You might think this Roman is stark raving mad. But no. It's New Year's Day, the whole world over

First wave: An Italian dives into the Tiber from Rome's Cavour Bridge (top) and bather flee the sea at Scheveningen beach in The

Netherlands (above left) and Whitley Bay in North-east England Photographs: Luciano del Castillo/EPA, Serge Ligtenberg/AP, Owen Humphreys/PA