The Jump, In 1980, With A Healthy Mix of Imagination, Balls and Roughly-Remembered Newtonian Physics, A Kiwi Bloke Jumped off a Bridge and Started a Worldwide Phenomenon

SOTW-Laurels-NameConfession: I’ve never been bungee-jumping — not from atop a bridge or even one of the more amateur heights you’d find at an amusement park — but I have often wondered who first conjured the idea, who the crazy loon was who first dared to tie a rope around their legs and leap from a deathly height, willing the cord to break his or her fall before smashing into the ground below. If, like me,  you’ve ever pondered who was crazy enough to invent such a thing, then allow me to introduce you to Chris Sigglekow. This “Kiwi bloke” who started the worldwide phenomenon of bungee-jumping is the subject of Alex Sutherland’s documentary, The Jump, created for New Zealand’s Loading Docs, an initiative posed to filmmakers to present a documentary subject in under three minutes. That’s no small task, but Sutherland was up for the challenge.  Read more

From poverty to the penthouse: Homeless who are living like kings in mansions and hotels abandoned since Christchurch earthquake

daily-mail-logo-vector1A group of homeless people are living like kings after taking up residency in abandoned mansions and luxury hotels in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake three years ago.

The earthquake killed 185 people and severely damaged the New Zealand city in February 2011.

But the homeless population who previously slept on the banks of rivers and on the streets say the devastating natural disaster was the best thing that could have happened to them.

‘After living on the street for 20 years, we’re now tasting what it’s like to live like kings. We’re sleeping in fancy sheets, drinking champagne and living in mansions… and we’re f****** loving it,’ one the men said.  Read more

It’s All About Perspective: These Homeless People in New Zealand are Truly ‘Living Like Kings’

imgresThe horrific Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand came with mass destruction for a majority of the population, but ironically brought luxury to a small group of homeless people.

With many destroyed buildings and torn down houses, people were distraught with the scene. Only the homeless were actually happier than ever that abandoned homes and luxurious hotels were so vacant.  Read more