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12:44 pm - Two courageous people
Two (male) friends made a bet that that if one of them died the other would wear a dress to the funeral. They even chose the dress. Then one of them was posted to Afghanistan. Here is a picture from his funeral. A more wrenchingly emotional image than you probably expect. Respectful condolences.

Also - I don't know, on a similar impeccably courageous theme - what about Eddie Izzard? I don't know if you heard but he ran 43 marathons in 51 days. I would have thought that was literally impossible, and I can't believe he did it, except there he is, he did it. He even rescued a little kitten en route (can't find the link right now). Could he be more impressive?

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From:hutch0
Date:September 17th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
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That really is a heartbreaking image, isn't it?
Eddie Izzard even managed put on an impromptu gig somewhere during his journey. Extraordinary achievement. He's now describing himself as an `action transvestite.'
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From:communicator
Date:September 17th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
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It's an achievement so extraordinary that one would be surprised if a single person on earth, who specialized in running marathons, did it. I can barely believe our Eddie did it with 5 weeks prep.
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From:hutch0
Date:September 17th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
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I remember a couple of years ago Rannulph Fiennes did seven marathons on seven continents, or something like that, and it was described as remarkable - although to be fair to the man he had just had heart surgery.
The extraordinary thing is that Eddie Izzard seems to have put in reasonable amateur fun-run times in all the marathons. I suspect he was pretty damn fit to start with.
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From:matildabj
Date:September 17th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
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He's always called himself an action transvestite! ("running, jumping, climbing trees"). Gig was in Penrith, I was gutted it was so far away. Following him on Twitter, seeing all the photos he posted, felt like I was with him all the way. He's just amazing. I love him even more now!
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From:communicator
Date:September 17th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm afraid I haven't been following it properly. But it's almost superhuman.
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From:lexica510
Date:September 17th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
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"Running, jumping, climbing trees, putting on makeup while you're up there..."
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From:hafren
Date:September 17th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Rescuing the kitten's impressive.
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From:communicator
Date:September 17th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Yes. brisingamen has a link to the story (see next comment)
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From:communicator
Date:September 17th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
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oh thank you for finding the kitten link. Here is a picture of the kitten

http://twitpic.com/f48ih
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From:hutch0
Date:September 17th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
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It also raises at least the possibility of a mention in Sports Personality of the Year. David Walliams got one when he swam the Channel.
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From:sugoll
Date:September 17th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Jesus. That's a kitten that's plotting villainy and death.
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From:communicator
Date:September 17th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
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good can not help but save evil - I'm sure there's a Gaiman story to that effect
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From:watervole
Date:September 17th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Ouch. That photo has strong emotion.
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From:communicator
Date:September 17th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Yes. This is what war leads to, I think is the only message.
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From:lexica510
Date:September 17th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
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How utterly cool that people apparently were welcome to join him for parts if they wanted — one of the commenters on the kitten link says "Such a pleasure to run across Belfast with you." Neat!

I'm taking this as yet another sign from the Universe that yes, I should go buy a sports bra this weekend and start running like I want to.
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From:communicator
Date:September 17th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
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If you want to you definitely should. What could be a clearer sign?
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From:tehomet
Date:September 17th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
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What a testament of friendship that picture is.

Eddie Izzard? I could not love him more if you dipped him in chocolate.
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From:communicator
Date:September 17th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
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or bees
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From:communicator
Date:September 20th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
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Thank you for that, I usually miss The Observer, and that makes it even more human

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