Most Challenging Hole in Golf – It’s JUST a Par 3!

30 03 2010

Most Challenging Hole in Golf

Forget pitch and putt – this tee-off point on top of a 1,410 ft. mountain in South Africa it is the longest hole and the hardest golf shot in the world.

More than $1 million awaits the player who can score a hole in one.

Players must take a helicopter to the top to play the longest and highest par three on the planet.

Taking the shot also requires courage. A player needs to teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the mammoth hillside.

Indeed, the Extreme 19th Hole is so high the ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground.

Channel Nine cricket commentator Mark Nicholas recently joined an elite list to have the shot in just three swings. “It was awesome, riveting and phenomenal,” he said, “it’s like the end of the world when you get up there and it’s an awful lot of fun. It’s such an adrenaline rush taking the helicopter up and then rushing back down.”

The hole is based at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort, within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy
in South Africa ’s Northeastern Limpopo Province .

The other 18 holes were designed by world golfing legends including Trevor Immelman, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington and Australia ’s Robert Allenby.

A round of golf – including a buggy and lunch – will set you back R450 ($70).

The Extreme 19th cost is $1060 per four balls, that includes helicopter ride, souvenir cap, glove, and a DVD of you playing the hole.

So far, no one has even come close pocketing the million-dollar prize, but Harrington became the first golfer to conquer the hole within par.

Harrington said, “This is the type of innovation and excitement we need to get more people playing golf. There aren’t many new innovative ways to play the game but this is certainly one of the best. I think this hole is awesome. I love the whole experience, the helicopter, the views, the drama and having the green
the shape of Africa . And now I’ve got bragging rights over all the other professionals who have played this hole and not managed to make a three. I love everything about it.”

He also said “do not Tell Tiger about this hole, as he is in enough trouble already”!!

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Chilean Earthquake Speeds Earth’s Rotation

4 03 2010

The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

“Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth’s axis,” NASA officials said in a Monday update.

The computer model used by Gross and his colleagues to determine the effects of the Chile earthquake effect also found that it should have moved Earth’s figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarcseconds).





Happy Birthday Andrew!!!

23 02 2010

To the best brother I have ever known and the coolest kid in the world, I wish you the best birthday ever.  Much love.

Here’s A happy Bday video for you:
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And another:

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Now for your gift. Since I leave for Hong Kong tomorrow I’m coming back with this outfit for you. PENIS PANTS Baby!!!

Andrew Ordinary's future Bday outfit





First Apple Store Wedding 2/14/2010

23 02 2010

This is sad.

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(Lee) Alexander McQueen : R.I.P.

11 02 2010

Alexander McQueen

Today is a sad day for fashion.  This breaks my heart.  Lee Alexander McQueen has passed away at the super young age of 40.  Here is a statement from the home site:

ON BEHALF OF LEE MCQUEEN’S FAMILY, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN TODAY ANNOUNCES THE TRAGIC NEWS THAT LEE MCQUEEN, THE FOUNDER AND DESIGNER OF THE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN BRAND HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD AT HIS HOME. AT THIS STAGE IT IS INAPPROPRIATE TO COMMENT ON THIS TRAGIC NEWS BEYOND SAYING THAT WE ARE DEVASTATED AND ARE SHARING A SENSE OF SHOCK AND GRIEF WITH LEE’S FAMILY.

Although he has worked for huge fashion houses like Gucci, making usually women’s clothing I will always remember McQueen for his amazing kicks for men.  Some of his creations for Puma are on my shortlist for favourite footwear.  Here’s a peek at some of the creations from the house of McQueen:

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

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South African Airlines Kulula Paints their planes

5 02 2010

Once again, South Africans amaze with their brilliant senses of humour.  Kulula airlines has just rebranded their planes.  Word on the street is, this wasn’t a media company, this was in house creative.  Quite interesting, and by my humble opinion, perfect choice in paint colour.  Oh, and ah, thanks for pointing out the black box for me.  They are always looking for the flight data recorder on ‘Mayday’ and I always wondered where it was supposed to be housed.  Enjoy the pics:

Kulula Airlines

Kulula Airlines

Kulula Airlines

Kulula Airlines

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Monopoly Revolution

4 02 2010

Basically the new Monopoly Revolution is the same game as we all grew up with, without the inconvenience of all of that paper money.

The board is circular, but has the full selection of properties, while the financial side of things is handled via electronic banking cards. There are a few sound effects thrown in for good measure.

While making the cash electronic might save a bit of time and inconvenience, there is something truly satisfying about building up a huge wad of paper.

Monopoly

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