The Fall of Man
Hilary and I have been watching with amazement the video footage of Felix Baumgartner, first man to break the sound barrier without a surrounding aeroplane (or car, of course). It's rather wonderful that there are crazy folk around prepared to jump out of high-altitude balloons, or walk on high wires between high buildings, or free-climb crazy rock faces, just (as a famous man once said) because they're there.
Here is the footage of Felix's amazing jump (the caption to the Youtube video for some reason reckons he didn't break the sound barrier, but it seems that in fact he did.
And how cool is it that he launched his helium balloon from Roswell?
Actually it's just occurred to me that this guy presumably very briefly broke the sound barrier without an aeroplane shortly before I was born. Perhaps I should describe Felix Baumgartner as "the first person to break the sound barrier without a surrounding aeroplane or car and without requiring seven months of hospital treatment", or simply as having put another 56.9 mph onto the man-with-a-parachute speed record. Anyway, let's have another round of applause for the late George F Smith.