Tour of Britain 2017

We’ve just got back from watching the Tour of Britain 2017 which came through our village.

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The Tour of Britain is a multi-stage cycling race which is conducted on British roads, the competitors race across Great Britain to complete the race in the fastest time. The total distance is around 1300 km. The section we viewed part of was 165km.

This is the first time we have actually gone to anything like this but I think the children enjoyed seeing all the bikes, both motorised and pedal powered.

I don’t think we have a budding cyclist in the family, far too energetic. As a friend Jodie just said  “I can just about get out of bed in a morning, never mind that!!” I second that.

I feel we may have a couple of blog posts being done before the end of the day. I knew there was a reason I took them to watch it.

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Minecraft Review

Explaining the game and its mechanics:

Minecraft is, by far, one of the most popular survival games ever made. Despite its purposefully blocky graphics it still surprises players with outstanding visuals, whether it’s in a deep ravine or on top of a snowy mountain. It’s a good tool to use to teach kids, I have a world for my sister and in it is a diagram of a flower.

Frequent updates make the game fresh and interesting with every major update. My favourite feature of minecraft is the range of unique biomes and monsters the player can come across.

There are different ways to play this game, from Creative mode (which is a risk free way to build or explore) to Survival mode (Exactly how it sounds, survive). Survival its my favourite, it makes it so, in order to survive, the player needs to gather resources. This includes building a shelter before night, otherwise the players chance of survival drops dramatically as a rage of monsters spawn everywhere. Creative, however, prevents this as the player flies around the world risk-free, doing whatever they want without consequence.

The player will often encounter naturally generated structures, such as villages (a good source of food and items) and the stronghold (every world has this and is the only way to find the End Portal). But other, more rare structures include; Jungle temples, dessert temples and mansions.

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Bugs and lag:

Lag is a real problem in Minecraft, although usually infrequent, it can be annoying if it happens at just the wrong time. I have a world in creative where I build mini-games and one of them I have had to put Out Of Order due to extreme lag near the top, I’m always afraid my game might crash whenever I go up there to try and fix it. There is also the possibility to fall though the world because the chunks haven’t loaded, but that’s rare.

Bugs are much rarer and it’s usually funny when they happen, like floating blocks or a zombies who decides it would fun the walk aimlessly in circles. But sometimes they can cost the players life and items, such as invisible lava. All these usually fixed by a quick exit and re-load.

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This is a bad glitch and has happened to me a couple of times…

Overall:

Minecraft is my favourite game, with its diverse range of thing to do and accomplish. The Educational value includes things like; coordinates X,Y,Z (as this is what the Maps use), Strategy and Problem solving. The only limit is your imagination… 

4.5 Stars

 

 

 

 

Clip Clop Chronicles – A Review

Jess received this book as part of her birthday presents. The book is set in central Florida, it follows the journey of Roz who is a twelve-year-old, horse mad girl. She is determined to make it to the top of the equestrian world but her family think riding horses is a sport that Black people just don’t do.

This is a story about determination to succeed and this is the story of her fight to prove she can be whatever she wants.

This is Jess’s review of the book:

Clip – Clop Chronicles is about a black girl called Roz age 12 whose dream is to be a horse rider. She tries to earn money to go to horse riding lessons by mowing other people’s lawns but in a storm things turn against her and a tree comes down on her lawn mower and the engine took most of the damage but luck had it that her mum and dad were nice and paid half of what she needed and she had enough now to take riding lessons.

She goes thru 1 teacher before she finely finds the right teacher to teach her. Her teachers name is Ms Mae, and she is a nice teacher and kind to all of her student’s but I think she liked Roz best.

It is a good book and there are no pictures so it gets you to use your imagination I have learnt that bad things happens but so do good things like Roz’s lawn mower broke but she when horse riding I think children from age 8 up would like it

I would give the book:

 

5 StarsClip Clop Chronicles - A Review