- On August 1, 1907 Scouting's founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, sounded his kudu horn on Brownsea Island at 8:00am to open the very first experimental Scout camp for 20 boys.
- The founding army general was inspired by the enthusiasm of young cadets during the Boer War in South Africa.
- Baden-Powell also started Girl Guides, the parallel female movement, in the early 1900s.
- Today there are 28 million members (male and female) in 216 countries around the world.
- A very useful website to look at would be http://eng.scouting2007.org/
Monday, 30 July 2007
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Wednesday, 25 July 2007
There is even horse riding, as Greenwich Park will be home for the equestrian events in 2012. This week's free festival is open to young people from the borough of Greenwich aged 11 to 19, of all abilities, until 6pm. The open format will enable them to turn up anytime in the afternoon to join a range of team and individual sports, six of which include provision for those with disabilities.
He told The Stage: “I have been here for quite a long time and have a good understanding of the plans for the future. I’m responsible for programming and dabbling in the production of in-house work, but equally I will be balancing the books at the end of the year. I do think it’s a huge job, but I think that the theatre is just the right size for the model.”
Haddrell believes that his greatest challenge will be reconciling the theatre’s position as a London venue with the fact that it is situated outside the centre of the city. He said: “It is a theatre with a split personality. Because it is one zone away from the West End, it should attract a London audience. But Greenwich also has a regional feel, because we are funded primarily as a touring house.”
As well as increasing advertising, Haddrell will try changing performance times to encourage people to travel into Greenwich. If the theatre can secure funding in addition to that which it already receives from the local council, he also aims to increase the venue’s producing work.
However, Haddrell complained: “South London has such a pitiful percentage of London arts support. The art subsidy spent in London is so north-London-centric.”
Until funding is secured, Haddrell is looking into co-producing work with other regional venues, and presenting outdoor productions around Greenwich. He also plans to make the site available to community groups throughout the day to raise the theatre’s public profile. It is currently also used by young people on theatre apprenticeships.
“I hope we can bring in others - mother and baby groups, or knitting circles. It doesn’t matter. If we can make the space available for community groups, they will build a relationship with the building and feel comfortable here.”
The theatre’s 15-show autumn season will open on August 28 with The Gruffalo’s Child, directed by Olivia Jacobs.
TWO teenage girls were dramatically saved after being stuck in mud and sand on the Thames shoreline in Greenwich as the tide rapidly closed in on them. Coastguards were alerted to the girls' plight at 4pm on Monday.
Coastguard watch manager Frank Aubin-Hart warned people that if they do get stuck in a similar way, they should stay as still as possible because if they wriggle to get free they increase the chance of going under.
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
At the back of the shop is the house and home department. Here you can use the Ecover refill station and get everything for an organic home from silk filled duvets to Biofa natural paints to loo rolls. There’s also a baby section where you can pick up your choice of washable or disposable eco nappies, maternity products and toiletries.
So Organic’s founder, Samantha Burlton, is on site to answer any customer queries and the shop has signed up to an ethical loyalty scheme so you could get Bags of Change for your organic shopping.
- It was given its name because its large claws covered by soft bristles resembles mittens. The crab's body is the size of a human palm.
- The mitten crab is catadromous - adults reproduce in salt water and the offspring migrate to fresh water to rear. Once the crabs mate, the males are thought to die and they leave the females to brood the eggs.
- The mitten crab can travel extraordinary distances. In China it migrates up to 1,500 kilometres along some rivers. They feed on small worms and juvenile shellfish.
- In Asia, the Mitten Crab is considered a delicacy.
- It was reported in the London Evening Standard in 1995 that the residents of Greenwich, UK, saw the Chinese mitten crabs coming out of the River Thames and moving towards the high street.
- If you've spotted a Chinese Mitten Crab, the UK's Natural History Museum would love to hear from you.
Monday, 23 July 2007
The kids all around me were eagerly participating in the pirate training carried out by pirate-clad friendly staff who do a really excellent job entertaining the young ones. There's also volley ball for the older ones (children up to the age of 14 are allowed inside I'm told). The whole area is dotted with spades, shovels, buckets, balls, even inflated dolphins here and there. This was a fully equipped beach minus the heat and waves and nobody seemed to care. To the kids this was their own piece of heaven. And did I mention that it was all FREE?
I've been told that the Beach caters to the young ones up until 5pm each day, and then it turns into a really funky bar with live music and all. So as soon as I visit it by night I'll tell you all about it. But for now, I've got to sign off as I've still got my little pirate trekking sand all around the house bouncing the beach ball they gave him there and waving his sword. We've had a great day at The Beach and it's still pouring rain outside.
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Organisers will draw on Greenwich's already successful G plus college scheme, which has created a new network of post-16 centres across the borough.The academy will focus on a schedule of combined basketball training and academic study.
Academic studies will be based at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College, whilst basketball tuition will take place at a brand new training facility at the nearby Eltham Green High School. The G plus academy will accept applications from all over the borough and surrounding areas. A total of 20 players will take place in the initiative, who will compete in around 40 over the season.
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
The book talks in detail about centenarians - their secrets to a long healthy life - also introduces questionnaires and scientific evidence of a fantastic life after 60. The book combines lucid theory, case studies and a wealth of practical exercises to demonstrate the innate intelligence of the mind/body processes and the extent to which sickness and ageing are created by nothing more than gaps in our self knowledge.
Friday, 13 July 2007
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Sunday, 8 July 2007
Here comes the race. The starting point at the National Maritime Museum.
By six o'clock this morning the roads had been closed, the barricades set up as Greenwich residents woke up to what was promising to be a very exciting day indeed. Just by looking out the window, even the heavens seemed to be in high spirits as sunlight bathed the course which only in a few hours would welcome the wave of The Tour de France cyclists whooshing by for the first time in the tour's history.
And whoosh by they did. The crowd went wild, the kids waved their flags and the horns hooted all reflecting the wave of excitement that can only be created when groups of total strangers come together to cheer at an event. Nobody knew who the cyclists were nor did they really care. They were there because it was an event that was right there at their doorstep and they were insisting on making a day out of it with all the "Bonjour" and "Ca Va?" they could manage. The French were here and the British were ready to embrace it all.
Ten minutes and the race was over. Already a memory, but the festivities of the day were just beginning. Greenwich Town Centre had been transported into a French town for the day, a "Greenwich en fete", with warm crepes and bonbons for good measure. The red, blue and white decked the walls, the stalls and even the hairdos. Nothing escaped. From Trafalgar Road down to the Cutty Sark Gardens and Greenwich Pier, the town was speckled with one French performance after the other. But the main reason of this "Get Together" was always close to mind as spectators could keep up with the day's race by means of a giant outdoor screen at the Cutty Sark gardens. Greenwich was going all out on this one.
The Red Giraffe parade took a good part of the morning as well as most of the afternoon. It had the kids and a good part of the adults following it as the Giraffe-clad acrobats masterfully maneuvered their way between the crowds. A task that by no means seemed simple. But the kids could just not get enough of them and eagerly raced to collect the confetti they sprayed about on their way (a thing that wasn't going down too well with the street cleaners). There were music performances, face painting stalls, cycling events and information as well as the covered Greenwich Market which seemed to be busier than ever today with all its quaint stalls and wonderful bargains.
It must have been a great day for the town shops, eateries and cafes as wandering past most of them you could not but notice the queues. This has been a test run for Greenwich Council as well as London as a whole for the 2012 Olympics. It is certain that the load will then be tougher and more organization needed, but if the organizers can guarantee the sun, they have nothing to worry about when it comes to the crowds. Just make sure there's enough ice cream to go around.
Friday, 6 July 2007
- You can follow Stage 1 of the Tour de France on a giant screen in Cutty Sark Gardens as the riders head out from Greenwich. A must-see highlight from France will be Compagnie Off's amazing life-size red giraffes in a spectacular parade.
- Greenwich Heritage Centre is hosting a weekend of free activity for 5-12 year-olds to celebrate the tour passing on its journey through the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. On Saturday, July 7, from 10:30am - 12 noon, there will be cycle training and safety games (book in advance 020 8854 2452), and on Sunday, July 8, from 10am - 4pm, there will be creative collage activities on a cycling theme. The borough's cycling heritage will be on display all weekend.