‘I run a club for people who have messed up at sea’

David Latchford, Commodore of The South West Shingles Yacht Club, which is an invite only club for sailors who have crashed at sea.

‘A sense of humour about your misadventure is a big part of the club’s ethos,’ says David Latchford

Lawrence Bernstein says half his company’s speechwriting work is for weddings
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‘I wrote a marriage proposal for both halves of a couple’

Lawrence Bernstein’s company writes corporate speeches but half its work is for weddings

Asma Bhol: ‘A woman leading a mixed congregation in prayer makes some people uncomfortable’
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‘I’m a female imam’

Asma Bhol preaches an inclusive Islam that welcomes people of any gender, sexuality or minority

Esteban Quispe
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‘I turned electronic waste into robots’

Esteban Quispe made his very own Wall-E from materials at his local dump

‘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

‘I turn spider webs into art’

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

‘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

‘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

‘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

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