Frazer is real whiz kid
PUPILS at Rephad Primary School in Stranraer will all be glued to the television on Tuesday when primary six pupil, Frazer Sweeney, appears on the BBC childrens programme 'Whizz, Whizz, Bang, Bang.'
Ten year old Frazer was chosen to appear on the programme because of his talent as an inventor. So far, he has thought up an incinerator that turns rubbish into water and a car that turns the petrol fumes into steam.
The Galloway Gazette went along to see Frazer yesterday (THURSDAY) to hear more about him and his inventions.
"I have always been interested in inventing things, especially to help stop pollution, " he said. "The incinerator I invented burns the rubbish, then turns the smoke into steam, the steam into condensation and the condensation into water.
"The pollution free car works like this. You put the petrol in, the fumes from the engine then go into a condenser and are turned into steam which comes out of the exhaust."
Frazer entered a competition through his school and was one of only 16 children selected from all over the country to take part in the BBC programme. The kids were filmed making a rocket which ends up being test driven by 'The Stig' from Top Gear.
Frazer continues: "We have to turn a rocket desk into a rocket bed and then attach an engine to it for The Stig to drive it around. it was great fun and the programme was filmed on various days from November last year to the end of January. We filmed at the Top Gear test track, Cambridge, Beith the TV studios in Glasgow and in Holland."
Over there, Frazer and his companions were given a guided tour of the European Space Centre in the Netherlands and were filmed beside the Ariane 5 space rocket.
"That was very exciting!", said Frazer, "I am very interested in space and was at the NASA centre on holiday once."
Frazer, who wants to be an inventor when he grows up, says his mum and dad, Catrina and Ian are very proud of him, as are all the staff and pupils of Rephad.
Head teacher Pat Martin said: "He's a star - in every way."
Whizz, Whizz, Bang, Bang is on BBC1 on Tuesday, March 6th, 4pm-4.30pm.
RELATIONS between utility Scottish Water and South Machars communities have been patched up after a crisis meeting in Whithorn last Friday night.
But proceedings got off to a rocky start when members of the public turned up to the closed-doors parley - and local councillor Alistair Geddes (picturd left) was so incensed his constituents were barred from coming in that he vacated the chair.
MSP Alex Fergusson took over the chairman's duties, while Mr Geddes had his say from the floor.
GALLOWAY extended its international sporting ties last week when two tambourelli players met with Italy's under Secretary of State for Sport.
Malcolm Heyes and Elizabeth Tindal, from Scottish Tambourelli met with the Elidio de Paoli the Italian in Sardinia, where they were epresenting Scotland at a meeting of the International Tambourelli Federation - la Fdration Internationale de Balle au Tambourin.
Representative from the national federations of Italy, France, Catalonia, Germany, Hungary, England and Japan also attended.
The meeting was held to discuss ways in which the Tambourelli group of games can be developed.
Elizabeth Tindal said: "The presence of the Sports Minister was significant as the Italian Federation are waiting news of a €150,000 grant from the government to host the World Tambourello Championship which will involve not just Italy and Scotland and other countries round Europe, but for the first time can include other Tambourelli playing countries such as Brazil and Cuba."
Scotland will host the under 16's World Tambourelli Championships in June 2007 and in 2008. Both the under-16 and adult World Championships are to be held in Dumfries and Galloway.
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