24 Mar 2015

Running away to the Circus

Back to an old classic, 
As a child you would always say you were going to run away,
Particularly to the circus if you weren't happy with something,

A lot of children have never been to the circus in their lifetime.
I haven't been since I was a child myself.
So when I heard it was back in town...
Yes! I drag my best friend - to the circus! 

Can I just say that we were both excited,
Getting there early to get a good seat,
Sat watching the tent fill up, 
Fascinating, wonderful, beautiful! 
Act after Act of pure talent. 
Oh how I felt jealous! 

With the brilliant Bippo the clown, 
Keeping children and adults laughing,
And anyone that knows me know I am not a fan of clowns generally.
But I think I'll let Bippo pass. 

John Lawsons Circus, are currently on their 2015 tour.
And I hugely recommend checking it out, 
With your mates... With the children... It doesn't matter just GO!
To view where they are off to visit here - http://johnlawsonscircus.co.uk/2015-tour/ 
Check them out on facebook or Twitter to keep up to date.

So what are you waiting for???
Can I run away to the circus please!

20 Mar 2015

From farm to fork

I remember being in the scouting hall...
As part of my D of E program, I found myself going each week to help out with the Cubs. Actually it was quite an enjoyable experience, the noise, the games, the fact they were actually learning too when they were playing. 

A new partner badge has been launched by The Tesco Eat Happy Project in conjunction with The Scout Association for all Beaver Scouts and Cubs Scouts who complete a Farm to Fork Trail, on which they can learn all about how their food is grown or produced.  Stops on the trail include seeing behind the scenes of a Tesco bakery, learning which animals cheese comes from, being taught how to gut a fish and fun challenges like where different fruit and vegetables are grown.

These new badges sound brilliant, a great learning curve for children. There should defiantly be more opportunities for children to go back to basics and learn life skills in this day and age where technology seems to be swamping their brains. 

A poll was taken with The Scout Association asking to list the top 11 skills every 11 year old needs in today world. The top answers:
  1. Know what to do in a first aid emergency
  2. Spend at least one night away camping
  3. Be part of a team
  4. Be able to make new friends
  5. Navigate a short trip with a map and compass
  6. Know how and when to call 999
  7. Know how to cook safely on an open fire
  8. Cook or prepare a healthy meal
  9. Know how to stay safe online
  10. Know how to tie three knots
  11. Tread water for three minutes in a vertical position
Over two-thirds of 11-year-olds know how to stay safe online but just 41% say they know how to cook a healthy meal.

To find out more visit - http://www.tesco.com/eathappyproject

*contributed by Tesco Eat Happy Project.

5 Mar 2015

REVIEW: quick reads

"1 in 6 adults of working age in the UK find reading difficult and may never pick up a book."

Guilty as charged, I don't pick up books.
There is a huge lack of desire to,
Typical adult books are too much of a struggle.
I'll choose the Gruffalo over Fifty Shades any day! 
Plain and simple I am so used to reading to children, 
I've never wanted to read for myself.
Remembering those English lessons when each person read a little piece out loud,
Deep down I was freaking out every time,
Because I knew that even if I did manage to read it with no mistakes,
I sure as hell was struggling to understand what was in front of me.
I was in College literally a few months before being called in,
To be asked, actually for the first time in my life, if I actually struggled.
My words were in a jumble.
In the years that followed I have attempted to focus more,
Attempted to read better,
Maybe then my words won't be in such a muddle.

For the second year, I have been given the chance to check out Quick Reads,
These amazing little collection, from known authors,
books just a £1 with a short story.
Shouldn't take too long to read, 
Shouldn't require a lot of attention.
A variety of genres,
Perfect for someone like me!
I would hugely recommend 'pictures or it didn't happen'.

(They are even sponsored by Galaxy so why not pick up a bar whilst you have a little sit down and read.)

"Quick Reads is making real, lasting changes to people’s lives.  Since 2006 we have distributed over 4.5 million books, registered 3 million library loans and through the outreach work hundreds of thousands of new readers each year, often in some of the hardest to reach communities, are introduced to the joys and benefits of reading. Quick Reads is a unique collaboration and we are very grateful for the support of everyone involved." - http://www.quickreads.org.uk

*i was offered the collection in return for a review, this has not influenced my opinions in any way.