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22/9/13: my kiting lesson in Zanzibar

With apologies to my regular readers for not posting recently, I've just moved from one apartment to another - not very far but includes more space for visitors! - and we're currently working on admissions with a key colleague away on sick leave.  So a little bit busy!

Meanwhile, whilst on holiday (which seems a very long time ago now) gathered some great material for a few postings.  Would like to tell you about my kiting lesson with Ally.  Here's the two of us together:

Now, to understand this picture, please note that Ally is gripping my arms in a vice like hold whilst yelling, 'Relax, relax, RELAX!!!!!' right in my ear.  Can't speak for people in general, of course, but really don't find that very relaxing!  Fair to say that Ally does not believe in allowing his students to learn from their mistakes, with constant intervention when things went even slightly wrong.  Also, he asked constant questions along the lines of, 'Why you pull right when I say left?  Why?' a type of question which I used to warn my initial teacher training students not to use.  You'll be pleased to hear that I managed to restrain myself from replying, 'Now, that is a very interesting question, to which I will bring the full force of my intellect, experience and qualifications to analyse, how many hours will you give me?'

As one might expect, the lesson attracted a certain amount of attention:

A few more pictures giving a sense of what was going on:

Now, where this is heading, of course, is to have the kite drag me along on a surf board.  Alas, only just got up to that point, and then found that I was constantly falling off and swallowing large amounts of sea water.  So, probably to do it properly, need an hour or so a day for a few days, once things start to go wrong it gets very tiring very quickly.

But, overall, a great thing to do on holiday, I'll give it another try when I have the opportunity!

2 Comments to 22/9/13: my kiting lesson in Zanzibar:

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Jason Yip on 15 October 2013 17:27
Mate, this looks like a great deal of fun. Tring but fun.
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Geoff on 15 October 2013 23:35
Yes, it was good, to do it properly need an hour or so every day for a week or so. Trouble is once you start being pulled around in the water and swallowing sea water you get very tired very quickly, so therefore are more prone to getting pulled around. Certainly would do it again! If you come here, we can have lessons together, how about that? Thanks for getting in touch, Geoff
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