Eurovision Party – May 14

Last year we had a wonderful skater party for the Eurovision song contest. Guess what? This year we’re having another!

Where better to laugh at Blue get whupped in a celebration of european harmony, dance routines and fire than in the company of your fellow skaters at The Smithfield Tavern, Saturday May 14th – 7pm for the show to begin at 8pm.

For those wondering who to support Рthe Romanian entry is British Рdu-te Rom̢nia!!
Full details of the party on the Facebook event page:

The Naked Figures

This is a little article about the history of the LFNS Facebook page, which might also be known as the story of what a lot of naughty people like. Why? Read on!

Most people see Facebook as a bit of a double edged sword. Yes it’s giving us something very useful and utilitarian, but we kind of hate how it owns us. You’re aware, we hope, that Facebook gathers statistics about you. All of that data is visible to Facebook, but some is made visible to the administrators of Facebook pages, like us here at the LFNS. We don’t get to see much, just accumulated statistics specific to our page. Concerning our fans we see your distribution by age, gender and location, but nothing personal is visible. Concerning our page, we see number of likes & unlikes, number of photos and videos consumed and, most interestingly for the purposes of this article, the number of hits per day our Facebook page receives.

So here’s a pretty graph captured from Facebook. It’s the graph of hits-per-day on the LFNS Facebook page since it was established. We thought it might be fun to explore this graph a little and in particular to examine some of the spikes that are visible there. Let’s start at the left and move toward the right – forward through time.

(If you’re reading this in WoW, the graph is here:

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LFNS Facebook Page Views By Date

London Friday Night Skate established its Facebook page in early April 2010. LFNS already had a Facebook group, so when on Wednesday 7th April 2010 we announced to the existing Facebook group and in Week On Wheels the creation of our new Facebook page there was a predictable spike of interest which is the peak at far left of the graph. Logical.

Moving rightwards the next major spike occurred on Friday April 30th 2010. That spike corresponded to this:

This was the day an email asking for “birthday donations” to support the LFNS was received by many of our fans. Then, as now, the LFNS does not seek donations via PayPal and anybody who does is not us (and you should remember that). Our rebuttal and warnings about the dubious nature of that email resulted in a spike of Facebook page views, likes and comments. Which shows that when it comes to making something interesting a bit of scandal goes a long way.

The next minor spike occured on May 30th 2010 and near as we can tell this correlates with the publication of photos from the LFNS Eurovision Skate, which was followed by an after party:

It’s happening again this year by the way, the LFNS Eurovision Skate 2011 is scheduled for Friday May 13th (next week!). There will also be a party at the Smithfield Tavern on Saturday May 14th to watch the Eurovision telecast.

The next rather bigger spike in page views took place on September 11th 2010. But as to why … we really don’t know! Nothing much special seems to have happened on September 11th. It was a Saturday, we didn’t publish any news or photos that day, it’s really a bit of a mystery! It corresponded with a spike in new “likes” – 29 new fans liked our page that day, but we’re not sure why. Do you know why?

Not surprisingly between November 2010 and March 2011 there aren’t many spikes and page views were generally down. It was winter, weather was bad, skating was in hibernation. Even LondonSantaSkate got snowed off. Things didn’t pick up again until March, when the weather turned nice and we started to acquire lots of new fans.

Then the biggest spike so far – it’s that one towards the right – came on March 29th 2011. It’s more than double the peak achieved on the mysterious September 11. What happened that day? Two things. The *second* thing was publication of this:

Which is pretty cool. March 29th was the day we got our 1000th page like. Neat, a bit of a milestone, but it’s not the whole story. The *first* thing we published on March 29th, was this:

That’s right, the Naked Skate did it. Our April Fools day Naked Skate announcement caused the biggest spike in page views thus far in the history of the LFNS Facebook page. Well, well, well then. It’s nice to know what gets you all interested, you naughty, naughty people!

Since March 29th a run of good weather, a lot of new fans and the regular posting of Stroll and LFNS photos has resulted in a series of spikes and a general rise in activity which is likely to continue through the summer … or until the next Naked Skate announcement.

So there you go. Was this article interesting for you? You can always give feedback on our Facebook page 😉

Brighton Skate 2011 Season Opener – May 3rd!

If the fine Easter weather we’ve experienced manages to stick around in coming weeks then can you imagine anything better than skating along the beautiful sunset beachfront of Brighton?

BRIGHTON SKATE send word that their 2011 season opener will be held on Tuesday May 3rd at 7pm! The first Brighton Skate of the season will be a special extra long event starting from 7pm at the West Pier Skate pad. There will be a Meet ‘n’ Greet, Jam skate and Slalom session followed by an extended tour of Brighton town center with mobile music. Best of all, it’s free.

Thereafter Brighton Skate plan to meet every Tuesday through the summer until September. Skates are organized through a Facebook group and forum thread which are linked to below and that’s also where weather call information is posted.

Take your skates to Brighton therefore and if it’s a Tuesday in the summer time be at the West Pier Skate pad in time for BRIGHTON SKATE departure!

Facebook Group:

Facebook Event:

Serp Rd thread:

London Inline Marathon – Early bird catches the paceline

The London Inline Marathon is now just over 4 weeks away and preparations are in full *arm*swing.

Early-bird registration fees are held until the 8th of May, and with time rolling by quicker than a skater in lycra, don’t delay getting your entry in.

And remember:  In addition to the full marathon race, there’s also the half-marathon race, which is the equivalent to an LFNS plus skating from and to your nearest pub / tube station / bus stop.  So really, there’s no reason not to be at the start line come Sunday, the 22nd of May.

For full details, go to:

Easter Eggstravaganza 2011!

Cribbins skaters! Easter Skate Bunny is out of bed and ready to go! The full Easter programme is available on the LFNS website but I shall nevertheless bore you by repeating some salient points here!

On Friday the Long Good Friday Night Skate starts at SEVEN PM!! That’s one hour earlier than usual!! It’s also three hours long instead of two. If you forget or cannot make the 7pm start you should be able to join at one of the breaks, which are:

7pm – Depart Hyde Park Corner
8pm – First break at Liverpool St
9pm – Second break at Paddington
10p – Finish back at Hyde Park Corner

On Saturday there will be lessons with Skatefresh in Hyde Park, see Easter programme for details…

BunnyStroll: On Sunday at 2pm The Easter Bunny Stroll runs in parallel with the Easter Baby Bunny Wobble. Participants are positively encouraged to dress their Easter best for both events. Show us your inner chicklet! Expose your chocolate heart! Reveal that provocative but empowering bunny outfit you’ve had hidden in the wardrobe since last year 😉

Egg & Spoon Race: On Sunday after 4pm will be the traditional chocolate Egg n Spoon races on Serpentine Road.

PARTY!! At 7pm we host our annual Easter Bunny Party at the Smithfield Tavern. The Smithfield will be putting on a veg curry for a couple of quid a bowl like they did for Halloween, so if you’re looking for food consider it!

And finally on Monday there will be the Easter Slalom Showdown, also on the Serpentine Road in Hyde Park. Look for the cones with a crowd around them!

So it’s all go-go-go, let’s have a great weekend skating!

Was That Your First Sunday Stroll?

It’s the season when many new people join us for their first Sunday Stroll on skates! New folks may not be aware, but there’s an old if not entirely diligently maintained tradition of giving first time Strollers a congratulatory mention in Week On Wheels. In the spirit of reviving an oft-neglected tradition therefore this week we’d like to congratulate Mark Davies – owner of one of London’s most respected skate schools; mere ICP 3 qualified inline skating instructor-examiner – that’s someone who examines other instructors to award them their qualifications, one of only eight in the world – on taking time out from teaching this week to enjoy his first ever Sunday Stroll! Well done Mark! That only took ten years or so eh? 😉

Now if Mark can manage a Stroll clearly anyone can. Was Sunday your first time? Your friend’s first time? If it was well done you and welcome to the crowd! Was it as good for you as it was for us? Give us a shout out and we’ll give you one right back. WoW takes pride in welcoming all our new skaters. We love you all and love to watch you grow and improve too, just let us know who you are and keep coming back!

Free Skating Lessons with Skatefresh – Easter Saturday April 23

Free skating lessons with some of London’s top skate instructors from Skatefresh!
These will take place at The Boathouse on Serpentine Road
* 1-3pm Matt teaching intermediate level.  Dependent upon those present, one or two of the following skills may be covered: Linked Parallel Turns, T-stopping, basic backwards skating and turning, forward crossovers.
* 1-2pm Jo teaching kids and families (beginners or improvers).
* 2-3pm Alex teaching adult beginners.
* 4pm Practice club at the Albert Memorial.

The Easter Baby Bunny Wobble – Easter Sunday April 24

New for 2011 – It seems that babies are on-trend this year, which often means that parents are off skates. If your family isn’t ready for street skating yet, come join the “Wobble”. We will picnic by the bandstand, then dress up to watch the Easter Bunny Stroll leave the park, and make our way by skate, scooter, bike, chariot, pram or feet along Serpentine Road to the beach for a picnic and play until the Skate returns. Extra lengths of Serp Road, scooter slalom, kit sharing and laps of the park may occur. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For more details or questions see the thread on Serpentine Road