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How to blow up a balloon



How to blow up a balloon



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Now I know the secret Bill. I will follow the guidelines.
Bill Phillips: It is easy when you know how Frances smile
A well-told cautionary tale...
Bill Phillips: Not getting them stuck in the tree next to our stall was also a challenge!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Oct 2011, 01:31
Thanks, Bill.

Now it is all clear, and I have ideas for my supplemented retirement...I'll run classes to teach folks this ancient skill!
Bill Phillips: It takes considerable practice to get this right
Training new clown recruits perhaps?
Bill Phillips: LOL! close, Our Lions club!
This is great fun Bill... fine presentation... is the instructor one of your used to be friendsgrin....petersmile
Bill Phillips: He will be if he sees this grin
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Oct 2011, 06:49
a fine instruction I could have used for my pupils - "exact description of the procedure" was an importan topic in the German lesson we had often to exercise. (But I'm afraid I had as teacher to avoid the verb 'to blow', but some giggle might enliven the lesson!) Did you blow up, too, or did you only photograph?
Bill Phillips: I only took the pictures. Over 1000 balloons were launched and the one that travelled the farthest landed near Whitby in Yorkshire which is about 200 miles
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Oct 2011, 07:41
I have taken notes so all is good
Bill Phillips: Health and safety vintage. They had to be trained
This is a highly inflated load of waffle and is just the same as a lot of hot air.

Glad to see the the English are maintaing standards. One man pretending to do some work whilst five others stand around telling him what to do.
Bill Phillips: It is one way to solve unemployment
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Oct 2011, 07:48
I am sitting here marvelling at your ability to tell a complex story so well
Bill Phillips: I am waiting for someone to twig the significance of the song.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Oct 2011, 08:50
I'm concerned that the guy doing most of the work is not wearing a high visibility vest, nor goggles, nor hard hat, nor safety safety gloves and possibly no safety boots. I'm really surprised that he lived!
Bill Phillips: He was handling that deadly gas Helium too!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Oct 2011, 08:55
Is the significance with the song was that Tim Hardin wrote "If I were a carpenter" and the tables in in the marquees are made of wood?

...or have I missed the point? wink
Bill Phillips: Totally grin Tim Hardin was a heroin addict and the song is about heroin which, apparently, was supplied in red balloons. A blue surprise was an over strength dose which could kill you.
I did training for many years. Good job on breaking it down but especially for using photos and humour.
Bill Phillips: I remember once having to describe to a "blind" person how to open a box of matches and light one. The course instructor did exactly what he was told. After we had picked the matches up off the floor.....
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 13 Oct 2011, 11:48
Wonderful photo journalism!
Bill Phillips: thank you very much Beth
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 13 Oct 2011, 12:19
Personally I would simply use a stick of dynamite.
Bill Phillips: OK let me retitle this "How to inflate a balloon"
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Oct 2011, 12:48
Ha ha ha, Excellent instructions of how to blow one up, It comes with pictures to which really help! Well put together Bill smile
Bill Phillips: A plain man's guide
Plan B. Inhale deeply. Place open end of balloon to lips. Blow as hard as you can. If unsuccessful revert to plan A.
Bill Phillips: Ah but these are filled with Helium, not CO2 grin
I must say you have some very clever people over in the West Midlands, I've always wondered how to do this and have always managed to get my finger stuck.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Oct 2011, 19:41
the Tim Hardin reference (once you had explained it) gives another dimension to the very amusing sequence

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