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Take it to the limit.

IF Drop the Celebrity is your idea of hell above earth but you still want to fly, try paragliding.

The chute or canopy simply lifts you gently into the air. It's a truly mind-blowing way to get airborne, yet if you're in experienced hands, it's very safe.

You can take off from hills or even sand dunes and steer the gliders with handles attached to a set of strings, much like a giant kite. Just for a one-off paragliding thrill, several flying schools offer tandem rides or a one-day introductory course ... all dependent on the unpredictable turns in weather, of course.

Make sure you fly with a registered flying school, and, if you're going tandem, that the pilot is a trained and registered dual pilot. The minimum age is 14.

CONTACTS:

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association: Tel: 01162611322.

Email: office@bhpa.co.uk Web: www.bhpa.co.uk The BHPA will also tell you more about their Flyability scheme for people with disabilities.www.flyability.org.uk

Scottish Hang Gliding and Paragliding Federation:Tel: 0131-317 6260 (day), 01875-610644 (eve).

Cloudbusters: 2 Inchmurrin Drive, Glasgow, G73 5 RT.

www.cloudbusters.supanet.com

Parapente Ecosse, Another Planet, Ashley Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 1 RE. Tel: 0131-3370072.

www.another-planet.com

Flying FeverTel: 0141-6346688 or log on to the web at2 Coastguard House, Kildonan, Isle of Arran. Tel: 01770-820292.

Extreme ParaglidingThe Coffee Shop, Farriers Hotel, Woodland Park, Alva FK12 5 HU. Tel: 01259-763000.

www.extremeparagliding.co.uk

Adventure ExtremeVictoria Cottage, Tomintoul, Banffshire AB37 9 ET. Tel: 01807-580723.

BLOKARTS is a sport that gets the adrenaline pumping, 40 mph plus, your bum four inches off the ground, no engine, no brakes, just a whole pile of speed and manoeuvrability. Blokarts are the 21st century answer to ye olde landyachte, and the whole kit comes in a bag that fits in any car boot it's heavy, but perfectly manageable.

And you can't beat this for instant fun. You climb in, you strap up, you take off. The Blokart has handlebar steering and one mainsheet. The wind takes you, and you speed up or slow down by pulling in or letting out the mainsheet.

It's simplicity and design means it is perfect for all ages from 7-70 and for wheelchair users. Blokarts will perform on any flat (ish) surface, including grass.

Some outdoor education departments have Blokarts. For info on where they are, contact Tom Duffin at Another Planet (address above) Tel: 0131-337 0072. Fax: 0131-337 4753. E-mail: info@anotherplanet.com or visit www.another-planet.com
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