Croquet CourtingWritten by Peter Jay
Is Croquet a good courting or dating activity? In eighteen-hundreds, youth in British Empire and colonies used croquet as a means of courting. It was a chance for young men and young ladies to spend time together out on playing field without their ever watchful and over protective bourgeois parents looking over their shoulders and observing everything they do and say. But is it still a good dating activity today? I thought so, until I played with “Mallet Girl.” I do not recall Mallet Girl’s real name, so I will just refer to her as Mallet Girl. So, anyway, Mallet Girl and I went on a group date to a park to play some pleasant and casual American backyard poison croquet. Everything was going fine, until half way through game when it was Mallet Girl’s turn to hit her ball. She was several wickets behind me and about thirty feet away. I was a safe distance from Mallet Girl, and I was in lead, and thought that I did not have anything to worry about. The sun was shining brightly in partly cloudy but mostly blue sky. A cool breeze rattled leaves in trees. Indeed, I was in a world of nearly perfect tranquility. From my safe distance I calmly stood there peering out of corner of my eye as Mallet Girl pulled her club back to take a swing. It looked more like a swing to hit a baseball than a croquet ball, or a drive swing in golf. Anyway, Mallet Girl swung at full force. Her ball went rolling across grass as intended, but suddenly, and before I could react, yet in slow motion, I beheld end of her mallet floating across grass toward me. It was going so fast it traveled entire thirty feet without losing any altitude. The end of her mallet streamlined toward me, a foot above grass, slamming into my shin… Whack! leaving me scarcely enough time to jump.
The Australian Great Barrier ReefWritten by Jakob Jelling
The Great Barrier Reef, in Australia, is a diving area in which experienced and non experienced divers can equally find a suitable activity. Any visitor who goes to Australia and loves diving, no matter what they experience level is, should visit Great Barrier Reef since he surely will be able to have a great time in it.
This Australian diving area also has advantage of its great location. The Australian Great Barrier Reef is situated near Cairns or divers' "jump off point" which also has an international airport from where visitors can fly anywhere as well as come from any point they wish. This way, this area constantly receives visitors from entire world and those divers who wish to visit Australia should have into account this spot as a not only very interesting one but also very convenient regarding transportation.
Divers and snorkelers can equally find an interesting area where to practice their activities since there is a wide range of water sports available at this area. This way, visitors of all preferences and skills levels are always welcome to Great Barrier Reef area and can always be sure to find something interesting to do.