Posts Tagged ‘BASE jump’

My latest Fairfax feature appears in tomorrow’s edition of The Age, but is already up online.  I briefly mention the Rialto BASE jumpers and D.B. Cooper, but the article mostly focuses on father of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto and Dread Pirate Roberts of Silk Road fame.  Banksy also gets a look-in, but I was originally going to say a bit more about him. I didn’t mostly because of space constraints but also a tiny bit passive-aggressively because his office never got back to me with a quote.

A rather cool Banksy pic that they used for my latest article

A rather cool Banksy pic that they used for my latest article

Anyway, so I’ve got a new blog post, here’s the stuff I cut out – and it sort of goes against the grain of the article because <<SPOILER ALERT>> it pretty much purports to reveal his identity. Maybe.

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Earlier this year I had the privilege of being invited along to watch a pretty spectacular event – four lads, dressed in suits, who had a drink at the bar on the 55th floor of the Rialto, then donned parachutes and jumped off – all in peak hour.  Here’s the (vastly incorrect) story:

Leap of Faith – Age Article

And here’s a random pic of a BASE jumper who may or may not be one of the lads in the story… (hint: it is)

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I can’t blame the media for getting it so wrong; virtually every word Shannon Bennett said was incorrect and I actually suspect he got it secondhand from someone who mixed up the groups of guys.  For example:

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