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Faraday Challenge Day at Dinnington Comprehensive School

As I was walking back to my old school today on a bright and sunny morning it occurred to me that it is now 40 years ago since I left on a similar sunny day to head off university, the big wide world and the rest of my life.

So why was I going back today?

Following some ideas conceived over a few beers with some ex-Dinnington school friends last June, I’ve been working with Welcome to Yorkshire and the Institution of Engineering and Technology on a design competition for schools linked to the forthcoming Yorkshire Grand Départ. The IET’s Education Department agreed to support a Yorkshire mini-season of Faraday Challenge Days, using 3D Design and Printing technology and with Cycling as a theme.

Well, today was Dinnington’s turn so I went along to help.

It was moving to see so many enthusiastic youngsters grab hold of the engineering challenge posed in an introductory video featuring Ricky Feather. The teams had a really busy day – starting with a design brief and producing working prototypes by early afternoon.

Although I was delighted that in the opinion of the judge my old school house Osborne had won the day (and the chance to visit the National Cycling Centre in Manchester), I’d like to congratulate all those who took part. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did and that you will remember this experience for many years to come. I’d also like to thank Deputy Head Chris Eccles for taking up my suggestion of holding this event at Dinnington and the support provided by the teaching staff.

The Faraday Challenge Day mini-season is being held at a number of schools in the Yorkshire region over the next few weeks, and will go nationwide to visit another 60+ schools from September. If you think you can assist the delivery team as a volunteer or would like to find out how a school near you might host an event please contact faraday@theiet.org for further details.

Black Lion at Firbeck hits the spot

…and just what we needed after a hard day in the garden

Steak and ale pie

Steak and ale pie

Chicken Chardonnay

Chicken Chardonnay

At last – some sunshine and time to get some jobs done in the garden. After a full day in the sun (in my case up a ladder repairing a leaking summerhouse roof) we didn’t feel like cooking (and by that time I felt I really did deserve another pint of ‘Moonshine’) so we decided to eat at the Black Lion in Firbeck as we’d not been there together for a couple of months.

We were both too tired for a full meal and just went for a main course. Ann had Chicken Chardonnay (£9.95) while I was initially tempted by a salad starter as a main but I recalled listening to “The Life of Pie” on Radio 4 so after much deliberation :-) I gave in and plumped for the Home-made Steak and Ale Pie (£8.95).
Both meals were really very good and nicely presented. Also nice to see a steak and ale pie which does not just have a puff pastry top slapped on at the last minute. Our portions were ample and just right for what we wanted.

It was a lovely evening and warm enough to eat outside though getting a bit on the chilly side by the time we left around 9:00pm.

We normally suggest that guests at Throapham House try the Black Lion. Recent visitors have been telling us that the food has been excellent so it’s nice for us to be able to confirm this.

We need good quality pubs and food in the area that we can recommend so please keep up the good work.

(Now, after playing my ‘cello on a Thursday night can I sneak in on the way home to one of the fortnightly jazz sessions… …watch this space!)

Rockin’ the park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Take a look at this great line up for Rockin’ The Park 2012 on Friday 17th August at Clumber Park. I’m looking forward to getting a few friends together for what looks like a trip down memory lane for all of us. Curved Air and Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) were a couple of early favourites with Keith Emerson and Francis Monkman (not forgetting Brian Eno and Rick Wakeman) being responsible for my interest in electronic music. I last saw Curved Air play live at Folkestone in 1975 while Hawkwind brings back memories of a very crowded balcony at Sheffield City Hall. Add to this mix Focus, The Strawbs and Brit Floyd & it all looks like a good night out.

Just hope the weather is better than it is now – I still remember the Buxton Rock festival in 1973!

A fun day out at Tropical Butterfly House

A fun day out at Tropical Butterfly House

A few days ago I went to the Butterfly House with my daughter and two grandsons and had a wonderful time. We just missed the birth of two goats by minutes. It is amazing how they manage to stand up within a few minutes of being born. Also a first for me – I held a snake and a stick insect!! I only plucked up courage because a young girl held them first and then I was asked if I wanted to hold them. I could hardly say no, “I daren’t” could I? – Ann

 

Golden Ball Inn Whiston

Golden Ball Inn Whiston

Robert and I had a lovely meal a few nights ago at theGolden Ball Inn, at Whiston near Rotherham which was recommended to us by regular guests Lynda and Trevor.  Unfortunately for  me, I had no room for dessert so we will be going back soon to sample one.  Since we went, several of our guests have also eaten there including an American couple who said they thoroughly enjoyed their meal and were well looked after. Ann.