The Tough Mudder series of races is not for the squeamish and for good reason – read about the race’s first death during competition here. The races are long and the obstacles vary from cold water plunges to wall climbs to running through wires coursing with electricity. The race is intense to say the least.It’s the Electroshock Therapy obstacle that gets the guy in the video above, and no, it’s not the guy who takes a digger at :05. You can tell the wires are working from the guy who flinches at :13 just as the true victim is sucking his doors off trying to get through without feeling the wrath. The worst part is the guy looks like he is making good time and in a healthy rhythm. Nothing like an electric clothesline to put a hitch in your giddy-up. But he’s a tough mudder, so he stayed in the game, which is commendable given he just got jacked off his feet. He’s lucky his head didn’t pop off, and you can tell he is physically hurt as well as emotionally demoralized as he slumps away.Love how the woman with the volunteer shirt just walks on by giving no assistance – if that is even a real Tough Mudder volunteer, which she may not be. Or maybe volunteers are instructed to not give assistance – that’s just another obstacle in the race. And the announcer with his two cents for the crowd: “Wow. You don’t see that every day.”No, you certainly don’t.
The view of the estate from the Knightsbridge Parade East.IT’S been seven years since Riccardo Rizzi placed the winning $5.3 million bid on a partly constructed Sovereign Islands estate.Original owners Scott Tyne and Clare Marks had reportedly already outlaid $21.44 million on the initial construction and four blocks of land on Knightsbridge Parade East, part of an exclusive gated community on the northern Gold Coast.Their dream was to build a modern day 100-year-old chateau, designed by the renowned Brunei Royal Family architect Bayden Goddard.Exterior photos of the unfinished residence in 2013. Picture: Williams JeradThe sprawling Mediterranean masterpiece was taking shape on the best parcel of land facing due north down the Broadwater before the banks moved in.Photos taken prior to the mortgagee auction in 2013 show weeds had started to take over the concrete structure which was still a long way off resembling a home.It’s a daunting project for anyone to take over and one which Mr Rizzi has embraced without regret.“Very few times in life you’re given a gift from heaven to do something and this project was mine,” he said.“It was probably one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my life.“It was a combination of so many different skills that needed to be put together to do it.”Riccardo Rizzi placed the winning bid at auction in 2013.A civil engineer with a background in project management, Mr Rizzi took a methodical approach to organising the paperwork into folders and boxes – enough to fill an entire room – to get his head around the monstrous task ahead.His first act was to pay the tradespeople and consultants what they were owed and rehire as many as possible.“Virtually everyone was put on an hourly rate,” Mr Rizzi said.“Come Friday I would do a bank run and everyone would get paid.“People who didn’t meet the standard, didn’t make it to the following week so we did have a reasonable turn over.”Some of those original tradesmen – including a carpenter and a tiler – have worked on the house since building began in 2008.Detailed finishes inside the residence were completed by hand.At the height of construction, there were 20 or more workers on site, with detailed finishes including herringbone timber flooring and marble stonework completed carefully by hand.“I met a lot of good people, some fantastic tradesmen who were a privilege to work with,” said Mr Rizzi, who counts ‘after work beers’ among his fondest memories.“Not many people are in a position to give up seven years of their life to complete a project. I got so much enjoyment from doing it.”Hours of research were devoted to selecting the finishes and fixtures, including an original 4m high, 1.5 tonne bronze statue of Neptune, imported from Florence at an estimated cost of $400,000.Mr Rizzi prefers to confine his use of the house to the kitchen.That statue graces the entry foyer where a spectacular domelike cupola, thought to be the only one of its kind in an Australian residence, rises 14.5m over head.Living in such a grand estate has been an experience in itself for the bachelor who occupies only a small area.“When I say I live in the house, I live in the kitchen,” Mr Rizzi said.“The kitchen is more than 100 sqm which is in fact the size of a three-bedroom apartment, so I’m more than comfortable.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“To go from the kitchen to the master bedroom suite, I think even Usain Bolt would take more than 10 seconds to run it.”Mr Riccardo Rizzi outside the residence in 2015. Picture Mike BatterhamProfit was never the main driver for Mr Rizzi who hasn’t put a value on the cost of completing the estate, which has previously been listed for $45 million.Amir Prestige has set an auction for October 17 as Mr Rizzi makes plans to move closer to his adult children in Perth.The completed residence is a sight to behold.But rather than revel in the success of seeing the project through, he’s quick to pass credit to those who laid the foundations.“Scott Tyne had an inspiring vision to set this whole project up and no one can take that from him,” Mr Rizzi said.“He should be a very proud man, alongside his wife, as they are talented and gifted people.“I wish them well and am extremely grateful that this opportunity came about.”Plans are already in the pipeline for another major project in Perth for Mr Rizzi, buoyed by the confidence of conquering an inconquerable dream.“What I found when I did the house is that I’ve elevated myself to a level that when I see a challenge, irrespective of how complex it appears, it is in fact an accumulation of individual singular simple problems,” he said.“Now I find that I can actually deal with things that might otherwise seem impossible.”The completed residence at 26-34 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.
He then headed to his Trump International Golf Club, where he remained until about 3 p.m.Trump is expected to return to Washington D.C. Sunday evening. NASCAR announced Friday that he will serve as grand marshal of the annual Daytona 500, making him the first president to have that role.Trump has hosted series champs at the White House in the past and awarded NASCAR team owner Roger Penske the Presidential Medal of Freedom.The limo is a Cadillac built atop a heavy-duty truck chassis. On Saturday evening, Trump attended a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort that was expected to raise $10 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee.It is said to be his most expensive fundraiser ever, with invitations going only to donors who gave $580,600 per couple, according to The Washington Post.The President began his Saturday reflecting on his recent impeachment acquittal, tweeting: President Trump is certainly making the most of his weekend in the Sunshine State.On Sunday, the commander-in-chief plans to take “The Beast,” as his presidential limousine is nicknamed, for a lap around the Daytona International Speedway track.