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It's Auckland Cranes & The Caged Alastair Galpin

April 2, 2009.

It's Auckland Cranes & The Caged Alastair Galpin

Supported by
The Problem Gambling Foundation
Rainbow's End Theme Park
Auckland Cranes

Alastair Galpin - who has been obsessed with breaking world records for six years, from the senseless to the noble - is now challenging himself to remain in-situ suspended by truck crane for weeks on end, dangling helplessly inside the only refuge available to him in the cage: a portable public toilet.

NZ's most active world record-breaker is hanging at Rainbow's End, the country's premier theme park, where he's doing his bit for charity. The Problem Gambling Foundation ( ) was only too happy to receive the offer of another world record attempt from Galpin. Last year, he and the then-Chief Executive, John Stansfield, took 57 radio interviews in 24 hours, broadcast to much of the globe. That was a year after Galpin had arranged for a helicopter to smash 4 slot machines into a rubbish dump from 296 metres. The American band Fall Out Boy has recently beaten Galpin and Stansfield's radio interview best, to which Galpin replied "Our charity message obviously spread worldwide, so much so that our event attracted a well-known rock band".

So what's this world record? It's under the auspices of Record Holders' Republic, titled "Most Radio Interviews in Suspended Cage". Galpin is dangling, waiting for your call ... his target is 250 radio stations.

Just between you and Galpin:
His life is literally hanging in the balance like a pendulum in the wind
If the breeze turns to wind over 50 km/h, a very seasick Galpin will be forced to earth
Meals delivered by raising a bucket
His "office" is a desk straddling a porcelain public toilet bowl
Galpin can't think of a more fun way to tell the world that gambling needn't become your problem

His goal is to remain up here for weeks, as he plans future world records by the dozen.


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