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24 April 2024

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By Staff & Agencies

The world's most terrifying walkway

SPAIN: A hair-raising video posted on YouTube shows a tourist on the notoriously dangerous yet spectacular "walk of death" walkway in Spain.

Known as the “walk of death”, the Caminito del Rey walkway winds around the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Malaga, Spain.

More than a century old, it has fallen into disrepair. The entire concrete top section has collapsed, leaving open air gaps bridged only by narrow steel beams.

Few of the original handrails exist but a safety-wire runs along the path, which is one metre wide and rises over 100 metres above the river below.

There is currently no public access to the walkway as the local government closed both entrances following two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000.

Work to restore the path will begin in mid-2011 and will take around three years.
Family find car three years after parking it

LONDON: Gerald Sanctuary and his family have been reunited with a car they lost almost three years ago, reports Metro.

Sanctuary left the silver Honda in a car park while he went shopping in May 2008. But the 80-year-old, who suffers dementia, then forgot where he had left it, the daily said.

Despite a search, it stayed undiscovered until an attendant noticed it looking suspiciously dirty last month and called the police.

Sanctuary’s son, Nigel was quoted in the paper as saying: ‘It’s just amazing that it was right under our noses the whole time.’
Around the world... in white chocolate


ITALY: As one of Italy's most famous famous chocolatiers, Mirco Della Vecchia knew he had to come up with a pretty sweet idea for his next project.

And he's had audiences licking their lips with anticipation with his latest set of white chocolate sculptures, reports Daily News.

The artist went around the world with white chocolate, whipping up the tasty treats to form Paris' Arc de Triomphe, Greece's Parthenon, Italy's leaning Tower of Pisa and Colosseum, the Egyptian temples Abu Simbel and England's famous Stonehenge.

The iconic landmarks were crafted as part of his 'Chocolate World Heritage' currently being exhibited in Hong Kong, Said the daily. 
Flying high pilot busted drunk on job


LONDON: A Delta Air Lines pilot was jailed for six months by a UK court for turning up drunk in London to fly a transatlantic passenger plane, according to British media.

George La Perle, from Boston, was stopped by security officers at Heathrow airport at 8.30am on November 1 last year because he reeked of alcohol, Isleworth Crown Court in west London was told.

When asked, the 49-year-old First Officer said he was flying to New York - when his actual destination was Detroit.

He was later discovered to have four-and-a-half times the legal amount of alcohol for pilots in his blood.

La Perle, who has 20 years of flying experience, was due to be one of three pilots in the cockpit of a Boeing 767, with 240 passengers on board.

He pleaded guilty to performing an aviation function with excess alcohol and was jailed on Friday, according to the Daily Mail.
Mother-of-two wins Apple prize for downloading 10billionth app


BRITAIN: A British woman from Orpington in Kent was bemused when Apple contacted her to tell her she'd won a prize for becoming the 10th billion customer to download an app.

Gail Davis scooped the prize of a $10,000 (£6,250) iTunes gift card as the the winner of Apple's Countdown to 10 Billion Apps competition.

But the mother of two told Daily Mail that her daughters had downloaded the free game Paper Glider without telling her.

Davis thought it was a prank call when Apple phoned to tell her she'd won a prize.

She told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'I have to confess it wasn't me who downloaded it but my daughters.'