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Hugh writes about a trip to the Royal Pavilion, the swimming baths and the theatre

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Today I am off on a Spiral outing to the Royal Pavilion which has been organised by Chris Page. First I go to the hotel that's near the library and have my breakfast. Kim comes to ind me to take me over to the Royal Pavilion. We go for a ride in the Spiral's minibus to pick people up to come on the outing.

I enjoyed myself at the Royal Pavilion today with Spiral. My favourite room was the kitchen. We had lunch outside in the Royal Pavilion Gardens and listened to a busker playing some music on his guitar. Inside the Pavilion gift shop I bought myself a DVD for £20.

Then I went swimming in the Prince Regent Swimming Pool where I saw Charlotte and Jane in the reception. I told them that I went on a Spiral outing to the Royal Pavilion.

After we got out of the water I had a shower, got ready and got myself a Costa coffee from the coffee machine. Then we went to Pizza Express to have pizza and garlic bread with salad.

After my swim I chilled out and watch dmy DVD about the Royal Pavilion at home. Then I watched the Weakest LInk with Anne Robinson. I got one answer right about a film called Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts.

Later I went to the Brighton Centre to see Holiday on Ice with my friend Hala. We met outside St Paul's Church. We paid £20 for two tickets and went upstairs to Floor 3 in the lift. Then Hala and I went back home from the Brighton Centre by going back down in the lift to the exit.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 25 February 2013

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 22 March 2013

James writes about BBC1's Penguins: Spy in the Huddle documentary

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I saw Penguins yesterday afternoon on the TV on bbc1 they are white with a black beak. They had babies underneath them.

One of the penguins had a camera. It was a model of a penguin with a camera inside. They are walking hundreds of them.

They are walking this way looking for fish. They have little ones. The adult penguins keep them warm.

The penguins are on tonight. On BBC1 at 9pm.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 25 February 2013

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 19 March 2013

Alex writes about things she likes to see

I like to see new things, like horses. We went to Ferring Country Centre. I stroked the horses and read their names. I don’t remember their names. But I know one is called Alfie. I would like to ride a horse some day.

We also looked at the farm. They have goats, hens, turkeys and pigs. I would like to go back to the farm soon.

They have lots of gates at the farm. You have to close the gates behind you or the animals will get out.

I still liked the horses best.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 1 December 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 14 December 2012

Bits and pieces about Grace Eyre by Elaine

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Grace Eyre Woodhead started the Guardianship society in 1913. 
In 1914  a day  centre was  opened offering Industrial training
In 1950: The Guardianship  society moved  to  Avondale Road 
And in 1988  the  Guardianship society changed its name to The Grace Eyre Foundation

I have been coming here for many years. It’s a good  place to be.
I like singing and dancing in the theatre. 
We used  to have a room we used for dancing but now we have a theatre! It was refurbished this year in 2012. It is called the Purple Playhouse.  

I sung a song on the stage. It was nice song I sung.
I plan to sing on the stage again this Christmas.
I am going to dress up. I have got a nice maroon dress.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 28 October 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012

Juliet writes about her holiday at Pontins-Southport Holiday Park

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I  went to Pontins in South Port with Spiral. Zoe and her friend Janette came too.  We went on the tram and saw the Blackpool lights.  We also saw the Blackpool lights from the minibus.

We had dinner out at a chippy. I had sausage and chips and a coke to drink. We went on a steam train and a boat. We saw Wallace and Gromit in Space. There was a space ride. It was interesting going into space. It felt like being on a roller coaster.

We went to the place where the Beatles used to play their songs. We saw photos of the Beatles. I liked the holiday. It was good.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 17 September 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012

Lauretta writes about her interest in sport

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I like helping at home.
I live with my two sisters, my Mum and my Dad.
I like to let myself in the door.
I like sport.  I like watching it.
I play football every Thursday at Grace Eyre.
He plays for Chelsea.  He is
Number 8 and my boy!

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 10 September 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012

James writes about a Grace Eyre trip to the local bus depot

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We went to visit the bus depot near Hove station on 3 September. It was lovely going on the open top bus along the seafront. Some of us went upstairs but we stayed downstairs. We had some biscuits – custard creams and ginger nuts.

We did some role play on the bus. I practiced being assertive by asking someone politely if they would give up their seat. And they did.

On the way we practiced what we would do if we missed our stop. They showed us pictures of landmarks to look out for such as Tescos, 99p shop, the station and the bank.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 7 September 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012

Hugh writes about his holiday to Benidorm in August

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But now I am off to the Buddhist centre to do my relaxation where I put my mat down on the floor. I like relaxing, listening to calming music that’s called 'Piano by the Sea'. It makes me dream about me being on the beach in Eastbourne or Littlehampton.

Here I am off to Benidorm for 2 weeks to stay in a hotel that’s called Benilux. The weather will be very hot and sunny every day in Benidorm.

Whilst in Brighton station ready to catch the train to Gatwick Airport, I bought myself 'Runaway Bride' for £10 on DVD. I caught the plane to Benidorm with Thompson Holidays. I got a taxi from the airport to the hotel to enjoy my two weeks holiday in the sun!

I visited the Benidorm Cathedral and lit some candles for Tom Duncan and picked up some leaflets about the building. Then I went in the cathedral coffee shop to have a black coffee. I went shopping for postcards and presents. I picked a postcard with a picture of the cathedral for Michelle and a picture of he mountains for Gill. The I went back to the hotel to relax and watch the Weakest Link with Anne Robinson. After dinner I went swimming in the outdoor swimming pool to cool off from the hot sunshine. Then I went off to the bar to get myself a glass of Spanish white wine.

Back in the hotel I get ready for bed and dreamt about Julia Roberts going to eastbourne by train to see Sleeping Beauty in the theatre. I am ready to go out today to Benidorm Museum to learn and understand the history of the city from a gentleman talking through a speaker.

It was interesting to understand how many years ago that Benidorm was built. I went through to the gift shop to buy myself a CD & a DVD that tells me stories about the town. Back at the hotel I go straight to the outdoor swimming pool to enjoy swimming as the weather is hot!

After 2 weeks I am very happy to go fly back home from Benidorm with British Airways. I have enjoyed my holiday in benidorm staying in the hotel that’s by the outdoor swimming pool to

Going back to relax inside the Buddhist centre where I see Becky and tell her that I have enjoyed my holiday in Benidorm staying in the hotel.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 6 September 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012

Hala Exander writes about swimming with Special Olympics Brighton and Hove

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Special Olympics Brighton and Hove is a sports club for people with learning disabilities. It encourages people to be active. 

I do swimming and my favourite strokes are front crawl and breast stroke I have entered lots of competitions.

I won a silver medal  for a  50 metre race. 

For the competitions I have to wear a black hat. I have goggles to stop  the water  stinging my  eyes.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 7 August 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012

Alex Yetton writes about his interest in gaming

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Hi my name is Alex
I like gaming because it is fun and I am good at it
Super Monkey Ball is my favorite game
It is a fantastic game
In the game you have to play
The next game I want to play is called Cooking Mamma
A girl is in this game
I play games on a Wii
The Wii is in my bedroom
I play games on a Sunday after taking Sammy my dog for a walk.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 6 August 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012

Betty Todman, Susan Street, Kier Dean and James Grantham talk to Peter Cutts about the Rockets visual arts group

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1) How many years have you been you Rockets?
A long time I don’t know how many years.

2) How do you get to Rockets?
By minibus.

3) What do you like to do at rockets?
Drawing is my favourite.

4) Have you been to the exhibition in London?
No I haven’t been to the exhibition in London.

5) Do you have any pictures at the gallery in Brighton?
Yes I have lots of pictures in the gallery in Brighton.

6) Have you sold any Art?
Yes I sold some at the festival – Open House in May.

7) Have you been to the rocket workshop?
Yes I have been to the rocket workshop.

8) Do you have any favourite pictures?
No favourite pictures – I just like them all.

9) How many days do you go to rockets?
One day a week - Wednesdays now.

10) Do you have fun at Rockets?
Yes I have fun.

11) What do you use?
I use oil paints and water paints.

12) Do you have any breaks at Rockets?
I have three breaks in the day.

13) What time do you go and return from Rockets?
I go at 10am and return at 3.

14) Are you proud of your art?
Yes I am proud of my art.

15) Do you go to the snack bar?
Yes I go to the snack bar.

16) Is Rockets big or small?
The Rockets is very big.

17) What do you like to use when you’re drawing?
I use canvas for my drawing.

18) Do you wear any protective clothing?
I wear an overall.

19) Is it peaceful at Rockets?
It is very peaceful at Rockets.

20) Do you show your work to each other?
Yes we show each other our work.

21) How many people go to Rockets?
There are at least 20 people who go to Rockets.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 6 August 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012

Jonny Schachter writes about his interest in boxing legend Muhammad Ali

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When I was 8 years old, our family  moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Previously, we lived in London, England.

We went to Canada in 1965. We came by boat and I still remember the trip. When we moved to Edmonton, my  brother and sister lived with us but moved out about three years later. Eric and Marion are ten years older than me.

So I lived with mum and dad for thirteen years  which sort of made me an only child. I miss my life in Edmonton and my old high school called Strathcona Composite High.

I miss growing up with mum and dad and especially my father. He was my best friend!

In the academic year of 1970, Dad was on sabbatical leave so we lived in California for a year. This is important because it was the year that Muhummad Ali returned to the boxing ring after a three and a half year layoff. I was very upset when Ali lost to Joe Frazier for the title and this made me obsessed with Muhummad Ali. In 1974,

I was the happiest person in the world because Ali beat George Foreman for the title. It is a myth that California is a very liberal state. When we lived there, most were strict and very conservative. After our stay in California, we went back to Edmonton and I lived there for nine years and then in 1980, I moved to Toronto, Ontario.
But this is a story in itself.

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 6 August 2012

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 2 November 2012