Monday, 29 June 2009

Looking Back - Atlantic Record For Branson

On this day , in 1986, millionaire Richard Branson smashed the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. His 72ft powerboat, the Virgin Atlantic Challenger (pictured right), reached the Bishop Rock off the Scilly Isles just after 19:30BST. The voyage was completed 2 hours faster than the previous record, set by the SS United States in 1952. The Challenger's successful crossing came in spite of problems with the fuel system.

Her voyage was closely monitored from an operation room in London, as the £1.5m powerboat crossed the finishing line at at more tha 50 knots It took the Challenger one hour from the, where crowds finish line to reach the island of St Mary's, where crowds were waiting in their hundreds in spite of the pouring rain.
In London the champagne flowed, but it was still not clear whether the team would be able to claim the Blue Ribband, the trophy awarded to the American boat in 1952. The prize currently resides in a New York maritime museum.

This was Branson's second attempt to break the record, his first attempt , in 1985, ended in failure when the boat sank off Land's End.
It was later confirmed that Branson had been denied the Blue Riband because he had broken two rules of the competition - he stopped to refuel and his vessel did not have a commercial maritime purpose
The SS United States' record was not broken until 1990, when the 74m catamaran 'Hoverspeed Great Britain' completed the crossing with an average speed of 36.65 knots.

Blankney Pictures

The white railings on the right surround steps
leading into the Club House at Blankney Golf Club.
(Click on image to enlarge)

The Cupboard

A woman takes a lover home during the day while her husband is at work.
Her 9-year-old son comes home unexpectedly, sees them and hides in the bedroom cupboard. Then the woman's husband comes home.
She puts her lover in the cupboard, not realising that the little boy is in there already.
The little boy says, "Dark in here."
The man says, "Yes it is."
Boy - "I have a football."
Man - "That's nice."
Boy - "Want to buy it?"
Man - "No thanks."
Boy -"My dad's outside."
Man - "OK, how much?"
Boy - "£250"
A few weeks later, it happens again that the boy and the lover are in the cupboard together.
Boy - "Dark in here."
Man - "Yes, it is."
Boy - "I have football boots."
The lover, remembering the last time, asks the boy, "How much?"
Boy - "£750"
Man "Sold."
A few days later , the boys father says to the boy, "Grab your boots and football, let's go outside and have a game of soccer."
The boy says , "I can't, I sold my ball and boots."
The father says, "What? How much did you sell them for?"
Boy - "£1,000"
The father says, "That's terrible to overcharge your friends like that. That is far more than those two things cost. I'm going to take you to church and make you confess."
They go to the church and the father makes the little boy sit in the confession booth and he closes the door.
The boy says, "Dark in here."
The priest says, "Don't start that shit again. You're in my cupboard now."

Church Signs


Today's brainteaser is a play on words. Can you work out which words are asked for in this ingenious puzzle?

Fred and his wife Nikita were having a conversation about words.
Fred said, "I am thinking of devilishly tricky word that has five consecutive consonants in a row."
Nikita countered with, "I am thinking of a word with five vowels in a row?"

What words were Fred and Nikita thinking of?

Cat Nap

Who Am I? - Sunday's Answer

The answer to yesterday's

Who Am I? puzzle


Paul Potts

If you would like to listen to Paul Potts singing, Nessun Dorma em Portugal the song that won him 'Britain's Got Talent' show, click on the video link below: