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March 06, 2007

Ice ice baby

A little local colour here today... The Sister of the Flea alerted me to street closures and the re-routing of street cars as ice continues to fall from the sides of the CN Tower. This CityNews footage shows great sheets of the stuff crashing down. The tight shot does not adequately convey the scale of the problem; the view is of the Tower just below what used to be called the Space Deck - and perhaps it still is, it is the smaller pod just below the white spire in this image - at 1465ft. This is 300ft higher than the top of the Empire State Building. At least one guy got clocked by falling ice, I imagine he is lucky to have got away as lightly as he did.

On a tangentially chilly note: While I find myself predisposed against most "extreme" sports I confess I am impressed by sub-aqua hockey if only for the Alice Through the Looking-Glass effect of skating on the underside of the ice (via Rantburg).

Sub-aqua ice hockey is the latest craze for extreme sports enthusiasts. Forget ice skates, helmets and padding, all you need to have a go at sub-aqua ice hockey is a wet suit, flippers and a good set of lungs. Played under the ice of a frozen lake and upside down, the sport is proving to be a big hit among extreme sports enthusiasts.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 6, 2007 06:51 AM