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Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the brooding face of an evil genius, has sadly passed away.

Misao Okawa

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She’s the world’s oldest woman?

Oldest man in recorded history Jiroemon Kimura dies in Japan aged 116

Title of world's oldest person now goes to 115-year-old Japanese woman Misao Okawa

Pirsig: A survival guide for the soul

Invisible Ink: No 173 - Robert M Pirsig

In the roll-call of student summer reading certain volumes stand out, including Desmond Morris's body language phenomenon The Naked Ape and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. To those can be added a volume by Robert M Pirsig that snuggled its way into every hitchhiker's hand-crocheted body satchel. Unlike Bach, whose books were like being hit with a wiffle bat full of pot-pourri, Pirsig is the real deal. Born in 1928, this precocious university student was eventually expelled for studying too hard, after growing bewildered by the choice of multiple hypotheses in his chosen field, biochemistry. Overwhelmed by the limitations of science, he tackled Eastern philosophy instead, spending time in India before returning to a US college.

Yuichiro Miura: The Japanese climber made the record book with his first ascent in 2003

Everest climber aims to reach his peak at 80

An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has begun his attempt to scale Mount Everest, in an effort to reclaim his title as the oldest man to reach the summit.

Adam Crozier boosts ITV's appeal to American investors with acquisition of US TV production company

If chief executive Adam Crozier wants to make ITV more appealing to American investors, he looks to be going about it the right way.

Indian stuntman Sailendra Nath Roy, watched by onlookers while attempting to cross the River Teesta, shortly before his death

Indian stuntman Sailendra Nath Roy dies trying to cross a river on a zip wire using his ponytail

Sailendra Nath Roy was famous for stunts using his hair

Rabi Lamichhane, 36, right, a former radio and television journalist in Nepal, currently lives in Baltimore in the United States

Nepalese man sets record for longest broadcast with 62-hour television marathon

A Nepalese man has set a world record for the longest broadcast by a television presenter after remaining on air for 62 hours and 12 minutes.

Miranda Hart will undertake a series of 'madcap challenges' for Comic Relief

Miranda's Mad March in jeopardy after Call The Midwife actress twists ankle in high heels

TV star Miranda Hart has thrown Red Nose Day plans into chaos after suffering an ankle injury - by stumbling in her high heels.

Kim Wilde performs during British Airwaysí Highest Concert in the air - at 43,000 feet, setting two new Guinness World Records, for highest concert and highest 'Harlem Shake', - which featured performances from 80s artists Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde on the red-nosed Boeing 767 aircraft in aid of Comic Relief and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day.

Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde perform gig at 43,000 feet for Comic Relief

Eighties stars Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde sang their way into the record books today after performing the highest ever concert together on a jumbo jet.

Graham Norton raised £1m for Comic Relief during a 6 hour chat show on BBC3

Graham Norton raised £1 million for Comic Relief with chat show marathon

Presenter Graham Norton has set a new world record with his BBC chat show marathon - and raised more than £1 million for charity.

Nepalese woman mountaineer recognised for climbing Everest twice in same season

A Nepalese woman mountaineer has been recognised by Guinness World Records for climbing Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season.

Tony Hadley started his career in Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley to take flight to sing 'I'll Fly For You' at 43,000ft

Eighties chart stars including Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde are to try to set a new world record for the world's highest gig.

Tim Minchin:'‘I don’t like that the put an auto-tune on my voice. It really pissed me off'

Tim Minchin speaks of 'humiliation' after voice is enhanced on Jesus Christ Superstar DVD

The comic who plays Judas Iscariot says auto-tuning his voice is 'f***ing rude' and 'insulting'

Cyprus forced to reprint all 575,000 presidential election ballot slips after candidate uses Guinness World Records logo

Cyprus has been forced to reprint all 575,000 ballot slips for next month’s presidential election after Guinness World Records objected to a candidate’s use of its logo.

Graham Hughes prepares for the final leg of his record-breaking journey

Been there... epic journey takes in all 201 countries, and a lot of sofas

Graham Hughes has visited every country in the world – without flying

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