Edmund Hillary

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Edmund Hillary – first man to climb Mount Everest.


The World’s Highest Mountain is also the World’s Highest Open Grave

Mount Everest serves not only as a testament to the majesty of nature’s beauty but as an alluring siren song calling to the heart of every adventurer. Despite the risks, thousands swarm to Nepal every year in an effort to conquer the tallest point on Earth. Many of them never leave.

Reaching the highest point on Earth once served as a symbol of “man’s desire to conquer the Universe,” as British mountaineer George Mallory put it. When a reporter once asked him why he wished to climb Everest’s highest peak, Mallory snapped “Because it’s there!”

When you climb the world’s highest mountain range, it is at your own risk. In 1996, the mountain experienced a deadly day when eight climbers tragically lost their lives. Mountaineering accidents happen more often than you think and there are over two hundred bodies lying frozen on the mountain.

People have had to leave their friends’ bodies behind and move on.

Everest, however, is no longer the romantic, unconquered place it once was. Since Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary became the first men to stand on its summit in 1953, the mountain has been summited more than 7,000 times by more than 4,000 people, who have left a trail of garbage, human waste and bodies in their wake.

Mt. Everest, rising 8,850 m (29,035 ft.) above sea level reigns as the highest mountain on Earth. Since the first ascent by Hillary and Norgay, reaching the summit of Everest has been considered one of the greatest achievements in mountaineering.

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Nash going all in on Key

Stuart Nash is making a bold prediction on John Key:

I will go out on a limb and predict that John Key will not lead the National party into the next election.  I have thought this for a number of months now, however, the events of last week, with Key fainting in a Christchurch restaurant, have reinforced that belief.  We all know Key doesn’t need the money, and who could blame him for leaving the most stressful job in the country to spend more time ‘at home with his family’.

There is a reasonable amount of speculation floating around on this…some of it might have credence…but is mostly wild speculation.

I even have heard that the reason Key went to Antarctica and attempted to go to the South Pole was to tick off his bucket list of things to do while PM. Clark certainly made a couple of trip to Antarctica in her time, which was a shameless photo op with Sir Edmund Hillary before he died. The more wild speculation too is that his failure to get to the pole meant he came back and changed his re-shuffle plans to be more bold so he could have a crack at 2014 rather than just watching the clock wind down.

Nash though has other reasonings:  Read more »

Now that is integrity

Unlike  Labour and their erstwhile supporters the Greens, National has shown some integrity over the over spending issues that concern them.
They have drafted a bill that would allow them to pay the funds back which is currently illegal under existing legislation.
That should shut the dirty thieving little socialist bastards up. Now how about the Greens demanding Labour cough as well?

*cough* bullshit *cough*

She just can't help herself can she?
What is it with Clark and her pathological inability to tell the truth?
Her latest "story " is that she didn't know Telecom gave Labour $70,000 for the last election.
*cough* bullshit *cough*

[cough] Bullshit [cough]

A prominent astonomer has basically called Sky TV on their bullshit excuse for loss of coverage from the Optus B1 satellite.

[quote]"I can't for the life of me understand how the eclipse could have blocked out enough light, because the satellite must be in the shade for a reasonable length of time anyway

"The satellite follows a geocentric orbit, which means it goes around the earth at exactly the same speed as the earth is rotating.

"I think they are just thinking of things to blame."[/quote]