Coming to a big weekend music festival near you! The world’s biggest bouncy castle will appear at UK music festivals this year. Creator Matt the Hat will debut the bouncy castle at the Common People music festival this weekend in Southampton City Centre. The bouncy castle fits 100 party-goers. It measures 78ft long, 68ft wide, 42ft high and takes 5,000 cubic ft of air to inflate.
I spent the weekend chilling out in the sunshine on Southampton Common, listening to some great music and getting inspired. This blog post is about the first day of the festival, with a post about Day 2 coming up on Friday.
Saturday 28th May 2016
Common People opened their gates to the general public at around 10:30 in the morning. Walking into the festival was an amazing feeling, it was so colourful and bright, helped out by the great weather we had over the weekend. The first thing to catch my eye was the Ferris Wheel, I was desperate to go on it and get some amazing views of the festival grounds. It was very quiet in the morning, but made for some great photos!
Of course a festival is all about the entertainment and music. The first act I saw there was the Chuckle Brothers. If you don’t know, they are…
Things are busier than ever with our attempt to move and live on a boat at the moment. I haven’t time to devote to well-researched thought-out posts. Instead I have found a lot of what I want to write about already out there.
Four years ago Southampton had a big commemoration – 100 years since the sinking of The Titanic.
Why is it so important to us? Well, out of over 900 crew members 750 were from Southampton. Unless you were in charge of a lifeboat – most of them drowned.
Repercussions of that event over a Century ago are still felt in Southampton today.
If you are interested here is a BBC Documentary presented by Bernard Hill, the British actor who played Captain Smith in the Cameron film. It’s about 25 minutes long, so unless you are interested in Southampton or The Titanic, you are forgiven if you don’t click:
More than 600 bank branches have closed across the UK in the last year, with rural areas worst affected, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
The banks said that demand for branches was falling, as more people switch to banking online.
I have avoided online banking until now. Having had my identity stolen and time and money wasted (over 10 years) trying to rectify it, I find it difficult to trust anything on a website or mobile phone and prefer to go into a bank.
It doesn’t matter if it is not face to face – they had machines and ATMs I could use.
My daughter does all her banking with an app via her mobile (cell phone). She rarely uses cash at all.
Portswood Road in a suburb of Southampton (pictured above) had six bank branches up until a year ago. Now there is just one NatWest office – not even a proper branch which have announced that will only open weekdays from 10am to 2pm.
Bank buildings have ended up as cafe’s or off-licenses (liquor stores).
The data – obtained by BBC Breakfast – came from the big six High Street banks and the closures all took place between April 2015 and April 2016.