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Life imitates 'Up' ...

by Bill Osler / May 27, 2010 8:56 PM PDT
Daredevil crosses Channel under cluster of balloons
Trappe made the record-breaking flight in a wicker basket borne aloft by a cloud of 55 helium-filled spheres, travelling around 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Ashford in Kent, England to a French field outside Dunkirk.

I'm amazed at what people will do for publicity.
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Re: Dunkirk
by jonah jones / May 27, 2010 10:44 PM PDT
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Did you see the movie?
by James Denison / May 31, 2010 10:13 AM PDT
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We enjoyed it.

I think I'd be a little scared to do what these guys do with lawn chairs and baskets strapped to such thin membrane balloons. I still don't understand why some space craft aren't launched from under very high altitude balloons. Seems it would save on some cost.

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I enjoyed the movie.
by Bill Osler / May 31, 2010 12:12 PM PDT
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IIRC it was in 3D? I'm not certain.
My favorite part was the talking dog.
"Squirrel!"

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the melancholy
by James Denison / May 31, 2010 6:12 PM PDT
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I enjoyed the scenes of him and his wife as they spent their life together, the flashbacks and how the kid showing up sort of jerked him back to real life at times. Made him realize there was still life worth living.

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One of my high school girls encouraged me to see it.
by drpruner / June 16, 2010 7:49 AM PDT
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She also liked the backstory part. Haven't seen it yet.

I was a "15-minute" celebrity in Middle School behind it. Some of the kids decided I look like the old man; one even had a friend take our picture together, since he resembled the kid. Can't believe they pay me for this. Happy

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(NT) that's funny, lol.
by James Denison / June 16, 2010 10:53 AM PDT
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Escape
by Willy / June 1, 2010 1:19 AM PDT
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I read the article in the paper and found, he did alot of beforehand prep in order to be allowed to go. Clearances, air lanes, the weather, GPS, area to launch, etc.. When he landed he had to pay the farmer for damages to field crop. I guess that French farmer lost what, a few Francs here but really he could make more in showing the place of landing. Anyways, thinking the movie, 2012, if I could get all this to together and be prepared to launch to the air as well and hopefully escape immediate death, maybe an idea worth trying. Happy Maybe a counch instead with a small table for bags of chips. etc.. -----Willy

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