"Well, George, we’ve knocked the bastard off."

RIP Sir Edmund Hillary. The quote above is what he told one of his colleagues when he returned to the foot of Everest after becoming the first person to climb it way back in 1953. Anyone who can get made into an honorary Tibetan is OK by me.

On a similar mountaineering-y note, there’s a pretty bad story on the BBC about a volunteer coastguard who’s quit after being investigated for not using safety equipment during a (successful) rescue. Part of me really can’t blame the guy. He’s done what he’s supposed to do – save a life. Had he followed protocol, gone to get his equipment and sorted all that out then the girl involved would likely have plummeted to her death.

He gets roundly thanked, nominated for an award… then investigated. **** ’em. And good on you Paul Waugh. The ******** don’t deserve you.

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What? no comments on the departure of Sam Allerdyce?


*shrugs* Enough comments on that elsewhere. I’ve commented on umpteen websites and can’t be arsed posting anything here.

Gorilla Bananas

Who the hell is Sam Allerdyce? You were right to focus on the death of Hillary, although perhaps you should have mentioned that Sherpa ‘High’ Tension reached the summit with him. As for the other story, I certainly didn’t waste time getting safety equipment when I saved Dicky Dawkins from death in the Congo.



Sam’s some guy who’s just pocketed around £5m for being sacked because he couldn’t do his job properly. My heart bleeds.

Tenzing Norgay also reached the summit, but it’s generally accepted (true or not) that Hillary stepped there first.

As for your exploits in the Congo, note that you won’t have been in the jurisdiction of the British Health and Safety Executive. The *******.

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