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GRANDAD’S PICTURE of the DAY
25th September 2017
One of my biggest most important pieces of advice to my grandchildren, indeed to anyone is have a dream and don’t necessarily keep it to one.
The second biggest important piece of advice is try to achieve those dreams.
Mark Beaumont has just achieved that by cycling around the world in 79 days. Here is his story.
Around the World in Eighty Days is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne published in 1873.
A good version of the book for children is: Around the World in Eighty Days (Young Reading Series Two) by Jules Verne (Author), Jane M. Bingham (Adapter) The classic tale of Phileas Fogg and his quest to travel around the world in just eighty days, specially retold as part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.
In the story Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the World in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club.
Now, more than 144 years later, Mark Beaumont is capturing that same spirit of adventure with the Artemis World Cycle, his Record Breaking quest to cycle around the World in 80 days.
He achieved it starting out on 2nd July 2017 and finishing 18th September 2017
78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes, 18 032 miles / 29 020 km, 16 countries and 2 official Guinness World Records.
- STAGE 1
PARIS > BEIJING JULY 2 – 30 DISTANCE: CYLING MILES: 6,612 AIR MILES: 4,962
FLIGHTS: BEIJING TO PERTH
- STAGE 2
PERTH > AUCKLAND JULY 31 – AUG 19 DISTANCE: CYLING MILES: 4,478 AIR MILES: 9,361
FLIGHTS: BRISBANE TO INVERCARGILL AUCKLAND TO ANCHORAGE
- STAGE 3
ANCHORAGE > HALIFAX AUG 20 – SEPT 12 DISTANCE: CYLING MILES: 5,691 AIR MILES: 2,784
FLIGHTS: HALIFAX TO LISBON
- STAGE 4
LISBON > PARIS SEPT 13 – 18 DISTANCE: CYLING MILES: 1,255
See Mark’s site where you can make a donation to the charity for which he is he is raising money:
Children are encouraged to learn and be inspired by his adventures:
Personal Goal setting activities: encouraging children to write down a list of their goals and how they are going to achieve them.
Resource Support activity: biometric tests such as working out how many calories Mark burnt every day.
Reactive: Developing content around Mark’s experiences, such as changing political situations, artwork of interest or archaeological sites he might pass on his route.
To find out more, visit twinkl.com
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
If you want the rainbow, then you’ve gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton
Happiness is…the view of clouds from an aircraft window
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
If time is money are ATM’s time machines?
LOVE SONG FOR MAMMA
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
No.1 5th December 1992 for 10 weeks Written by Dolly Partin
WHAT’S POSITIVE IN OUR LIFE
Water-In the UK we have lots of it as I watch the rain and just turn on the tap and we have pure water. Imagine if there was no water.