Hope all is well and you had a great weekend. I recently went to Thorpe Park, and here I am on the world famous 'SAW' ride. I'll be honest; I have no desire to watch the films (I've caught the odd glimpse – not really my cup of tea!) but the ride I couldn't wait to get on.
I went during the week with my daughter. It wasn't too busy so there was hardly any waiting time. My daughter loves the rides and really, really loves SAW, and this is the proof, we went on SAW 17 times!
The attendants thought we were a little crazy I think! Off the ride we would jump and back round to the queue we would go! The other rides were brilliant as well.
Rollercoasters are about as daring as it gets for me these days. I remember, years ago (at least 15!) I desperately wanted to present for Blue Peter. For my showreel I thought a bungee jump would look super cool, daring and very in keeping with the dare-devil antics of a Blue Peter presenter.
Well, the opportunity came by on the Isle of Wight to do a bungee jump. I signed up and off I went. I arrived early in the morning and met the team looking after the jumps. Watching people jump off the cradle dangling from a crane looked pretty easy… so I thought!
My turn came and I was tethered to a giant elastic cord. It looked a little worn and I mentioned this to the operator. His reply was 'Don't worry mate, there's at least another 50 jumps in that cord yet!' My immediate thought was which poor victim will be number 50?!
I was slowly winched higher, and higher… no problem I thought, I'll just dive off! The moment arrived. I moved closer to the edge to make my jump and I looked down. There was, from this height, a postage stamp of a mat below me.
A bit of panic set in – no – a big bit of panic set in! I can't do this, I thought, this is crazy. I'm putting my life in the hands of a long stretchy rope! But I have to do this I told myself, think of the showreel. I looked at the video camera whirring away below (I couldn't hear it whirring; I'm guessing it did, they did back then!). I crouched and slowly rolled off the edge. Ahhhhhhhh!! (If I'm truthful, I might have used other words!)
The rush of air and the speed of the fall as the ground raced closer and closer was incredible. I'll be honest, it was amazing and terrifying all rolled into one. The cord did its job and bounced me around before I was lowered back down to earth! Would I do it again? No! Am I glad I did it? Without a doubt – yes!
I never did get that Blue Peter job!
Take care and see you soon,