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Dedication, and a pair of coconuts, is all you need.

On Monday as part of the St. Georges Day celebrations in London a record attempt was made at the world's largest coconut orchestra. Yep, as daft as it sounds but when you realise it is organised by the people of Spamalot, the Monty Python stage adaptation, it sort of makes sense. If you're one of the cynics who thinks the record was made up for the event, you're wrong; apparently over 1,000 people set the record in New York.

So it was a short walk after work and I was there in time to register and collect my musical instruments.

Two guys were having difficulty stopping the inflatable foot from blowing away. Its unlikely that this'll be a permanent attraction in the square.

The crowd was already gathering, to help get them into the swing of things the screen was showing old comedy clips from the nearby British Film Archives.

Some people had come dressed for the occasion, or perhaps they were just lost.

Even before the record attempt, the coconuts were being put to good use a…

Hayling Island

Day 2 in the club weekend and its off to another small park on the coast, this time Hayling Island.

The big coaster here is the Klondike Gold Mine, which they bought from Drayton Manor. I remember this ride as having no leg room and being a bit rough. It hadn't changed.

The park also bought the drop tower from the Trocadero Centre in London.

Before the park let us in to ride, those that were interested were allowed to ascend the tower.

We rode the coaster for around half an hour.

My knees fortunately survived this encounter.

Then we went onto the drop ride, which was pretty cool.

The brakes brought the ride to a stop much quicker than I ever remember them doing in London. A good thing!!

After that we pretty much had free reign over the park and went on pretty much everything.

Considering the flume was very slow moving, it was very wet on the drop. I didn't ride it.

The dodgem formation team display their new work - random chaos!

Tip, leaning back on a wooden helter skelter isn't the …


Midway between the 2 parks the club was visiting is the city of Portsmouth, famous for it's maritime history and the sleep over location for myself.

It was still early evening so I took a walk to the local pier where I knew another coaster could be found.

Skyways was a fun ride and similar to the kind of coasters I appear able to build in RCT without them killing the riders. Simple hills and lots of downward spirals. The ride was actually pretty good, and ran better than it looked.

The rest of the park consisted of the normal fairground type attractions. Rather cheekily a nearby sign advertised a new indoor coaster. It was one of the simulator types.

I don't think much of Portsmouth beach!

This is the Spinnaker tower, built to celebrate the Millennium but was finished two years later. Actually I take that back; its still not finished. The external elevator, which would be good to ride wasn't there, never has been, and probably never will be.

This part of Portsmouth has loads of …

Paulton's Park

4 hours travel from the Tiesto gig and I was at Paulton's Park near Southampton for a club event there. I'd already missed the morning fun and I was pretty tired so took the day fairley sedately.

The park is actually really nice and rather surprisingly was pretty busy with lots of families enjoying the nice weather. No unruly kids to be seen, I guess they were all up at Thorpe Park or down the beach, which made experience even better.

New to the park this year is a rethemed crazy golf. The first I'd come across with rough, made from astroturf. I came equal first. We never did have our rematch.

They have a gyspy themed walkthrough, probably the only one in the world........except for Romania perhaps.

The park benefits from loads of open space and shady places, which you don't always get elsewhere.

The big attraction in the park and the main reason for going was the new coaster, Cobra. Its a really cool ride even without the castle theming that I've seen on a similar rid…

Tiesto @ Alexandra Palace

My brother had managed to get me a couple of tickets to arguably the biggest trance event of the year in the country this year. Tiesto is currently taking his current album "Elements of Life" on a year long world wide tour and this was his only English gig.

The event got off to a bad start with the slowest queue line in the world. I've been to a lot of theme parks but even their queues weren't as bad as this. It took a little over two hours to finally be let in and by the time I'd offloaded my bag Tiesto had already half an hour into his 6 hour set.

But the bad start to the proceedings was quickly forgotten by what was an absolutely blinding night. He played a brilliant set mixing up his earlier anthems and the new album tracks but also played lots of great old tunes. Hearing "Ayla" and Binary Finary's "1999" brought back really happy memories of my holiday to Ibiza, and he even managed to play a remix of Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams&qu…