2017 Guinness World Records; Flying Caspa currently holds the record for the highest bar jump cleared by a llama at 1.13 metres (Image: Paul Michael Hughes)

After a 17 day sporting void, there was a welcome return to Rio this week for Part Two of the Olympic spectacular.  The Paralympics kicked-off late on Wednesday night with American daredevil, wheelchair rider Aaron "Wheelz" Fotherham propelling himself down a ramp from the top of the Maracana Stadium before somersaulting through a circle of fire.  If you haven't seen the video already then it should provide some inspiration to ditch the Sunday papers (and your comfy sofa) and get active - although to be clear with our disclaimer, The Weekly is not actually suggesting you hop into a wheelchair, descend a six-storey ramp, and hope for the best!
 
A week on from the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the notion of building wooden skyscrapers in the City sounds positively barking.  However, big advances in "engineered" wood mean that high-rise, timber-framed buildings may soon be the future for the construction industry.  Recent experiments have shown that cross-laminated timber (CLT) is easily strong enough to build high and,  just as importantly, extremely difficult to burn.  Furthermore, the benefits of timber construction over traditional steel and concrete construction appear to be numerous.  There is an aesthetic benefit, the overall construction costs may be cheaper, and using wood could reduce a building's carbon footprint by up to 75%.  Still sound barking?  Well there are signs that a wooden revolution may lie just around the corner; rumour has it a 40-storey "tree-top" residential tower block is already on one architects drawing board in Stockholm.  Good news for the environment (and woodlice everywhere).

CACI's Hot Housing Index 2016, released this week, ranks the Top 50 UK locations in a bid to find the "best place to live in the UK".  Crewe topped this year's charts just ahead of Chester, Stockport and Harrogate.  The index looks at affordability alongside a host of other variables such as levels of employment, schooling provision, and transport accessibility.  The methodology may not be flawless (not everyone wants to live in Crewe!), but it does reinforce a striking north-south divide.  The Top 50 is dominated by towns in the North West, Yorkshire & The Humber and Scotland.  In contrast, Reading is the highest placed town in the South East (in 45th place!) and London fails to record an entry at all.  Then again it does depend on your priorities.  London plays host to 5 Premier League footballing giants (with the generous inclusion of Crystal Palace), whilst Crewe plays host to Crewe Alexandra FC of Football League 2.  We'll leave that out there as a point for healthy debate!

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