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Balloonist makes good progress on world record bid

Fedor Konyukhov inside the tiny capsule he's travelling in under the balloon Credit: PA

A Russian who is aiming to set a non-stop round-the-world record in a Bristol-built balloon is making good progress.

65-year-old Fedor Konyukhov launched the 170ft balloon - created by Cameron balloons - outside Northam in Western Australia on Tuesday 12 July. He is aiming to beat Steve Fossett's record of 13 days,

He has now crossed a third state line into New South Wales.


Farmers ask for no fly zone as calves spooked by hot air balloon

Farmers have called for a no fly zone over their land after more than 30 calves were spooked by a hot air balloon.

Sue and Jeremy Padfield say the 35 cattle escaped after they charged at fencing, breaking through posts and barbed wire.

The couple, of Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset, say the cows were spooked by a hot air balloon.

Balloons are a regular fixture of the West Country in the summer months Credit: ITV West Country

They've now called on the National Farmers Union to help them try and introduce a 'no fly zone' over the farm to try to stop it happening again.

Posting on Facebook she said she had received overwhelming support from other farmers.

All young calves safely back, incredibly & thankfully appear uninjured, will of course be checking them again later.

Something has seriously spooked them this evening, all fence posts completely snapped & 3 strands of barbed wire broken by them running through.

We'd like to educate the balloon pilot that possibly caused the calves such distress, please help us identify them.

– Sue Padfield, Facebook
Credit: Oliver Berg/dpa


Oops - hot air balloon makes a splash in Bristol

A hot air balloon pilot found an unusual way to cool off in the hot weather - taking a quick dip in Bristol's harbourside.

The pilot had a near miss with the water on several occasions before finally landing with splash.

A crowd of onlookers gathered as the blue and yellow balloon precariously hovered above the floating harbour, many taking photos and videos on their phones.

But all was not lost as the skilled crew managed to swiftly raise the balloon after the wicker basket dipped into the water. As it came out of the harbour, people cheered as water pours from the bottom of the basket, before the balloon disappears once more into the sky.

Balloon entrepreneur honoured

The inventor of Cameron Balloons has been recognised in the New Years Honours List. Don Cameron who founded Cameron Balloons is made MBE. And TV presenter Kevin McCloud who lives near Frome also gets the MBE for his work on sustainable buildings.

Don Cameron (on the right) gets an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. Credit: PA
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