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An Awful Lot of Space Between Myself and the Ground
Sep 1, 2007
I did something amazing today. I jumped out of a plane.
Arrived at the airfield at 8am, checked in, had the training course and then waited around for hours until it was finally our turn to jump at 12pm. The waiting around was horrible.
There were about twenty solo skydivers, three tandem jumpers and our cameramen all bundled into the skyvan like sardines. We were packed in so tightly that nobody could move and being strapped to the instructor made it extremely difficult to back out of it if I'd've wanted to. We'd flown up fifteen thousand feet when the back door was opened and the solo skydivers ran to the opening and flung themselves into the sky.
After they'd all jumped it was our turn. First one leaped, next my brother and then I was the last one out. Walking towards the opening was the scariest thing. We stood in the doorway to watch my brother hurtling away from me and then I let the instructor take my weight. You've got to hold your head up towards the sky but all I wanted to do was look down at the very very far away ground.
And then we plummeted toward the ground at 120mph. We span around a few times and I kept catching glimpses of the plane moving further and further away. After about a minute of freefalling, which seemed to go on for so much longer, the instructor opened the parachute and we span round in circles and glided for five minutes.
As soon as we landed all I wanted to do was go back up and do it all over again.
A new Footbacon added to the Collection
Aug 27, 2007
Well, she's been a part of the clan for just over a decade but it's now official. On Friday my biggest bro' got married.
Mum, Dad, Nan, brother number deux and me got to the town hall first to have a lovely nutter swoop down on us. She appeared beside us and began asking why we all dressed up. After fifteen minutes she disappeared and then the rest of the guests started to arrive. Eventually the wedding car pulled up with my biggest brother, wife ( ) and daughter only for them to realise they didn't want to go through with it after all and they drove off again. Some waiting later they came back and the lovely nutter popped back again to poke the wedding dress. We all went inside (without nutter – she'd noticed the previous wedding party and dashed over to them) for vows and bleary eyes and more photies.
After the ceremony we littered confetti all the way down to the Winter Garden, a blinkin' large glasshouse with lots and lots of plants inside. I finally got the chance to wrestle Tiny Footie away from relatives to talk in silly voices while we had more photies taken. Brother number deux and uncle had both arrived wearing sunglasses and looking like bodyguards. Telling them this made them follow other guests around and talk into their cufflinks for a fair while.
Then we piled down to the hotel to trip over cobbles and almost fall into the canal. Tiny Footie seemed to find walking on cobbles easier than the rest of us and tottered from person with camera to person with camera. The rest of the day and night has blurred slightly. I dragged my unusually smart looking brother number deux and extremely merry brother number un onto the dancefloor for a boogie while Elvis (from where he came from I still haven't a clue) wandered around the room eating sausages on sticks.
By the end of the night there were just a few of us left gripping onto chairs for stability while waiting for brother number un to finish taking relatives and mates on multiple trips to gawp at his and wifies hotel room.
Couple of photies:
I've got a sister!
Attack Of The Silly Voices.
Sep 17, 2006
My biggest bro' has just become an Aunty and I've become a Daddy.
Er. Might have got that mixed up a bit in all the excitement.
I made her cry. She was content and sleepy until she got passed over to me and then she wouldn't shuttup. She wouldn't stop crying when she got passed to her other Aunty either, so she must just hate Aunts.
And she's a proper little thief too. Stolen not just one of my initials, but all three.
Aug 13, 2006
And watch this video I took at work on Frodo:
That's the most flantastic card.
I don't feel poorly yet.
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Aug 11, 2006
There's film one now
There's 100 film titles in there. How many can you spot?
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