Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Idler, Friday, December 28, 2018


still cuts

a dash

THE world's most prolific streaker has dropped his pants and run onfield 568 times in 24 different countries, and has no plans to retire.

Mark Roberts, 53, of Liverpool, England, has been what he calls a "performance artist" for more than 25 years at major sports events including the Super Bowl, showjumping at the Olympics, a UEFA Champions League final and Usain Bolt's last 100m race, according to Sky News.

The trouser-dropper has also stripped off at the Crufts dog show, the 2011 Turner Prize, and the Cannes Film Festival.

Roberts says he has been arrested only 25 times, though when he bared it all on ice during the curling event at Torino in 2006, the Italian police held back only if he agreed to leave the country immediately.

We presume they gave him time to get his trousers on again before he headed for the airport.

Roberts says he waits for a break in the action before he runs on. He wouldn't dream of actually interrupting a sports event.

"I like to make a performance out of it - I don't just run on naked and wave."

He first performed a streak at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in 1993.


"It was the most liberating experience of my life. "I felt euphoria from running naked in front of 65 000 people. The reaction from the crowd will live me forever. That's why I'm still doing it after 25 years."

Roberts has been engaged for four years He says his fiancee, Suzi, knew what she was in for before she agreed to marry him.

Yes, I suppose she did.


IT RECALLSs South Africa's famous streaking case in Bloemfontein.

The SABC had a policy of ignoring streakers. The TV cameras were turned away from them.

But on this occasion – it was Western Province versus Free State – listeners to the Afrikaans radio broadcast suddenly heard, to their astonishment: "En hy word deur die kaal man gevat!" ("And he's tackled by the naked man").

It was difficult to ignore. A streaker who had run on wearing only his socks had made a try-saving tackle on a Province player, a tackle that in the end kept Province out of the Currie Cup semi-finals.

This certainly ran counter to champion streaker Mark Roberts's code of not interfering with play. And the incident took on added zest when this streaker's wife told the media: "I recognised him from his socks."



OVER Christmas, President Donald Trump and wife Melania took calls in the White House from kids. It was a programme that has been tracking Santa's progress around the world for 63 years.

One of the callers was 7-year-old Collman Lloyd.


Trump asked if she still believed in Santa Claus. Collman replied that she did, at which Trump said something not quite in keeping with the indulgent spirit of Christmas: "At seven it's marginal, right?"

Criticism went viral on the internet.

Perhaps it's unfortunate that Collman is only seven. If she'd been a more savvy 8-year-old, she might have reposted something like: "Do you still believe in the Great Wall of Mexico?"



HOW many jugglers does it take to change a lightbulb?

One – but it takes at least three lightbulbs.

Last word

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - he's walking on them.

Leonard Louis Levinson


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