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Trash in Paradise,

In 1998 a British eco-pioneer Richart Sowa began building his own paradise island in the sea near Puerto Aventuras,

off the coast of Mexico.

He filled nets with more than 300,000 discarded plastic bottles, which supported a bamboo framework covered with plywood,

and topped it with sand gathered from a nearby beach.

Mangroves were planted on the raft which is 66 x 54 feet to provide shade.

Their roots grew down into the sea and helped to stabilized and anchor the structure.

He built a house with a composting toilet, a solar oven, and a plastic sheeting roof to gather rainwater.

Other trees and vegetables were planted to provide food.

Chickens, a duck, cats and a dog joined the lone inhabitant.

Sadly the Spiral Island, as it was called, was destroyed by hurricane Emily in 2005,

but Sowa has now built an even better island, Spiral Island 2.

The new structure, which is 60 feet in diameter and has beaches, a house, two ponds, a solar powered waterfall, and solar panels, is in a lagoon away from bad weather at Isla Mujeres in Mexico.

Volunteers helped on the project, which is still work in progress, always growing.


Toothpick triumph,

This Ferris wheel and bridge were built entirely from toothpicks by 14 year old Barry Pariser,

27,000 toothpicks were used to construct the wheel alone.

Barry built toothpick towers too, but probably not as large as those in Toothpick City, created by Stan Munro.

Featuring replicas of some of the tallest buildings in the world, including Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia,

Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel, and the Washington Monument, this extraordinary sculpture uses more than two million toothpicks.


Marathon Masterpiece,

diagnosed with Cushing’s Syndrome as a child, Londoner Annette Banks was not expected to live past her 20th birthday.

Because she was interested in history and had a passion for sewing, her father suggested that she recreate the 230 foot long Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the 1066 Norman invasion of England.

Luckily Annette’s health improved and she married and had children.

She kept working on the tapestry and when her father died she vowed to finish it.

It took her 20 years, but her 50 foot long recreation is finally complete.

Embroidered on the tapestry are the words:

” Dedicated to my wonderful father who has always given me inspiration “.



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