THIS incredible footage is the work of ethnographer Bradley Garrett, who spent four years as an urban explorer to understand their world. Garrett was part of team who made headlines back in 2012 when he posted a series of photographs from the top of The Shard skyscraper while it was still under construction. During his time on the urban exploration scene he helped explore everywhere from abandoned amusement parks and disused churches to Parisian sewer systems, half-built Las Vegas hotels and London’s mythical lost rivers. Now a researcher at the University of Oxford, Garrett studied the subculture while he was a PhD student at the University of London and has released a book, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City, of his writings and photographs. His footage offers an amazing insight into the lives of the practitioners of this access-all-areas subculture
EATING grass may seem like an unorthodox way to demonstrate your religious devotion. But for members of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Garankuwa, South Africa, grazing on greenery is a key part of their spiritual practice. Pastor Lesego Daniel, who runs the ministry, believes that it brings worshippers ‘closer to God’ - with some members of the congregation even claiming it has cured them of serious health defects.
A BRITISH couple sold up and moved to India - to rescue sick and injured donkeys. Jean and Bob Harrison have set up a sprawling 35 acre facility on the edge of New Delhi, India’s capital. There they nurse the maimed, sick and malnourished animals back to full health after they are worked “close to death” on construction sites and brick kilns. The pair use their pensions to fund the endeavour, spending their spare time scouring locations across the region to tend to donkeys.
ANDREW Henderson is the world’s number one freestyle footballer, a man whose fancy footwork puts the skills of world-class players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to shame. The 22-year-old, who is based in Kingston-upon-Thames, makes his living travelling the world showcasing his outrageous skills - and he has even been approached to provide the half-time entertainment at this year’s World Cup final in the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Andrew’s ball-juggling abilities have earned him the chance to work alongside footballing superstars like Didier Drogba, while he has even starred in a Playstation game with Argentinian wizard Lionel Messi.
A SNAKE fought, wrestled and then ate a crocodile whole following a dramatic five-hour long battle. The incident was captured on camera by author Tiffany Corlis at Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia. The snake - thought to be python measuring around 10ft - constricted the croc to death, before dragging it to shore and eating it whole in front of a shocked crowd of onlookers.
TEEN bodybuilder Daveon Hill is so obsessed with weight training he wakes up at 4am to hit the gym. The 18-year-old professional - who has dedicated his life to his passion - can effortlessly lift his own bodyweight and competes against men twice his age. Bulky Daveon consumes 5,000 calories a day in strict diet which helps him develop his incredible physique. Yet despite turning the heads of girls his own age, the teen says he is too busy for romance.
Psychic medium Denise Lescano is the world’s only psychic super nanny - coming to the rescue of families with problems which are out of this world. The single mum, from Florida, US, is regularly called upon by parents worried by their children’s apparent interaction with the supernatural. As well as helping families cope when they are contacted by the spirit world, Denise works with government agencies to help solve problems using her unique psychic abilities.
LITTLE Krista Guarino is only NINE years old — but she’s already proving an expert snake handler. The brave schoolgirl lives with a staggering 30 reptiles, including anacondas and a 12 ft python at her home in Michigan, America. She eats, sleeps and plays with the creatures — some of which are twice her size. And she’s even been bitten a few times but none of the snakes are venomous - and courageous Krista says it doesn’t hurt. Krista, the eldest of three children, was first introduced to the animals by dad Jamie, 33, who is a snake specialist. And she held her first when she was just two years old. Despite her young age, she has already set her sights on opening her own reptile zoo when she’s older. And she’s determined to change perceptions about the misunderstood snake.
Two extreme sports professionals undertake a daring wingsuit fly-by of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Norwegian Espen Fadnes and Frenchman Ludovic Woerth decided to attempt the stunt after drawing up a list of their dream flight destinations. The pair were ferried into position on trikes - the motorised hand gliders used to give tourists an aerial view of the city - before making the leap from around 2000m, with Fadnes flying below the arm of the iconic monument, and Woerth passing above it filming. The wingsuit fliers landed at a Rio roundabout in the early hours, before heading back to their hotel for a celebratory breakfast beer.
New York cab company owner Isaac Osei lives a double life - as well as overseeing his taxi firm, he is also the chief of the Akwamu people where he dons a gold crown, resides in a palace and is treated like a king. The Ghanaian moved to the USA in 1977 to pursue his dreams and find his queen. He found love with fellow cab driver Elizabeth, and the couple eventually opened up their own cab company. Isaac was appointed the chief of the Akwamu in 2006 following the death of his brother, and acts as a leader to the inhabitants of five towns in his native country.