Dear Aquila, Recently I made Jacob Buckton’s paper aeroplane (Vol XIV, 2/3) ‘The Jacob Buckton Flyer’. I thought it was very good. I used his paper aeroplane and tested different methods of throwing it. I discovered that the best method was to use the technique of throwing a shot in a shot-put event. To do this you unbend your arm vertically. I found this so effective that it glided over the hedge and landed on the far side of my neighbour’s garden!
From Mark L
Dear Aquila, Hi, your magazine is the best ever! In reply to Madeleine Wagner’s letter, I also do ballet and have done an exam and some shows. I also think it would be good if you did an issue on famous ballets or ballerinas. As Madeleine said, boys are put off because they think it’s ‘girlie’, but we have a boys’ class and one of them has gone on to ballet school! I have seen a lot of ballets, like The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Snowman, Sleeping Beauty
performed by The Russian Ballet and I’ve seen a lot of modern ballet
as well. Also, in response
to your ‘railways’
theme in the double summer issue, I once went on a steam train in the North Yorkshire Moors and at one point
we went over a gorge! From Nicola Way
Dear Aquila, I feel very strongly about global warming and in recent weeks my family and I have become more aware and are going green as much as we can. I feel strongly for the following reasons: • I have been doing research into it and I have discovered that our grandchildren if we are going to have any are going to be affected.
• It could turn Britain to be as hot as Iberia • Millions of polar animals could be wiped out • I have learnt some amazing facts like, if people only breathed in once in the time that you would usually breathe three times, then we would stop 30,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide entering our atmosphere!
On a brighter note here are some helpful tips to see if your house is green. 1. Check if you have energy efficient light bulbs. 2. If you have one, instead of using an oven or a stove, use a slow-cooker, you’ll be surprised what you can cook with a decent slow-cooker recipe book.
3. Make a compost heap. In answer to anyone who has unusual hobbies, I enjoy
building, painting and playing with Warhammer, (a type of war game with small models). If anyone else enjoys this will they tell me? I really recommend it! I am going on a train journey soon to Istanbul and I am
really looking forward to it. In response to Emily Maw (Vol XIII, 11), well done for writing
such a huge letter and I recommend the book Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French. I thought AQUILA’s Wordworm page about Cockney
rhyming slang was excellent. There is a boy in my class at school who is a Cockney, who uses it all the time! From William Maclean, age 9
Dear Aquila, I love your magazine. It is really cool. In response to Riona Stewart (Vol XIV, 2/3) The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence are a very good read and they were made into a TV show on BBC2. Please can you do a page on American Independence Day and an issue on dogs, in particular, Border Terriers, because they are my favourite breed.
From Ellie Porter, age 10
P.S. I think people should learn about ‘Fair trade’, D please can you do a page on it.
I love your magazine! I also love animals, especially orang-utans; I have adopted one from WWF, which I think is a wonderful charity. Next month my friend and I are selling cakes at a coffee morning and giving the money to WWF. I think that animal testing is ok if it’s helping cure diseases but I think it’s wrong if it’s just for cosmetics. I play the flute, guitar and recorder,
so I like music. I hope you like this poem:
O Y G B I
ed dances like a firefly, while passers by say an ‘oohing aahing’ sigh,
range hops across the sand, making magic whenever she lands,
ellow skips across the sea, making waves of honesty,
reen runs through the meadow, laughing loudly like a cello,
lue jumps into the sky, spreads his wings and learns to fly,
ndigo has lots of fun, right until the setting sun,
iolet goes underground, spreading light throughout the town. From Lily, age 11
Dear Aquila, First of all I have to say I love your magazine and in agreement with Madeleine Wagner, it is so much better than teen magazines. Also in reply, I love ‘rock n roll’ dancing; I do it with my partner Lucy. A lot of people think I’m
very weird, because I love DRAGONS. Most people think I’m crazy but I love them, I think they’re just amazing. Although I don’t really believe they are still around, but I think that they once were. I also have the whole DRAGONOLOGY
collection. From Jessica Leggatt
P.S. If anyone would be interested I would gladly explain anything to do with dragons to them and give them a lesson!
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