Oct 152014

The Zero-G water slide at Mountain Creek should definitely go on your bucket list! At a height of 100ft, this slide was the tallest of its kind when it opened. Riders stand in a closed capsule at the top of the water tube, before a trapdoor opens and sends them on a downwards spiral.

Zero G Water Slide at Mountain Creek



Jun 302013

The barbaric Gladiator events have been cancelled ages ago, but don’t let that stop you from becoming the next Spartacus.

Italy’s Scuola Gladiatori Roma is a traditional School for Gladiators, which trains and tests students in the ways of the gladiators.

Students first go through basic training, focusing on physical capabilities, including strength, speed and agility. Only thereafter do they get to study and train with various hand-held weapons. Once completed, students can battle their experienced instructors in the arena.

Courses vary from a one day crash course, up to yearlong courses for the more serious gladiator.

Visit there website for booking information.

Gladiator School

Gladiator School in Rome(Photos from www.scuolagladiatoriroma.it)

May 232013

Chernobyl Nuclear disaster, 1986, Chernobyl, Ukraine
An explosion at a nuclear reactor releases 100 times the radiation of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 270 000 people contracted cancer and birth defects were reported for decades.

Chernobyl Nuclear Manmade Disaster

Seveso Chemical Plant, 1976, Seveso, Italy
A rupture in a chemical plant in Italy causes toxic vapour to be released into the air. All livestock and food supplies had to be destroyed. People living nearby suffered from long-term health problems.

Seveso Italy Manmade Chemical Disaster

Great Smog, 1952, London UK
A 4 day pollution cloud in London caused the death of 4000 people, mostly children and elderly people. The smog consisted primarily of burned coal.

London Great Smog Disaster

Vietnam Ecocide, 1962-1971, Vietnam
2.2mil acres of forest and cropland were destroyed by the US during the war. High-grade herbicides were used to destroy the forest. The herbicides had long-term damaging effects on the ecosystems.

Vietnam Ecocide Disaster

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 2010, Gulf of Mexico
An explosion on an oilrig caused a major spil in the Atlantic Ocean. The oil spill lasted 87 days, with almost 5 million barrels of oil released into the Atlantic Ocean. To date, BP had to pay over $40 billion in fines and settlements.

BP Deepwater Horizon Oilspil Disaster