The Diary: Stephen Fry in three-way bungy jump

The English entertainer takes the plunge in a triple jump from Kawarau Bridge. Photo / Supplied
The English entertainer takes the plunge in a triple jump from Kawarau Bridge. Photo / Supplied

When British thespian and wordsmith Stephen Fry hurled himself from Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown attached to an elastic cord on Saturday, it is little wonder he used some vivid language.

"Holy suckmothering ARSE! I did it. I c**king did it. Bungy-jumped! Twice! Once solo and once in a Welsh sandwich with 2 AJ Hackett bungy girls," Fry posted on Twitter.

"When I've got better netz, photos of me bungy-jumping will be posted to prove that I have grown a set and am now officially ALL MAN."

The actor, who is based in Wellington while filming The Hobbit, spent time with Sam Neill at his Central Otago vineyard. Neill, however, didn't make the 43m plunge: "There are some things I prefer just to watch frankly."

But the Dean Spanley actor took to his social networking page to congratulate his friend. "Spectacular bungee jumps by [Stephen Fry] yesterday; rather RAF - brave and yet stylish," Neill tweeted.

A rep for AJ Hackett Bungy would not comment on Fry's bungy three-way - dubbed the triple jump.

"He was a normal paying customer, we can't say any more."

A photo of a horrified Fry taking the plunge was posted by an onlooker on redditpics.com.

Fry was also seen on Friday queuing to buy the latest iPad3 for a friend.

Last week, The Diary revealed Fry and his fellow Hobbit co-star, Sir Ian McKellen, were credited for forestalling a legal stoush between a Hollywood producer and a small British pub.

At the same time, Fry donated "thousands of pounds" to a group of film-makers in West Norfolk after being impressed with their horror short-film series Bloody Cuts. Fry lives in the area and is a director of Norwich City Football Club.

SHOW ME THE MONEYBALL

As Sky TV chief executive John Fellet waits for the results of a Commerce Commission review into Igloo TV - a joint-venture between Sky and TVNZ - he can reflect on his win at the national baseball championships.

Fellet, 59, coaches the Howick-Pakuranga Diamondblacks - winners of the premier league for the second straight year.

"They've won the national title three times in five years," Fellet boasted proudly to The Diary.

The Sky-owned, Prime TV show The Crowd Goes Wild ran a clip from the tournament, featuring their boss making animated secret hand-signs to his team, which Fellet's son Jono belongs to.

"They just wanted to show me in tight-knit pants," Fellet joked.

The Arizona-raised TV boss, who arrived on an 18-month assignment to Sky and has been here 20 years, is on the board of Baseball New Zealand and helped develop the sport in this country. Baseball was a big part of his life in the States, where he coached professionally while running pay-TV operations. One of the attractions for his wife in moving to New Zealand "was that there was no baseball," he said with a laugh. But he credits the sport with keeping him grounded. "It's fun to get some balance."

Fellet will head to Australia at Easter with New Zealand's under-23 team to coach them "in the most competitive championship". There's no slowing down for this media man. He scotched rumours he is stepping down from the helm at Sky TV in 18 months. He says he has no plans to go anywhere for the next 4-5 years.

HOLLYWOOD STAR JETS IN FOR GOLF

Don Cheadle arrived in New Zealand yesterday with his long-time partner Bridgid Coulter and their two daughters. The Hotel Rwanda star will take part in the NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship at The Hills in Queenstown which runs from Thursday to Sunday.

Cheadle plays a 10-handicap and is a regular at celebrity Pro-Am tournaments. He will join a field of 64 amateurs, including rugby stars Justin Marshall, Andy Haden, Jeff Wilson and Nick Farr-Jones.

The Hollywood actor took to Twitter on Sunday to thank the man responsible for bringing him to New Zealand - his first trip. "Off to New Zealand for a couple weeks, won't be tweeting ... Playing in the PGA Pro-Am down there. Big fun! Shout out to my teach, Paul Parlane."

Parlane is a Kiwi pro coach based at the Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles, where he runs a golf academy. His website advertises golfing tours to New Zealand.

DON'T FLY WITH ME

British magazine Private Eye took a swipe at New Zealand infrastructure investment company Infratil and their seemingly cosy relationship with Thanet local council in Kent.

"Thanet's Manston Airport, owned by Kiwi conglomerate Infratil, wants to operate flights throughout the night - mostly old, noisy freight 747s," reported the Eye.

"The airport's boss, Charles 'Manston' Buchanan, says this will somehow help create more than 3000 jobs, as well as, one presumes, raging insomnia of the thousands of council taxpayers who live under the flight path."

Unfazed by the potentially unpopular scheme, the council's website published a direct link to the airport's night flight consultation page, prompting the Eye to scoff: "Why not put the consultation in the hands of the applicants? Two birds with one stone."

They needn't sneer now. Infratil - founded by Lloyd Morrison, who died last month - has announced it is selling Manston Airport and Prestwick Airport in Glasgow.

The company said it is refocusing its investment profile following a significant drop in airport passengers, the BBC reported.

FASHIONABLE OF FUKUSHIMA

Was it a sign of sartorial budgetary cuts or an insight into the pecking order of TV3's news and current affairs division?

On the anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the fashionably conscious couldn't help observe Campbell Live reporter Lachlan Forsyth sporting a nylon, company-branded parker, while 3 News anchor Mike McRoberts wore a cashmere scarf and sports jacket on his 60 Minutes story. Death, desecration and nuclear fallout needn't be a style obstruction.

- NZ Herald

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