Blue interviews Brian

Brain and Blue outside a Santander store

Today’s blog is going to be Blue interviewing Brian Florence Mount-Battenberg Winsor II.

Hi, Brian let us start with an easy question. Is it true you were stolen on the Jamboree?
At first, yes. I was just chilling with my pal Nick when these British girls came to speak to him and kidnapped me in the process. It turned out to be quite fun anyway since I was gifted a bowtie and they put me on a pole so I could look out upon the jamboree site and say hello to everyone who passed by. It was not a very long kidnapping either since I returned to my fellow Americans later that evening. The fact I remain with my British family now was all a completely legal adoption. 

I see, what is your favourite food?
An easy win for vegan shrimp. It has been my favourite for as long as I can remember. Being vegan does limit my options and it is not the cheapest thing for mum to keep buying but man does it taste good. Thankfully, it does not seem to be top of many other people’s list so there is always a stack in the supermarkets. 

Speaking of food, do your prefer double Gloucester cheese or Shropshire Blue cheese?
Hmm, being vegan I have never tasted either so that is a limitation. Equally, one of my parents is from Shropshire and the other is from Gloucestershire so that does not help either. I do live in Shropshire though and it is a great place so for that I will say Shropshire Blue cheese. The colour blue reminds me of the sea as well so that is a bonus.

If you could have a superpower what would you choose?
I can already fly, and I am convinced I am psychic so that would be pointless to have again. Maybe teleportation though? I know I can fly but it is a long way to Florida when I want to see my old family so that would definitely be helpful. Also seeing my British family would be easier as well but the world is scary without mum with me so it would have to be the kind of teleportation where I can bring people with me.

What is your favourite campfire song?
Oh, you will never get to Heaven definitely. I have only sung it once, but it was a lot of fun. It makes fun of all my British family since they are scouts but not  flamingos, so it is a lot of fun. I do like most campfire songs since they are a time that everyone comes together with smiling faces. One of the best parts about camping is the campfire to me.

Brian you sound like a brave flamingo so, do you have any fears?
Well, I know I don’t like flying but I think that’s more because I have to do it with my legs in luggage below so that’s not fear so to speak. We did have a few lightning storms at jamboree which was very scary, and I had to go curl up with someone each time so that is probably my biggest fear. Second would definitely be supermarkets stopping selling vegan shrimp. 

A controversial question, who is your favourite from Double Blue?
This is hard! They are all this one big family who I all love. I mean my parents, Leanne, and Hannah, they give me food and are always there for hugs if I am scared. My godparents, Frankie, and Liv, they are awesome and are always fun to be around. Jess and Jess are great people too who always sneak my extra food when my parents say I have had enough already. One of the leaders, Justin, is pretty cool as well. Oh, and there is also Jacob who is the reason I have my fabulous bow tie. Yet, I do not think I can actually choose a single person from the unit. 

Finally, to conclude this interview, do you prefer England or Florida?
This one is hard, they are both so different. I love British accents so being in England helps with that. The weather in Florida is a lot warmer which I am used to and even when its sunny in Britain they seem to complain about it which is annoying. Vegan shrimp is easier to find in England as well which is important. So, I guess my answer is England, but I love both places dearly!

Thank so much Brian, go and eat some vegan shrimp.

84 days since school…

So, today marks 84 days since I last was at school. I have been ‘home schooling’ myself since being set work online as well as competing various assessments. Since this, I have been reading lots of books as well as binging Netflix a lot. I have also been catching up on a few of my TV shows and am very happy as I’ve got the crossover I’ve been waiting for on DVD – Crisis on Infinite Earth’s (I am an avid fan of the Flash). – 84

Sis84’s World of Scouting

Hi, it’s Sis84 here and I’m going to talk to you about how recently I have been talking to Scouts from different countries. This is to work towards my world challenge badge to get me my gold award. I had the help of 84’s jamboree contacts to do this.

I talked to 7 people from all over the world from America to Brazil to China. I talked to them about scouting, themselves, and the countries where they live. It was fun to learn about their lives and countries.

I learnt many things about how scouting works where they come from as well as other things about what they are like as a person as well. Some things I learnt were that they have different names and ages to UK sections of scouting. (so our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, and Network were different.) I also learnt that in some countries in Guiding they allow boys whereas in the UK Guiding is girls only.

I talked to these people across roughly a whole weekend. I found out how different states do scouting differently. As well as how other countries do scouting differently. Some of the things I learnt were very interesting. Here are some things I learnt:

  • The amount of people in their groups is very different – one person I spoke to only had 5 people in their group
  • Most of their uniforms are very similar with only a few changes to make them different
  • Each place has slightly different badges and awards
  • They do different things during their meetings – and their meetings are different lengths and happen at different intervals.
  • The age limits for their different sections change slightly as well as their names.

Goodbye.

VE Day, 75 years on

Today we have been celebrating VE Day. This morning we had a two minute silence at 11 O’Clock to remember all those who lost their lives. After this we enjoyed some time out in the sun eating Danish Pastries for a late breakfast.

At 3 O’Clock we listened to Winston Churchill’s Speech before having a tea party. We had Scones, Tuna and Cucumber as well as Cheese Sandwiches, Jam and Cream biscuits, Jelly Babies, Sausage Rolls as well as Cheese and Onion Rolls.

In the early evening I read some of my book and also played some Animal Crossing. We then ate dinner before joining in with our counties ‘We will survive’ camp. This included a ‘pass the boot’ video, learning how to pack our kit, a spot the difference quiz as well as general Scouting knowledge and finally making smores using tea lights. We also watched the Queens speech before heading to bed outside in the garden.

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and enjoyed decorating my tent in the garden as well as our house.

EJ2020 Update

Today’s blog is going to be slightly different- it is an update on EJ2020. A few weeks ago we were told that it has been postponed until next year due to the current pandemic however, due to turning 17 recently, I will be over the age of 18 next summer. At the time, we had to wait for our national organisations to respond with what they will do and on Saturday (2nd May) I discovered that UK Scouting decided that over 18s will not be able to attend as participants whom if the Jamboree was put on this summer would have been.

I am very disappointing by this decision made due to having spent the last year fundraising with many of my peers. This action has not been taken very well by all year 12 students as other national Scout organisations are still allowing those who will turn 18 to attend including UK Girl Guiding.

I would like to challenge this as why should we be disadvantaged after all our hard work fundraising?

How to have an awesome photshoot at home

Its Sis84 here and I’m going to show you how to have an awesome photoshoot at home.

Colour bombs –

Place different coloured ground up chalk into different plastic bags.

Swirl it around you or drop it to create cool effects.

Cd and flashlight –

Shine at flashlight on a cd and reflect the rainbow onto your face or surface for a cool rainbow effect.

Fairy lights –

Focus on the subject in the photo to blur out the string lights and make a cool look.,

Place them in the photo in different ways to make a different effect.

Try with coloured or white lights.

Blinds –

Try opening them different amounts creating different shadows and lights.

Glitter –

Blow it towards the camera, spread it on the lends or chuck it up into the air.

Try with confetti or sequins but be weary it may get messy.

Outfits –

Choose many different outfits to add a slight change to your photos.


Hope you create a cool photoshoot of your own at home during these stressful times. It is a fun thing to do when you are bored or at the weekend. Get all the family involved.

10 things to do in Quarantine

Hi,

Its Sis84 here and today I’m going to share some hacks and things to do to beat lockdown boredom wherever you are.

1 – Binge watch your favourite movies or series. This could be on Netflix, freeform, Disney+ or BBC iPlayer.

2 – Learn the lyrics to your favourite songs whether it is Disney or rap.

3 – Re-read your favourite series of individual book. This could be audio books, kindle or paperback.

4 – Improve your drawing or painting skills, to come out of lockdown a brilliant artist.

5 – Have an indoor photoshoot or take pictures of your garden. You can use family members or pets as models.

6 – Why not write a short story or play. If it’s a play why not act it out.

7 – Learn some new card games for you and your family to play or become a cunning magician.

8 – Play some boardgames with your family.

9 – Play some outdoor games in your garden.

10 – Facetime or chat with your friends on WhatsApp, house party or zoom.

These are just some ideas to keep you free form boredom during lockdown.

Remember keep safe and wash your hands!

Blue feeling blue

Yesterday I received the news I’d been waiting for; the European Jamboree has been postponed until next year.


To be honest I was expecting this outcome but it’s still a big disappointment, mainly because I now have the added uncertainty of whether I’ll be able to go next year as I will be turning 18 before the event.


I had a good chat to Blue about it all and he’s sure that whatever happens next will be just as amazing. He’s also feeling blue about the situation but is excited by the prospect of a new adventure.

Anyway back to the revision for my year 12 assessments – 84

My sunny weekend

Due to the current lock down within the UK, I am currently at home camping in my garden. You may wonder why and I’m here to tell you. A couple of weekends ago I was due to attend another European Jamboree pre-camps with my unit however it got cancelled. Nevertheless, a few days later we saw this challenge set by Northumberland Scouts to camp out for the whole of April in order to gain 30 more nights away. I was quickly onto it.

Tonight, I am on night 5 and needless to say we have turned back garden camping into a luxury; with Wi-Fi, power, an air bed, pillows and millions of duvets we are very comfy. The last few nights have been clear and so I have been trialling night sky photography as well as spotting hedgehogs!

This weekend has been JOTI which is an online Jamboree across the world. World Scouting organised an extra JOTI this year (as it is usually held within October) to help postpone boredom. It has been very fun on the chat rooms talking to people from Australia, Lebanon, Germany, Mexico, the Philippines and even the hearty Scotland – and England!

Other than JOTI I have been enjoying the sun throughout this weekend enjoying sitting in the garden reading as well as learning how to make waffles. I also caught up on some TV seasons as well as creating my revision timetable. I’ve been keeping up with my school studies and in some evenings I’ve been attending online dance lessons via Zoom. I have also been going on walks in the evenings during sunset or later in the evening when the stars are out.