Dead Bodies On Mount Everest.

Meet “Green Boots”.

“Green Boots” is just one of the 200 or so dead bodies on Mount Everest’s ‘Death Zone’ and because the recovery of  corpses like Green Boots is pretty much impossible, each one like him is named and used as a landmark on the Death Zone.

Climbers attempting to reach Everest’s summit will typically spend substantial time within the ‘Death Zone’ (altitudes higher than 8,000 metres (26,000 ft)), and face significant challenges to survival.

Temperatures can dip so low in the Death Zone that any part of the human body exposed to the air can result in instant frostbite. Another major threat to climbers is the atmospheric pressure which at the top of Mount Everest, is about a third of sea level pressure or 0.333 standard atmospheres, resulting in the availability of only about a third as much oxygen as normal to breathe. A lot of the people lying in the Death Zone simply went to sleep and never woke up.

Although, who’d want to?

The extreme weather conditions on Everest mean that a lot of the bodies are discovered showing little signs of decay…

This is George Mallory:

George Herbert Leigh Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s.

During the 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition, Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine both disappeared somewhere high on the North-East ridge during their attempt to make the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain. The pair’s last known sighting was only a few hundred metres from the summit.

Mallory’s ultimate fate was unknown for 75 years, until his body was discovered in 1999 by an expedition that had set out to search for the climbers’ remains. Whether or not Mallory and Irvine reached the summit before they died remains a subject of speculation and continuing research.

This is how George Mallory looks these days:

Climbers on Everest often stumble upon injured men and woman along the way but have no way of helping them because of the location and the dangerous conditions and so, there is no choice but to leave them to die. Two climbers once stumbled upon one such unfortunate woman who yelled at them “Please don’t leave me!” The climbers promised the woman that they would return whilst knowing that there was no way they possibly could.

Consumed with guilt and after spending many years saving money, the climbers returned to the woman and gave her a proper burial.

This is not her:

It can cost anything between $25k and $6ok to make a trip to the summit of Mount Everest and many Everest climbers have said that the hardest part is passing all of the graves and human remains.

And who can blame them?

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Photos From The “World War Z” Glasgow Set.

It’s really strange walking around the centre of Glasgow just now. Every so often you’ll hear the words “Dead Body”, “Zombies” and yesterday, I even overheard a wee girl say “Is this Judgment Day Dad?”.
It’s quite creepy.
The “World War Z” production has rolled into town!

For roughly 2 weeks, George Square will be doubling for Philadelphia as Brad Pitt films his scenes for the post-apocalyptic zombie flick “World War Z” and if you ask me, it’s one of the best things to happen to the city for a while. The streets are totally buzzing!

I live 5 minutes walk away from the set and I’ve been going down as much as possible. I can’t believe how quickly the Square has been transformed to look like Philly and we’re not just talking about putting a couple of American flags here and there either.

Painted road signs and markings have been removed and replaced with American signs, traffic lights have been pulled down and been replaced with (much cooler looking) ‘WALK’ and “DON’T WALK’ signs and streets have been renamed.

The really cool stuff happened a couple of days ago when a huge car crash was staged! Surprisingly, the producers of “World War Z” have no problem with the public getting up real close with their cameras most of the time and yesterday, we got to walk along the crash scene which was great because they actually had dummies lying dead in their crumpled cars and…actually, shall I just shut up and show you some of the the photos I took?

You should get yourself down to George Square and take all of this stuff in because in a matter of days it’ll all be gone.
Click HERE for a video of the car crash.

Asa’s 5th Birthday Photos.

My Sister’s camera broke and we thought we’d lost all of the photos from My Nephew Asa’s 5th Birthday Party from back in April but luckily they were all on the camera memory card 🙂

Me & Asa:

Asa, his Sister Leah & me:

I don’t actually know who this wee girl in the middle is but she looks like trouble 🙂

This is my Sister Hayley, Gerry, Leah & Asa:

The Amazing Tom & Jerry Cake!

The kids all got freaked out when I cut the cake for them…

I got an equally disturbing photo of Hayley in a similar pose but it’s mysteriously disappeared.

My Niece Orla was sleeping through all the fun but here’s a photo of her dressed up as a bunny:

Great days!

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Animated Alan.

Anna took some photos of me yesterday doing what I usually do at home:
Sauntering around my flat dressed like a weirdo playing my guitar.
I stitched the photos together…

Click on the photo to make it move.

WHORE.

There’s a building across the road from me where Charles Rennie Mackintosh once used to live.
I took a photo of the door last week.
Someone else lives there now.

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