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Delphin Swim Discs cost around £4 - £5 for a set that usually includes 6 armbands in 3 colours (2 of each colour).
The one and only thing I hated about going swimming when I was a learner were those horrible, skin wrenching, scratchy cornered inflatable armbands one had to wear to stop one from drowning. They were so uncomfortable, trying to learn how to swim was impossible! You could learn how to "move about" in the water, but try doing front crawl or backstroke (the "easy" ones) - if you could actually do one full arm rotation with an inflatable armband on you would probably loose an eye. I actually complained many times that I would learn better without them. Unfortunately this wasn't true.
Now I'm sure that mum didn't over look these Delphin Swim Disc swimming aids, or put me through the pain of the inflatable ones, on purpose. They have apparently been used for over 25 years but I have only found out about them recently through work. If mum had realised there was an alternative to having to buy new armbands every two to three times that we went swimming, I think she would have taken it!
Comfort: First of all the swim discs are comfortable. They do slide around a little, especially once they have been used a few times, but they do not hurt or cause discomfort. The inner grip of the floats are made out of "a hot-formed and skin-friendly soft polyethylene material". This makes them great for swimming teachers to use in lessons as you can get them on and off of the children without any fuss. There is a nack to putting on inflatable armbands easily but the swim discs are so simple and it's impossible to mess anything up.
Sizes: Where there are different sized inflatable armbands for different ages and buoyancy, a swim disc is one size and designed to fit all children up to 12 years old or 60kg. More or less of the swim discs can be worn depending on level.
Storage: Much more convenient than inflatables. They have flat sides and so can be stacked (funny image in my head of someone trying to stack waterwings).
Value: When they are damaged/chipped they still work, unlike waterwings.
Other: They are available in different colours making them eyecatching to children. Multiple swim discs can be worn and removed as a reward. They enable far greater flexibility to learners so stronger swimming can be developed earlier.
Easier for a child to remove swim discs in the water than inflatable armbands.
Audio CD available for £4.99
1 Radio Waves
2 Who Needs Information
3 Me Or Him
4 The Powers That Be
5 Sunset Strip
7 Four Minutes
8 The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)
Billy, from Wales, is thought to be mentally disabled. His brother, Benny, and Benny's wife, Molly, look after Billy and their children at home.
Benny looses his job at the coal mine and, one night while out with Billy, sees a speech by Margaret Thatcher that angers him. He breaks into a shop and steals a phone. Also that night, Benny drops a concrete block from a bridge. As you hear in part of the album (when Benny is questioned by police), it kills a taxi driver.
Benny is consequently put in prison.
Molly can't manage alone, so Billy is sent to stay with his uncle, Dave, in Los Angeles...
Billy is actually highly intelligent and has a gift!
** ...He hears radio waves... in his head!... ** (lyrics from track 1)
Benny had hidden the stolen phone in Billy's wheelchair and realising it was similar to a radio, Billy plays around with it until he is able to use it to communicate with radio stations. He starts to contact a DJ called Jim at Radio KAOS. Through chatting, usually live on air, they become good friends. Billy eventually tricks the DJ and the listeners into thinking the world is going to end!
I was just a kid when I first listened to this 1987 concept album by Roger Waters (the bass guitarist from Pink Floyd). I really enjoyed the (very) short story on the record sleeve which I read before I listened to the music. It gave a good insight into the characters for such a short read. If I hadn't read the story I would still have understood it by listening, but only just and reading the story first makes it more special when you listen to the album.
I didn't understand all of the songs then and (perhaps shamefully) I still don't, as there is some politics in some parts. "The Powers That Be" (track 4) is political throughout. My favourite songs on the album are "Radio Waves" (track 1), "Who Needs Information" (track 2) and "Home" (track 6). Many of you that haven't heard the album will still recognise "The Tide Is Turning" (track 8), which I think is a beautiful but sad song.
I can honestly say I love this album. It's been one of my favourites since the first time I heard it (many) years ago and it's good to have a copy on CD as well as vinyl now. I think the songs are deep and even more so if you listen to the whole album right from the beginning. It's also wonderful to see such imagination going into a music album and I think it's very original to this day.
Another good thing about liking a Roger Waters concept album is that there are some hidden messages for you to explore if you so wish. There's Morse Code on the sleeve (and I know what it 'supposedly' reads but I wont spoil it incase you actually want to find out), more Morse Code at the start and end of the album and the use of older samples used in many other Roger Waters and Pink Floyd albums.
My boyfriend has a few hobbies but his favourite one is fishing. This is nice because it doesn't involve him coming home drunk, bruised or particularly tired or dirty! It involves quiet, relaxing days beside a river or lake, usually in Essex, although we have stayed at a few campsites with fishing lakes throughout the UK.
When we go fishing he usually puts up a tent and I dump my bag in there and anything else I have brought with me to keep me occupied. It also keeps us dry if it rains. Now lately, I have actually started to fish! This is, of course, due to the fact that I have a PINK FISHING ROD!
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I never liked the way I looked when I used to try my hand at fishing with one of his rods. Now I have my pink rod (bought for me by my boyfriend) I am constantly asking when we are going to go next because I am fully aware how cool and girly I look with it.
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The reel he bought for it (also by Lady Luck) has pink fishing line on it, which also looks nice. I am aware it does not touch the quality of my boyfriend's rods, but this is reflected in the price and as I only do a few hours of fishing when we go, it's perfect! It does feel sturdy and like it wont break easily. I'm really happy that I have a rod I like - I have caught few carp on it - and my boyfriend's next goal is to have me catch a fish that's bigger than his friend's largest catch!
The Lady Luck Spin is a really cute fishing rod and a great rod for beginners. I hope all the ladies that sit by the lake with their partners will consider getting a rod and having a go, it's a great feeling when you get a fish on! If you decide to have a one off try at fishing don't forget to buy a one day fishing licence which can be purchased from a post office (or online at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk). You must get a licence when you go fishing..... and a pink fishing rod! For me it definitely beats sitting in the tent doing crosswords.
Rod = £14.99
Reel = £12.99
Line = Free (with reel) and ready to use
I waited about two weeks for the day that I was being taken out by my boyfriend (Andrew), he didn't tell me where we were going, but I just had this idea in my head it was going to be Thorpe Park and it was!
We went to Thorpe Park together about eight years ago and had a lovely day then, but it was not how I remembered it. Maybe my memory has faded but I thought it was pretty small back then, but nice, with just one main area central to most of the attractions.
Well when we got there I was suprised to see that the ticket entrance was absolutely packed. The first thing I said to Andrew was, "Maybe we should have gotten here earlier, as we are going to be queueing for half the day!" but we paid for our tickets and went into the park to the sound of pop music within about fifteen minutes, which was very satisfying. Tickets were £35 each which is more than Alton Towers but it is easy to travel to Thorpe Park for us.
The first thing we came to was a stand selling refillable Coca-Cola flasks which you can refill at any refill station in the park for free. Well, I didnt want one but Andrew just wanted to start spending so he got one and more on this subject later.....
We started with X:\No Way Out, a roller-coaster that takes you backwards and you are in complete darkness. I loved it! It was a great place to start as the queue was (only) 30 minutes long and it wasn't too intense, yet really fun.
Now he told me the reason for bringing me to Thorpe Park. It wasn't to be nice, it was because HE wanted to go through the new Saw Alive maze. I didn't want to but (as he paid) we joined the queue. It was really scary! He said, "If I had made it it would have been far better" but this was 10 minutes after his heart had regained it's usual pace. I reminded him that the girl behind me was so scared that she ripped the hood clean off my coat and that if it had been any more scary I might have ended up bald. So we gave the new Saw Alive a big thumbs up and bought a keyring. As it says on their website (http://www.thorpepark.com), "With a THORPE PARK Photo Pass you can take home four photos, key rings or magnets for only £20. The Pass is valid for the whole 2010 season, so you don't need to use all your photos up in one trip." I think you will use up all your photos in one trip but they are great memories and really good value in my opinion.
The toilets were clean even though they were very busy. There was a cool sink that it took me and some other girls that I didn't even know at least five minutes to work out how to use. I thought it was a cool sink, really cool infact, but you don't want people not washing their hands because they can't figure out they have to turn the tap on with their foot. Still loved it though.
After queuing for twenty minutes at Burger King and eating a yummy lunch we headed for a couple more rides that we loved, like the thrilling Nemesis Inferno and the more (umm..) romantic Rumba Rapids. Loved them both. The queuing for rides such as Nemesis Inferno and Colossus (with "an awesome ten vertical loops") was absolutely awful though. The queue for the SAW - The Ride was about an hour and a half (the board said 50 minutes) and it was in an extremely boring place with no music. I would have loved to hear some tunes there to take my mind off of the long queue and the terrible feetache I was getting standing in it. At this point we started to moan that we wanted Fasttrack Tickets for rides in the future. However, the ride was fantastic!
We had actually seen the queue for fasttrack tickets and passes and it looked worse than the queues for the rides. If we had been offered fast track tickets at the park entrance we would probably have bought some but if everyone does, it's not going to be much faster. We were overjoyed yet a bit synical that there were park officials selling fast track tickets at the ride entrances about an hour before closing time though, so we bought them for Colossus.
Now did I mention the refillable Coca-Cola flasks? I did? Well we looked everywhere all day for somewhere to refill our flasks. All staff kept telling us to go to the refill station at the front of the park. With half an hour left until closing time we went on a mission to find this refill station. When we found it, we were amazed to see that it was the place that had been closed all day.
I tell you what though, we had a teriffic time here, it's not all up-hill and down-hill everywhere so it's probably easier for parents with buggies and disabled people than a lot of parks and it's quite easy to find your way around.
Big thumbs up for Thorpe Park! I wonder what it's like in the summer. It might not be that much worse for queues than the time of year we went as it had just opened and with a new attraction. It would be interesting to compare a visit in March to one in August.
Thanks for a great day out!