stones...

The world has gone mad but you know that.
The police in Pakistan accused nine month old Mohammed Mosa Khan, no relation to Lloyd Khan but who knows, even though the name is spelled differently there is a resemblance - of conspiring to murder, throwing stones at police and interfering in state affairs.
Looking at this hardened criminal sucking on his bottle of milk while sitting on his granfather's knee you too would be inclined to think he's guilty. He's got that look about him hasn't he.
Mohammed was arrested and finger printed along with thirty other people in a raid as police tried to capture a group of thieves in Lahore recently.
As a first offender the Minister of Justice may intervene and let him off with a warning perhaps.
But watch out Mohammed.
Those who throw stones, shouldn't.
And if you don't believe me there's more on Mohammed and the farcical situation here...