World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle!

I wasn’t tempted but the kids loved it.

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bouncycastleComing 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.

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Common People – Day 1

Well I went to this day with my daughter at Southampton’ Common People Festival and it was wonderful. One of my first posts was last year’s festival https://southamptonoldlady.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/senior-citizens-rave-in-southampton/ and I have come full circle.
Over to Emmy – do take a look at her blog…

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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…

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Titanic Southampton Remembers

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:

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Firework Shop Fire Sets Off Spectacular Display

A bit of history exploded! Well I passed by the next day and just assumed that it had been demolished. It wasn’t until I read about it on my fellow Sotonian blogger: https://thereclininggentleman.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/crazy-day/ that I realised.

A creative blogger has even written a clever poem about it on WordPress: https://buildingapoem.com/2016/05/18/what-the-match-said/

Because it happened after dawn, many people filmed it and it is all over YouTube: https://youtu.be/E0-LN7-hy4I

 

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More than 70 firefighters have been battling a major blaze at a garden centre that sells fireworks.

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Bank for sale or let

Bank for sale © Southampton Old Lady
Bank for sale © Southampton Old Lady

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.

So how do people bank where you are?

 

Trawling the boat yards

Map of The Solent (courtesy of Solent Boatshare, based on the Itchen River in Southampton). It shows the Isle of Wight surrounded by the Hampshire coast from  The New Forest to Portsmouth and on to Chichester. The Solent is one of the most popular places in Europe for sailing.
Map of The Solent (courtesy of Solent Boatshare, based on the Itchen River in Southampton). It shows the Isle of Wight surrounded by the Hampshire coast from The New Forest to Portsmouth and on to Chichester. The Solent is one of the most popular places in Europe for sailing.

While browsing in some of the boat yards around Southampton and Solent area – I took these snaps (© Southampton Old Lady) :

Repairs being carried out on two of the "Dunkirk Little Ships. At the end of May 1940, at the government's request, thousands of boats set sail to rescue almost a quarter of a million Allied troops who had retreated from Hitler's forces onto the shores of Dunkirk. This is where the phrase "The Dunkirk Spirit" was coined.
Repairs being carried out on two of the “Dunkirk Little Ships”. At the end of May 1940, at the government’s request, thousands of boats set sail to rescue almost a quarter of a million Allied troops who had retreated from Hitler’s forces onto the shores of Dunkirk. This is where the phrase “The Dunkirk Spirit” was coined.
These were once ship lifeboats that were sold off for scrap. Six do-it-yourselfers snapped them up to be convert them into homes for themselves.
These were once ship lifeboats and sold off for scrap. Six guys snapped them up to convert them into homes for themselves.
These ex-life boats are very secure and dry. more spacious than they look - each a bright floating tardis
These ex-life boats are very secure and dry. more spacious than they look – each a bright floating tardis
A weekend boat-builder working on his project
A weekend boat-builder working on his project
All boat junk might come in handy
All boat junk might come in handy

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Used fenders anyone?
Used fenders anyone?

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In dry dock - waiting for anti-fouling.
In dry dock – awaiting a coat of anti-fouling.
Tide is out under Itchen Bridge
Tide out under Itchen Bridge. Southampton is unique with two tides a day
Bobbing together
Bobbing together at the Town Quay

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A house with boat. You see quite a few of these in Southampton.
A house with boat outside. You see quite a few of these in Southampton
house with boat and mooring.
And a few of these: House with boat and mooring.
chink, chink
chink, chink
Good night
Good night

 

 

 

 

 

Earth – Our Planet

Ground control to Major Tom. Taken at the Science Museum, London © Southampton Old Lady
Ground control to Major Tom. Taken at the Science Museum, London © Southampton Old Lady
Colours of Earth - flying over Spain © Southampton Old Lady
Colours of Earth – flying over Spain © Southampton Old Lady
Please respect our beautiful planet © Southampton Old Lady
Please respect our beautiful planet © Southampton Old Lady

Part of the WordPress Photo Challenge: EARTH

To see more or participate click on: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/earth/