NICE LITTLE NUMBER – UP, UP AND AWAY

NICE LITTLE NUMBER – UP, UP AND AWAY

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 18th August 2018

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

 

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

 

We were in Bristol on Friday 10th August and realised the 2018 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta was taking place beginning on Thursday, 9 August and ending on Sunday, 12 August.

 

Hot air balloons are magical and inspirational as they rise in the air, boldly coloured and float quietly off with the clouds looking for adventure.

 

Here are 20 numbers relevant to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta taken from The Bristol Magazine.

1              40 the number of years the Hit Air Balloon Fiesta has been held at Bristol. It began 7-9 September 1979

2              27 the number of balloons at the Inaugaral Fiesta and 100 flights

3              42 the number of balloons that in 1982 flew in a mass ascent being the largest number of balloons seen over Bristol

4              1997 The year ‘special shapes’ were launched introducing the first flight showcasing the skill of the balloon designers

5              150,000 people attended the event on one Saturday for the Millennium Fiesta breaking European records

6              132 the number of balloons that launched within 55 minutes at the Millennium Fiesta breaking the 1987 record

7              90 balloons broke the record in 2014 for landing in a single field at the site of the old Cadbury’s Factory in Keysham

8              3 The number of hot air balloons that in the whole of aviation history have completed a round the world flight. All three were built in Bristol by Cameron Balloons

9              £750,000 is the cost to stage the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

10           12 the number of committee volunteers who organise the event with 2 fulltime staff

11           800 volunteers make the Fiesta happen

12           32,000 hours of volunteer time given freely

13           580 The average number of flights during the Fiesta

14           52,000 the number of rolls of toilet paper used throughout the Fiesta

15           4,500 the number of bacon rolls served up at the Fiesta

16           30,000 pints of Thatcher’s cider are drunk at the Fiesta

17           30  The number of hot air balloons that are  tethered and when darkness falls they light up in sequence to music, like giant light bulbs, giving what is known as the “Night Glow Event” which was introduced in 1990

18           £15million The estimated net economic benefit the Fiesta gives to Bristol

19           150 the number of balloons at the 2018 Fiesta and 100 flights

20           £0 Price of entry – That’s right it was FREE

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” ~Cherie Gilderbloom

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…floating gently high in the sky in a hot air balloon

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

What did one toilet say to the other? You’re looking a bit flushed.

LOVE IS…

Love is…daydreaming together

TRACK OF THE DAY

Up Up And Away – Johnny Mann Singers

Highest Chart Position: No.6 16th August 1967

 

©2018 Phil M Robinson