A few weeks back I got asked whether I'd be interested in getting involved with the LoveCravendale campaign and experience one of their Adventure sessions. Now normally I wouldn't say I'm much of a sporty person (unless you count running around at events), but this past summer has been quite a sporty one! I got to run in a triathlon, I went paint balling, I've tried to go trampolining regularly and I've started commuting (I know, I know, not something new for most of you, but this is the first time I've had to do that here in London)!

Love Cravendale is the new rewards club from Cravendale (obviously), which allows you to collect points and earn special experiences. They've got a range of experiences: go karting, scuba diving,samba lessons, laser tag, guitar lessons, paint balling, the list goes on and on.

So what experience did they select for me? Segway Rally!

I have to admit I wasn't completely sure what to expect. Ages ago at BarcampLondon 3 I got to have a go on one of the Segways at the Google offices and crashed bumped it into a wall. I remember just not being able to completely wrap my brain around how to ride the thing. So I was a bit nervous to see what would happen this time…

I shouldn't have worried. Much.

The session starts off with a proper instruction and safety briefing, where you get to learn how to ride a Segway. It really is quite weird and still doesn't completely feel natural to me. The more you lean forward and push your weight forward, the faster it goes; to make it stop, you need to move your weight back. What I think threw me more though was the steering: you need to tilt the handlebars to the left and right. I think I'm just so used to bikes that I keep wanting to use it like that (which throws you completely off balance).

After the safety briefing, we got to rally! The track was pretty interesting; lots of corners, one "hill" and quite a couple of bumps. You actually end up being able to go quite fast and have a couple of microseconds of air time at certain points on the track! I have to admit I did end up crashing after taking a corner too quick and luckily managed to jump away before I hurt myself. It did give me a bit of a shock though, and I didn't really dare go faster after that.

It was definitely fun though! Surprisingly what hurt the most afterwards were my toes. Somehow the leaning forwards and backwards made me use my toes much more than normal. Who would have thought?

If you're interested in having your own adventure experience, check out the list on the Love Cravendale site.

Disclaimer: this article is sponsored by Cravendale. They provided me with a free Segway Rally experience at SegKind – RAF Museum Hendon.

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It’s interesting to see how far technology has come in so little time. It’s slightly more than 10 years ago when I started university and I’m just amazed at the differences! I didn’t even have a laptop when I started out, while kids nowadays are spoilt with the choices they have. I’ve always wondering though what I would have done if I had to choose between a laptop and a tablet. Which of the two would have been handier for me during uni?

Answer: don’t choose.

I love the idea of the HP Envy x2: a notebook with a HD Touch display that can be used as a tablet as well. Sigh, this would have made my life so much easier back then!

HP Envyx2

Do you want to be a supervillain? Here are some tips that might be of use:

10 Ways to Be a Better Super Villain - Jacamo

10 Ways to Be a Better Super Villain – An infographic by the team at Jacamo

It’s Skyfall day! As I said in my previous post, I’m so excited to see this movie. I’ve heard so many good reviews about it and am really curious to see if it’s any good. I loved loved loved Casino Royale, and hated Quantum of Solace. We need a good Bond movie again! Are you planning to see Skyfall this weekend?

Our second Bond related post of the day is this fun campaign from Heineken for the new Skyfall movie. Help Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe to crack the case, in this interactive personal experience. Do you have what it takes to be a special agent?

So did you play it? I did find it funny seeing my own photo placed everywhere; I chose a black and white photo of myself and thought they managed to embed it quite neatly. I was a bit disappointed by the game though. I was expecting at least a bit of code cracking or puzzling, but all you need to do is find the case and click on it. If that’s all it takes to become a special agent…

Disclaimer: this article is sponsored by Ebuzzing. All thoughts and opinions are my own though.