Big Brother unicycle sighting

I saw the Big Brother house unicycle in action last night, the four remaining
competitors have been challenged to learn to tightrope walk, juggle and uni this
week, Craig at least can ride so far. He was seen riding about the house last
night, with resonable control.

sarah

RE: Big Brother unicycle sighting

> Rob Stone wrote:
> > also they dont ever adjust the seat height !
>
> Does anybody know if they were given any instructions on how to ride?

Not adjusting the seat, and not wearing padding (and not having any real
instructions) is still how the majority of people learn to unicycle. I’m not
saying that’s the way it should be, just the way it is.

> a thing). Having millions of people watch a group learning to ride sounds like
> an excellent opportunity - but these people are presumably only learning
> because they’ve been told to, not because they want to. Hmm. I wonder if any
> of them will continue to ride after the challenge…

It’s interesting because very few people learn to unicycle because someone tells
them to. Almost all school programs that use unicycles are elective. The average
learner has the motivation, for whatever reason, that they want to ride it.
Those guys did too, I guess. They did very well if they were able to go 10
seconds after only a few days.

More power to them, and I hope they stick with it on the show! Too bad we can’t
see it over on this side of the Atlantic…

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“Are we eating Chinese again tonight?” – More than one rider in China
at UNICON X

Re: Big Brother unicycle sighting

In article <hb66p8.pn.ln@vimes.u-net.com>, Sarah Miller
<sarah@vimes.u-net.com> wrote:

>I saw the Big Brother house unicycle in action last night, the four remaining
>competitors have been challenged to learn to tightrope walk, juggle and uni
>this week, Craig at least can ride so far. He was seen riding about the house
>last night, with resonable control.
>
>sarah

no wrist guards for them i emailed big brother and said i hope no one broke
their wrists fallig off and sued :slight_smile:

also they dont ever adjust the seat height !

– Rob.

… Rob
Stone, Psychology, University of York, York, YO10 5DD. 01904 433161 chat about
BJC2k and BJC14 at http://www.bjc2k.york.ac.uk/

Re: Big Brother unicycle sighting

John Foss wrote:
> Not adjusting the seat, and not wearing padding (and not having any real
> instructions) is still how the majority of people learn to unicycle. I’m not
> saying that’s the way it should be, just the way it is.

Agreed - although it’s probably why a lot a people don’t learn to ride their
unicycle and it gathers dust in the garage. The thing about this programme
though is that the people are completely dependent on being provided the
information - they can’t surf the web or nip down to the local juggling shop to
get the information for themselves…

> It’s interesting because very few people learn to unicycle because someone
> tells them to. Almost all school programs that use unicycles are elective. The
> average learner has the motivation, for whatever reason, that they want to
> ride it. Those guys did too, I guess. They did very well if they were able to
> go 10 seconds after only a few days.

Yup.

> More power to them, and I hope they stick with it on the show!

I think this is where real gains could be made - if any of them enjoy it enough
to continue even when they don’t have to. Trouble is, when they can ride it from
one side of the room to the other, I wonder if they’ll think that’s all there is
to be done. We need someone to pop in there and show them the joys of
freemounting, idling, riding backwards etc.
:slight_smile:

> Too bad we can’t see it over on this side of the Atlantic…

Hey, you got Kris Holm on Ripley’s - this one’s ours. :wink:

Regards, Mark.

Fujitsu Telecom Europe Ltd,| o Solihull Parkway, | In the land of the
pedestrian, /|\ Birmingham Business Park, | the one-wheeled man is king. <<
Birmingham, ENGLAND. | O

Re: Big Brother unicycle sighting

Just to answer your “Too bad we can’t see it over on this side of the
Atlantic…” you can see it: http://www.bigbrother.terra.com/

Happy viewing… join the ranks of Neil and a few million others

Roger


 The UK's Unicycle Source <a href="http://www.unicycle.uk.com/">http://www.unicycle.uk.com/</a>

----- Original Message ----- From: “John Foss” <john_foss@asinet.com> To: “‘Mark
Wiggins’” <M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk>; <unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Thursday,
September 07, 2000 5:09 PM Subject: RE: Big Brother unicycle sighting

> > Rob Stone wrote:
> > > also they dont ever adjust the seat height !
> >
> > Does anybody know if they were given any instructions on how to ride?
>
> Not adjusting the seat, and not wearing padding (and not having any real
> instructions) is still how the majority of people learn to unicycle. I’m
not
> saying that’s the way it should be, just the way it is.
>
> > a thing). Having millions of people watch a group learning to ride sounds
> > like an excellent opportunity - but these people are presumably only
> > learning because they’ve been told to, not because they want to. Hmm. I
> > wonder if any of them will continue to ride after the challenge…
>
> It’s interesting because very few people learn to unicycle because someone
> tells them to. Almost all school programs that use unicycles are elective. The
> average learner has the motivation, for whatever reason, that they
want
> to ride it. Those guys did too, I guess. They did very well if they were able
> to go 10 seconds after only a few days.
>
> More power to them, and I hope they stick with it on the show! Too bad we
> can’t see it over on this side of the Atlantic…
>
> John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com
>
> “Are we eating Chinese again tonight?” – More than one rider in China at
> UNICON X

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Rob Stone wrote:
> also they dont ever adjust the seat height !

Does anybody know if they were given any instructions on how to ride?

I wonder if it’ll turn out to be good or bad publicity (if there is such a
thing). Having millions of people watch a group learning to ride sounds like an
excellent opportunity - but these people are presumably only learning because
they’ve been told to, not because they want to. Hmm. I wonder if any of them
will continue to ride after the challenge…

As for progress being made, it sounds like they’re doing well - but then I wish
someone’d tell me I’d got to spend a few weeks doing nothing. No you’re not
allowed to go to work, you’ve got to stay in and ride this unicycle… :slight_smile:

Regards, Mark.

Fujitsu Telecom Europe Ltd,| o Solihull Parkway, | In the land of the
pedestrian, /|\ Birmingham Business Park, | the one-wheeled man is king. <<
Birmingham, ENGLAND. | O

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Mark,

I would have thought that they did not have instructions of how to ride because
they were all riding with the seat too low.

I have noticed that the number of hits to unicycle.uk.com have doubled this week
and sales are also up. So I would conclude that it has not been bad for
unicycling, several people have mentioned that they were inspired by Big Brother
to get a unicycle.

Roger

 The UK's Unicycle Source <a href="http://www.unicycle.uk.com/">http://www.unicycle.uk.com/</a>

----- Original Message ----- From: “Mark Wiggins” <M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk> To:
<unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 4:02 PM Subject:
Re: Big Brother unicycle sighting

> Rob Stone wrote:
> > also they dont ever adjust the seat height !
>
> Does anybody know if they were given any instructions on how to ride?
>
> I wonder if it’ll turn out to be good or bad publicity (if there is such a
> thing). Having millions of people watch a group learning to ride sounds like
> an excellent opportunity - but these people are presumably only learning
> because they’ve been told to, not because they want to. Hmm. I wonder if any
> of them will continue to ride after the challenge…
>
> As for progress being made, it sounds like they’re doing well - but then I
> wish someone’d tell me I’d got to spend a few weeks doing nothing. No you’re
> not allowed to go to work, you’ve got to stay in and ride this unicycle… :slight_smile:
>
> Regards, Mark.
>
> –
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Fujitsu Telecom Europe Ltd,| o Solihull Parkway, | In the land of the
> pedestrian, /|\ Birmingham Business Park, | the one-wheeled man is king. <<
> Birmingham, ENGLAND. | O
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------

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unicycleSourceUK wrote:
> I would have thought that they did not have instructions of how to ride
> because they were all riding with the seat too low.

In that case, they’re doing very well to get anywhere on it.

> I have noticed that the number of hits to unicycle.uk.com have doubled this
> week and sales are also up. So I would conclude that it has not been bad for
> unicycling, several people have mentioned that they were inspired by Big
> Brother to get a unicycle.

Excellent. I knew the programme must be useful for something. :slight_smile:

Regards, Mark.

Fujitsu Telecom Europe Ltd,| o Solihull Parkway, | In the land of the
pedestrian, /|\ Birmingham Business Park, | the one-wheeled man is king. <<
Birmingham, ENGLAND. | O

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Mark Wiggins <M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk> wrote:
: I wish someone’d tell me I’d got to spend a few weeks doing nothing. No you’re
: not allowed to go to work, you’ve got to stay in and ride this unicycle… :slight_smile:

Wouldn’t it be nice, just think of the damage you could do to that poor little T
cycle learning new tricks. I think that after 2 months I’d be thinking about
sleeping with it too.

sarah

RE: Big Brother unicycle sighting

First off - I do have a life but still insist on watching Big Brother :wink:

As part of the weekly task all 4 folk had to ride a uni for 10 seconds.
Apparently only Darren and Andy managed the time. Pretty good given they’ve only
had a few days in which to learn.

Neil

-----Original Message----- From: sarah@vimes.u-net.com
[mailto:sarah@vimes.u-net.com] Sent: 06 September 2000 20:36 To:
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I saw the Big Brother house unicycle in action last night, the four remaining
competitors have been challenged to learn to tightrope walk, juggle and uni this
week, Craig at least can ride so far. He was seen riding about the house last
night, with resonable control.

sarah

Re: Big Brother unicycle sighting

You would think that out of all 4 of them in the big brother house that
they could understand and see that the seat too low i mean its like
soooooooooo low!!!

in article LAEOIAKHMFAECKPLEGMAIEEKCCAA.n.dunlop@kildrummy.co.uk, Neil Dunlop at
n.dunlop@kildrummy.co.uk wrote on 7/9/00 9:42 am:

> First off - I do have a life but still insist on watching Big Brother :wink:
>
> As part of the weekly task all 4 folk had to ride a uni for 10 seconds.
> Apparently only Darren and Andy managed the time.

Is it just me or has this not happened until tonight (thursday) so can you see
into the future. if you can will you teach me!!! Pretty good given they’ve

> only had a few days in which to learn.
>
> Neil
>
> -----Original Message----- From: sarah@vimes.u-net.com
> [mailto:sarah@vimes.u-net.com] Sent: 06 September 2000 20:36 To:
> unicycling@winternet.com Subject: Big Brother unicycle sighting
> Importance: Low
>
> I saw the Big Brother house unicycle in action last night, the four remaining
> competitors have been challenged to learn to tightrope walk, juggle and uni
> this week, Craig at least can ride so far. He was seen riding about the house
> last night, with resonable control.
>
> sarah

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Is it just me or has this not happened until tonight (thursday) so can you see
into the future. if you can will you teach me!!!

I gained my all seeing psychic powers by catching Radio 1 on Thursday morning.
They gleefully announced their failure to complete the task. Failure’s not the
right word but it’ll have to do. They all did really well - especially since
they didn’t have anywhere long enough to ride in a straight line and had to
turn as well.

Neil

Re: Big Brother unicycle sighting

Craig Won,

When asked to pick any item from the HOUSE as a memento he picked the unicycle!

Taste !!!

Leo White

i just read the big brother unicyclist thing and remembered that they did that on the australian big brother aswell.
only one managed to be able to even get on it. not bad for only about 4 days

hey the guys on the australian big brother sucked at just about all the clowning stuff, they all had the same prob. no instructions, no idea and not enough room. was funny to watch though

tim

i worhsip jesus

I did not get the front end of this thread. I’m using a newsgroup service
and newsgroup reader that very reliable. Is this about some Communist
unicycle plot or about the organization to help boys?

yoshi wrote:
>
> i just read the big brother unicyclist thing and remembered that they
> did that on the australian big brother aswell. only one managed to be
> able to even get on it. not bad for only about 4 days
>
> –
> yoshi Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

It’s an old thread resurrected from the dead. Big Brother is a reality TV show where a group of people are stuck in a house voting each other out, not some communist plot (AFAIK).

Archived thread at: http://unicyclist.com/thread/10670

Nah, Blair (the unicycle attempter from Australian Big Brother I) didn’t
make any headway on the uni at all. With a helper either side, absolutely
no distance was travelled at all, just a lot instances of the uni flicking
out from underneath the moment any pedal was pressed.

Yes, amusing to watch, but doomed right from the start, because the
time/effort it would have taken for any of the housemates to succeed at
that particular circus task was unrealistic.

He was pretty astounded that it seemed so impossible, since he was an avid
bicyclist.

One of the girls (Christina) did well on the stilts (former ballerina,
very fit and active), another guy juggled 3.

And now my own confession (in relation to Aust Big Bro). That was the
first episode I watched, the week they had the circus tasks, because I
knew it would be amusing(for me) watching them underestimate the unicycle.

Then I ended up watching a bit too much of it from then on, after having
never set eyes on it in the previous approx. 5 wks.

sigh

The US and UK Big Brother shows have had similar tasks, so I expect that,
in due course, we’ll have many more Big Brother uni sightings!!

What I though would be cool would be if you already had the skill (like
us all here) and pretended you didn’t, until the task assessment time,
when you’d just magically pull-it-out-of-the-bag !! Heh heh!

The “Big Brother” to which we refer is only tenuously related to George
Orwell, 1984, Communism, et al.

Most countries around the world have tried this particular “reality TV”
formula: A dozen people chosen to live in a house, cameras constantly
scrutinizing them. To stop it being even more boring (for the
participants and the viewers) compulsory activities and tasks were
assigned, one of which was a series of “circus” tasks, incuding props such
as stilts, unicycle, juggling balls. The successful (or not) completion of
the tasks affectd the grocery budget for the following wk. Occupants
inside the hose have no contact with anyone/thing outside the house, and
no media (tv/radio/music) inside the house. One occupant evicted each week
by general public phone poll (from three nominees) until eventually one
“winner” walks away with the $$$.

I hope this hasn’t been too off topic !!

The “Big Brother” to which we refer is only tenuously related to George
Orwell, 1984, Communism, et al.

Most countries around the world have tried this particular “reality TV”
formula: A dozen people chosen to live in a house, cameras constantly
scrutinizing them. To stop it being even more boring (for the
participants and the viewers) compulsory activities and tasks were
assigned, one of which was a series of “circus” tasks, incuding props such
as stilts, unicycle, juggling balls. The successful (or not) completion of
the tasks affectd the grocery budget for the following wk. Occupants
inside the hose have no contact with anyone/thing outside the house, and
no media (tv/radio/music) inside the house. One occupant evicted each week
by general public phone poll (from three nominees) until eventually one
“winner” walks away with the $$$.

I hope this hasn’t been too off topic !!