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BASE jumping as a hobby?

05/12/2016 Main
BASE jumping as a hobby? 
 

BASE jumping stands for Building Antenna Span & Earth, because these are the locations participants of the extreme sport jump from weaing parachutes or wingsuit. BASE jumping was first tried in 1912 by a tailor, named Franz Reichelt. He jumped off the Eiffel Tower to test the ‘coat parachute’ he had designed. Allegedly the audience and the police thought he was going to test it using a dummy but he jumped wearing the suit himself, and died once he hit the ground. The following year Stefan Banc designed a parachute and jumped from a 15 storey building, this time landing unscathed. The same year a Russian wanted to test another parachute by jumping from the Eifffel Tower, folllowing Reichelt’s death though the authorities wouldn’t all it. Instead he jumped from a 53 metre high bridge over the River Seine. Read more

Relaxing leisure

19/11/2016 Main
Relaxing leisure 

Hey everybody!  Welcome back to my hobbies and leisure blog.  Hopefully you’ve all had some time this week for your hobbies but if not this is the blog post for you! As it’s coming up to Christmas many of us are feeling our purse strings begin to tighten and with Christmas parties and shopping to do it doesn’t leave any of us with much time to relax and enjoy a simple hobby at home.  So today I wanted to share some great easy and cheap hobbies to get into, many of which you can do at home with objects you probably have lying around, or things you can buy during your grocery shop.  There’s also tons of online resources available for free to help you out, so why not pick up a new hobby today.  And who knows, if you get good at it you might be able to save some pennies and make some great Christmas gifts.  Most of these hobbies you can do with any spare time you have, and they're easy to put down and pick back up when you have a teeny bit of time. Read more

Nintendo Classic

17/11/2016 Main

Many of you have probably already heard about a return to retro gaming with the release of the Nintendo Classic. For those of you not in the know, the Classic is a self-contained, old school console that is essentially a smaller version of the old Nintendo NES system - that’s Nintendo Entertainment System, for the young folk. For those of us who are of a slightly older vintage, this represents a great return to the heady days of playing 8-bit games while avoiding doing homework or swotting up for lectures.  It was a great bonding experience for many college and university students as we tried to rescue the Princess over and over again. Read more

Toastie Machines

15/11/2016 Main
Toastie Machines
 

Hi all, and welcome back to my hobbies and leisure blog.         Read more

Electric motorbikes

09/11/2016 Main

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Free Wheeling

25/10/2016 Main
Free Wheeling 

Welcome back folks.  Today I wanted to talk about one of my main hobbies: motorbikes.  In particular I wanted to share a personal experience that involved a potentially fatal accident, which in turn encouraged me to learn a whole lot more about the physics of riding in order to maximize safety.  It’s something that I didn’t even know existed at the time, yet if I had, I could have avoided the accident altogether.  It’s a technique known as counter steering. Read more

Must have gadgets

05/10/2016 Main

Must have gadgets Read more

Kids Electric Bikes

30/07/2016 Main
Kids Electric Bikes

Our son has now started to get bored of his push bike. He’s seen all these electronic scooters and bikes on TV and on the internet so he’s started talking about wanting one of those. Me and my partner have therefore been looking online at the classified ads to see if we can find a kids electric bike for sale that’s suitable. I can’t say either me or my partner were completely sold on the idea at first. There’s something about driving a bike with a motor that makes it sound more dangerous than if he was just driving a push bike. We’ve discussed it though and at the end of the day he’s only going to be using the bike under full supervision over the park, at home in our garden or over his grandparents’ house. The fact is, he rides his bikes around the streets and these days there are so many cars on the road, so many youngsters getting cars, that you have to really be careful. His friend had a crash the other day. Luckily his friend was ok, but he did come off his bike and went over the car bonnet. Fortunately, it was just a few cuts and bruises but like I said, you can’t be too careful. Anyway, so we have been looking through the different kinds of electric bikes for sale as there’s a big variety to pick from. You’ve got ATV, quad style ones. There’s push bikes that have a battery so you use it as an electric bike if you want. Then there’s the ones that look just like mini motorbikes. Read more

Exciting Updates

07/04/2016 Main

Hey folks, just wanted to update you on a couple of things. Thanks to your advice, I bought a lower end Cintiq and I absolutely love it. I actually do feel like a bit of an artist, in the same way that a synthesizer can help someone to sing.  Do you remember using charcoal at school and feeling like you could actually draw, pretty well, when you used it? The Cintiq has the same effect, only with a huge variety of virtual mediums to choose from. My kids absolutely love using it too. They want to print every picture they creat. It’s like having an overenthusiastic Pablo Picasso and an excitable Frida Kahlo in the same room. My wife and I are obviously very proud of their drawings though and have been showing them to everyone we know, haha! What the heck, you’ve got to show your little ones off, right? Read more

Buying a Used Cintiq

31/03/2016 Main

Hi it’s Geoff here. I’ve just found out about a really exciting piece of kit and that is a graphic pen tablet for drawing, called a Cintiq. I’m really excited to buy one of these and am currently looking for a used Cintiq for sale. Read more