‘I organise a conference about boring things’

James Ward’s annual event celebrates the mundane, from ringbinders to ice-cream van chimes

George Bullard
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‘I paddle an inflatable kayak to work’

Adventurer George Bullard navigates the Thames on his daily commute

Gjin is a reconciler of blood feuds in Albania and head of the organization which fights for the cause, The Committee of Nationwide Reconciliation
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‘I help reconcile blood feuds in Albania’

Volunteer Gjin Marku tries to mitigate revenge by focusing on consequences such as imprisonment

Tim Kovar teaches 'technical tree climbing', the kind where you don't climb on the tree
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‘I teach scientists to climb trees’

‘If they get stuck up a tree in a remote jungle, there’s no 999 to call,’ says instructor Tim Kovar

‘I’ve amassed a record number of misspellings of my name’

Edward Nedelcov, aka EA Dedelcov and B Heddlegove, has collected 1,476 variations

‘I saved a friend lost in the South Pacific’

Giovanni Soldini was competing in a solo, around-the-world yacht race when he received an emergency telex

Tomás Saraceno: “My ambition is to take my work up to the international space station”
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‘I turn spider webs into art’

Tomás Saraceno makes 3D scans of webs and music from the rhythmic vibrations spiders produce

Colin Rosie
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‘I wore a top hat while sleeping rough, then set up a top-hat business’

Colin Rosie went from being homeless to selling 400 hats a week

Jeffrey Condon, former manager of the Nomad Lodges in Tanzania, inspects a rough ocean at the Port Philip Bay foreshore, Melbourne, Australia. While stationed in Tanzania, Condon taught a young pelican how to fish and even fly after it had been displaced from it’s family. In teaching the bird basic survival skills, Condon hopes that one day it might be able to rejoin it’s flock. // Katrin Koenning for Financial Times Magazine, 27/11/2015, Melbourbe, Victoria, Australia.
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‘I taught an orphaned pelican how to fish’

Jeffrey Condon would bring ‘Big Bird’ on his kayak in the hope of awakening his natural instincts

Jane Wildgoose holding a replica of Lord Nelson's coffin
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‘I made a coffin for a strand of Lord Nelson’s hair’

Jane Wildgoose worked with a lock originally sent by Horatia, Nelson’s daughter, to friends and colleague

‘I’ve been a one-man cycling demonstration for 10 years’

Aydin Akin rides through Berlin daily in a campaign for equal voting rights for non-EU citizens

‘I take care of 5,000 donkeys’

Former film-maker and banker Eduardo Aparício now looks after abandoned animals on a ranch in Brazil

‘I collect and play ship horns’

‘I have around 40 big ones, mainly from famous warships and maybe 100 smaller ones as well,’ says Raoul de la Roche Aymon

‘I broke world rowing records while in jail’

The respect John McAvoy so craved as a criminal was earned instead as a sportsman

‘I fought George Lucas in court over Stormtroopers’

Andrew Ainsworth made the props for more than 200 characters in the first ‘Star Wars’ film

‘I’ve helped thousands of Syrian refugees’

Melinda McRostie runs transit points to welcome refugees brought in by the Greek coastguard

‘I founded the Roundabout Appreciation Society’

‘I was determined to find a subject for the calendar that was more original than naked ladies from the Women’s Institute,’ says Kevin Beresford

‘I created an international school for Santas’

‘What makes a great Santa isn’t his “Ho Ho Ho” or the cost of his outfit,’ says Tim Connaghan

‘I was a dog-walking anarchist’

‘I’d warn clients when there was a chance I’d get arrested on a demo,’ says Joshua Stephens

‘I’m the last in a 200-year line of gardeners’

Martin Gee’s family has worked on the grounds at Weston Park in Staffordshire since 1803

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