Free Swimming? I don’t think so …

June 21, 2009 at 8:41 pm (moan) (, )

If you are  a local authority and the government has just told you that you have to provide free swimming for under 16s, then what do you do?

Well, if my local authority is anything to go by, you introduce so called ‘Family Friendly Swimming’ Sessions at all the times when children are likely to take advantage of the free swimming sessions, stating that children are not allowed in without an adult!  Excuse me, did you say ‘family friendly’?  So I now have to accompany any child under 16?

Result?  Probably less children swimming than before, as now, all those families that permitted their children to go swimming on their own, (lets face it, there are more times in the day when the kids can go without parents than with), can no longer do that.  Result?  Probably less children swimming.

So a big thank you to the local authority for taking the spirit of the government’s scheme and turning it on its head.  Sigh.


(Been a while since I’ve had a moan)


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Chess on a rollercoaster

June 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm (interesting, odds) (, , , , , )

The inventiveness of Randall Munroe never ceases to amaze me, only surpassed by the determination of some of his fans.  Take this cartoon for instance, suggesting the idea of getting a picture of you playing chess whilst on a rollercoaster.

All good fun and a good cartoon.  But then follows the challenge for people to go ahead and do it for real.  Inspired.

The best entry on this page, in my opinion though, involves Jenga.  Now, don’t try this at home (or on your local ‘coaster for that matter).


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Rudest Place names in Britain

June 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm (odds, places) (, )

And while looking up the 10 largest holes for my last post, I rediscovered Google Sightseeing.

Always good for a browse if you have nothing better to do.  Of course, if you are feeling in the mood for childish, purile humour, then you can’t beat the rudest place names in Britain.   Sorry.  Silly I know 🙂


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10 biggest man-made holes

June 10, 2009 at 8:24 pm (interesting, internet) (, , )

Funny what you unearth (hah!) on the Internet … Came across this interesting post the other day – the 10 world’s biggest man-made holes.

These are quite impressive, especially the hole that just appeared right next to someone’s house in Guatamala!  Also, the still-burning natural gas deposit in Turkmenistan.  Had a look on Google, and yes, you can see it on Google maps here.  Amazing.


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Soothers … (or dummy to you and me)

June 3, 2009 at 9:20 pm (interesting, kids, odds) (, , )

How about this – see here on Amazon?  I saw these quite some time ago, but was reminded of it again recently.  Don’t know about you, but I find this actually quite disturbing!

I wonder what this does to a kid’s self-esteem in later life …


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