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One-armed DJ spins records for 60 hours to break world record

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Nkosinathi Maphumulo finished in style by playing the final 15 hours without stopping at all Photo: ALAMY

Nkosinathi Maphumulo, 34, completed the challenge on Sunday at a charity event in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The dance music DJ, who lost his left hand in an accident aged 13, hopes video footage of the event will win him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

He said: “I stayed strong. The music kept me going. I’m going to be a better DJ as I was doing it for a greater reason.

“At some stage I held back tears.”

Nkosinathi, who uses the stage name Black Coffee, started his record attempt in a shopping mall at midnight last Thursday.

Under the rules of the record attempt he was allowed a 20 minute comfort break every four hours.

But his manager told South Africa’s Sowetan newspaper he finished in style by playing the final 15 hours without stopping at all.

Nkosinathi organised the unusual event to raise awareness for his charity, The Black Coffee Foundation, which raises money for people affected by disability.

After finishing his marathon session yesterday he admitted: “I am exhausted. I am going to sleep.”

Guinness World Record officials are expected to rule next month on whether the feat qualifies as an official world record.

Rare vintage racing Bugatti could fetch world record price

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A Bugatti Type 51 race car in the 2007 ‘Grand Prix de l’?ge d’Or’ in the pitlane of Dijon-Prenois Photo: Akela NDE

The 79-year-old Type 51, which contested 17 European Grand Prix races, is considered one of the finest surviving of its kind, boasting its original bodywork, engine and gearbox.

It is set fetch $4.5m (£2.9m) in the sale at the Pebble Beach motoring week in Monterey this Saturday. That would be the highest price ever paid for a grand prix racing Bugatti.

It is being sold by the British private collector who paid the current world record sum for a Type 35 Bugatti two years ago, at £2.5m.

Along with other alternative investments, the collector car market has been boosted over the past year and a half as the wealthy move towards more tangible assets in the wake of the credit crunch.

Bugatti historian David Sewell said the latest sale, 1931-built chassis 51132, is “a remarkably complete and original car and there is no doubt to its authenticity.”

He said it “ranks among the finest survivors of the highly desirable Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix”.

The last time a Bugatti Type 51 came to auction, nearly ten years ago in 2001 it made in excess of £1m.

Dan Warrener, car specialist at RM Auctions, which is holding the sale, said: “Many of our clientele have been disgruntled with the anxiety caused by the wild fluctuations in the world stock markets, and while the past two years have demonstrated that ‘blue chip’ stocks can be reduced to zero, serious depreciation in rare car values has never happened.

“Rare collector cars, like fine art, have increased in value dramatically in the past decade. Many price records have been broken in the past two years, while more traditional investments have gone down.”

Rowers break 114-year-old north Atlantic crossing record

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The exhausted mariners did enjoy a few advantages over their pioneering predecessors, who completed their 1896 journey in 55 days.

While Norwegian fishermen George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen struggled in an oak-built boat, the new record-holders were commanding a vessel made from the toughest materials and packed with sophisticated safety equipment.

The new record time was set at 43 days, 21 hours, 26 minutes and 48 seconds.

As they finally reached the safety of St Mary’s Harbour on the Scilly Isles around 4pm, the four – two Scots, an Irishman and a Faroese – reflected on the trials that would have tested the most hardy of seamen.

Skipper Leven Brown, 37, from Edinburgh, told The Sunday Telegraph of their “harum scarum” 3500-mile voyage – and their pride at coming home in one piece with the record under their belts.

“We are all really exhausted. It’s been a helter skelter trip. It was very punishing on the body. We had two capsizes and two men thrown overboard.

“We were probably the most experienced team to take on the north Atlantic thus far – in a very small boat and in quite big weather,” he said.

For “big weather”, read force ten winds and terrifying 40ft waves. “It was a hell from hell at times,” he admits, as a flotilla gathered around them to see the boat, named Artemis Investments, home.

“When there’s 12 inches between you and waves like that, there’s only going to be one winner. But we were absolutely astounded at what she taking.

“There were very big seas. We were going down the sides of massive waves, 40ft waves, doing 15 knots. You can imagine what a steep face that is. When you’re slewing around, you’re either going to capsize or just get swamped.”

Other obstacles overcome by Mr Brown and his crew – Don Lennox, 41, from Glasgow; Ray Carroll, 33, from Galway and Livar Nysted, 39, from the Faroe Islands – include a brush with a fishing vessel in heavy seas and seriously upset stomachs – possibly caused, they reckoned, by a feast of Mars bars to mark the half-way point.

Twice the boat went over, both times leaving one of the crew in the ocean, although safety harnesses prevented them from becoming detached from the boat.

Just after the incident, they wrote in their diary: “We have just had a capsize and Livar was catapulted overboard (he is tied on as we all are) and had to swim back to the boat & is getting warm again in a sleeping bag…”

But the voyage also contained plenty of highlights, including rowing alongside a pod of dolphnis and an encounter with the QM2.

“It’s been a bit harum scarum at times but we feel absolutely fantastic now. Everybody on board has performed amazingly. To come in to somewhere as beautiful as the Isles of Scilly, on a sunny day and in calm waters – it’s a wonderful feeling,” added Mr Brown.

They managed to set a new 24-hour record of 118 miles on July 14, previously held at 117 miles by Mr Brown and his team in ‘La Mondiale’ on the Trade Winds route on January 3, 2008.

Between them the four have a wealth of rowing experience, the skipper holding four world records and a number of firsts in Ocean Rowing in unsupported solo and team expeditions.

The four hope to raise thousands of pounds for charity through their rowing efforts, with money donated going to The National Autistic Society, Help for Heroes, Jigsaw and Aware.

Harbo and Samuelsen’s record-making row started on June 6, 1896, and the pair reached the Scilly Isles on August 1. They wore oil skins to protect them from the elements, and had to share a pair of mittens.

How the World Record attempts compared

The 1896 boat “Fox”

Crew: two Norwegian fishermen

Length: 18ft

Construction: Oak

Weight: 250lbs

Cooking: Small kerosene stove for cooking

Safety: Rails to help right in event of capsize, two watertight wooden flotation compartments

Navigation: Compass, sextant and copy of Nautical Almanac for navigation

Clothes: The crew wore oilskins and shared one pair of mittens

The 2010 boat “Artemis”

Crew: Two Scots, one Irishman, one Faroese

Length: 23ft

Construction: Fibre glass Kevlar sandwich

Weight: 660lbs

Cooking: A super efficient, powerful camping stove

Safety: Watertight flotation compartments, low centre of gravity for self-righting

Safety: Charts, GPS, plastic sextant and VHF

Clothes: Oil skins, small gloves and thermal tops and bottoms.

French nuns seek chart run after record deal (Reuters)

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Sun Jul 25, 2:02 pm ET

PARIS (Reuters) – Benedictine nuns from a secluded convent in southern France have had their prayers answered after beating 70 other religious orders to a deal with Universal Music and aim to create a chart-topping album.

“We never sought this, it came looking for us,” said Reverend Mother Abbess at the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation near Avignon. “At first we were worried it would affect our cloistered life, so we asked St. Joseph in prayer. Our prayers were answered.”

The nuns, whose album of Gregorian chants is set to be released in November, belong to an order that dates back to the sixth century.

The sisters are neither allowed to leave the convent or receive guests and only communicate with visitors through a grill. “I passed the contract through the grill, they signed it and passed it back,” said Dickon Stainer, chief of Decca Records, a unit of Universal, in a statement.

To keep their privacy the sisters will also film their own television advert and photograph the album cover.

The nuns, who beat convents from North America and Africa, join a label that includes the likes of Elton John, The Rolling Stones and convent-educated chart topper Lady Gaga.

The abbess said the nuns decided to record the album hoping it would touch people’s lives.

(Reporting by John Irish)

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