Dave Cornthwaite

I have a friend called Dave.

I met him at a New Years partY many years ago now. Well more to the point we didn't meet each other, we managed to comletely not see eachother in a lounge about 2 sq metres wide! Eventually we did bump into each other however and the conversation went a bit like this:
"What do you do?" 
"Nothing right now I've just come back from breaking the world record for the longest distance travelled by skateboard by travelling 5823km across Australia and I've just finished my book all about it!"

...naturally I thought these were the rampblings of a drunkard but no really Dave actually is a professional explorer and spends his life raising money for charity undertaking bizarre World Record Breaking tasks!

He's also a motivational speaker and is currently in Tanzania planning a whole new set of World record breakers.
In 2009 he walked and kayaked the length of the Murray River, in 2010 he and his new compadre Sebastien Terry, another task master, were the first to take a stand-up paddle board and well, paddle the length of Lake Geneva.
Later this year as part of one of Dave's projects (to travel the distance of the world's equator in 1000 mile stints using non motorised modes of transport. Phew! That was a mouthful!) Will be taking part in a joint-speaking tour with his good friend Sebastian in Las Vegas, USA.
Dave and Seb have booked flights to Vancouver, Canada, with the intention of riding a Tandem Bicycle 1350 miles in two weeks, reaching Las Vegas just in time for their talk.

Funds raised through this journey will be split between Dave's charity, The AV Foundation, and Seb's, Camp Quality.
Nice work Lads! Please follow their wonderful journey's on their websites, twitter and blogs!

Twitter: @DaveCorn


Rob Ryan

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Aww I love this guy, I met this guy! I was very star struck, he's so down to earth and heart felt. Just an honest bloke and artist. You could look at his work and wonder if he was all full of hot air and thistles but he just seems to like creating and seeing beauty in everyday life and relationships. He has a small team of young, budding artists who help him pain stakingly remove all the teeny tiny stars and hearts one at a time by hand in his East london studio, so naturally, they're pretty expensive. When his shop in Columbia Road did a one week only 'Black and White Special' I ran down there and grabbed me a teatowel... Now I can't decide whether he was really doing a unique version of his prints or whether he was just skint, but I love my teatowel and now it's all signed up and everything! - He asked where I was going to use it... Use it? Pah! - It's framed bud! Take a look at his other lovely things... as well as my tea towel!
my Tea Towel

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