Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Late afternoon closed in a bit so we thought we'd head for Wareham to take a tour of the Saxon remains. We walked the walls and the rivers Piddle and Frome, then had supper in the Purbeck Pizzeria.
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Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
It was funny as I could hear their voices before I realised what was going on. It was unusual enough having five clan members in the room, but it all got crazier as we went along.
Great vibe, and the only downside was the train line closure due to essential maintenance which meant I got home a bit late.
Posted by jonboy at 10:39 pm
Also there was Christabel, Elsbeth and Miles. Top evening, although nothing would persuade me to want to live in the shitty of London.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Half a day later he's still not quite ready to serve up but learned a few lessons on how much work goes into food prep!
And exceedingly nice it was too Tiger.
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Monday, February 15, 2016
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
We stopped and played on the Dragon who's nose is now flat on the floor - a sad sight indeed.
It wasn't very long ago this coat looked quite big on Gregory, it'll soon fit Popsie I think. Greg had his new sailing sponsors jacket arrive yesterday, so he had to wear it to school. A team photo will no doubt be made shortly.
Posted by jonboy at 10:51 pm
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
There was a time, quite a long time ago, when we used to fly kites every weekend. We formed a kite club and made some good mates... Reading this obituary in the Telegraph brought back the memories.
read more here
"Peter Powell, who has died aged 83, developed the first two-line steerable kite, selling millions worldwide and sparking a stunt-kite flying craze.
His interest began in the 1960s when he was trying to help a young cousin fly his new kite – a traditional diamond-shaped kite with a string tail. “The wind was wrong either too low or too high and he was so disappointed,” Powell recalled. “From that moment forward I became obsessed with creating a kite that would fly in any wind”.
Two years after he began experimenting with different designs he patented his first kite – a six-footer – with which he went for a world record of highest-flying kite: “The lines snapped and I lost the kites.”
After that he decided to go bigger and made 30ft kites and sat a 70-year old woman on a swing seat suspended from seven of the kites as they rose from the ground. The stunt was filmed by the BBC and his doughty guinea pig earned a Charlie Chester award for providing public amusement.
One day Powell was flying one of his 6ft kites and noticed a list to one side which he tried to correct by attaching a separate line to the other side. It caused the kite to loop, so for fun he attached a third line and found he could loop the kite to right or left. Then, one night, he thought about removing the centre line and just tethering the kite with two lines on either side: “To my greatest relief the kite controls behaved intuitively... The lines did not lock together and the kite [carved] arcs in the sky.”After two more years of hard work, in 1972 he launched the 4ft steerable stunt kite on to the market. The kites came with a long, hollow polyethylene tail that was inflated by the wind, making them stable and adding to the visual effect as they performed stunts."
read more here
Posted by jonboy at 11:08 pm
Monday, February 08, 2016
Great gig at the Southampton Modern Jazz Club last night with Ted Carrasco and his band raising the roof at the Shooting Star. Leo Appleyard on guitar, with Simon Allen, Paul Burnett, Piers Green and Paul Jordanous brass section. Good to see Robert Carter turn up for a beer, and I really should have got a photograph of Caroline tapping her feet!
Next time maybe...
Next time maybe...
Posted by jonboy at 9:47 am
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Great action photo by Vic Belson
Posted by jonboy at 4:53 pm
Top running Popsie!
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Saturday, February 06, 2016
As you can see I only have a little one...!
Posted by jonboy at 4:37 pm