Thursday, August 30, 2007

Outdoor Swimming

After reading a supplement in the Guardian last weekend about swimming in the great outdoors, I have made full use of my time off this week and have swam twice in the sea so far this week with another swim planned for this Friday!
My first swim was in Ballycastle inbetween shows at the Lamas (spelling?) fair. It does feel a bit cold when you get in but you'd be amazed how quickly your body adjusts, and then you just have the joy of swimming in an unending stretch of water. I'd bought a snorkeling set a while back and this was my first chance to use it - it does take a bit of getting the hang of just breathing through your mouth, and there wasn't much to see besides sand but it was fun anyway.

Then yesterday we went to Newcastle, having bought a body board on the way, and I swam in the sea with the kids. It took a bit longer to get my shoulders under because I had to deal with the stoney beach aswell, but eventually I was snorkelling along pulling my son behind on the board.
After a well earned ice cream - we had a choice between the arcade and the open air pool at "Tropicana Land" (Believe me - it's not as glamarous as it sounds) and the kids opted for the slides and heated outdoor pool. The water felt too warm after swimming in the sea - but certainly more kid friendly. I think next year we may invest in wet suits - for the kids anyway.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Apparently I'm a Socialist.

I took this test on line to find out my true political persuasion and guess what. I'm a socialist.

You are a

Social Liberal
(66% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(6% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist (6e/66s)

Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Monday, August 13, 2007

Must See TV

There is a programme on Channel 4 tonight which I would say is essential viewing for anyone with a sceptical mind.

8pm Mon 13th Aug - "The Enemies of Reason"

Basically it is Richard Dawkins's take on psuedo science and superstition. I'm sure it will show up on you tube as well some time in the next 24 hours for anyone that can't get channel 4.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Political Correctness

I have recently been using you tube to catch up with certain things I had missed on Radio 4 - in particular I was glad to find Marcus Brigstock's rant about religion that I had missed from the Now Show.

So I was tempted to put up a bit of audio that I had of Stewart Lee talking about Political correctness on David Badiel's programme Heresey. I'll not add anything else as Stewart Lee says it better than I ever could.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Critical Mass - Belfast

There will be a critical mass in Belfast on 31st august at 05.30pm at Custom House Square. Click here for details.
Looks like it is going to be a regular event. The owner of the My Space page seems to think it is the first one in Belfast. There have been several over the last decade but not very regular and usually as part of some wider event - like an anti war demo. So good luck to them and lets hope the numbers will grow every month. Not sure wether i'll be able to make it this month but i'm sure i'll get to one soon.