Friday, April 30, 2010

Gozo Ferry Driving Madness!


WHY WHY WHY IS IT THAT WHEN THE CARS ARE DRIVEN OFF THE GOZO FERRY THEIR DRIVERS HAVE TO BECOME TOTAL MANIACS AND HAVE TO DRIVE AS FAST AND DANGEROUSLY AS THEY POSSIBILY CAN???? FOR SOME REASON THIS SICKNESS SEEMS TO BE WORSE DRIVING OFF THE FERRY CIRKEWWA SIDE RATHER THAN THE GOZO SIDE. I NEED TO INVENT AN APPROPRIATE WORD FOR THE GOZO FERRY RAOD HOG. SUGGESTIONS VERY WELCOME .

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Maria Bambina School Kite Flying for Puttinu Cares Fund


Each kite on this multi kite represented one of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Malta

The minister made an appearance - I think he was hoping to break his day up and enjoy a few minutes of some kite flying, but unfortunately there was not enough wind at this point


They finally managed to get the oriental kite flying and together with the Grand Masters kite and a couple more made a very attractive display



Someone is obviously a very keen Manchester United fan!




Sending up 'The Grand Masters of Malta'
This morning the beach was filled with little feet, excited screams and shouts, buckets and spades, endless digging of trenches and sand castle building and not forgetting the most import........ kites, all made by the school children themselves. The local Mellieha primary school, Skola Maria Bambina, organised a fund raising kite flying event in aid of Puttinu Cares for children with cancer. Unfortunately, whereas there is normally always a moderate (or at least a light to moderate) wind blowing, this morning there was a very light variable wind making it almost impossible to fly the kites. Nevertheless - who's complaining? I am quite sure the kiddies were delighted to have a day on the sand rather a day in the classroom!
Puttinu Cares is a charity with a very worthwhile cause. Please click on the link and have a read..............and even better make a donation!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Maltese traditional bus which was saved from the scrap yard to be lovingly restored is set to depart for the UK, where it will be used in promotional activities.

This article was taken of www.di-ve.com. Have to admit it is sad to see our lovely old Malta buses being taken over by the modern ones which have absolutely no character whatsoever (and please don't argue that they are airconditioned in the summer cos the air conditioning is never on!)


''The old DBY364, which came out of service around 3 years ago, is a true hybrid traditional bus, with a Leyland engine in a modified 1943 Bedford QL army truck chassis and a Maltese Sammut body. It has since been restored at Zinnu Bus & Coach Works to incorporate much of its original body, including flared twin headlights and side panels. The side door was also moved back to its original position when 2-man crews were evident. The restored bus had just one Maltese appearance since being rebuilt – at last Sunday’s Annual Commercial Truck & Bus Rally in Pembroke – and it will be her last. On Thursday, the bus is set to take the ferry to Genoa before undertaking a 1,000km-journey to Calais to catch a ferry into Dover to reach its final destination in Kent. It will be used in promotional activities for both business and tourism by the Maltese authorities in London.''





Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Week in Pictures

Photo from www.windycityart.com



A busy time from now on with refurbishment/renovation works starting next month in one of our Gozo farmhouses, 'San Pupulju'. Emptying the house out, measuring floors and walls, loads of quotations for tiles from various places etc etc. An exciting time!




This weekend Pope Benedittu XVI visited our island. Am very proud the Maltese nation lived up to its reputation and gave him a big friendly welcome. This is the third time we have had a papal visit in the last 20 years. I think the outcome was very positive and feel sure he went away feeling our little island was very special.




Yesterday saw the arrival of 'Hakuna Matata' in Mellieha Bay. John was one of the crew members who brought down the new pleasure boat from Greece. It will be operating various trips from Mellieha bay for tourists through Oh Yeah Watersports.


Finished the day off yesterday with a very short 45 minute sail in Ghallis. Wind was very iffy, but who's complaining............the sun was shining and the water already quite warm.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

AZURE - A New Water Sports Publication in Malta





The above is a new magazine about to be launched in Malta and Gozo focussing on water based activities/sports in the Maltese Islands.
Aimed at giving the tourist and local alike detailed information on the various water based activities available in Malta and Gozo. It also focusses on accommodation in Gozo.
This magazine will be available in various outlets all over Malta and Gozo and also as an e-magazine.
If you are interested in advertising in this magazine contact the editor on azure@runbox.com

Special Offer on Accommodation in Gozo






I am offering a special deal on holiday accommodation in our very special Gozo Farmhouse 'Dar Ghax-Xemx' between the 29th of April and 15th May. Please view our website for more details.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What Happens When you Crash out from a High Kite Jump into a few CM of Water?

Tommy

Tommy losing his board from quite a height

Tommy flying high


Ouch!
Unfortunately poor old Tommy is out of action for quite a long time. He lost his board while up in the air with his kite and landed in just a few cm of water. Result a badly damaged foot......ligaments! Let's hope it heals quicker than the doctors are estimating.




Friday, April 09, 2010

Some Pics from This Morning











While waiting for the wind to pick up a bit this morning I took some pics of John kiting. His back loops are coming on really well and he getting some really big air.............and some big crashes!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Good Day on the Water

Had a great day on the water today. Planned to make the most of the Easterly conditions and did! Had a good few hours and feeling pleasantly broken now!
Used my Fanatic 81L wave board and Tushingham Rock 5m and was very comfortable on that kit. Alot of kites out and had a couple of close shaves being knocked into the water twice after lines caught the top of my mast!! I was not a very happy person at those times!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow may be sailable again - fingers crossed.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Plastiki Voyage





The 'Plastiki' is a catamaran that has been totally built from plastic and the prime aim of this voyage from San Francisco to Sydney is to try and build up more awareness about the importance of recycling all the billions of plastic bottles etc that this world gets thru each year.


I shan't elaborate cos you can explore the Plastiki website yourselves since there is so much to discover and it is full of interesting facts and a load of fun interactive stuff. They also have a blog so you can follow their voyage.


Looking back at WWII

The famous FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY


Above pic taken from www.ww2incolor.com
I was having a conversation with my parents this morning and not quite sure how we got onto the subject but ended up talking about the airforce and the war (not surprising since my dad is an ex RAF pilot - post war that is). My dad brought up a very valid point when he said that the 'chaps' on the ground that kept the aircraft up in the air under very difficult circumstances were not given enough credit. That is so true. When we talk, see a movie, read a book, whatever about the war it is always the pilots and men in the limelight that are the main focus of attention, but the ground crew played an equally important role in the war. If it wasn't for them those planes would not have got off the ground. Their expertise and ability to create spare parts from practically nothing and maintain those aircraft kept everything moving. I am quite sure the ground crew had some amazing stories to tell and it would be very interesting to hear a first hand account of the life of the average ground crew member.
So many untold or unrecorded fascinating stories - whatever side of the front line!


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