15th December 2005: PREVIEW OF THE LARGEST EVER FUNFAIR IN LONDON: News just in that for a donation to STARLIGHT (minimum suggested donation £5/person or £20/family - 2 adults and up to 4 children) you can get a wristband for unlimited FREE rides on all children's and adult's fairground rides between 4pm and 8pm on Friday, 23 December 2005 ONLY. The offer does not include fairground stalls or refreshment units, but there are over 40 rides (normal cost £2 per ride).
See the STARLIGHT website for more info [click on "LONDON FUN FAIR FOR STARLIGHT 23rd DEC 4-8pm"]. Please check with Starlight (telephone number on their site) as soon as possible on how to get your wristband - demand for this event is likely to be massive :)
4th December 2005: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE: Our review of the latest - awesome - Harry Potter film is now on line in Sol's Guide to Harry Potter, here.
30th November 2005: GOLDEN JUBILEE BALLOON LAUNCH
Update just received from SENSE on the progress of their Great Jubilee Balloon Race:
Last week residents of towns across the UK and beyond were astounded when they noticed the descent of a number of bright orange balloons, which had been launched in Bristol and London by the national deafblind charity Sense, to mark its 50th Anniversary.
The balloons must have survived some dramatic wintry weather to reach their eventual landing places, as far afield as Ashford in Kent, Stonegate in East Sussex and Carmarthen in Wales. Five had even managed to travel as far as France - one has also been found in Portugal.
The balloons had not only travelled great distances but have also been found in a variety of unusual locations including the Ministry of Defence in Bristol. One lucky ticket holder has had two balloons found in France, the first at a Muscadet Vineyard and the second 240 miles away on the other side of France!
Diana Mackie, Press and PR Assistant
So keep an eye out for orange balloons! SENSE's update page here says the deadline for returning balloons is 4th January 2006. You can find details of other events in which SENSE is involved (including the Walt Disney World ® Marathon) on line here.
24th November 2005: KEYWORDS FOR LEARNING
Our thanks to everyone who has sent in list for wordsearches in recent months .... new areas include country music, composers, music, roads (Australian Highways), parables, ice skating, ice hockey, racing cars, transport, rocks, concert halls, plants (photosynthesis), chemistry (particle theory of matter) .....
All the new lists have now been added to the KEYWORDS FOR LEARNING area - no wordsearches as yet but the lists are on view to avoid duplication along the way.
We're planning to send the database to Mario in NZ for generating the wordsearches in a few weeks from now, so if there are any more lists out there, please send them soon :)
20th November 2005: BIKES FOR AFRICA
Do you have a spare bike? Jole Rider (based in the UK) is shipping bikes to Africa, so that kids can get to school. Over 50,000 children in The Gambia alone, can't get to their nearest school because it's too far to walk. Some children walk 10k EACH WAY, every day, and many have further than that to travel.
Jole Rider sets up permanent, fully equipped bike repair workshops in schools in Africa and provides training for school students in maintaining their own bikes.
Their aim is to establish bike maintenance workshops in African and UK schools, and to provide opportunities for UK students to travel to Africa for a 7 or 10 day programme, to combine with fellow students of different cultures and to gain practical, engineering-based skills development around a favourite teenage topic - bikes.
To find out more, see their website here, Bikes 4 Africa here, African School Linking here and Schools Baton Relay (John O'Groats to Lands End) here.