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July 2011

It's not just Kangaroos that Bounce!!

11th July 2011

I love my job and get to do things I would ordinarily not get the chance to do, in saying that it certainly doesn't mean that I will be any good at any of it!! Last year I went along with Marie Gardiner to a trampoline session with AAA. It was very basic stuff, bouncing on my bum and back up again, easy stuff, you do this kind of thing on a bouncy castle. This year we were invited back to do a DMT session. DMT stands for Double Mini Tramp. So for a start there are two trampolines, this is already far past my skill level! The idea is you take a run up, jump on the first trampoline land on the second do some kind of move and land on the mat, sounds easy enough in theory. My tip for anything that looks eay is that generally it isn't, and I was right in this case. It was as if I had no control over my legs as they flapped around mid air not doing anything close to what I was meant to be doing.

The thing with this is I knew what I was meant to be doing and was sure I could do it, so time after time I tried and tried but still couldn't quite pull it off. Also on the run up I was told to take 12 steps, I think, and this would put me perfectly in the right position to push off on my stronger foot. I couldn't even get this bit right, I developed a nice little shuffle at the end to get me on the right foot. Also having Marie there meant I was watching what she was doing, and although not getting it completely right, there were elements that I thought were better than me which in turn spurs you on to keep going.

I probabaly should also mention that this whole session was being filmed and thought nothing of it really, until it came to their annual award ceremony. Both myself and Marie had attended the awards last year and presented an award and we were pleased to be asked again this year. I had forgotton that the session had been filmed until a couple of the AAA members came up and said they were looking forward to seeing the video, suddenly the penny dropped, myself and Marie would be starring in the awards ceremony. So after they had shown a video of how it should be done, we made our starring role.....  



As you can see we weren't that good and provided much humour to the room.  Also must add my little scream was for comedy effect and I wasn't really scared...honest, no really, you don't believe me do you? neither did everyone in the office when they watched it.

So that was our attempt at trampolining, it was great fun and I would encourage anyone to do it, and I'm sure with a few more sessions I would have got the hang of it.

Posted by Mark Black at 3:41pm

Beautiful People.

7th July 2011

This week I had the current Miss Sunderland as well as the current Mr Northeast in to see me. Notice that there isn't a picture of me with them! They are both great representitives of Sunderland and they both need your help to win in the finals next week. If you want to vote for them you can by texting 56Sunderland TO 84205 For Miss Sunderland and Text 11MrNorthEast to 84205 for Mr Northeast.
(Text votes costs 60p plus standard network charge) I've got to know both of them over the last few weeks and they are really down to earth. One of the things I was concerned about when I took up the judging role was that there would be a lot ego's flying around. There is a certain stereotype attached to these sorts of competitons but thankfully ours is not like that and both Phillipa and Nathaniel are having fun with it, which is the best approach I think.

The start of this week was lovely with warm sunshine and I had a little trip down the seafront at Seaburn. There were loads of people out on the beach and enjoying the sunshine. I particulary like the guy who was buried in the sand! Classic Brit, lay in the sand with only his head poking out of the sand. There were people in the sea as well! Now even though it was warm I suspect that the sea was still pretty cold, but then again we have to make the most of it I suppose, as I sit here writing this, the rain is lashing down.

I've also been out and taken another obscure picture of myself somewhere on Wearside. I've been trying to make these trickier as you have been getting them far too easily. Last week I thought I might have really caught you out going to Trafalgar Square in Hendon...but no, plenty of you worked it out. This week was no different, I was sure I had something that you wouldn't get but plenty guessed. I reckon I'll come up with something that will fool everyone soon though!

Just a word about Wimbledon as well! Andy Murray was doing so well in the first set and I really thought it was going to be our year, but no, Nadal was just too good. Never mind the football season is nearly back!! Pre season starts next week and Steve Bruce has already made some good signings and spent some serious cash and with the first home game against Newcastle it hopefully will mark a good season for the Black Cats. It's like football has never been away!!

Posted by Mark Black at 2:44pm


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