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#1 yabbadoo

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 06:32 PM

I think I have either seen, heard of or read about every single miraculous feat accomplished by humans in my time. It seems impossible to isolate any one of these unbelievable feats as being  special. But I must personally choose the exploits of Alain Robert, the French Spiderman as the most outstanding personality I have  ever seen.
 
He has climbed almost every one of the world`s tallest buildings freestyle, without ropes or any safety equipment. Just his fingers and feet. In all this death defying activity, he suffers from Epilepsy and has to take daily medication.
 
To give examples of Alain`s accomplishments would be impossible. You must surf the web and read them for yourself, plus video`s and lots of photo`s.
 
I have some small experience of being subjected to great heights, since for many years I took part in skydiving as a sport and to see this man standing on the very spire of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur without any support and waving his arms about at 1,483 feet high, most probably with a significant wind force, gives me the shudders.
 
And when he has climbed these buildings, he has to climb down again to a point where he can  enter the building via a door or window, sometimes many hundreds of feet below. The police are always waiting to arrest him, but a few days in jail and Alain is free again.
 
Here is a shot of him after climbing the Petronas Towers enjoying his success on the top of the spire. A helicopter is seen flying way below him.
 
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Edited by yabbadoo, 10 August 2013 - 06:36 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 07:47 AM

We must not of  course  forget the countless thousands of ordinary workers who built the American and other countries skyscrapers. In the early years there was no real safety equipment or particular care for the workers on the part of the  construction company,.

 

They were considered expendable and just walked the beams, planks and girders several hundreds of feet up in winds and nothing else but space, did their work and died if they put a foot wrong. Many hundreds did meet their deaths, just trying to earn a living.

 

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Every single one of these unsung heroes has my greatest  respect and admiration.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:28 PM

My take is that while Alain is indeed quite the accomplished daredevil. His exploits are severely diminished because he's nothing more than a common criminal with breaking and entering and trespassing.

If he were to suffer a tragedy the property owners would be crucified for failure to prevent his antics. If one of us were to 'break in' and trespass and do everything but climb we would not be taken so lightly and suffer the legal consequences.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:46 PM

My take is that while Alain is indeed quite the accomplished daredevil. His exploits are severely diminished because he's nothing more than a common criminal with breaking and entering and trespassing.

If he were to suffer a tragedy the property owners would be crucified for failure to prevent his antics. If one of us were to 'break in' and trespass and do everything but climb we would not be taken so lightly and suffer the legal consequences.

Hello Animal,

Well as you know, everybody is entitled to their own opinion, that is what a Forum is all about. I have given my opinion and you have given yours.






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