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Happy Palindrome Day
Today it’s 02 02 2020
Some of you are aware that my name is also a palindrome.
Palindrome comes from the Greek palin, meaning again and dromos, meaning way or direction.

So I thought today I’d share a few more examples with you

racecar
refer
kayak
level
madam

Was it a car or a cat I saw
Never odd or even

Even four of the species of Pokemon are palindromic: Eevee, Girafarig, Ho-Oh, and Alomomola

WOW (I bet you didn’t see that coming!)

The rest of my busy week …

My crafts at the Spa Evening all ready to fundraise!

On Wednesday, I was busy creating new craft items such as hair bobbles to sale at a spa evening on the Saturday. On Thursday, I had dance where we did some contact and contemporary improvisation. On Friday, I was busy sewing making some hand sanitiser holders to sale the next day.

Looking at different style fingerprints

On Saturday, I went to a university open day where I was looking at the Forensic Science course. I learnt about the different machines, which can help analyse different samples as well as different machines which can help solve key points in a crime scene. We learnt about how you should enter a crime scene and what evidence should be taken first as well as how to take a fingerprint sample. I saw versions of university accommodation as well. That evening, sewed on buttons before I headed out to fundraiser at a spa event.

Victorian Christmas Market

On Sunday, I headed to the local Victorian market – it was very pretty and bustling. That afternoon, I headed back home to complete my homework and plan the Beavers meeting which is being run by the young leaders.

Happy Halloween

A quick update from me.

Today I have been busy updating my personal development goals and submitting them. I then followed by quickly creating a Pinterest board of Pumpkin carving ideas before I started de-gutting my pumpkin.

With the pumpkin seed I toasted them in order to make toasted cinnamon sugar seeds. These turned out very delicious.

I soon decided to carve my pumpkin as a dinosaur which you can see within the top photo. I personally think it turned out very well.

This evening, I started packing for my reunion camp making sure that I will not forget anything important and most importantly will not get cold – the UK weather has certainly gotten very cold very quickly (soon I guess it’ll be snowing – *touch wood*).

Setting up your novus account

1. Follow the email link

2. Create a password

3. You can add your social media contacts straight away or you can set them up later

4. Read the terms and conditions to learn of how they can track you

5. Read the privacy policy on how your data will be sent to other parties privately

6. Figure out the app has been done by Canada

7. Log on using the 2019 WSJ app

8. Add more information

9. Explore

10. Count down the days until you will revive your wristband (less than 5 days)

Honest UK24WSJ Kit Review

(Sorry for not blogging for a while, I’m busy revising for my exams and while I’ve got a couple of big blogs planned, including our big city experience in London, here is something shorter until then.)

On Wednesday I went to collect my Official Jamboree Kit. Here are my initial thoughts and my rating on each item out of 10 (10 is the best and 1 is the worst):

Main bag: 7/10 – Better and bigger than I expected apart from its in girl guiding colours and has no pockets.

Rucksack: 2/10 – Slightly small and could do with more pockets. Not sure how I’m going to survive: 

  1. the plane
  2. NYC
  3. the night in NYC
  4. until I get to the main campsite

with this.

Explorer Blouse: 8/10 – Fits perfectly and is nice and thin for the West Virginia summer. It also uses the new scout logo while I still prefer the old logo. Bonus marks for actually being a blouse and not a shirt so has a better fit.

Shorts: 10/10 – They contain a lot of pockets and are a nice length (I like knee length shorts which these fit me as).

UK T-shirt: 7/10 – This yet again looks really nice with the printed branding however the blue appears greyer than I imagined.

Necker: 9/10 – The design is phenomenal the only real downside is the ends have come a bit loose.

UK blue Tea Bear badge: 8/10 – Not very nice to sew onto uniform but the design is funky except I can never line up the badge correctly to sew onto my uniform.

Hat: 9.9/10 – A brilliant hat: I would leave it at that but only gets 9.9 as it’s quite small for my rather big head and does not have any corks attached.

Padlock: 8/10 – It works. I guess.

Water bottle (red): I have not tested this product yet. However, I’ve heard rumours that they aren’t very strong (denting easily) and the straw does not work.

My top 10 revision tips …

  1. Stop making excuses to start.
  2. Create a revision timetable (but don’t use creating this as an excuse not to revise!).
  3. Sit comfortably with no distractions.
  4. Have a therapy cat (aka The Monster Rufus).
  5. Make sure that you have all of the equipment you need (again no looking for excuses not to revise).
  6. Keep hydrated.
  7. Take breaks, but remember to carry on afterwards.
  8. Use past papers to help you get an idea of what the examiners are looking for.
  9. Attend revision sessions run by your teachers, as they are knowledgeable in their subject.
  10. Don’t forget to also revise the subjects you dislike. (As these are probably not your strongest subjects)

The Great Blue Sewing Bee

Hi everyone, it’s Blue here again, 84s been really busy revising for her upcoming GCSEs so I’ve decided to step in and help her out. Hopefully 84 will be back soon – she needs to take a break from revision sometime?!

Before the London trip I treated myself to a new necker. Unfortunately normal size ones are way too big for me so I thought I would raid Mum84’s hoard extensive fabric supply and make my own.

I did find it a little bit hard to use the sewing machine, reaching the foot pedal and ensuring that the material was sewing straight proved rather difficult so I roped Mum84 in to help.

After a long afternoon working together I finally had my new necker.

Here are the photos of my progress:

That’s not my quiz

it’s for Sis84

Last Friday I had a break from my own fundraising, to go along to a quiz being held to fundraise for my sister’s gang show. I didn’t really want to go but I was reminded that Sis84 has been dragged along to multiple fundraising events for me.

So off we went braving the icy roads to get to the scout hut. It turned out to be a very popular evening as they had to sort out extra tables as there were so many teams taking part.

It started with a table quiz of picture questions on Christmas best selling toys and an alphabet take from sweet wrappers which we had to name the sweet. We started off great, with Dad84 naming all the Lego variations and Mum84 doing well on the sweet wrappers due to her sweet tooth.

The first challenge came with the title of the first round ‘Sport’ well Fam84 are not particularly into sporting events so we dreaded this round. The first question was a complete guess, but had they listened to me they would have got it correct – cricket. Mum84 excelled in her sporting knowledge, knowing the answers to a few including who first ran the four minute mile.
We did so well that at the halfway point we were in 2nd place. Amazing …

The second half was also fun, yet again we guessed a few (OK more than a few!) Dad84 disappointed us by getting the name of the newspaper that Peter Parker works for wrong and Mum84 had a good stab at the musicals and film theme songs. The last two rounds were our best – dingbats and logos. I hate to say it but I just don’t get dingbats even though its say what you see. Thanks to my celebrity big brother guess for one of the logos Mum84 correctly got ‘Bird’s Eye’.

We had a great evening and ended up coming 3rd! Not bad for an amateur team. It has to be noted that the winning team consisted of the family of my Beaver Leader. Congratulations.

Residential

So this week I had the opportunity to go on quite the opposite of a usual camping trip. I went on a relaxing residential with my school as a thank you for doing so well as a year in our mocks.

We arrived and were treated warmly where our first activity was indoor curling. Even though we weren’t doing it on ice we still thought that we had to scrape/ brush the floor. We got told that we had gone wrong and the thing which actually looked like a brush was a stick to push the curls?

We then did t-shirt printing where I went for the flick paint on look. Followed by going to our rooms and then having a buffet tea.

Our evening activity consisted of a quiz where the only answer I’m sure I got correct was when we were asked where beavers lived. I knew the answer was lodges straight away through my scouting experiences. Nether the less, other rounds included, Disney characters, sport trophies, famous celebrities and brand names.

The next morning we did candle making and bisc painting. We then got our chance to go and use the swimming pool where there was a hydro spa and sauna.

In the afternoon, I did Bollywood and street dancing followed by ice skating. In the evening we had a disco where we had the classic school disco songs were playing; a bit of cha cha slide and macarena.

The next morning we played pool and then headed off back home with many new memories having been made.

Q and A with Blue (The mascot of Unit 82, Double Blue)

Wishing all my readers an exciting 2019. I still can’t believe in just over 24 hours time I can start saying ” I’m off to the Jamboree this year.” (I wonder how long it will take my family to get fed up with me saying it!)

To round up 2018 here is an interview Blue and I made while he was staying with me.

Happy New Year,

84


Hi Blue,

An easy one to start, what is your favourite food?
Mmm what a way to start the interview talking about food… Is human an acceptable answer!!
Only joking I can’t bear (do you get it!) marmalade or honey, what is with some bears they have no taste. I’m actually a bear of impeccable taste, my favourite food is Nutella on toast.

So Blue, what are you looking forward to doing most at WSJ2019?
Well that’s an easy one, I’m looking forward to meeting my cousins, I hear that I have a few who live in West Virginia.

Moving swiftly on, what 2 things would you take to a desert island?
Umm can I take 3 things?
No just 2.
Oh it’ll have to be matches and Bear Grylls.
That’s a pretty sneaky answer and I’m sure that Bear Grylls can light a fire without the aid of matches.

In human years how old are you?
Gosh you should never ask a bear his age.

Apart from Bear Grylls who is your favourite bear?
Well you’ve already heard that I’m not a particular fan of Paddington or Winnie so I’d have to say it’s definitely Yogi. If HoHo allows I’d love a trip to Yellowstone National Park.

What is your favourite campfire song?
What a toughie, I think Baby Shark is quite catchy and has potential, but I am quite a traditional bear so it really has to be Kumbaya.

Is there anything that you are afraid of?
Heights, I can’t stand climbing trees I get very dizzy.

If you could have a super power what would you choose?
That’s easy invisibility then I can sneak up on my food.

Since you mentioned food again, do you prefer Double Gloucester or Shropshire Blue?
I’m not sure it would be fair to choose between them. Can I go for a nice Camembert instead?

I’m thinking that it’s time to wrap up this interview, thank you Blue for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet me.