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Most People Dressed As Sunflowers: Hornbill School Brunei Sets World Record

Click on image to read official Guinness World Records tweet.

Brunei also holds the record of Largest Serving of Grilled Satay

The current world record for Most People Dressed As Sunflowers — 229 pupils and staff at Thorndown Infant and Junior Schools in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Previous record was 116 set at The Nursery on the Green in London. Now, who would have thought little known Hornbill School that’s dedicated to children of the British army, tucked in the confines of the British Garrison would someday ‘kick arse’ and put Seria on the world map. The attempt to break the record was the brainchild of Daz King and Kris Sanders, two military personnel based at the British Army Garrison in Seria. Subject to confirmation by The Guinness Book of World Records, Hornbill School’s incredible turn out of 575 people dressed as sunflowers trounced all previous records by a whopping 251%. Well done, Hornbill School — I’m excited and hope the record gets into the Guinness world record books. This blog post is my 600th, no world record here but a significant milestone no less!

Also in the Guinness Book of World Record: Bukit Thompson, World’s Lowest HillFacebook Page

A morning enjoyed by many especially fun loving kids from the school. Like any regular extra curricular activity except this one broke a world record presently held by a school in the UK.

The large majority of this number was made up of the staff and children of Hornbill School, who had worked feverishly all week (in between lessons, of course!) to make the costumes for the record attempt.

A sleepy sunflower whisked away bright and early from the garden.
Fisheye lens effectively squeezed a pretty large congregation of 'sunflowers' into one frame. The participants were also pretty?
A teacher called out to her students in an attempt to get them organised in some orderly manner.


Students, staff and parents all set to be photographed by official 'tog in a Bell chopper.
The official photograph for world record validation is an aerial photograph not one from this blog, unfortunately.
Aerial photography courtesy of 7Flight, British Garrison in Seria. I've been on numerous official photographic missions for the Brunei Economic Development Board via Royal Brunei Air Force's Bell 212 capturing the gorgeous Temburong sunrise to documenting traffic jams at Sungai Liang to Sungai Tujoh borders! I miss hanging out of the chopper
One of the 'sunflower' participants whose reflective sunglasses caught my attention.




The number of participants were double, triple-checked as students walked back into school compound. The number present on the field had earlier been registered at point of entry.

Related British Garrison links:
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visit the British Forces
| Britain Brunei Running Festival
British Garrison Open Day (VIP) | British Garrison Open Day (Public)

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The Butra Heidelberg Cement Tour de Brunei 2011 Came To Town!/janshim/status/111635667766886400

Having recently acquired a spanking new Canon EF 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom lens I was curious to see how it could be applied to sports photography. In an unrelated 2-day photography assignment with a client across various branch offices, I quickly adopted the lens for a shoot that the client likes very much (that’s enough testimony to seriously consider owning it). So today, with a few hours to spare this morning, I brought the lens to Kuala Belait’s most distinguished landmark — the Teapot Roundabout — to add more curve to the already curvy road. The intent was also to capture the Butra Heidelberg Cement Tour de Brunei peloton as they negotiated the turn towards the Seria bypass on their way to Tutong district.