Category Archives: General blog

Do you have vertigo? Yes, to the top of Shanghai Tower!!

Russian’s, as can be seen from the many dashboard CAM crash videos, are a crazy yet hardy lot.  The Russian version of a 3-a-day involves cigarettes, vodka and spitting.

Living up to that hardy reputation are Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov who have filmed the moment that they scaled China’s new tallest building – the second tallest in the world.

I actually get butterflies in my stomach from just watching this video.  Ok, maybe it’s because they are  “young” or maybe just “foolhardy” or maybe it’s because put simply…they are “Russian”. Whatever the answer, whatever the reason – I do have to admire their balls.

Oh and by-the-by 650 meters equates to 2,132ft!

On his blog Vadim writes: “Aware of the strict Chinese law, we prepared carefully and picked an appropriate date, the Chinese New Year day. At that time the security was less watchful, workers were on vacations, and cranes did not work. We got to the crane at around midnight. It took us almost two hours to get on the 120th floor by foot. And also, we spend almost 18 hours on top of the building, sleeping and waiting for better weather. The result you can see in our new video.”

His  blog is worth checking out, just for the pictures:

Vadim Raskalov’s blog 

Top of the Tower
Top of the Tower

Useful Tips of Life

There is a twitter account @WeirdLifeTips which tweets useful and interesting tips on making your general life better. Well, ok. I need all the help I can get with most things. I have a low attention span that leads me to start something else before I’ve fin



Customer Service suprise


I had to update information on my insurance today and was struck by how the female customer service adviser dealt with each segment of information I divulged – in a surprised/impressed tone.

She sounded surprised when I gave her my post code. Impressed when I gave her my phone number.  Grateful that I’d spoken to her when we parted.  To go through life being surprised and impressed by the minutia of postcodes and addresses can’t be bad….until a pet dies.  I hope her pet doesn’t die.


The pains of a new beginning


Ok, so I’m new to word press.

In fact, this is only the 3rd post I’ve done since i created this account…maybe a year ago.

Not sure I’m won over by the posting posibilities on offer here – especially as I can’t seem to embed my podcast links!! Kinda the whole point.

Time will tell.