Adrian Salt: Blog en-us (C) Adrian Salt (Adrian Salt) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT Adrian Salt: Blog 120 96 Noam Fundraising Dinner Noam is a Modern Orthodox Jewish Primary School based in North West London that recently launched a massive fundraising dinner. The aim was to raise £2.5m which is needed if the school is ever going to get government funding. The money would be used to purchase the land for the school for which it is currently renting in addition to paying for the basic upkeep with the school.

The Mayor of Barnet was in attendance as was his wife, and all the chair of governors of the school.



(Adrian Salt) Noam School Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:36:14 GMT
The Best Zoo in the UK If you want to go to a zoo, look no further than Colchester. After spending a day there, I can safely say that it has to be the best zoo in the country. Yes, it does take a little longer to get to than London Zoo (if your from London!) but it is certainly worth the trip. The closeness you can get to the animals is just fantastic - really breath taking!

Also, some zoos you go to can have miles of empty space with lots of walking with nothing to see. But not here! At Colchester, you are constantly seeing things - and I mean constantly! The guys who set this up certainly did a good job. Each exhibit is next to each other with little (or no) space between them. Just amazing!

Another amazing thing about Colchester Zoo is the strange but true phenomenon that ALL the animals are actually doing something - not just sleeping! I'm not sure why this is but it's really special. Not only do you see the animals close up, but more often than not, they are in some kind of interesting action. I noticed many of the wild animals walking round, running, jumping - it was incredible! I even saw (see photo below) of a chimp (at least I think that's what he was!) dancing and jumping in the air towards his daddy as he put his hands over his head! And that was just one exhibit out of what appeared to be loads!

Then comes the creepy crawlies - which you can touch!!! Just unbelievable. They have people from the zoo that actually put these creatures (which are by no means small) on your hand - if you wish! Then comes the turtles which you can get so close to that you can even see the reflection of yourself in their eyes - check the photos for yourself!

Did I mention the bird cage that you can actually walk inside? Well, you can! And don't be surprised if you find these exotic birds landing on your head! It was amazing. Not painful at all but very funny. They tended to land on anyone they took a liking to.

Same thing for the butterfly house - no bars or windows between you and them.

I must also add something very unusual about the snakes - the big killer ones - they were swimming around constantly sticking their head above and below the water - something I have never seen before in a zoo - their usually just sleeping the whole time!

Feeding time was just unspeakable - the most dangerous animal in the Zoo (which isn't what you might expect it to be) was the highlight. A large portion of fresh red meat was placed in the den - what followed is something you have got to see for yourself. And to find out what this animal is (the only animal capable of killing a lion) you will have to go their. I will say one thing though - this particular animal has a jaw so powerful that it can easily crush bone. In fact, when this animal consumes it's prey, it leaves nothing. Not a single thing is left.

A friend of mine recommended this zoo to me as saying it was better than any other zoo in the country. All I can say is, he was absolutely correct.

I should add one point - if I remember correctly, you can buy a yearly pass for the cost of 2 or 3 tickets - which, if you like zoos, and a great day out with the family, I would highly HIGHLY recommend.


(Adrian Salt) Colchester Zoo Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:23:57 GMT
Kedem Wine Tasting Event The kedem wine tasting event at the Park Lane Hotel went off with amazing success. It was the largest kosher wine tasting event of the year with around 1000 visitors. At £50 per ticket, you'd expect to be impressed. There were 5000 of one of the most expensive kosher chocolates from the company 'innovative' with each piece costing £1 each (that's £5000 worth of free chocolate alone that was given out!)


(Adrian Salt) Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:54:18 GMT
Morning at Elstree These were a few photos I was able to take last Friday morning at Elstree Aerodrome, ICAO code EGTR. G-JREO was captured as it came in for a landing in a fairly strong wind. This was one of my favourites - you can see the pilot looking down at his shut-down checklist against the foreground blur of the other GA aircraft.

(Adrian Salt) Elstree Elstree Aerodrome Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:41:19 GMT