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Earlier this week my dad and I, went to a theme park called Alton Towers.
Probably the biggest theme park I’ve ever seen in the U.K. In fact it’s so big that you have to take a monorail train from outside, to the actual entrance. This is where the fun begins! = )
First, within Alton Towers let me tell you about the new experience. There is a ride with fourteen loops called “Smiler”, I stayed away from that ride because I was too scared of it! If you’re really brave take a trip on Oblivion, which is a short vertical drop – very scary.
I did take a ride on a rollercoaster called, “Thirteen”, which is a fast rollercoaster, which goes into a dark tunnel; it drops suddenly and then goes super-fast, backwards in the dark. Not for the faint (It was probably my favourite rollercoaster though!) It was fun listening to everyone scream, at the part when the ride dropped.
My other favourite ride on the day was a ride called Sonic. My friends all love this ride as well. You sit in a carriage which spins around whilst you go up and down on a rollercoaster. It curves and gives you a fright especially if you sit backwards, because you don’t know what’s ahead of you.
The runaway train, looks old and wooden, and although it goes fast, it is not very scary.
I really enjoyed River Rapids! Although you need to be prepared to get wet because people around the ride can use water guns and squirt you.
I got drenched.
If you’re up for being scared then there is a ride called, The Hex. You listen to the horror story and take a weird ride. The ride is like the inside of a church, there is music and scary lights and the room seems to rotate – it takes you upside down, without noticing.
I recommend Alton Towers for kids age 5 upwards. If you are frightened of scary rides then don’t worry. There is a selection of rides for all the family, all weathers, and if you like upside down rides or easy rides – there is something for everyone at Alton Towers.
My top tips for Alton Towers are:
My dad says if you book online you can save 25% on entry, if you book 7 days in advance.
If you are interested in reading about Alton Towers and the rides, see their web-site.
This week I went on a trip to a place called Magna, which is in Sheffield (South Yorkshire in England).
Magna is an old Steel factory which was converted to a science and education centre / museum.
There is lots of Steel Heritage here. You might not have known (I didn’t until I went), but Sheffield was famous for making steel. During World War II, Sheffield was a big target for enemy planes, who were trying to bomb it to destroy the steel factories.
Anyway, the best part of Magna is when they show off the large steel Furnace. They do a demonstration every hour. When they bring the furnace to life, they use a wicked sound and light effects. The show uses pyrotechnics, fire and smoke and lighting. The process is narrated throughout the process. It is loud. It is worth going just for that Furnace demonstration. I really felt like I was part of history and could imagine what it was like back in the olden days, working with this Furnace.
The furnace is so massive, it’s like the size of a football pitch!
Unfortunately I couldn’t take a photo of the furnace because the demonstration is in darkness.
Here are two of my photos from outside.
Here is a photo from inside (from http://www.visitmagna.co.uk/content/14/steel-heritage)
Oh yes, I nearly forgot, they have other different areas of the Magna centre. They have different pavillions for Water, Earth, Fire and Air – You can look around all of these, you can read, learn and take part in all the actvities.
A lovely day out.
If you want more information about the Furnace and about Magna:
Have you ever been to Magna?
Yesterday my dad taught me about internet safety.
I have made a video about it, it is below!
The video has all my top tips in for kids internet safety.
Hopefully everyone can learn something – what do you think?
(My dad works in very boring computers!)
1. Be careful when giving out personal information on-line. Beware because if anyone gets your personal information you can be bullied and spammed or worse.
2. You should be careful what pictures and videos you post of you on the intenet. Once a picture or video has been put on the internet, it will be seen by millions.
3. Don’t open types of files like ZIP and EXE files. They may contain a virus – get it checked first by an adult!
4. Don’t give out passwords to people. It’s dangerous if people get hold of your passwords, you don’t want them logging in and sending e-mails from your account. You can give passwords to your parents though if they ask for it, that is safe enough.
5. Use passwords that people can’t guess!
6. To check if a web-site is safe you can type the web-site address into https://safeweb.norton.com
7. If a web-site makes you feel worried or upset, tell an adult straight away!
8. If someone you speak to on-line wants to meet you in real life, don’t do it. Tell your parents straight away.
Can you think of any others?
Let me know?
Pic was drawn by my dad James Ellis.
This is a snippet of a bit of writing that I did over the last few weeks. I am not sure if I will publish the story, it is about ten pages of A4 at the moment.
Anyway! I hope you like it?
Let me know your thoughts about it?
The stop at Life’s Doom
As the dark afternoon continued, the two teenagers had arrived in a section of woodland called Life’s Doom. The two were getting very tired, it seemed like they had been walking for days. They rambled skittishly throughout life’s doom, trying to find their way when suddenly; Connor saw a shadow emerging towards them. The shadow was lurching and grumbling. They soon realised that it was a blood thirsty man zombie. It must have murdered someone because there was blood all over its ripped clothes. Chloe screamed. Then Connor yelled. The screams echoed through the woods, but no one could hear their cries. Nobody helped.
The zombie had seen the two children and raised its arms in the air and cried in a foreign language. The zombie limped towards them, faster and faster. It moved quicker than a clocks second hand. The zombie had death in its eyes. It was like death at first sight.
The two children held hands and began to run through the trees. The twigs, leaves and branches were thrashed out of the way. As the zombie chased them – several birds were killed. Connor and Chloe were definitely next and they knew it.
They ran as fast as their little teenage hearts would take them.
Luckily for the teenagers Connor noticed there was a large rock, and he dragged Chloe behind it to hide. He put his hand over Chloe’s mouth as she tried to scream. The zombie crunched past them. He was very close and was holding a dead bird in his hand. Luckily the zombie man had not seen the teenagers hiding place. He groaned through the trees searching for them. Moments later the zombie murderer had disappeared into the distance. The teenagers were so relieved that they sighed and Chloe started to cry.
They had frantically come to the end of Life’s Doom. Chloe said that it was pretty doomful in this area.
She asked, “We should move on quickly in-case the zombie comes back again.”