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During a recent conversation about dystopian novels, the George Orwell classic 1984 was inevitably mentioned. In the novel, Big Brother wants to reduce number of words in the language in order to control people, for example, to stop people having ideas about ousting the authorities. This led us to thinking about how useful a minimal language might be. Due to our interest in adventure and world travel, we thought that it would be beneficial if everyone on the planet could learn a world language containing a minimal number of words, i.e. an essential vocabulary. That way speaking abroad would be easier. Wherever you travel you can also be assured that people can help you with your basic needs. Conversely, you can always help or assist a foreigner who is visiting or travelling through your country. A widely spoken second language is sometimes referred to as an auxiliary language.

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Many of us like to go for a walk along the riverside or a canal tow path. Most of the inland waterways in Britain are looked after by British Waterways, who conduct an annual survey of the wildlife on our canals and rivers. The survey is carried out by the general public, who report sightings of wildlife that they have seen whilst out and about on our canals and rivers. Last year, people taking part in the wildlife survey reported more than 42,500 sightings of nearly 300 different species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects and mammals making their homes on our canals and rivers.

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As you may remember in October 2009 we spoke to the RSPB’s Northwest Campaign Talks Officer John Loder, about the society’s Birds Of Prey Campaign. Six months on we can report that the campaign has been an overwhelming success.

John has asked me to pass on his thanks to the CheapTents.com readers, for your interest in the campaign and support he and the society have received in trying to stop illegal killing of birds of prey.

John used the support he has received from the public to get political support from the Barbara Keeley MP (Deputy Leader of the House of Commons) who has backed the campaign.

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The North Face Mica 12 is a 3 season one man, lightweight tent perfect for mountain marathons or solo hikes and cycle tours.  The mica 12 is fairly lightweight weighing only 1.39kg. The tent looks great with striking asymmetric lines.

The North Face Mica 12 Lightweight tent with and without flysheet

The North Face Mica 12 Lightweight tent with and without flysheet

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When it comes to Adventure Racing, Ian Adamson has achieved phenomenal success, winning the World Championships no less than six times! He has achieved fifteen world championship podium finishes and fourteen international adventure race championship titles, including Eco-Challenge and Primal Quest.

Ian Adamson, the worlds most successful Adventure Racer

Ian Adamson: Adventure Racer and Kayaker

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The Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust are holding a 30th Anniversary Lecture called Boundless Horizons – Great first ascents achieved beyond Everest in the greater ranges. The talk will be given by their patron Sir Christian Bonington at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 3rd June.

The funds raised by the lecture will go towards subsidising young people on their Scottish and Alpine training courses. They provide a very worthwile service and thousands of students have benefited from their courses over the last thirty years. At only £10 per ticket it is a great opportunity to support the trust as well as getting to hear Sir Chris Bonington, one of Britains most sucessful mountaineers. For more details on the Jonathan Conville memorial trust and to find out how to buy tickets  for the event see below.

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At last the waiting is over and the Harrogate Climbing Wall is now open.

Get yourselves down here and get climbing.

Harrogate Climbing Centre (HCC) offers both indoor climbing and bouldering, as well indoor and outdoor climbing courses and qualifications. On offer are taster courses for people new to climbing, beginners courses and courses for climbers to develop their skills and even leader courses.

The Harrogate Climbing Centre's Indoor Climbing Wall

HCC's 14 meter multi-angled climbing wall.

The main indoor climbing wall is a whopping 14 meter multi-angled wall, designed by Entre-Prises. Climbing grades range from 3+ to 8a. There is also a bouldering section which features problems from V0 – V8, as well as a Fr7b stamina circuit.

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