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Choose your own adventure… in North East England

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Do you remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? I collected them. I adored them. They. Were. Brilliant.

If you don’t recall them, they were children’s stories that asked you to determine the narrative. You were presented with several options, each leading to a different page of the book. You’d choose one, turn to the corresponding page, continue the story and then have to choose once more. You could enjoy the books again and again and experience a different adventure every time. Magical.

I mentioned recently I was going to be part of the world – North East England – over August, and that I’d be sharing my travels on Twitter. Well now, with a doff of the cap to my favourite childhood books (and the Twitchhiker project, obviously), I’m going to be handing over control of my adventures to Twitter.

The regional tourism agency has an online Adventure Generator packed with all the activities North East England has to offer. There are some very pleasant jaunts to be had – clambering up lighthouses, stargazing etc – and then there are activities that scare the living daylights out of me – bungee jumping, abseiling and other extreme nonsense that has no place outside of Queenstown.

So every day next week, the Adventure Generator will randomly spit out three suggestions for me to tackle on the same day the following week. You’ll then get to vote on which adventure I have to attempt, through a poll I’ll tweet through my @twitchhiker account. For five days, my life will be in your hands.

I’ll tweet during each adventure and provide plenty of TwitPics and AudioBoos – they’ll probably be of me screaming like a girl. Bloody hell, I’ve just looked. There’s parachuting too. I ain’t getting on no plane.

It’ll be a (mostly) fun way to promote the region and what it has to offer. I’m North East born and bred so I’m quite looking forward to showing off what a brilliant corner of the world this is. Quite. So long as you remember I’m scared of heights, water and certain death. Which, coincidentally, is how nearly all my Choose Your Own Adventure stories ended.


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I suppose there’s a certain correllation as well between heights, water and certain death😉 I feel reasonably comfortable with the middle one, but the other are more troublesome.
How and where will the voting be done, and is there any registration involved?
Loved the original twitchhiker idea, and this looks like a good one too. And I got curious about those books. Shame I don’t live in the UK anymore; I guess browsing second hand books in Norway won’t leave my much chance of coming across them😉

Comment by @flholst

This isn’t another project like Twitchhiker, more of a chance to promote this neck of the woods and have some fun doing it.

Each day next week (13th to the 17th) I’ll post a poll on my @twitchhiker Twitter account. Anybody who uses Twitter can vote – they don’t have to follow me. On the same day the following week (20th to the 24th) I’ll attempt the activity chosen by tweeps.

The books were brilliant – those and the Magic Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton have always stuck with me. And Danny, The Champion of the World!

Comment by Paul

I only ever made it as far as one or two Five-books from Enid Blyton’s production, but plwoed through the better part of Roald Dahl’s books, mostly in translation though. Charlie and the Chocolate factory was translated by my grandfather, which might go some way to explain the abundance of Roald Dahl books going around the family.
Anyway, I really like both the adventure generator and your way of promoting it. Sadly, my only experience of the North East is the ferry to Norway, but I look forward to you facing what’s on offer. And to have my say in what you choose.

Comment by @flholst

Please be gentle with me🙂

Comment by Paul

As a fellow suffere of vertigo – do we have a name, by the way? – I’ll try to be gentle. But I have a feeling that you’ll get more adventurous as you go along. But if something looks too good to miss, I might have to subject you to som eminor trials😉

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