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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: New DVD Artwork
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:38:16 PM »
shall we do number 2 next? :) Is that Flowers? can you think about some photos please :D

Off Topic.......... plus Hidden Talents / Re: New Bunny
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:46:11 AM »
How very cute :) 8 is a good age tho my niece has a rabbit that is nearly 13.

Picture Gallery / Re: It's a Balloon World After All
« on: May 31, 2018, 10:38:06 PM »
Its a Balloon World After All - Australia

G’day folks, Its been glorious weather here in the UK so I thought it would be fair dinkums to stick another shrimp on the barbie and think about taking a look down under at Australia. Crickey, this one has been hard yakka as I wanted to get it ridgey-didge, I nearly spit the dummy when I couldn’t get it looking right and ive been flat chat but im stoked now its done and its straight to the pool room.
(Translation – Hello, its warm here in England and I would like a prawn to grill on an open fire, this week I am looking at Australia, gosh it was difficult as I wanted to get it looking great, I was upset when I struggled to get it looking right but by golly I am happy with the result.)

When I think of Australia I usually first think of the weird and wonderful animals they have, When I visited Perth in 2009 we went to a wildlife park and I loved it, the kangaroos were great, and I really loved the koalas so I had to include one. Did you know that Koalas have fingerprints just like humans?

The bird footprints I have made are the aboriginal sign for Emu tracks, the Aboriginal men followed these tracks to hunt the emu it was a staple food source and was used for bush medicine. It is also often seen on Aboriginal artwork.

Just above that is a boomerang, these have been historically used for hunting, as well as a sport, and entertainment.and come in various shapes and sizes. They are often seen painted with aboriginal designs and patterns. A boomerang was used to set a Guinness World Record with a throw of 427.2 metres by David Schummy in 2005 in Queensland Australia.

The Sydney Opera house was something I just had to make, it was a tricky as I was not sure how to put it together. It has to be one of the most famous buildings in the world and was opened in 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II.

When deciding what kind of person to make for Australia I did consider making an Indigenous Australian however I seem to think that they are not keen on having their photos taken so I decided to go with a typical Australian guy with his cork hat on.

Anyway, Have a good one mate, Oooroo!

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 26, 2018, 12:20:43 PM »
Someone asked if I could make a Harry Potter (or as he is known in the Ukraine Gary Potter), I didnt get a photo of mine but a few people had a go at making their own versions, here is Dominique

Plus I made this super long weave for the caterpillars smoking jar thing

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 26, 2018, 12:17:41 PM »
Back to the Jam room and giant caterpillars

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 26, 2018, 12:15:42 PM »
The next event was a performance and workshop was from Paul Suarez AKA Plumerito de Caprio all the way from Peru, what can I say, what an amazing act, I loved everything he did and he was hilarious, and such a nice guy as well

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 26, 2018, 11:56:53 AM »
More from my workshop, thanks to Joelle for letting me use the photos too.

I also had a go at making this 3 balloon weave, the silver thing in the centre was totally unrelated (it was part of a roman Helmet I was making) but everyone seemed to think it belonged in the middle of the weave so thats where it stayed,

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 26, 2018, 12:55:42 AM »
Last one from Svetlanas group and then it was my turn to do talk entitled 'how I became Rob Driscoll'

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 26, 2018, 12:52:09 AM »
On /thursday it was time for a few Workshops, first of all Svetlana took us through this Parrot/cockatiel

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 24, 2018, 10:22:48 PM »
Svetlana and I worked on the Caterpillar until well into the night, there was also a dragon being built by Maxime and his team

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 24, 2018, 01:21:15 PM »
I was asked by Svetlana to help out with her big build, it was the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, we had fun as neither of us could speak the other persons language.

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:58:30 PM »
and then Monster heads under instruction from Morgan Buisseret

The King sculpture from made from one of the German ladies

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:55:53 PM »
On Wednesday morning we were treated to a balloon workshop by Mexican entertainer and Clown Jobito Globito, he was an excellent twister and entertainer and although he only spoke Spanish we had good translators.

After that we were onto Big birds under instruction from Bidou Charlot

Picture Gallery / Re: Balloonapark 2018 - Paris
« on: May 22, 2018, 01:11:49 PM »
The last one I had from the competition,

Back to the Jam room, I really liked the little clown.

Picture Gallery / Re: It's a Balloon World After All
« on: May 22, 2018, 01:04:32 PM »
It's a Balloon World After All - Italy
Buongiorno! Che piacere vederti!

This week I am taking a look at a wonderful country, it is Italy, I made ALL these balloons at the Balloonapark event in Paris last week.

The first of the items I made was the Roman Helmet, I love delving into the history of Italy and of course the Romans feature heavily in the history books. The traditional date for the creation of Rome was 21 April 753 BC (how very accurate). The correct name for my Roman Helmet is a Galea, my helmet mostly resembles an Imperial Gallic helmet.

How could I take a look at Italy and not make a slice of Pizza?, The word Pizza dates back to 997 but similar pizza style dishes have been around for centuries before that. The world's largest pizza was created in Rome during December 2012, and measured 1,261 square metres, The world's longest pizza was made in Naples in 2016. It was baked using a series of special ovens on wheels which moved along its length, and measured 1.15 miles in length.

My Scooter is a Vespa, The name Vespa means Wasp in Italian, This wonderful little scooter was first created in 1946 and shot to fame in 1952 when Audrey Hepburn rode side saddle with Gregory Peck through the streets of Rome in the movie Roman Holiday.

My little man is a Gondolier from the city of Venice; traditionally he would be one of 3 Oarsmen who would operate the Gondola boat around the canals of Venice using the oar. For centuries the Gondola were the main form of transport around Venice but now they are mainly a tourist attraction, The profession of gondolier is now controlled by a guild and it issues around 400 licences
Until next week, Arrivederci! 

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