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ey all you trendy big kids out there. want
to know what the big air and land toys
are this summer 2’ Well tottgh cox here‘s a wixened old cynic to tell you he doesn‘t understand why you would want to do anything else but sit on the grass. drink cider and smoke dak. but it you must keep busy here‘s the Top Six Must Haves. . . allegedly.
Adult Space Hoppers
Undoubtedly the big toy this season. this will have you whistling the theme tune to the Duttblt’ Ut’t‘kt’I‘S even il’ you‘re too young to remember it. This is a brilliant piece of retro revisionism that requires zero skill while making the User look impishly cute. Also doubles as a conversation piece Scando furnishing when you linally settle down with the one woman who understands that you will always be a juvenile delinquent.
2) DISCRAFT CHAMELION
1 759 light sensitive frisbees
This is great — stick your hand on it and you get a crazy outline as it changes with the ultraviolets. If you thought lrisbccs were what you got given with cases of Australian beer then you would be wrong. This is a competition standard li‘isbee designed for L'ltimate Frisbee. it comes in six
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dil’l‘erent colours and is actually quite a lot ol‘
fun: because ot’ its line design and weight it doesn't tend to fall on pensioners heads or cause major car accidents involving rabid dogs.
3) POWER KITES, TRACTION KITES, WATER LAUNCHABLE KITES, BUGGIES AND DELTA KITES
(Flexifoil prices vary)
This is where things get serious these are all high energy ways ol~ ﬂying a kite. Those who love it really love it. It is advised however that il‘ you are a beginner that you go on the Introduction to Kite 'li‘action (‘ourse (£50 for one-day course) run by Wind Things (www.windthings.co.uk) in lidinburgh. They are part ol‘ the British Buggie .-\ssociation and all instruction is with qualilied instructors. Longniddry. (iullen and Troon are some of the beaches ol'ten used. This is invariably expensive but by all accounts highly addictive.
4) AEROBIE PROS
(Wide selection starting £9.99)
‘I know Chuck. lets take the centre otit ol'a lrisbec and market them.’ (‘alil‘ornians — hey can't love em. can’t kill em. These are ﬂying rings and triangular boomerangs. Bright colours and lots ot‘ different models will have you emptying your pocket quicker than you can say: ‘Didn‘t I Used to have one of these in the garage." Good fun and very well made though.
5) JUGGLING BALLS
(Jac £10.50 for set of 3);
DIABLO BEGINNERS (£9.95)
That old classic ol' the too much lree time on our hands lraternity still clinging in there at number live tnate — once the province ol‘ crusties and street perl'ormers now surely the uncrowned prince ol‘ middle class pagan pleasurctime. Beltanetastic mate?
6) REIGN OF THE DINOSAURS
l)tio-tronics dinosaur that is controlled by a hand set. It may impress that dolly you l‘ancy down the park lot“ about live seconds.
Whatever you do in your local parks enjoy your toys co/ lets face it in the words ol' Bobby Dylan. ‘lt’s all just a dream babe. a vacuumless scheme babe that sucks trs into l'eeling like this.‘
Special thanks to Stuart at Wind Things. Glasgow Stockists: The Big Top, 45 King Street, 0141 552 7763; Free Spirit, Braehead Shopping Centre, 0141 885 1002; Natural World, Buchanan Galleries, 0141 354 0062. Edinburgh Stockists: Vlﬁnd Things, 11 Cowgatehead, 0131 622 7032; Natural World, Princes Mall, 0131 556 3659; Jenners, Princes Street, 0131 225 2442; Another Planet, 34 Ashley Terrace, 0700 0782589.
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