My World Scout Jamboree 2015 Kit List (v1.3)

I’ve been lucky enough to be selected to go as an International Service Team (IST) member to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan during 2015. Having been to a few Jamborees before I know what to pack! Below you can see my kit list, and at the bottom a PDF you can download to print off to use as your own packing list checker.

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Learning Sign Language

I’ve retaken up an interest in learning (British) Sign Language, I first started learning in middle school and then dropped the interest entirely in Secondary school, partially because there were no obvious ‘clubs’ let alone a ‘Sign’ one. At University I received a bit of a culture shock at the first Freshers Fair; so many clubs and Soc’s to choose from! In the end I whittled it down to 2, first choice was the University of Bristol Guide and Scout (UBGAS) Club, after 15 years of Scouting I was hardly going to give it up now! The second choice was the Kayaking club with the intention of completing the Physical part of my Queen Scout Award (which I now have 😉 ).

At the beginning of my second year I joined the Sign Society (which was Monday nights) but one day in the Student Offices I was asked to sit at a computer and rig up a picture in Photoshop (v7.0). The closest I’d ever come to doing anything like that was in 1996 using Paint Shop Pro (v3.14) which was probably around at v8.0 then. Anyway, PS made things so easy compared to PSP and I enjoyed it so much I started helping out with the Student Publications and in doing so found what I wanted to do as a career, but they also met on Monday night. 🙁

So with Scouting and Design taking up the remainder of my time in academia I didn’t get to continue my Signing. Now with no Schooling, and no F/T Job to fill my days I started scouring the web for some services to encourage my learning. The search has been fruitful, and I’ve gotten some positive feedback on the forums I’ve posted queries on. I’ve had 2 emails asking how my search went, one of which was from Sarah she’s a PhD student focusing on “the ways in which the internet-based technologies of ‘Web 2.0′ are changing and perpetuating disability” which is right up my street, also in a recent post she mentions Douglas Adams so we know she also has good taste!

So at the bequest of Sarah and knowing that some Facebook friends also Sign I’ve listed some of the resources I’ve found and my thoughts about them below.

Learning Sign Language

Signed Language

Description: Has all the basic signs for everyday life, topics and questions as well as other forms of communication for and with deaf people.

Thoughts: I really like the content of this site, it talks about learning BSL and the culture surrounding its use. A lot to read with advertising that isn’t intrusive or obstructive, so its a good karma site.

British Sign Language

Description: A site using moving pictures to show the basic signs for British Sign Language.

Thoughts: A great dictionary, mostly containing nouns and pronouns although there are some Adjectives and Adverbs there too.

British Sign

Description: Learn British Sign Language.

Thoughts: If you really want to further your Sign Skills this seems like a well developed place to start. Its got some free resources but there are more comprehensive video dictionaries out there. Some of the advanced resources are for sale.

Sign Language Lookups

Mobile Sign

Description: Sign Language Help to your mobile.

Thoughts: What an excellent online resource, if only you could get the information directly to your brain… Sarah pointed me at this one.

Qia Resources 4 ICT

Description: Deaf professionals and BSL specialists have now come together to translate terminology used in ICT, and you can see these signs at this website.

Thoughts: I can easily image as new words are created for new mediums (the word blog for example) which is a portmanteau of web and log how would you sign it? Spell it every time? I think not. This site aims to facilitate standardisation of these terms.

Spread the Sign (GB)

Description: The sign language dictionary for the world – 100% Free

Thoughts: Free, free you say? Great! This is an international sign directory. I’ve pointed you at the Great Britain / United Kingdom bit.

Learning Sign on a theme

Science Signs

Description: the online BSL/English glossary for science education

Art Signs

Description: An online British Sign Language (BSL)/English glossary for art, design and communication.

Engineering Signs

Description: The online BSL/English glossary for engineering and the built environment

Sign Language Fun

Beautiful BSL

Description: Deaf Comedian – John Smith is a profoundly Deaf BSL user. Following on from his hugely successful, first stand up appearance…

Thoughts: I think this would be a good goal to set myself, learn to read and say Sign with enough confidence to want to go see a show. (There are many ways to have fun with Signing, this is just one I thought to mention.) Article about him being in the Guardian.

Signed Stories

Description: Lots of great books to see in sign language and subtitles.

Thoughts: After you’ve learnt to say a vocabulary you’ll need practice reading one and I think kids stories would be a rather good start, the short and direct sentences mean that you can pick out what you don’t know easier and learn it whilst you watch. I’m going to start with Not Now Bernard and the King Rollo stories which I watched as a Child.

Link Directories

Deaf 247

Description: Directory of British Sign Language and deaf related resources.

Thoughts: Its got a fold-under and 3 large and intrusive link banners, 1 of which overlaps content if your monitor isn’t wide enough which to me drops a its ‘spam karma’ to about zero, however looking beyond its spam connotations there are many links to deaf sites, and a few sparkling to useful Sign sites.


If you happen to know of any websites that are worth a look but are unfortunately hard to find I’ve love if you’d post a link here so I can have a look.

Watch the IMDB top 250 films Bucket List Item

I’ve made a snapshot of the imdb top 250 films, I’ve completely watched 105 films on the current list and partially seen around a dozen more. There are several films on that list as someone that considers themselves a casual film buff to not have seen all the way through is embarrassing and they are The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Lawrence of Arabia, The Shining, Jaws, The Exorcist and Spartacus. I don’t know what is is that prevented me from seeing them all the way through, but there always seem to be interruptions or distractions that pull be away and I never get to pick them up later. There is one movie that I watched as a child but I’ve not really watched it since, as a Romantic Drama I’ve always wanted to watch it with a girl, sadly I’ve never found one willing to snuggle up and watch it with 🙁 so I consider it unseen despite having watched it ages ago.

Rank Rating Title Votes
1 9.1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 411,695
2 9.1 The Godfather (1972) 343,797
3 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 198,944
4 8.9 Buono, il brutto, il cattivo., Il (1966) 120,477
5 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 338,757
6 8.9 The Dark Knight (2008) 352,491
7 8.8 Schindler’s List (1993) 224,623
8 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 172,264
9 8.8 12 Angry Men (1957) 86,956
10 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 233,002
11 8.8 Casablanca (1942) 141,914
12 8.8 Star Wars (1977) 274,821
13 8.8 Shichinin no samurai (1954) 80,582
14 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 298,996
15 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 186,085
16 8.7 Rear Window (1954) 97,211
17 8.7 Cidade de Deus (2002) 127,973
18 8.7 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 207,884
19 8.7 C’era una volta il West (1968) 57,331
20 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 327,115
21 8.7 Fight Club (1999) 306,886
22 8.7 The Usual Suspects (1995) 224,738
23 8.7 Psycho (1960) 117,832
24 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 202,157
25 8.6 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 43,191
26 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 133,101
27 8.6 Memento (2000) 221,048
28 8.6 North by Northwest (1959) 77,356
29 8.6 The Matrix (1999) 315,225
30 8.6 Citizen Kane (1941) 119,154
31 8.6 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 85,660
32 8.6 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 273,063
33 8.6 Se7en (1995) 224,587
34 8.6 Léon (1994) 157,512
35 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 144,907
36 8.5 American Beauty (1999) 245,415
37 8.5 Taxi Driver (1976) 125,196
38 8.5 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 67,220
39 8.5 American History X (1998) 178,905
40 8.5 WALL·E (2008) 122,152
41 8.5 Vertigo (1958) 75,436
42 8.5 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 88,408
43 8.5 Paths of Glory (1957) 35,944
44 8.5 Forrest Gump (1994) 239,946
45 8.5 Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) 147,057
46 8.5 M (1931) 32,113
47 8.5 Double Indemnity (1944) 29,441
48 8.5 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 69,158
49 8.5 Alien (1979) 147,198
50 8.5 The Departed (2006) 206,482
51 8.5 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 158,811
52 8.5 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 26,764
53 8.5 Das Leben der Anderen (2006) 52,650
54 8.5 The Third Man (1949) 42,064
55 8.4 The Shining (1980) 142,239
56 8.4 Chinatown (1974) 63,989
57 8.4 The Pianist (2002) 103,002
58 8.4 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 224,293
59 8.4 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 176,356
60 8.4 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) 78,630
61 8.4 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 187,025
62 8.4 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 132,647
63 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 146,853
64 8.4 L.A. Confidential (1997) 140,739
65 8.4 Aliens (1986) 139,782
66 8.4 Das Boot (1981) 59,425
67 8.4 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 49,140
68 8.4 City Lights (1931) 20,874
69 8.4 Laberinto del fauno, El (2006) 118,983
70 8.4 The Wrestler (2008) 39,043
71 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 173,416
72 8.4 Rashômon (1950) 31,237
73 8.4 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 43,020
74 8.4 Raging Bull (1980) 73,279
75 8.4 All About Eve (1950) 29,129
76 8.4 Modern Times (1936) 28,036
77 8.3 Der Untergang (2004) 62,897
78 8.3 Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 45,788
79 8.3 Metropolis (1927) 31,503
80 8.3 Rebecca (1940) 28,712
81 8.3 Gran Torino (2008) 42,573
82 8.3 Some Like It Hot (1959) 55,469
83 8.3 The Prestige (2006) 153,149
84 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 80,311
85 8.3 Vita è bella, La (1997) 87,365
86 8.3 The Elephant Man (1980) 46,234
87 8.3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 133,597
88 8.3 The Apartment (1960) 28,933
89 8.3 Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) 36,086
90 8.3 The Great Escape (1963) 50,632
91 8.3 Sin City (2005) 207,492
92 8.3 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 122,430
93 8.3 The Great Dictator (1940) 29,046
94 8.3 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 57,532
95 8.3 The Sting (1973) 54,341
96 8.3 Touch of Evil (1958) 26,677
97 8.3 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 27,435
98 8.3 Ladri di biciclette (1948) 20,788
99 8.3 On the Waterfront (1954) 33,155
100 8.3 Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957) 29,023
101 8.3 Back to the Future (1985) 163,198
102 8.3 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 72,901
103 8.3 No Country for Old Men (2007) 153,394
104 8.3 Braveheart (1995) 201,656
105 8.3 Batman Begins (2005) 222,466
106 8.3 Jaws (1975) 114,441
107 8.3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 145,554
108 8.3 Strangers on a Train (1951) 27,300
109 8.3 Blade Runner (1982) 155,550
110 8.3 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) 178,943
111 8.3 Unforgiven (1992) 77,933
112 8.2 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 29,636
113 8.2 The Green Mile (1999) 157,563
114 8.2 Notorious (1946) 25,486
115 8.2 High Noon (1952) 28,124
116 8.2 The Big Sleep (1946) 23,816
117 8.2 Oldboy (2003) 71,960
118 8.2 There Will Be Blood (2007) 99,169
119 8.2 Gladiator (2000) 226,984
120 8.2 Fargo (1996) 138,749
121 8.2 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 36,665
122 8.2 Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) 32,639
123 8.2 The Wizard of Oz (1939) 85,745
124 8.2 Die Hard (1988) 148,753
125 8.2 Mononoke-hime (1997) 52,481
126 8.2 The General (1927) 15,963
127 8.2 Donnie Darko (2001) 170,042
128 8.2 Yojimbo (1961) 23,597
129 8.2 Ran (1985) 28,408
130 8.2 Smultronstället (1957) 16,526
131 8.2 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 13,923
132 8.2 Watchmen (2009) 17,112
133 8.2 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) 10,156
134 8.2 Annie Hall (1977) 53,073
135 8.2 It Happened One Night (1934) 19,829
136 8.2 Heat (1995) 117,478
137 8.2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 188,272
138 8.2 Salaire de la peur, Le (1953) 10,814
139 8.2 The Deer Hunter (1978) 71,765
140 8.2 The Sixth Sense (1999) 202,286
141 8.2 Platoon (1986) 89,548
142 8.2 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 73,647
143 8.2 Into the Wild (2007) 63,228
144 8.2 Ben-Hur (1959) 48,011
145 8.2 Million Dollar Baby (2004) 110,474
146 8.2 Notti di Cabiria, Le (1957) 8,353
147 8.1 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 112,761
148 8.1 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 10,854
149 8.1 Life of Brian (1979) 77,525
150 8.1 Diaboliques, Les (1955) 10,892
151 8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 47,378
152 8.1 (1963) 22,627
153 8.1 The Big Lebowski (1998) 142,476
154 8.1 Ratatouille (2007) 99,758
155 8.1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 18,779
156 8.1 The Killing (1956) 19,691
157 8.1 Snatch. (2000) 135,764
158 8.1 Amores perros (2000) 48,964
159 8.1 The Graduate (1967) 63,699
160 8.1 Finding Nemo (2003) 130,803
161 8.1 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 19,893
162 8.1 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 46,844
163 8.1 Stand by Me (1986) 73,598
164 8.1 Brief Encounter (1945) 10,275
165 8.1 The Gold Rush (1925) 16,509
166 8.1 Gandhi (1982) 40,685
167 8.1 The Wild Bunch (1969) 25,298
168 8.1 Gone with the Wind (1939) 63,911
169 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 123,353
170 8.1 V for Vendetta (2005) 175,393
171 8.1 Scarface (1983) 120,662
172 8.1 The Lion King (1994) 104,349
173 8.1 The Thing (1982) 60,305
174 8.1 The Princess Bride (1987) 107,413
175 8.1 Groundhog Day (1993) 108,885
176 8.1 Harvey (1950) 18,939
177 8.1 The Incredibles (2004) 127,287
178 8.1 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 16,670
179 8.1 Toy Story (1995) 113,832
180 8.1 Sleuth (1972) 13,463
181 8.1 Battaglia di Algeri, La (1966) 10,408
182 8.1 Umberto D. (1952) 6,598
183 8.1 The Hustler (1961) 20,709
184 8.1 Children of Men (2006) 124,197
185 8.1 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) 8,507
186 8.1 The Terminator (1984) 140,937
187 8.1 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 138,760
188 8.0 The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) 7,014
189 8.0 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 14,169
190 8.0 The Kid (1921) 9,812
191 8.0 Låt den rätte komma in (2008) 15,807
192 8.0 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 99,450
193 8.0 The African Queen (1951) 28,523
194 8.0 Duck Soup (1933) 21,860
195 8.0 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) 42,232
196 8.0 Stalag 17 (1953) 16,999
197 8.0 The Lady Vanishes (1938) 14,102
198 8.0 The Conversation (1974) 26,028
199 8.0 Hotaru no haka (1988) 26,223
200 8.0 Casino (1995) 85,901
201 8.0 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 18,766
202 8.0 In Bruges (2008) 59,167
203 8.0 Dial M for Murder (1954) 22,928
204 8.0 King Kong (1933) 31,631
205 8.0 Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (2007) 20,073
206 8.0 Ed Wood (1994) 60,032
207 8.0 Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 12,626
208 8.0 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 17,235
209 8.0 Crash (2004/I) 141,394
210 8.0 The Exorcist (1973) 83,682
211 8.0 The Lost Weekend (1945) 9,619
212 8.0 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 26,794
213 8.0 Rope (1948) 24,230
214 8.0 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 27,711
215 8.0 Bonnie and Clyde (1967) 32,839
216 8.0 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 146,680
217 8.0 Rosemary’s Baby (1968) 39,206
218 8.0 Patton (1970) 32,660
219 8.0 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 15,118
220 8.0 Strada, La (1954) 13,782
221 8.0 His Girl Friday (1940) 16,735
222 8.0 Wo hu cang long (2000) 94,181
223 8.0 Frankenstein (1931) 18,791
224 8.0 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) 6,943
225 8.0 Glory (1989) 47,600
226 8.0 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) 23,553
227 8.0 Changeling (2008) 27,473
228 8.0 Safety Last! (1923) 3,907
229 8.0 Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 119,042
230 8.0 The Philadelphia Story (1940) 23,099
231 8.0 Magnolia (1999) 103,163
232 8.0 Network (1976) 25,543
233 8.0 Manhattan (1979) 31,014
234 8.0 Big Fish (2003) 109,978
235 8.0 Roman Holiday (1953) 24,874
236 8.0 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 24,694
237 8.0 Mystic River (2003) 93,073
238 8.0 Spartacus (1960) 41,207
239 8.0 In the Heat of the Night (1967) 18,532
240 8.0 Laura (1944) 11,296
241 8.0 Dolce vita, La (1960) 15,709
242 8.0 Great Expectations (1946) 7,754
243 8.0 Coraline (2009) 7,294
244 8.0 Rocky (1976) 72,862
245 8.0 Frost/Nixon (2008) 16,214
246 8.0 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 19,267
247 8.0 Harold and Maude (1971) 23,188
248 8.0 Belle et la bête, La (1946) 7,992
249 8.0 Good Will Hunting (1997) 119,491
250 8.0 Tonari no Totoro (1988) 21,248

25 Random Things

It’s doing the rounds and I’ve finally given in; these circulars are silly but they’re also fun to review after a year or so, plus it helps you to get to know me a little better if you’ve merely popped by my blog rather than being an avid reader.


Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

  1. I used to be a pretty good amateur dancer.
  2. And I purposely did a worse job of hiding being a Scout than one as a child.
  3. I started dancing because it was better than sitting on the sidelines whilst my sister did it for 3 hours each Saturday.
  4. I eventually went to competitions and won enough trophies to fill 3 shoeboxes.
  5. I still do the odd bit of dance in Scout/Guide Gang Shows.
  6. Before I was in a Gang Show I was in a Theatre Group for a year.
  7. Funnily enough my Secondary school aptitude test listed my top 2 careers as: 1) Actor, 2) Naval Architect.
  8. I have never pursued acting as a career although the skills section of my resume would be quite broad.
  9. I’m not an Architect either, although I like to think the creativity of acting + precision of architecture = Graphic Design.
  10. Scouting is still a major influence in my Life.
  11. I got my first real taste of confidence in myself at 18, and I owe it to one person.
  12. Oneday I hope to thoroughly convey the scope of my gratitude.
  13. Whilst I am very grateful to my teachers I think I could’ve learnt more at School if I had been educated using a different teaching method.
  14. Despite this, most of my grades were ‘B’ or better but I got at least one of every letter E-A*.
  15. Quote: “Smart enough to act stupid”.
  16. I will not let my children go to Sixth form, they will go to College, and University will be optional.
  17. Despite having 2 gap years I didn’t have enough life experience to choose a degree that would led to a career I would enjoy.
  18. But if I hadn’t gone I wouldn’t know what I enjoy (Drawing/Design).
  19. I believe I have designer skills equal to a 2nd year design student, despite having having a job as one.
  20. I’m very critical of myself and don’t take praise well if I don’t believe it first.
  21. Hence my natural instinct is to undersell myself.
  22. My New Year’s Resolutions tend to be to spend the year exploring a different personality trait, if I like the result I try to make it stick, if I don’t, I shrug it off with something else the following year.
  23. Socially I’m a Switch, I can be the Leader of a group or a member.
  24. Likewise I can have two minds about something, and alternate views in an argument sometimes confusing the responder!
  25. This means that I sometimes take the opposite role for daft propositions which makes me look dopey but lets me explore the root of someone else’s conclusion which is great for familiarity and I find fun.

Whilst this list is 25 items long I’ve actually told you more than 25 pieces of random information about myself and where possible connected them (however obscurely) to the preceding one. Don’t forget to ping back!

The 2009 Film Season and planned Productions

This list is by no means exhaustive, merely a collection of films I’ve heard about or have a particular interest in for either content, continually or composition. I probably won’t go to see all of them at the cinema but quite certainly I will the starred ones, as such I wouldn’t mind accompaniment so let me know about a week or so before.

Dated

Websites you’ll visit once (maybe twice)

When I happen across a site with a uniquely absurd purpose, useful in the remotest likelihood I’ll need it again but not useful enough to remember, I save it. I’ve decided to share the best of the feckless bookmark bunch with you for humorous purposes,

Effectively Dating for Socks, you loose one sock or find another? This is the place to reunite them. It’s quite scarey the distances that socks manage to travel without their owners.

I don’t know how accurate other people need to me but usually I get away with the 12 places on my calculator. The guys either had a lot of hot linking problems or has made so many index pages so it gets more hits on the adsense. Bypass the junk indexes to the number here

Have you ever been watching a television series and felt its still going despite now being completely interesting? The urban phrase used for this occasion is that it has “jumped the shark”, it comes from during the series Happy Days when ‘The Fonze’ jumps a shark to try and hike up ratings. See also “Nuke the Fridge”.

Aria, as in Opera. Opera is a dramatic work which combines a text (called a libretto) and a musical score, it is also a rather good internet browser, this site is about music. You never know you might want to look up the Le Nozze di Figaro from the Shawshank Redemption.

Similar to Google Maps but on the moon, will be very useful when we get a moonbase like our parents were promised in the 70s and 80s. You’ll be able to plan you journey from your residential bubble to your friends with exact directions and timings, although at 1/6th Earths gravity you might be able to get there a little quicker.

Five websites with just enough information to entertain you but not really enough to make you check everyday. Drop a comment to let me know if you actually make use of them.