Go fly a kite....  

helga_hansen 49F  
3122 posts
8/29/2005 5:02 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Go fly a kite....

It's all up in the air again around Bristol!!

This coming weekend will see the 20th anniversary of the Bristol Kite Festival, held on the grounds of Ashton Court Mansion. The festival is being hosted by Avon Kite Flyers, one of the largest kite clubs in the UK.

Kiting is very popular around the world, and there will be several international visitors bringing their kites and taking part in the festival, which attracted over 60,000 visitors last year.

If you thought a kite was just a triangle made of cloth and a few sticks... think again!! There is of course the classic diamond shape, complete with bow tails, which are suitable for children to fly. But, did you know that the Japanese believe that if a kite requires a tail in order to fly, then it is not well designed?

Kite flying is very popular in Japan, where there is also a fascination for giant kites, and every June, two teams battle against each other from opposite banks of the river in the city Shirone, using kites measuring seven metres by five metres!

Kite fighting has become very popular, and the kite used for this sport is called a Rokkako, which means six corners, and describes the basic shape of the fighting kite. Cutting each other up, and crashing and banging into each other is the order of play, and once your kite touches the ground, you're out!

Why not come and watch a display of kite-fighting down in Bristol this coming weekend...

Some interesting kiting facts...

More adults in the world fly kites than children.

People were flying kites 1,000 years before paper was invented.

Approximately 12 people are killed each year in kiting accidents throughout the year.

Kite-flying was banned in Japan in 1760 because too many people preferred to fly kites than work.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

There is at least one kite festival every weekend of the year in some part of the world.


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥


expatbrit49 62M

8/29/2005 2:28 pm

In my jaunts around the world I spent some time in Brazil and was taught how to make small Brazilian style fighting kites from old bamboo chopsticks and green plastic garbage bags. We spent many enjoyable days flying these off the yacht and fighting.

Thank You for Your Time and Attention


AlbertPrince 57M

8/30/2005 9:48 am

Does nothing happen on the ground in Bristol?


TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
8/31/2005 4:43 am

It's terribly sad, I know, but all this does is remind me of "Mary Poppins"


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