Monday, September 10, 2012

Weston-Super-Mare 2012: Sand Sculptures & Red Arrows

Who would be mad enough to go to the beach on a hot summer's day during Ramadhan?

Yup!  I was the mad woman, guilty of dragging the whole family to watch the Grande Pier Air Show at Weston-Super-Mare on the fourth day of fasting, in the not-so-distant past.  (Yeah, yeah, 'blast from the past' blog post :P)

Weston-Super-Mare is a coastal town near Bristol.  Besides the pier, it's beach is a favourite among locals.  Well, of course the beach could not match those in Terengganu or even Port Dickson, but people came to soak up the sun, anyway.

On that particular day, people came in droves to watch the air show.  Although there were 4 shows scheduled, I had come to specifically watch the Red Arrows perform.  The Red Arrows of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) is one of the world's premier aerobatic team.  I knew about them when my dad posted on Facebook, pictures of their performance at last year's Bristol Balloon's Festival (yet another impending post :P).  As I missed that act, I just had to see this one.

Since we came an hour early, we decided to go see the sand sculptures on the beach.  Ingatkan free.  Rupa2nya kena bayor.  Should have known by now that nothing is free :P.  Anyway, I really marvelled at the professionally sculpted sand structures.  Wish there were more, though, to substantiate the ticket price that we paid :).  For those who want to see the sand sculptures, you can still go as the exhibition will only end in September.  

from this compacted sand ...

to this...

Sonic the hedgehog, Amirul and Mario :)

The queen and I :)
BTW my chair is real :P

Amirul among sand Olympians

The Red Arrows appeared on the sky around 2.00 pm.  Ramai sungguh orang ambik gambar dan video termasuklah saya... :D.  See the pix below...

The Red Arrows - close-up 

The show took about 20 minutes or so.  There were other air performances after the Red Arrows, but we decided to call it a day.  Puasa lah katakan... :).

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