Berlin, Aug. 26 (Reuters): An American teacher has ridden a rollercoaster for ten hours a day for the past three months in his pursuit of a world record.
Richard Rodriguez, a 42-year-old Chicago University lecturer, has to hold out for another week at a German leisure park to bag his 15th world record for rollercoaster endurance. Rodriguez tries to keep himself busy during the stomach-churning rides on the giant, 62 metre-high rollercoaster in the western town of Hassloch. “I read the newspapers...I have a walkman, I have my cellphone, so I try to talk to people and message people during the day,” he said. “I’ve been on this rollercoaster for quarter of a year now, so I am kind of anxious for the ending.”
Into the sea
Monaco (Reuters): Hemmed in between mountain and the Mediterranean coast, there was only one way the tiny 2.5 square km principality of Monaco could expand — into the sea. It did just that on Monday with the arrival of the world’s largest floating dock, tugged in after a 13-day voyage from its Spanish maker and set to double anchorage for the millionaires whose yachts jostle for space in the old La Condamine port. Site managers estimate they will need 10 days to secure the the 160,000-tonne, 350 metres long concrete structure to the rest of the port with a 700-tonne steel stirrup and other anchors attaching it to the seabed. Once complete, the dock will bring total berth capacity at La Condamine port up to 700 and allow the port to welcome large cruiseships. Restaurants, shops and a 400-space multi-storey car park will be added to the structure in coming years. Makers of the 68 million euro ($66 million) dock built in the Spanish port of Algeciras say it has a working life of 100 years.
Berlin (Reuters): English tourists beat their German rivals 5-4 in a recent early morning battle to reserve deckchairs around a hotel pool at the Spanish seaside resort of Torremolinos, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday. With pictures documenting the peculiar rivalry long waged between English and German tourists at holiday resorts in southern Europe, the paper showed five English tourists at the pool from 7 am reserving a total of 32 chairs. England was leading 2-0 by 7:28 am before the first German chairs were reserved and they took a 5-3 lead by 8:00 am, when one bare-chested Englishman was pictured putting towels on 10 reclining pool chairs.A German woman made it 5-4 by reserving the seventh German chair with her towel at 8:15 am.
Salt Lake City (Reuters): Polygamist Tom Green has spent a lot of time extolling the virtues of taking multiple wives. On Tuesday, he will learn what price he must pay for his lifestyle when he is sentenced for raping a minor — a girl he married when she was just 13 years of age. The man who lived with five wives and 29 children and has gone on national television to talk about his life was convicted in June of raping Linda Kunz Green after he married her in 1986, when he was 37 and she was 13. The marriage produced a son, Melvin.
Green, 54, has been in prison since last year for a term of up to five years after being convicted of bigamy. The latest conviction could send him to prison for the rest of his life.