Thursday, April 14, 2011

McIlroy's having one of those weeks...

Rory McIlroy has continued his losing streak this week following his disastrous collapse at the US Masters. The BBC reports that McIlroy has ‘mislaid’ his clubs… or rather his airline has. In a week that could not be said to be the best of his life, the 21-year old faced a common problem: lost baggage. On arrival in Kuala Lumpar McIlroy’s airline informed him that his precious golf-clubs had been ‘mislaid in transit’ and that it might be some days before he is reunited with the cargo.

Following the loss of his four shot lead at the weekend the tournament in Malaysia was always going to be tough. The Northern Irishman must feel as if all is ranged against him with this latest blow but his calm and collected reaction to events has put him a fairway up in this writer’s estimation. He told waiting reporters of the latest calamity to befall him and followed it up with ‘it’s just one of those things.’ Having won me over to Team McIlroy I’m hoping that bad things don’t come in threes!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Climbing into the record books

Alain Robert, a climber who has been nicknamed Spiderman for his building scaling ability, has climbed the world’s tallest building. According to the BBC Roberts climbed the 828 m Burj Khalifa building in Dubai in six hours. The 48-year-old has climbed to fame having scaled more than 70 skyscrapers across the world, most without a harness. The latest gravity-defying feat was achieved with a safety rope in place but reports suggest that he did not fall back on his safety option at any point during the climb. The precautions were an unusual part of a Robert climb as the Frenchman normally turns up at dawn and begins his ascent without permission or equipment. Some sky-scraper owners consider his antics the height of rudeness rope the police in to meet him on his descent from several buildings. In spite of, or perhaps because of, his lawlessness Robert’s fan base is steadily rising.