Tuesday, 17 April 2012

365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be British: Extreme Ironing

April 18th 2011: Jason Blair irons a shirt on the southbound carriageway of the M1.

As a measure of British eccentricity /our general desire to bugger around, extreme ironing is right up there with toe-wrestling and lilo rafting. It was invented by rock climber Phil 'Steam' Shaw in 1997 and has seen boards taken up mountains, beneath oceans and, uh, into the middle lane of a motorway. Albeit one that was closed. So perhaps not that extreme, really.

On a moving coach, in a lion's den, at the fiery end of an oil rig, on the North Korean border. They all sound far more extreme.

Or there's the ultimate. Iron five work shirts in the gap between the end of the regional news and the start of Match Of The Day on a Saturday night. Hardcore ;-)

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