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Remembrance Day 2020

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

Each year, I normally attend a service at the local war memorial to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This has usually been in uniform as a member of the Scouts or in the past as a member of St. John Ambulance. Due to the Covid-19 situation […]

Power Up 4.0 – Smartphone controlled remote control paper airplane

Monday, September 28th, 2020

This is a review of the PowerUP 4.0. This is a successful Kickstarter campaign which completed in 2020. I’ve received my bundle of airplane related goodies and had a few builds and test flights. The video below goes through an unboxing, the first builds, test flights and important information on flying the plane such as […]

Why I Scout! – Shirejammin’ at home challenge

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

On top of my job, family and computing interests I’m also an assistant Cub Scout leader and a member of the District Executive Committee (Charity Trustee of the Scout District). During the current Coronovirus / Covid-19 pandemic we are unable to meet face-to-face but scouting is still happening through virtual conference sessions I am running […]

@Home activities for children during Covid-19 Coronovirus lockdown

Friday, April 10th, 2020

As a parent I understand how important it is to keep children entertained. This is now even harder with the country in lockdown over a sunny Easter holiday. Here are some links to useful activities. Scouts – The Great Indoors Scouts is normally considered an outdoor organisation. In fact during leader training Scout leaders are […]

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway Santa Special Steam Train

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

This Christmas we visited the Gloucestershare and Warwickshire Railway for the Santa Special steam train. The train was from Cheltenham Racecourse railway station. The train was fully booked, but there were enough tables for everyone to find a comfortable seat. We started with a train journey to the “North Pole” station. The carriage was decorated […]

Birmingham Christmas Market 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Video and photos from our visit to the Birmingham Christmas Market in 2016.

First Aid Manual 10th edition

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The First Aid Manual is the official guide from the UK leading first aid organisations: St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross and is widely considered as the definitive guide to first aid in the UK. The 10th edition released in 2014, which replaces the 9th edition which was first […]

Day out at Warner Bros Studios London – Harry Potter Land

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The Harry Potter films were all made in the UK, most of which was filmed in the Warner Bros studios just outside of London. After they completed the last film they’ve now converted two of the studios into a tourist attraction. Advance booking is mandatory for all visitors to the studios with a timed slot. […]

Holiday at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest during spring bank holiday week

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

We’ve had several holidays at Center Parcs over the past few years, but they have been mostly at Christmas time when the weather isn’t particularly good. This year we decided to go to Center Parcs Sherwood forest during spring bank holiday. Whilst generally better than Christmas time it is not normally associated with particularly hot […]

Visiting Westminster, The houses of parliament with kids

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

I have seen the houses of parliament from the outside many times, but never really thought about visiting inside as a day out. During our last family trip to London we were actually looking to visit inside the Jewel Tower which is an English Heritage property. As we went down the steps to the Jewel […]


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