Saturday, 23 January 2010

Anyone for darts?

If you take a look down the right-hand column you'll see I've introduced a little online darts gaming thing.

Why? No particular reason, other than for the fact that I found it pleasingly addictive and I hope you might enjoy it also.

Simply maximise it to full screen and follow the instructions. I managed to beat the "very easy" guy - eventually. See whether you can improve on that!

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Waxworks resident ghost won't be homeless

By David Newble

When Brading’s famous wax museum shut its doors for the final time — one spooky exhibit was still promised a permanent home.

The skeletal remains of Frenchman Louis de Rochefort, who was murdered by Puritans at the former Crown Inn site, are set to remain in-situ, in his glass-topped coffin, whoever occupies the building.

And they had better not be scared of the dark, as people say Louis’s ghost is regularly seen in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

There are also rumours Louis’s dying screams and the sound of a coach rattling along the street outside can still be heard at night.

Last week, the County Press reported how the attraction, renamed Brading the Experience, had closed, with its collection set to be broken up and sold off.

Val Monger, of Daniel Street, Ryde, contacted the paper, anxious to find out what would happen to Louis’s remains, which was her favourite exhibit when she was a child.

The skeleton was unearthed by workmen in the 1960s, when they were putting in a water main.

They were found to be the remains of Loius de Rochefort, who was assassinated while trying to get a message to Charles I, when he was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle.

Efforts to track down Louis’s relatives failed, with nobody claiming the bones and he is set to remain interred on the IW.

Robert Ball, director of Brading Trading, the operating company for Brading the Experience, said he remained sceptical the skeleton was actually that of Louis.

He said: "There is a skull there but I would not suggest the skull is original. There is a little bit of artistic licence going on there."

Acknowledgements Isle of Wight County Press. Reporter

Friday, 1 January 2010

About Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park

This popular venue is set in 88 acres of wonderful country and woodland on the Arreton Downs.

It offers fun attractions and some really fun activities for people of all ages as well as lots of open space for walking and leisure. The Island's native red squirrels can often be seen whilst one is enjoying a walk around the Park, and carp so tame that they eat from your hand are to be found in abundance at Carp Quay.

At the top of the hill the famous Colossus swinging galleon is not for the faint hearted. The Toboggan Run, Maze, Play Village, Time Machine and (new as from last year) Children's Train Ride are just some of the attractions to be enjoyed, not to mention the highly entertaining and informative twice-daily falconry display (weather permitting).

Visitors also have the opportunity to relax at the café where drinks and warm and cold food can be purchased and consumed either inside or out.

This year the Adventure Park opens on March 30th. As always visitors can return free of charge within 7 days of their first visit.

The Park (Sat Nav PO30 2NU) is located at Downend, near Arreton which is just outside Newport and boasts a large, free car park. Opening times are from 10am till late afternoon.