A modern-day hero in his own time, Hull man Karl Bushby is attempting to walk into the record books by being the first man to leave an unbroken trail of footprints from the tip of South America all the way back home to Hull. 36,000 miles - give or take a few.
I'm sure many people have been following his progress over recent weeks, as his exploits
have featured on most of the major news programmes, documenting his desperate plight
to be allowed entry into what was once the mighty USSR.
However, since risking life and limb crossing the Bering Strait from Alaska and touching down on dry land in Russia, he's hit a major problem.
He's not being allowed to progress any further without the necessary authorisation,
with the so-called authorities over there being somewhat paranoid that Karl and
his friend Dimitri, who accompanied him across the Strait, could be spies of some sort, given the fact that they're trying to enter the country without proper documentation and with a whole host of hi-tech gear and detailed maps in tow.
It seems that the authorities over there are finding it difficult to believe that
Karl is simply walking around the world. When you think about it, such an ambition is - when all is said and done - a breathtaking and gob-smacking one to comprehend.
So far, Karl has trekked right up through South America, Central America and North America, and through Alaska to the point at which he left the Americas behind and headed across the treacherous Bering Strait towards Siberia.
In the grand scheme of things, Karl isn't even half way home, and yet his strength of spirit and belief in what he is doing remains undimmed. In this day and age when sports-stars are held in such high regard for their athletic abilities, it's high time that adventurers such as Karl Bushby came to be mentioned in similar circles.
There aren't many people in the world like Karl Bushby. For an ex-paratrooper like himself to conceive this round-the-world trip whilst only in his mid-twenties, and to then actually put the theory into practise by flying out to South America to begin his long walk home is a simply extraordinary notion.
Imagine how daunting that must have felt, taking his very first steps,
armed with the ambition of returning home on his own two feet. Imagine what sights he has seen on the way, and what kind of people and cultures he has experienced en-route.
Just imagine, if you can. Or, better still, read all about the trip so
far in Karl's intimate diary-based book Giant Steps, a book
that is now available (from the Amazon bookshop for starters),
and that is the result of diary extracts that he has been mailing
home all the time he has been away.
Living the dream.
Let's just hope that he is allowed into Russia on an official
basis sooner rather than later, so he can proudly continue what he's started...
Community Accountancy Service are running the following short courses:
The Next Step In Book Keeping
This course is a series of 4 days (on Fridays) for those who already have some experience with general bookkeeping.
Over the 4 days we will look at the following:
Pro forma for the financial statements;
lead you through the glossary of terms used;
Community News - Treasurer's Network Working Lunch - Tuesday 16th May 06
The Treasurer's Network are holding a working lunch on Tuesday 16th May 2006:
What are the 3 'R's contained within the new style Trustees Report and Best Practice?
11.30am prompt at the Quality Royal Hotel, Ferensway, Hull
The trainer for this session will be Margaret Stevenson from the
Community Accountancy Service.
Community News - Job Vacancy - Operations Officer
Hull and East Yorkshire Rethink Carers Service have the following job vacancy:
Hull and East Yorkshire Rethink Carers Service
(Agriculture House, Walkergate, Beverley)
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Salary £19,530- £21,494
Initially, this is a six months fixed-term contract.Read more...
Community News - Job Vacancy - Heritage Lottery Facilitator -
EXPIRES 25th April 2006
Hull & East Yorkshire Ability is a registered charity, working to create opportunities for all those with disabilities through projects and activities. They have the following job vacancy:
Heritage Lottery Facilitator (Post No: HF1)
Fixed term contract to 30th November 2006
Salary £20,304.39 pro rata
7 hours per week
Ability are looking for an
Community News - New Bookkeeping Service.
Hull Community Accountancy Service are able to provide the following bookkeeping services:
Weekly /monthly/quarterly bookkeeping,
One off bookkeeping,
Setting up new bookkeeping systems,
Converting manual books to computerised spreadsheets,
General advice and help,
Manual /Computerised records,
Solutions to everyday problems,
Community News - Full Cost Recovery Course.
Full Cost Recovery (FCR) means securing funding for, or recovering, all the costs directly associated with a project, such as staff and equipment and an element of each type of overhead cost (indirect costs) which should be allocated on a comprehensive and robust basis.
Adopting FCR helps groups properly understand what each activity or project they run costs, and it can also help
News - Community Media, Free Web Design Courses at the BBC on the 24th May and 25th May.
For Adult Learners Week, Radio Humberside CSV Action Desk has teamed up with
NIACE (the National Institute of Continuing Adult Education) to promote media literacy.
They will be running a two day course for voluntary organisations.
The courses are to be held at the Open Centre situated in the BBC building
Queens Gardens in Hull.
News - Internet TV By Mo.
Internet TV is quickly changing the web landscape with
more and more broadband consumers expecting to find compelling video content on the
sites they visit and the devices they interact with everyday.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of producers are creating new and original video
content for broadband distribution.
In association with Reuters and Brightcove a commercial preview is available
to the readers of www.thisisUll.com.
News - Thursday 30th March 06 - Hull Soundwalks Launch Event By Michelle Dee.
On Thursday morning representatives from various community groups in Hull gathered at
Arc, (Humber Centre for Excellence in the Built Environment) on Blanket Row.
If you are not aware of this new construction, have a look across the main road
almost opposite the King Billy statue in the old town.
There you will see a wedge shaped building
News - Friday 31st March - Hull CVS Celebrates
On Friday 31 March, Hull Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) are
celebrating as the West Hull MP the Right Hon Alan Johnson,
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, presents Volunteer Centre Hull
with their Quality Standards Accreditation Award.
Awarded by the national volunteering organisation Volunteering England,
the award focuses on
News - 28th March 2006 - Local Public Sector Workers Come Out On Strike Over Pensions Row.
Crowds of public sector workers demonstrated today outside key workplaces in Hull
to protest against Government changes to their local government pension scheme (LGPS).
Cars passing the Guildhall honked their horns in response to the Unison placards
SOUND YOUR HORN IF YOU SUPPORT US.
The proposed changes would affect these public sector workers
News - Friday 2nd December 05 - Oxfam Lion Makes a Big Noise for Trade Justice
On Friday 2nd December, Hull campaigners will present Alan Johnson MP,
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, with an Oxfam petition signed by over 700,000
people calling for trade justice at the forthcoming World Trade Organisation
The UK section of Oxfam's Big Noise to Make Trade Fair petition will be
handed over at Hull Guildhall,
News - Pooh Bear Reading Assistance Society Need Your Call!
The Pooh Bear Reading Assistance Society is an organisation which puts volunteers
into schools throughout Hull and the East Riding in order to help children who have reading
difficulties. They do fantastic work and have enriched the lives of countless kids over the years.
Unfortunately, they have a constant struggle to raise funds for the work they do
News - Press Release - Make Poverty History - Mass Crossing of Humber Bridge Monday 27th June
Hull cyclists will be taking part in a mass crossing of the Humber Bridge in support
of the Make Poverty History campaign.
The Jubilee 2005 Africa team cycling from London to Edinburgh will be met on
Monday 27th June by cyclists from Hull at the south side of the Humber Bridge.
News - Community News - Recycle with Freecycle
Calling all Voluntary/ Community Groups ...
Do you have unwanted items you would like to recycle?
Or perhaps you are looking to acquire something for free?
The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003.
The Network provides individuals and non-profit groups an electronic
forum to recycle unwanted items.
When you want to find a new home for something
News - People power SAVES FOUR Hull primary schools By Martin Deane
It's almost enough to restore your faith in democracy. Almost.
Today Hull City Council cabinet (what makes the decisions..) approved the recommendations of its education officers from May 11th saving four of the nine threatened primary schools.
Demonstrations today and yesterday continue to show the commitment of ordinary people across the city to keep Hull's threatened primaries.
News - PRESS RELEASE from VOTE 4 PEACE
Don't Mention The War - Blair and Howard
What's the biggest conspiracy in Britain today?
That's the question being asked by an anti-Iraq war group, Vote 4 Peace.
The answer, they say, is that neither Tony Blair nor Michael Howard wants to talk
News - PRESS RELEASE - Hull & East Riding Green Party Hull Greens come out on John Prescott's roof
The Green Party in Hull supports today's protest by Greenpeace on John Prescott's roof.
Britain's chief scientist, Sir David King, has told us that
"Climate change is a more seroius threat than terrorism."
Candidate Martin Deane says,