Zumba fitness – a big surprise to many people is the fact that the biggest selling title of the year on the Nintendo Wii is not a shoot-em-up or a sports game but Zumba Fitness from 505 Games.
The Zumba Fitness title is used in conjunction with the Wii Balance Board and is also available on the PlayStation 3 for use with the PlayStation Move and the Xbox 360 for use with its Kinetic controller. The Zumba Fitness titles are all based on the Latin inspired Zumba dance fitness program which was developed by the Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez.
You can tell that Zumba is an extremely active dance when you hear that it incorporates elements from salsa, samba, mambo, merengue, hip-hop, martial arts and Bollywood. Add into this squats, lunges and some belly dancing and you begin to get the idea what zumba is all about.
With the original Zumba Fitness title shifting around 1m units it was no great surprise when it was announced that there was a second title due to be released last month. The official announcement of the sequel was made during an advertising break in the X Factor.
Zumba Fitness 2 is expected to sell extremely well in the run up to Christmas and very unusually for a title for games systems its main target audience is women. With fitness and weight reduction on everyone’s mind after the festive season it is expected to take the good run of sales through to the post-Christmas period as well.
On the Wii platform the original Zumba Fitness will cost you around £20 with Zumba Fitness 2 setting you back about £25. As well as letting you get fit at home on your own you can also invite some friends round to get involved with you. The whole zumba craze has been a very social thing.
The health benefits of zumba are appreciated by many fitness experts and one of the NHS Primary Care Trusts in the North East has even decided to run zumba classes to keep its staff fit and well.
Stonehenge – the ancient monument finds itself in the hot and trending charts after it was suggested that it be lit at night.
The discussion on a change at the site began after Lady Mimi Pakenham, of Warminster, in Wiltshire, raised the idea in The Times. She said: “The magic of Stonehenge could be shared every evening with all who pass, many of whom can’t afford a ticket, just as it was a magical place thousands of years ago, sometimes with the Moon and clouds shining as well. With subtle lighting sunk well out of view and endless possibilities of solar energy, the monumental power of ancient man’s achievement in another age would inspire all who pass by. Perhaps in depressing times a cocktail of cost-free magic is the very least we can expect from the guardians of the national heritage.”
For all her enthusiasm and well-chosen words it appears that not everyone agrees with Lady Mimi about illuminating the ancient site. One of the reasons for this is that the site is thought to have originally used the stones to link not just with the sun but also the moon and the night stars and many feel that lighting the monument would spoil the authenticity of the experience at Stonehenge. Those opposing the change include the unusual partners of scientists and Druids.
One further point against illuminating the site is the possibility of an increase in road accidents caused by people on the nearby road slowing down to look at Stonehenge. The site was in fact previously lit up in the late 70’s and early 80’s and this ceased due an increase in road accidents at that time.
Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire 8 miles north of Salisbury and just to the west of the town of Amesbury by the A303 road. The monument is believed to have been constructed sometime between 3000 and 2000 BC.
The 2 main mysteries associated with Stonehenge are how the huge stones got put into place so long ago and what was the site used for? With regard to its function as well as being a burial ground the site is thought to have been used for worship and also healing.