Danny Daycare

Danny MacAskill (see 6000 passim) takes his friends’ daughter out for a spin around Scotland. Brilliant.

There’s also a really cool “behind the scenes” video here.

I mean, Daisy was easy to work with; Danny was a challenge, really.

Good, silly fun. Definitely worth 4 minutes of your Sunday.

Wee Day Out

Another Danny MacAskill video. And it’s every bit as all the other Danny MacAskill videos we’ve shared on here. Here’s Wee Day Out:

Some beautiful scenery, some memories from the music, and – following the edited version, some excellent and amusing outtakes.
Divine. Comedy.

Yep, even talent like that has to take a few goes at some of those stunts.

NEW Danny MacAskill!

This time our ridiculously-talented trail bike riding guru is on the rooftops of Gran Canaria. It might not have the natural scenery of some of his previous videos, but yikes: sweaty palms, much

Music is Fools by The Dodos. Is nice.

Oh Danny Boy

Danny MacAskill (you may remember him from such posts as Epecuén and Imaginate) is back, and this time, he’s in the Skye. The Isle of Skye to be exact.

Well, there we go. Fairly astonishing once again.
Scenery, cinematography, colours, skills – and this image:

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Music this time is by Martyn Bennett – it’s called Blackbird. And do click on that link, because his story is hugely inspiring too.

Epecuén

I watched this last night and I shared it on Facebook. Then I watched it again this morning and I felt that it was more than deserving of its own post on the blog. You may remember Danny MacAskill from such posts as Imaginate and Way Back Home, but Red Bull have moved on since them and given us something with some superb videography and a fascinating backstory.

Oh, and there are bike stunts galore as well:

Epecuén was a town built on the tourism trade from Buenos Aires. Visitors from the capital were attracted by the therapeutic salty waters of Lago Epecuén and would travel the 600km by train.
It was a thriving town of 1,500 inhabitants, when disaster struck:

On 10 November 1985, a seiche caused by a rare weather pattern broke a nearby dam first, then the dike protecting the town. Rapidly made uninhabitable, the town saw the waters rise progressively, reaching up to 10 metres (33 ft) at its maximum. The village was never rebuilt.

At the time of the catastrophe, there were up to 280 businesses in Epecuén, including lodges, guesthouses, hotels, and businesses that 25,000 tourists visited between November and March, from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The town now has a sole resident, Pablo Novak, who returned to his home when the waters receded after covering the town for 25 years.

Yes, that’s Pablo cycling at the start of the video and yes, I had to look up seiche as well:

A seiche is a standing wave in an enclosed or partially enclosed body of water. Seiches and seiche-related phenomena have been observed on lakes, reservoirs, swimming pools, bays, harbours and seas. The key requirement for formation of a seiche is that the body of water be at least partially bounded, allowing the formation of the standing wave.

It’s complicated stuff, with mathematical formulae and hydrodynamic renderings everywhere, but suffice to say that you’ve probably seen an example of a seiche in that extra high peak of water caused when a wave bounces back off a sea wall and meets another coming in. I think this is what they mean, anyway, because:

Seiche is also a French term for a cuttlefish or Bobtail squid.

And it seems unlikely that the widespread damage we see in the video was caused by a cuttlefish.

ALTHOUGH YOU NEVER KNOW…

Anyway, I think it’s a wonderful video with some amazing shots and I quite like the music as well – something of a theme with cycle stunt videos. I’m very proud to announce that my 5 year old daughter has placed Sound of Guns’ Sometimes right at the top of her favourite music list (Sail by AWOLNation coming a close second). 

The second track, Long Highway by The Jezabels is especially nice – full of passion and energy. (For the sake of completeness, the very different and arguably more appropriate first is Night Wolves by Farewell J.R.)

But enough about waves and music. Perhaps I’m being over generous with my praise of the video. Could it just be that Epecuén, like Cape Town, is a difficult place to photograph or film badly? This amazing 2011 photoset from The Atlantic would seem to support that view.

Either way, this was 10 minutes, well spent.
Twice.