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 MALCOLM GOODMAN
THE KITEMAN
My web site is intended for everyone, for those who know nothing at all about kites, kite enthusiasts, students seeking information for projects, etc, etc. For whatever reason you have visited my site I hope you will enjoy your stay and get a better understanding and insight into this fascinating subject and the magic of kite flying.

WARNING BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER
Kite flying can be contagious and could seriously affect your bank balance.
Kite flying is a harmonious blend of culture, art and science and nearly everyone at sometime in their lives has found enjoyment and pleasure when flying a kite. Most still regard a kite as a childrens toy and know very little about its origins and fascinating history.

Kites have been in existence for nearly 3000 years and have given pleasure to millions of people over the centuries. They have also been used for religious and ceremonial occasions, fishing, manlifting, life saving, signalling, pulling vehicles and experiments of all kinds, also from its humble beginning it was the kite which led to the development of one of mankinds greatest inventions, that of the aeroplane.

 From those early days, kite flying has come a long way and with the development of hi-tec lightweight materials and the enthusiasm and skills of so many kite makers, kite flying is now one of the fastest growing pastimes/sports in the world. In fact there are probably now more adults flying kites than children!

                                                           The following pages will include
  • A guide through the history and origins of the kite, from its early beginnings in the Far East to its spread across Asia and introduction into Europe.
  • images, artwork and cultural background of kites from China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • pictures of some of my favourite kites collected over the past 30 years which form one of the largest private and comprehensive collections of Oriental kites in the world, most of which carry descriptions.
  • pictures and videos I have taken of kites and kite festivals in China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Europe. Also some classic stunt/sports kite moments including Top of the Line, Hawaiian Delights, Ray Bethell, Sky Dance, AirKraft, the Decorators etc.
  • a section on kite surfing and power kiting.
  • a gallery of some of the worlds most beautiful kites and their makers.
  • how to make a simple kite, the best place to launch it and how it flies.
  • links to other kite sites.
  • festival dates and information.
  • how the Kiteman can help you.

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IF YOU WANT TO E-MAIL ME MY ADDRESS IS
malcolm.goodman@virgin.net