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New podcasts

Posted by on 17 Feb 2014 | Tagged as: Other

Please note!

New podcasts will now be available from The Paraglider.

You can subscribe to the iTunes and RSS feed and the get podcasts automatically from the same web site. Thanks!

The last post

Posted by on 13 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Other

Geoff writes: sadly, this is the last post on this blog – though the site will remain available indefinitely so people can still access the resources, the podcasts, etc.

For something which started out over three years ago as a private online diary, just to resolve arguments between Judith and me on how the weather was on such and such a day, it has grown a lot, and been huge fun for us to do. We always tried to give an honest account of the day (the flying, that is), and hope we achieved that. We also at some point decided to try to turn it into a useful resource for pilots, particularly with the podcasts (and later, webcasts) which have proved massively popular all over the world, with tens of thousands of downloads.  There are also various articles on flying, plus the site and comp live updates via a Twitter feed.

We have had a lot of support from people over the years, giving us feedback and encouraging messages, and, of course, lots of pilots were willing to share their time and expertise  in the podcasts – this has been much appreciated, by us, and by the thousands of readers of the blog. Together, we turned this into one of the best flying blogs around.

So, many thanks again, to all our readers and contributors. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.


Friday, 10th June 2011

Posted by on 10 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Other

Geoff writes: there was a slim chance it would be flyable today, but I wasn’t that optimistic. There were a few people on the Mynd early on, but not sure if anyone even got off the ground. Wind was light, switchy, and clouds were big and growing, with rain in various places. Mid-afternoon, I decided to go and do some shooting, and drove over the Mynd, stopping to chat with Graeme, John and Lyn. At that point the wind was, for some reason, quite breezy and north. Big cunims off to the south, gradually (or maybe not so gradually) getting closer. In the end, I even gave up on the archery and settled for the excitement of going to the supermarket. A bit sad, when that’s the most exciting thing possible in a day….

Wednesday, 8th June 2011

Posted by on 09 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: Other

Geoff writes: cloudy, windy, wet at times.

Saturday, 7th May 2011

Posted by on 09 May 2011 | Tagged as: Other

The windy, showery weather continues. It was even to windy to go to archery. More jobs, bit of gardening, etc. And in the evening, nice dinner and drinks with Ken and Jayne.

Tuesday, 26th April 2011

Posted by on 26 Apr 2011 | Tagged as: Other

A dreary day. Cloudy and spitting with rain at times. RASP was completely and utterly wrong here today. Good thermals my foot! I went off to do some retail therapy. It didn’t do me any good though… I’m a terrible shopper – better in a sports shop than in a clothes store any day.

So the classic conditions up north continue. Not only did Ian Miskin break the Scottish distance record yesterday, but today Mike Cavanagh, Richard Westgate and Brendan Reid broke the declared triangle record from Beinn Toaig in the Highlands. A 90km triangle, which with the multiplier counts as 338km in the league. The highest counting flights ever submitted. It looks increasingly like Richard will have to pay out the £1000 for a 1000 points prize. But with 708km in only four flights, he might be paying the money to himself. It’s a damn good incentive, if ever I saw one!

Friday, 15th April 2011

Posted by on 16 Apr 2011 | Tagged as: Other

Judith writes: There was some excitement about the forecast today, but my analysis was that it wasn’t worth travelling south due to the occluded front (another one!) hanging around most of the day. Here it was zero wind and grey all day, but very warm. Too warm to stay indoors, so I spent a lot of the day gardening, having a bonfire and then going to Bishop’s Castle for cream tea. During the news there was something about the Badminton horse trials and this triggered Geoff remembering that we have a cheap Tesco badminton net that’s been lying unused in the cupboard for years. We set it up and had an hours bash about with a shuttlecock. Good fun and a good giggle.

Later we went to Bishop’s Castle again to see the BC All Skas, a local band that includes the brilliant Beth Prior and Peta Yapp. The group also has the town’s mayor as the bass player. Irrefutable proof how cool a place BC is!

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