Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Boy and The Flying Scotsman, A Life Story.

We have a thing about steam engines at Quirky Kook Towers. Well, when I say we. I mean The Man and The Boy have a thing about steam engines and the rest of us spend an inordinate amount of time looking at, and riding on, steam engines while wondering where the shops are.

But there are some steam engines that capture the imagination and The Flying Scotsman is one of those engines. Built in 1923, in Yorkshire of course, and proudly shown in the British Empire Exhibition the following year, it was the first engine to reach 100 mph, during a test run in 1934, and earlier, in 1928, it hauled the first ever non-stop run from London to Edinburgh in just eight hours. Arguably it is the most famous locomotive in the world.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

KAWS at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park


It's been grey and gloomy for what seems like months on end but halfway through half term, the skies brightened. So, as is customary in the school holidays when the holidays are spent at home, we went for a walk through the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a mere 30 minute drive away.

Well, I say walk, the ground was still wallowy underfoot so there was quite a lot of slipping, sliding, slurping and glooping too.

We went to see the monumental KAWS sculptures that have recently been erected in the park as part of the New York artist's first major UK exhibition which runs at the YSP until June 12.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

How to Keep a Child Safe Online

Today is Safer Internet Day, a day when the world joins together to celebrate and promote the responsible, positive and safe use of the internet by children and young people. Which is a good thing.

Forget the 30 and 20-somethings glued to their screens in a darkened bedroom dressed in their pants 24 hours a day surrounded by three weeks worth of empty Pot Noodle cartons. They are beyond help. But we can, and we should, make the internet a safer place for the next generation.

And it just so happens I have some handy hints for anyone who is worried about the effect of today's rapidly developing technology on the young minds in their charge. Here is ...

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