took to world record-breaking in
2004 after being inspired by a record-setting rally
driver in Kenya. What began as a hobby soon escalated
into an active publicity pursuit. Today, he promotes the
work of social and environmental causes. For these
purposes, the most fitting game plans are chosen; then
world titles are attempted and frequently created.
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Most gloves worn on one hand:
This is the story behind my Guinness World Record™ for the Most gloves worn on one hand.
This was my first attempt at wearing the most gloves. I got an elderly
friend along with several others. We spent the afternoon in an empty
car park at a community centre.
There, I pulled out the packet of gloves I'd
borrowed from all around the neighbourhood. There were thick gloves,
thin ones, women's ones, heavy-duty ones and even an evening glove.
What an uncharacteristic mix, I commented. The others agreed. What I
hadn't told one of those kind people who had lent me the single evening
glove was that it would be worn underneath one from a nearby mechanical
workshop. I never told her. Some time after I made this attempt, I saw
her wearing that delicate glove on a date!
Why walk over the balcony when we could make
the attempt right next to the cars, a step away from an open back door.
Following some brief admin I was required to complete, in amongst our
chatter, I took my time to slide on glove after glove. Or, at least,
that was the plan. It didn't last long because the things wouldn't do
as I wanted. I wrestled and fought with each glove as I pulled it on,
centimetre by centimetre. One ripped across the wrist so I had to
remove it and use the next best one as a replacement. My working hand
was getting tired. The others watched and made the odd suggestion.
Sure, its great to receive suggestions but they weren't the ones who
had to do all the work. I pulled and twisted as they waited patiently.
No media was
around so we could be as casual as
we liked. I stopped several times for a break and to joke with the
others about what I was doing to my well-gloved hand. Interrupted by
plenty of rests and antics, eventually I got there. In fact, it was my
witnesses who questioned the sense in my continuing. “You've been
struggling with that one for how long now – will you ever get it on?”
they began commenting. Accepting that they were picking up a trend in
my inability to progress any further, I accepted that it was time to
When I got the world record, I felt inspired to
rush out and achieve far more. As you may have seen, I came back to
this world record and smashed my own achievement by planning with