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Hello and welcome to my website. I am a British-born, naturalized American, living in California. Based in Los Angeles, I work as a correspondent for BBC television, radio and digital outlets, covering everything from US politics and world affairs to technology, natural disasters and Hollywood. I also host the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast. My special interest is the science of human longevity - food, fasting, exercise and long-term health. All views expressed reflect my personal experiences. I advise anyone considering adopting a new diet or fitness regime to first consult with their doctor. Links on this site are to my personal portfolio of audio, video and text. Copyright of broadcast works remain with the BBC and LLAMA podcast content with Healthspan Media LLC. Thanks for the visit!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Zoobombing in Portland

It's always good to get out of town - indeed out of state - to experience something new.

When I visited Portland in Oregon recently I was introduced to the crazy world of Zoobombing. Simply put, a bunch of free-spirited bike enthusiasts meet every Sunday evening, to hurtle down a steep hillside on kids bicycles. They take the monorail up, and bike down. And they do it several times in to the early hours of Sunday morning.

Why? It's fun. They bond, lose themselves in an entirely meaningless but thrill-a-minute world and let off steam.

The next day they go back to their jobs in the corporate world, local charity, coffee shop or the unemployment line.  It is dangerous, takes place on public roads and is not recommended for children. But the local police are cool with it and there are rarely any accidents.

I would not do it. I value my limbs too much. But hats off to this dedicated crowd of thrill-seekers, their hospitality and bravado.

Video at BBC News

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