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2008-09-26 18:00:10

Poor weather yesterday scuppered a Swiss adventurer's record breaking attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing. Yves Rossy - Fusionman - was due to jump from a plane more than 8,200ft (2,500m) up, fire up jets on his home-made wing and soar across one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. But a late build-up of cloud in the Dover area put paid to the attempt and it is looking likely it will take place today. It is...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'