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  1. Heres a couple; T-Express (lucky shot over a fence); Eveyone's shot at DCA;
  2. I was there a couple of months ago ; there is a room full of fast-pass-like machines (setup near Space Mountain); You scan your park-ticket(s), enter your ticket "requirements" (show/time/number of peeps) on a screen and it spurts out (or not) the tickets;
  3. Half Pipe at Don Quijote http://rcdb.com/3383.htm (but it never opened)
  4. ^^ think that last image/rendering is flipped L-R? (or the first two are?) Either way, all looking very nice!
  5. I had never been to any of these sort of Halloween events before, but I made it to HHN this year; twice. On a Thursday and then the Sunday 2 weeks ago. Well I REALLY enjoyed it. Yes, there were Qs but thats the sign of popularity isn't it - so I bought the Express pass for the second night. I encountered the roaming hoards lots of times and managed the mazes a few times each. Bill&Ted I enjoyed, thought it was a good (& quite long) show - maybe the Circus show a bit less so, but even then it was worth doing. I realise I don't have "previous HHN" to compare it to, but if that made me enjoy it and its putting other people off, more power to me I suggest! Can't control the weather, and I guess it'd be pretty meh in the rain (did get rain for an hour or so on the Sunday) - but if you can look at the weather forecast, get an express-pass and have a happy attitude, I'd expect you to have a good time!
  6. It was definately working, but just a bit hard to spot unless you are looking for it! -- Waiting around outside the park for my friends with the tickets to arrive; SWARM-1 Looks good as you approach it then; SWARM-2 I liked the station fly-over bit (both on ride and off ride); SWARM-3 And the themeing on the control box was just great! SWARM-4 Its a very quiet ride (themed sound effects apart) SWARM-5 And I didn't realise there was a little manta-like splash thingy... it was a bit hard to see to be honest but it was working. SWARM-6 And the near-misses are good; SWARM-7 SWARM-8 SWARM-9 Instead of closing the park at 4pm, they did a evactuation drill at 4pm - fair enough really. Now everybody wave at the nice random girl waving to you in the picture. SWARM-10
  7. I'd heard that the media day was on the 9th, 10th was a Merlin Friends&Family day (at Thorpe) and 11th the same @Legoland. (could be well wrong about the media day, but I have a friend&family connection, so Saturday is looking good for me )
  8. Theres a cool video of that place over on the photographer Trey Ratcliff's site; http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2011/11/07/abandoned-chinese-disneyworld/ -- Couple of other links too; http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/12/chinas-abandoned-wonderland/100207/ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/china%E2%80%99s-deserted-fake-disneyland.html http://www.timeoutbeijing.com/features/Propaganda/11322/Wonderland-Amusement-Park.html
  9. ^^^ yep pretty sure X2 ate my spare set of glasses last Friday (despite being in a buttoned cargo pocket). I didn't notice they were gone until later on when I was just about to board Tatsu. (Its possible I lost them on that Roadrunner ride which I got in between X2 and Tatsu, but I doubt it). RIP glasses.
  10. Bit more done by Friday the 4th (in the rain ) And heres a bit more, at approx 12:07 Friday 4th November standing at the top of the Sea Lion stadium - that OK for you?)
  11. ^^ most of the Alton pics are HDR (thru Photomatix), basically if a pic looks processed it'll be HDR! And I love my wide angle lens. ^ Main camera is a Canon450D, pocket camera is an old OlympusC70 Zoom. Some of the processed HDR shots are from the Olympus, the main ones are from the Canon. (The only park pics from the Canon are @Alton and @Heide, rest are from the Olympus)
  12. (double-post - I blew the single post charcter limit! 60000!) Day 6 : Wednesday 1st June Right then, deliberately planned to be a no-travel day so I could spend all day in the park (last time I was here in 2006 I had left a bit earlier than I wanted to in order to get somewhere else in the evening). Anyway, same MO as Hansa; the park opens at 9am but they don't run the rides until 10am - except this time I realise that and wander into the park about 10to10 and join the Krake queue (Krake being just about the first big thing you hit when going into the park from the hotel). Theres a fair few peeps ahead of me in the queue filling up the midway, but once it starts testing and they open the queue proper its only 10 minutes or so until I'm on. About to Krake Loading Krake Quick second trip around and you can tell the queue is "light" Krake Queue They have a manned "bag storage" bit on the queue where you deposit your cr@p and pick it up on the way out - nice, but you'd think Merlin would have got some pay- lockers in on that deal pretty sharpish? OK the ride; I liked it. I've never really been an Oblivion fan-boy - its OK, one trick (its a good trick) but after that good start... it just stops. I've been on Sheikra as well and that was better, but felt a bit "lumbering" to me (if that makes sense) - Krake is kinda halfway between the 2. The cars feel lighter, more agile than either Oblivion or Sheikra (and they hold more than Oblivion). So Krake does its "one big trick" too - great view from the front down into the seas below (but not into the rather abandoned mouth of the Krake off to the side; hmmmm) and then you drop, splash (only you don't see any of that splash on ride until you hit the immelman and loop back over it when the water cloud is vanishing away above you. Nice. Then you hit an airtime hill with plenty of airtime and you are done. So short and sweet (much longer than Oblivion tho' ) but really good. I approve. (more pics later, only had the little camera with me in the morning) Since my last visit Heide had very kindly built 3 new coasters, 1 down 2 to get. Indy-Blitz Nothing to write home about here, but is this whole (tiny) western section "new" as well, I could not picture what was here before? There was a huge queue for the last +1 for me Desert Race, so I went off to play on one of my favourite coasters instead; Colossos lift hill Which had a 30 minute advertised wait - turned out to be a bit longer than that as they only had 1 train running (which was starting to wind me up a bit) but then added the second train and then the queue moved more swiftly (1 train opes were the problem with Desert Race too, but they added the second train to that as well about the same time... so why not start the day with 2 trains?) Love this ride - sure I've taken this same picture before as well; Colossos drop Not so sure about the veracity of this though (its not just PBB that is liberal with the interpretation of these things then!) - 6th steepest maybe? ORLY? Couple of goes on Colossos and the Desert Race queue moving much better now means I can get my !Rita credit - not much to say about that ride, possibly a bit more sensible a ride than Rita (which is just such an odd thing to have put into Alton IMHO) but still a bit of a filler-ride to me. Work my way around the rest of the park, skipped the SLC which inexplicably had a large queue whilst Krake was about 10 minutes Scream? Drop tower is fun, their bobsleigh coaster is possibly one of the best of that type, and you gotta think that Big Loop's days are numbered? The Splash Battle is a bit rubbish too; Not Splash Battle (OK I don't actually come across the real Splash Battle until the end of the day!) So half the day done, I nip back to the hotel and get the proper camera out for some fun. This is the entrance way from the hotel to the park (under a windmill) Under the windmill Krake's nicely done station building; Krake (Station) and Krake itself Krake (4) from various angles; Krake (3) and activities; Krake (2) from a distance (+zoom) Krake, drop this shot is probably the best though (and the first one I processed!) Krake Big Loop (corksrew bit thereof) Big Loop The big beauty that looms over the park in wide angle Colossos wideangle and closeup Colossos drop Colossos inbound Airtime! Colossos Hill Heide is all around a big lake if you don't realise; Heide Lake Didn't ride these rapids (they didn;'t have an amusing name like BonBon Land's) Rapids at Heide Good timed shot with Krake and Big Loop both doing something (and there are 5 coasters in this shot) Coaster Count if only the bob had timed it right too, like in this one Schweizer Bobbahn Finish up with a few shots of the hotel, which wasn't a great hotel I though, it was good but not as good as I expected. The bar, where I may have spent a while in the evening - they did put on a show and stuff so thats a good effort considering the hotel was quite quiet. Bar Port Royal Stairway to So really nice day I thought. Great park, couple of great rides, nicely chilled out by the all-you-can-eat (and drink) buffet; ate some German bean sprouts (which in hindsight may not have been the wisest move). ----------------------------------------------- Day 7 : Thursday 2nd June So after yesterday's "no travel" day, today was a "just travel" day. Drove up from Heide Park to Aalborg at the top of Denmark. Odd place; I got to Aalborg mid afternoon, so thought I'd have a wander around the town centre (hotel was just on the edge of the centre by the river) so I wandered up - and it was shut. Seriously, everything was shut. Mid afternoon on a weekday, shut. We used to have 1/2 day closing in the UK, but that went many years ago and our shops are open as much as they can be, but no, not in Aalborg it seems. Shut. Turns out the day before (the 1st) was some sort of late-night opening in the city, and today is in fact a national holiday of some religious significance I was unaware of (40 days after Easter) - (but I've only just worked that out 3 weeks later!) Anyway Aaloborg city was quite pleasant, few nice old buildings such as this one from 1624; Jens Bang's House In keeping with the "shut" theme with Aalborg, their town centre amusement park shut at the end of last season, but I have a wander around the outside of it to seem what I can see; which amounts to not much more than a boomer's lift hill. Quite sad. -- The boomerang's lift is still standing... but the rest of it is in bits on the floor; Rather sad; Bits of another coaster ("Looping" I guess); NO WAY IN here; Day 8 : Friday 3rd June OK clearly I'm only in Aalborg so I can come here; Fårup What a nice day - nice park, nice weather, nice rides. Really nice. Started out with a few trips on their nice launched Gerstlauer Lynet (Lightning) which I really liked. (Nice touch with a construction video going on in the queue line, staifying the geeky enthusiast interest while you wait!) Heres the station; Lynet Station and heres the ride; Lynet Lynet, looping Lynet Lynet Lynet launching Good ride then, very similar to the eurofighters, but the train is smaller and more comfortable I think. The other coasters here are a nice (but unspectacular) wooden one that appeared to have been built to celebrate the park's 50th anniversary (which must have worked since a couple of years later they can put in Lynet - well done you!) Falken way in Falken Hill (not may great places to photograph it from though) Falken They also have one of the ubiquitous spinning wild mice (of which more later) Bat? Which appears to be called "Bat" (Danish "Flagermusen"), Flying Mouse and their oldest (1992) coaster is a junior Vekoma minetrain deep in the trees, which I seem to have failed to take any pics of. Nevermind. The park itself is really nice (I think I mentioned that before), set amongst lots of trees and its very pretty. Boats Falken Pretty popular too, loads of folks out with their picnics; People at Fårup but the place did seem to have something of a trampoline obsession! Every spare bit of space seemed to have a trampoline dumped it in, health&safety nightmare! Trampolineworld On a Fårup train Fårup Swinger Fårup Splash So after my very nice time at the nice Farup, I say goodbye to Lynet (from the car park) and head south again. Lynet ------------------------------------ A little later then (and a bit further south). Check into my hotel in downtown Århus and take the 25 or so minutes stroll out of town to the local park, where lives Tivoli Friheden. Tivoli Friheden Home of one of those SCAD towers Sky Tower (which I did not ride, I blame a long queue, but I might well not have even if it was walk on) Sky Tower They made the punters wear all manner of protection (to save breaking peoples back I assume?) Sky Tower Safety Gear New for this season was a fairly standard big wheel, from where I ca take a few snaps Orkanens Øje All the rides are enclosed in these HUGE sound shields, to protact the locals from the sounds of people enjoying themselves no doubt. Perhaps Alton could invest in some? Eye of the Hurricane The main coaster is Cobra, a Sartori invert which has got to be a first for me. This is a panoramic shot (3 shots stiched together) Cobra at Tivoli Friheden Really slow ops, >3 minutes to cycle a train meant and the busy Friday night crowd meant that it was something like 40 minutes queue for this - not great then Cobra (Drop) Cobra (Roll) Unspectacular ride, not as painful as I anticipated but not very elegant Nicely done trains though. Cobra Flypast Next door to this is ANOTHER (thats 2 for the day) annoying spinning mouse, Tyfonen this time its a Zamperla rather than Farup's Reverchon. Not that that makes it any better of course. Tyfonen Much better is the old Pinfari looper Orkanens Øje seen in the shots from the wheel above. At least this had some character about it. There is also a kiddie credit. I may have been on this, but you can't prove that. Dragen And a big evil looking spin and puke job (which I passed on!) Pegasus The park was really busy, mainly for a concert going on (much like Tivoli in Copenhagen the week before), but that made for a nice enough atmosphere to chill out with a few beers and some food. Busy day then (nice though, although far too many spinning mice) -------------------------------------------- Day 9 : Saturday 4th June After yesterdays Sommerland fun, its off to the other one near Aarhus. That is Djurs Sommerland about 30 minutes drive away. Get there bang on opening and I'm not ashamed to say I was quite excited about the first ride of the day and I positvely rushed to get onto this thing straight away. Piraten And its very good indeed - we'll come back to this later I think! In the same area as the splendid Piraten is this year's new ride "Skatteøen" (Treasure Island). This is a Mack water coaster, so like Poseidon at Europa Park. Djurs advertise the ride as "europas-stoerste-water-coaster" which translates as "largest" - I guess it depends on how you interpret largest, sure this one is higher than Poseidon, but only half as long? Hmmm. Anyway, being new and it being a rather warm Saturday, this has a bit of a queue to it, so I take a few pics as I wait in line; Skatteøen Boat Skatteøen They have done a really good job on the themeing all full of pirate boats and giant skulls and the like Skatteøen Boats Skatteøen Skull And it gives off a lovely big splash Skatteøen from the queue And despite the busy queue, it moves pretty rapidly, really good ops keeping the line moving and they were consistanly dispatching so that one boat was hitting the lift hill as the previous one just drops into the splash. Well done them. The ride itself is good too, not as long (large) as Poseidon which it closely resembles, this one just drops down after the lift hill in a big circle then back up before the final drop into the splash zone. Short and sweet then, but pretty effective. Don't get much wet on the splash which does soak the bystanders though. Skatteøen (Splash) Right then, what else does this park hold... turns out it has a rather splendid mouse-like Gerstlauer bobsled (another type new to me). So off to Thor's Hammer I go with its rather ropey themeing (not ropey/bad, ropey/cheesy perhaps)? Thor looks rather hammered to me? Thor is hammered Hmmmm Scraggy goat! so I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it was really good. Thors Hammer Thors Hammer Thors Hammer So thats 3 good coasters in the place then. Great stuff! I wander around the rest of the park for a while, and its all really nice too. Lots of greenery, nice healthy trampoline obsession too (not quite as many as at Farup, but still...) I get to their topple tower "Ornen" and watch that for a while, never seen one of these before so its a novelty. Ornen Looks fun? Ornen Wierd sensation riding it, rather like you are continually falling backwards as it spins around and rocks back and forth. Quite cool then. Added wetness - and they do move the ride into the fountains, didn't catch it on camera but they soaked the next cycle. Topple Tower Wet Next to the topple tower was the flume, but didn't ride that (silly queue) Splash Had some lunch and eventually found myself in the wild-west area where they have a wave swinger. I like wave swingers and usually have a go, but as I watch this one it does 2 things I have never seen on a wave swinger... first up it has a bunch of fountains that they use to soak the riders (and they do get soaked), then it stops and cycles in reverse. I brave the soaking just for the sake of the reverse experience and I don't think I've laughed as much on one of these before! Wet Wave Swinger Their rapids ride had been down all day, but I notice it had just opened, so I have a quick bash on that (and it must have literally only just opened since I walked straight through the queue yet as I exit the queue line is completly full; good timing there!) OK so I've "done" the park (didn't lower myself to te kiddie coaster this time) so I re-ride Skatteøen which prompty breaks down as my boat finishes the circuit. Skatteøen broken So after sitting on the exit ramp for a while, they evac the boats and I can escape from this treasure island! Skatteøen evac Onto serious business now and I just reride Praten again and again for a while. Interesting this too breaks down a couple of times so sometimes I have to wait while they fix it (never quite sure what was broken but they had to manually release people from a train a couple of times), otherwise its just a 5 minute queue between rides. Nice. Very nice in fact. Probably longest queue for it I saw, even this is only 10 minutes with no break downs. Piraten lift Take a final shot up its lift hill after my last ride; View up Piraten lift and then I spend a while taking some pics of the nice toys. Piraten Skulls Piraten drop Skatteøen Skatteøen dropping Skatteøen about to hit the water Skatteøen (Splash closeup) I leave you with a nice image of the rather brilliant pirate ride then. Piraten ---------------------------------------- Day 9 : Sunday 5th June Ok all coasters done now (but confusingly one more "theme park" to come). I had decided that I liked Arhus quite a lot so I'd spend my last full day in the city and have a looksee around. Thats where I was staying... Arhus, hotel And next door was the rather pash town hall place... Arhus There were a couple of things I fancied seeing in the city, so off I went first to the modern art museum place; ARoS ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum http://www.aros.dk/ Which I rather enjoyed. I do like a bit of modern art, and this place had rather a lot of the stuff since it was pretty big. ARoS Inside I particularily liked the "Get Lost" exhibition of Fredrik Raddum's stuff Neon Bag Head Boy Bag Head Boy http://www.fredrikraddum.no/ The museum has a couple of 'signature exhibits', firstly this Boy by Ron Mueck (which wikipedia tells me was originally exhibited at the Millenium Dome) Boy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Mueck and up on the roof of the place is a panoramic walkway that gives you views out over the city all through various filtered coloured glass. Plays havoc with the cameras white balance though! Your Rainbow Panorama (Purple/Red) Tried a bit of HDR in there, ughhhhh Your Rainbow Panorama (Yellow/Green) But panoramas worked; Your Rainbow Panorama Inside Your Rainbow Panorama Panorama Its called Your Rainbow Panaorama and its by Olafur Eliasson. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olafur_Eliasson http://www.olafureliasson.net/ So I really liked ARoS - good work Arhus. ARoS Right then, this other "theme park" to which I referred earlier is called Den Gamle By (The Old Town) and is a bit of one of the local park's set aside to house all these (genuine) olde-worlde Deanish builings. The place itself is 100 odd years old (and some of the buildings a few hundred more) - they regularily move buildings from all over Denmark to here to retain that history. Cool! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den_Gamle_By Anyway was a pleasant place to stroll around for a few hours looking at the various buildings and failing to understans anything that the costumed characters that populated the place were going on about. Den Gamle By (1 of 9) Den Gamle By (2 of 9) Den Gamle By (3 of 9) Den Gamle By (4 of 9) Den Gamle By (5 of 9) Den Gamle By (6 of 9) Den Gamle By (7 of 9) Den Gamle By (8 of 9) Den Gamle By (9 of 9) Day 10 : Monday 6th June Nothing to see here. Drive back from Arhus to Copenhagen airport via the rather spectacular Storebælt bridge (http://www.storebaelt.dk/english) with its rather spectacularly steep toll charge 220 DKK = £26 ; ouch! (Clearly since I was driving I don't have any pictures of this and when I stopped on the far side there was not anywhere I could immediately see to get a good view of the thing) So thats it. Denmark (and a bit of Germany) done. Back to the daily grind for a while. Flags
  13. Hello, I recently had a couple of weeks holiday from work, and went off around Denmark and a bit of Germany (like you do). Just before that I had a day at my local park, just to get me in the mood. This is what went on then (its gonna be a LONG post); (and apologies if you've seen this TR elsewhere, I'm non-exclusive and I thought TPR could have a looksee too!) -- Summer is here, booked a couple of weeks off work and had totally failed to get myself sufficiently organised / motivated to do anything "long haul" I found myself sitting at home with the said 2 weeks stretching out in front of me... So a quick trip to Alton Towers to get me in the mood, then I book some flights, hotels, hire cars and hot foot it off to the continent. Alton doesn't really count as the "trip", but I'll dump some pics here just to get us going... (click through the pics to get to larger ones) Day -3 : Tuesday 24th May Nip down to Alton, spend the morning on the rides (needed to get the Th13teen credit), and the afternoon with the camera. So in no particular order; Nemesis Loop-de-loop Ritablur Towers Chapel Staircase Towers HDR Don't Look Down The Gardens at Alton Corkscrew - Rust In Peace Nemesis AIr Toadstool Hex Up on the Roof Inside a Tower XSector Ruined On The Edge Obilviblur EnterObilvion Ghost of the Sea He Made The Desert Smile Note that picture quality will vary as to whether I have my proper camera with me (as above, or when I'm not wandering around a park) or just my compact (as with most of the parks to come) Day 1 : Friday 27th May Easyjet from Manchester to Copenhagen, train from airport to the city, turns out I can actually see Tivoli from my hotel window (that was not exactly planned), so seeing that Friday nights are meant to be popular at the place off I trot to see why. Nice place - like a lot of the places in Denmark it seems to have evolved from somewhere that people just used to go to to chill out / picnic / have a meal into something a but more organised. Most of the people there were just there to be there (if that makes sense) and the rides and stuff was incidental to all that. The people there were there for the restaurants, the beer, the evening concert show thing (which was seemingly confused when the main band didn't turn up and the support band got promoted to the 10pm headline slot) Anyway, the rides; I'd be happy to say I just didn't fancy this (I didn't!) but there was a stupid long queue and a capacity of peeps every 5 minutes (only running one side) was enough to put me off anyway! It looked bonkers though - I've read the reviews but I'm still sure it would have messed my brain up! Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Vertigo Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen Star Flyers should scare me, they do a bit still. Didn't help by it starting to rain when I was up there! Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Star Flyer Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen Really liked the old wooden "roller coaster" (great name). Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Rutschebanen And I thought that the mini-B&M floorless was good enough, impressively squeezed into the park's limited space. Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Daemonen Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Daemonen As it got dark, the place got all lit up nicely. Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen Day 2 : Saturday 28th May No parks today - culture credit trip around Copenhagen! Quite a pleasant city I thought. Mermaid statue is a real anti-climax (but I knew this before I wandered up there). Mermaid Really liked the old Rundetårn in the city. Rundetårn Dumped myself in an Irish bar for the football match in the evening, loud cheers when Barca scored (yay!), but in fairness much louder from the Irish expats when Rooney equalised (boo). As an aside I saw a lot of Barca shirts around Denmark as a whole - a fair few Utd and Liverpool ones as well, but mostly the kids were wearing Barca. ------------------------------------------ Day 3 : Sunday 29th May Done Copenhagen then (nice), Barca having successfully negotiated the football to my satisfaction, light hangover caused by the former fading away I hit the train and head up the coast a little bit; To here. Aquarium I've mentioned before that I do like aquariums so when I'm somewhere random I do try to get the aquarium-credit as well as the coaster-credits. Denmark's (National) Aquarium was not much cop to be honest though, pretty small, very old looking. ("They" are going to build a super new "Blue Planet" aquarium in the next couple of years down near the airport so I guess no one cares much about this old one anymore; (New aquarium pic - not mine!; ) However a still had a good couple of hours there, looking at all the pretty fishes but there wasn't anything much spectacular to report on and I am still failing to take any devent pictures in these places These Stone Fish are great; not so much if you tread on one though, that'll kill you. Flat; PIRANAH (and awful reflections in the glass ) You are not a fish! The big show tanks, the highlight of the place; (not so great then) -- The Aquarium is actually right by the coast, so wandered down there and had some lunch in a cafe overlooking the sea and then headed a little further up the coast to Bakken. Quite liked the place, nothing spectacular though. Was pretty busy with the Sunday afternoon family day trippers (fair enough) and was in a great location bang in the middle of a forest (10 mins walk from the train). I don't apprear to have taken many pics at this park, so you'll have to do with these... The very splashy log flume (which I passed on!) New trains on Rutschebanen I really liked their Rutschebanen (as well as Tivolis the other day). Thought the automatic trains worked well (but I never experienced it with the brake man so nothing to compare against really) but they were pretty comfortable, nice enough restraints and if you didn't know there used to be a brakeman you wouldn't have realised it was different. Rutschebanen, Bakken Racing, their Flitzer, I've ridden only one other of these (at Morey's a couple of years ago) and wasn't wowed by either. But this I really liked; Was totally taken aback by the launch off the top of the lift hill and then you are thrown around (and around) something rotten. Great stuff, if a little short but you can hardly complain about that in a compact park this size and this old! The mine train was pretty good too (don't seem to have any pics of that) but it did "go down" after my ride so I only got the one go on that - BOO. ------------------------------------------ Day 4 : Monday 30th May Initially I thought today was going to be somewhat of a logistically complicted day. In the end it was pretty easy. Logistical step #1 Get to Hertz in Copenhagen, get hire car, negotiate Copenhagen traffic in car with driving wheel on wrong side AND gear stick in the wrong place (pretty familiar with being on the wrong side of the car/road, don't think I had done the manual gears before though?) Car Logistical step #2 Drive to here; BonBon Land Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this place, looked really "tacky" to me but it was in fact really nice. They definately have gone somewhat overboard with the fibreglass cartoon character type things, but the whole place is like that so it works! Dog! For some reason I had it in my head that the spinning coaster was just your standard (annoying) spinning mouse, so I was quite happy to discover this was not the case and it was much better; Hankatten (and I've only just realised that this is a clone of the ride at SFDK that I did last year - clearly I'm not paying enough attention to these things. Enjoyed this one more then!) Hankatten You can probably tell from the lack of peeps in these pics that the place was empty - one ride-op I was talking to said that it was the first operating Monday of the season and that was why. So with no queues to cope with it was all a pretty leisurely experience at the park for me. Next up was what I though was going to be a standard Zierer Tivoli which I'd done a few of, but it was a lot more custom than that with trenches dug into a lake and stuff like that, pretty good indeed then. Viktor Vandorm Onto the original Euro-fighter then; Vild-Svinet A bit rough I guess, but good fun anyway. Vild-Svinet And the final coaster is the infamous dog-fart ride. Which is just a little kiddy ride really (albeit with a somewhat low-brow theme!) Hundeprutte-rutsjebanen The place had a lot of other rides too, a pretty good rapids; Beaver Rafting (how can you resist a ride called that!) This is the entrance to their "new for 2011" attraction which was a "5D" shooter which just means that you are watching a 3D movie, sat on a little saddle thing that moves around (+1D) and trying to shoot stuff in the movie (+1D). Was OK, nothing earth shattering - but the ride-op very nicely (since I was the only one on the ride) ran it with the English soundtrack instead of Danish (or at least I assume he did that rather than it only having an English soundtrack!) Hestorado The ride is western themed and located in their cowboy town, which was really living up to the ghost town theme today. Ghost Town Have I mentioned the gaudy characters everywhere? Fibreglass stuff Job lot of firbeglass somewhere; Fibreglass stuff Turtle themed wave swinger - great stuff! Turtle wave swinger And a giant albatross disk-o - you just can't make this up! Albatossen Wacky themed (giant fish!) pirate ship thingy; Themed pirate ship More fibreglass stuff And they also have one of those monster Huss frisbees which ran a few times that day; Svend Singram But not for me since when I tried after seeing it running, I sat there talking to the ride-op for about 20 minutes waiting for more punters to turn up (they will only run it with 10 passengers) and no-one came, so I went off for some food instead. Logistical step #3 Drive off the the end of the country onto a ferry. Leaving Denmark Logistical step #4 Negotiate stupid German traffic jams for a while and find silly little hotel in the middle of noweheresville, Germany. All logistical problems now sorted (with the exception of where to eat that night which just ended up being some stuff I bought from the local supermarket!) -- It turned out that noweheresville, Germany was quite a pleasant seaside area with a nice beach and stuff; Haffkrug beach So I entertain myself for a while wandering the beach, taking some snaps Haffkrug Huts and admiring the view... Haffkrug/Hansa Closer up on that view... Hansa from a distance Haffkrug Pier (No prizes for working out where I am tomorrow then) --------------------------------------------------------- Day 5 : Tuesday 31st May So as expected I nip up the coast the couple of miles to Hansa Park. Got there at park opening (9am) not realising they just open the park and don't run anything 'till 10am - d'oh. Hansa Park (Like the fact all the maintenance workers were dressed as super Mario!) REALLY liked the place - it was much bigger than I had imagined, although it does seem to have a really well defined "park shape" and then suddenly there is this expansion area creeping off seemingly at random in the adjacent field - quirky! Headed up to the main ride first up then, past the scary queue line Scared crow? and off on the launched Eurofighter Fluch von Novgorod Which I really liked Fluch von Novgorod Enclosed lift hill is 2/3rds way round the ride and has lots of creepy stuff going on inside Fluch von Novgorod Overview (from the sky tower) Hansa Park, Fluch von Novgorod So yeah, liked this - I hadn't really read up on it much apart from the general impression that people thought it was good, so the way the elements worked together all took me a bit by suprise and that was good! The exit from the ride throws you out randomly in Mexico (very odd) next to this ride (which the park seems to count as a coaster, when its clearly not, silly people) but its fun anyway. El Paso Express A couple of the older coasters are at the front of the park, all entwined. Nessie Superrollercoaster I really liked the Nessie superrollercoaster (what!) which was a great old Schwarzkopf that actually dives into the mouth of the monster it is named after; Nessie Gets Eaten (unlike Krake manages to do tomorrow!) The other coaster in that lucky aerial shot above (lucky since both trains are in shot) is Rasender Roland which I couldn't get out of my mind calling Roland Rat all day in my head - it was a bit shaky to be honest but fun enough. So off in the seemingly random expansion area is a bunch of other rides, pretty worthy ones too. We have a spinny raft thing (which looked a lot better than this years effort from Thorpe?) Rio Dorado and the bizarre (stupid low capacity) but fun Bell ride; Die Glocke A nice Star Flyer (getting used to these things now) Star Flyer and tucked in a corner a pretty highly themed wild mouse, I do prefer these things to their spinning relatives and this one had a load of themey stuff going on Crazy Mine Also in this area is this years new ride "Die Schlange von Midgard" (Snake of Midgard), which isn't much more than a kiddy coaster over a little lake; Die Schlange von Midgard which they had not finished fitting out yet (queue line was incomplete, gift shop was still being built) and it appeared there was a tunnel to be built mid-ride which wasn't there yet; Die Schlange von Midgard but if you think I'm being critical about all of that, entirely the opposite is true - despite still working on the themeing the fact they had the ride open I was well impressed with! Heres the train in close up; New trains So yeah, really liked the place, suprisingly large and really nice. Nessie After saying goodbye to Hansa, headed down the motorway for a bit, got stuck in many traffic jams circumnavigating Hamburg in the pouring rain, but ended up at the hotel for the next 2 nights at Heide Park. Port Royal Which was nice.
  14. Great Pyrenees video. Whats with Parque Espana, is there ever anyone there (apart from coaster enthusiasts)? I've only ever seen pics of the place empty, and the day I went there it was deserted too. Does it EVER get busy? (Concerned for the place!)
  15. People seem to want to call things "rare", just because they are outside their own "normal zone"; but frankly our hobby is a mass-market entertainment thing. People build coasters to entertain as many people as possible; so "rare" just doesn't come into it. Unless its this one, (which doesn't quite fit Robb's demolished immediately after being built criteria, but comes pretty close)
  16. Nice pix indeed! Processing a little over "bleached" if I were to be critical (revenge for comments on my thread ? ) but really really good nontheless!
  17. I do take a LOT of pics in the parks though; I don't processes all of them though, only the ones that look interesting! Camera is set to bracket (take 3 shots) almost all the of the time so providing me with lots of "raw material". Then when I get home and look at everything I can process 3 (raw) exposures into a HDR (Lr to Photomatix back to Lr) in a couple of minutes - sometimes I'll take longer if I need to mask back in the sky in Ps for example; but it doesn't take much time once you are "up to speed". Not ever tried the batch processing though; I know you can do it, it just seems complex to me!
  18. Ta for comments all! The "good" pictures* are mostly all 3 exposure HDRs taken on a DSLR - obv. the shutter speed is different in the 3 exposures so I'm not quite sure what happens to all the EXIF data when the HDR is produced (point out a picture and I'll have a look at the originals )? I process the 3xp from Lightroom into Photomatix (minimal changes made in Photomatix apart form the HDR/tone mapping) then play around back in Lightroom until I'm happy; not particularly scientific but helps avoid the common "overblown HDR" trap I think. I do tend to try to shoot in a lower ISO as I have been caught out by noise in the past (its a bit easier to tell on the camera screen whether the shot is bad because of camera movement rather than bad because of noise). * - The "less-good" pictures are on a little old compact though (Olympus C70z) ; when I can't be doing with carting the big camera around all day!
  19. (Cross-posted from another forum, but y'all may get a few moments distraction from some of the snaps...(click though the better pics for larger versions on Flickr)) -- Ok, end of the year comes around, too much holiday from work left, too much disposable income and combined with the generally grouchy mood I've been in for much of this year meant I needed to get away somewhere. So off to Orlando I go (convieniently timed to avoid all that cold weather in the UK too ). Saturday - Day 1 Flew out on the Saturday morning (27thNov), nice simple direct flights (Virgin) from Manchester UK to Orlando, pick up a car at MCO and a little later check into the hotel. My vehicle awaits! Now it being "low season" meant I got a cheapo deal (well cheaper, if not cheap) at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal resort, a bit of a step up from the I-Drive motels. View is more parking structure than theme parks though So grab some eats at Citywalk and wander around for a bit before my time-zone shift jet-lag (can never sleep on planes) catches up with me and I crash. Sunday - Day 2 Get up, get in car, go to space place. I had been here before, back in '94 and quite enjoyed it, but they apparently changed the operator in 1995 and it had definately improved a lot since then. I booked onto a "Yesterday and Today" tour (which was bit extra than the normal tour) and killed a bit of time before the tour with a go on their "Shuttle Launch Experience" ride; Simulator As a space center visitor attraction this was pretty good - well "themed" if you like - but the simulator bit was a bit "tame" compared to your normal theme-park simulator setups (which it essentially was) - but perhaps because of this was a bit different; the restraints were not as limiting as at a theme-park and the movement of the ride mainly simulated G-forces and a bit of shaking about. At the end the roof of the "shuttle" opens up and there are lots of pretty stars. OK after riding that, it was the time for the tour so get on a bus. The extra bits on the tour were that we went down to see a bit of the older Cape Canaveral stuff rather than the just the modern launch sites. We also went a lot closer to the launch pad (that Discovery is (still) sitting on) than the normal tour and got off the bus at a couple of stop not on the normal tour. Was worth the extra $20 I think just to get a bit closer to the shuttle on the pad; Waiting around... Big building (US flag is the size of a basketball court apparently); VAB At the end of the tour they drop you off at a "Saturn V" center (which was not there the last time I went), where they house a bunch of stuff, including a real (but obv. not used) Saturn V rocket (which used to be outside that big building I think). SaturnV Pretty impressive being able to walk around/under the rocket (its hung from the ceiling). Saturn Rocket Command Module There was a lot of interesting artifacts there too; Apollo 14 Command Module After the tour I managed to wander around the visitor centre, doing the IMAX films and looking ant all the "stuff" for the rest of the day; Fake Shuttle Module and Palms Space Garden Space Garden Space Garden Good trip out then, worth it to get to see the shuttle alone I think. Discovery Next up, some Univeral shennanigans... ---------------------- Monday - Day 3 Right then, some proper parks now after all that "educational tourism" from yesterday! Since I was at an on-site Universal hotel, I got "Universal Express" perks, which amount to a fastpass to all the Universal attractions EXCEPT the two new biggies (i.e. Potter and Rockit). BUT the perk also includes early (8am) entry to Islands of Adventure (actually just to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter) - so I make a bit of use of that (and the fact that I can walk there from the hotel in 10 minutes) to get into IoA at about 8:30 and have ridden the new Potterride 3 times by 9am! So here it is then; Potterland (note only had compact camera rather than DLSR with me today since there was mainly going to be riding on agenda!) First time through, since there was "no wait" I walked all through the queue. Very well themed indeed, the oustide "greenhouse" bit is a bit cattle-pen (but a well-themed cattle pen I guess) but once through that into the building proper its all very well done, nice (obvious though) amount of moving portraits and the like. Pretty long queue path though. Eventually you get to the sorting-hat thing; (see how empty the ride is before the GP get let in!) turn the corner and they assign you 4 at at time to a "bench" which you mount from a moving carpet thingy. Seats are prtty comfy and you are fairly restricted to a "forwards only" view of the action. Ride-wise its very good; clever switching of the animatronic sections with the film-based sections (projected onto huge curved screens that rotate around in sync with the ride-vehicle making its way along the track). Lots of neat animatronics / effects and fairly disorientating ride motion. Cool ride - tops Spiderman (but it is 10years more modern so fair enough!). I did get a bit nauseous on my third ride (in quick seccession), so left it at that, just as the GP started arriving en-masse. Dunno whether it was the motion that made me a bit queasy or me trying to look out of the vehicle in odd directions to see the ride mechanics that did it. You can see the other vehicles pretty easily in quite a few places through the ride - odd looking things them! A note about the queue - the initial external queue (between the gated ride entrance and where you enter the building at ground level) actually only takes you up to the ride lock.ers - a host will get you to dump carryons into the (free) lock.ers at that point then send you off into the main queue then. This is also the point where you can take the single-rider queue... SO my point is, if you are a single rider, with no baggage, you really don't want to join that external Q at all - just go through the shop exit to the lock.ers and straight to the SRQ. So the rest of Potterland; all very well themed and all. Was VERY popular with the patrons ; so much so that even as I wandered in at early-entry time there had formed a HUGE queue for the wand-shoppe thing - onviously Universal had not missed a trick by restricting where young-Harryfans could purchase their wand from to just that shoppe, you could get them from a cart in the street or any one of a number of stores - but I guess (since I never went in) the real experience was just to be had there! Now after some breakfast watching the GP swarming into the park and heading straight Potterwise I whiled away a few hours in the parks other, older (but still mainly pretty good) attractions. I was still denied the Pteranodon Flyers credit since I had no available small child to accompany me, pah! Park was a bit quiet (apart from Potterland that is) Anyway not too many pics today as I planned to return with a better camera later! By early afternoon I was done, now I had NOT originally planned to do this (I had planned to go to the studios a different day) but the new coaster had been taunting me all morning in the distance; so I quickly "replanned" and went off to the Studios next door to play for the rest of the day. I actually didn't race straight to Rockit, because I was rather hungry by then so went for some food and beer and then on a few calmer rides before I tried the new ride! But also "new to me" was the Disaster! ride (I'd been on the old Earthquake ride) and essentially its the same as that with a newer pre-show, and the Simpsons ride was new as well (having been on various BTTFs around the world). I really liked the Simpsons ride actually - lots of clever jokes (at theme parks expense) and a great new updated ride experience. I approved! So after looping the lake I found myself heading upto Rockit - rather squeezed into the park along the one boundary and rather dominating the skyline too. I'm not too convinced how the ride fits in with the "Studios" theme of it all though (putting "Hollywood" in its name does not make it in keeping I feel!) - but as a ride I really liked it! I had heard of some "roughness" complaints, but can honestly say I had no such problems (and I rode it in many positions from the front to the back). Cool ride then. OK, finished for that day now - took some pics as night fell; but might well be back later in the week with a better camera for some more pics! ------------------- Tuesday - Day 4 Got up to 27 degrees C today - which was nice. I'd not been to Seaworld for a while (missed it out on my last Florida trip) and they had kindly build a new coaster since then anyway, so it was due a visit. I like Seaworld(s) - been to all 3 of them (4 if you counted Ohio in its last days as a animal-themed park). Never been completly comfortable with them filling up with big coasters (surelys thats NOT the point of the place?), but what can you do? So I get it over with and head straight up to Manta, been looking forward to this and its a pretty fine ride. Plonked in the middle of the park you can wander around it in a way thats denied to you on the other flyers. One gripe was that they were running 2 trains (park was pretty empty) on 1 station and that meant you were stacking waiting to unload for a longer than comfortable amount of time, oh well. Go off and do the other rides next, Journey to Atlantis (which I think is rather rubbish; actually very rubbish) I had to Q to ages last time I was here for this, walkon today. Silly picture time; Kraken (which I think is possibly the best coaster in Florida, definately in Orlando anyway (have a soft spot for Kumba!)) Not many photo-vantage points though (unlike Manta!) Rides done (although I did revisit Manta on my wait out later on), spend the rest of the day pottering about the shows and stuff. Someday I'll take a good picture of underwater stuff, until then its; Above water works OK tho' The place had their Xmas stuff going in full swing (if I heard Bruce Springsteen singing about Father Xmas once I heard it a hundred times!) They had re-themed Wild Arctic to Polar Express (which was OK) and put some trees in the lake; And FINALLY (for me), I have been at a Seaworld park when the tower ride had been open (I have been DENIED a few times in the past), so had a trip on that too; Manta Kracken Atlantis Having had a nice day at the park, I spent the evening wandering around the hotel with my camera&tripod trying to take some pics in the dark. Front Fountains Chairs Pool Volleyball and a close up of their tree; Xmas Tree ------ Wednesday - Day 5 Weather forcast said rain for the morning, brighter later, so figured I's go somewhere with a reasonable amount of "indoors" for the morning then. So off here I went; Under some repair! Needless to say, not a sign of rain all day, silly weather forecast. So a few rides on the Tower (which is of course a top ride) and a few rides on the Aerosmith (which is a good, if not outstanding ride) and thats the big rides done at this somewhat lacking park. Not that I didn't manage to occupy myself for most of the rest of the day, its just that I find this place a bit 'meh' after you've done those rides. Thought the stunt show was pretty good though (this wasn't here the last time I came to the park) and I quite enjoyed the Toy Story shooter thingy (but had to Q for over an hour for it, rather low capacity and pretty popular - get a fastpass for this then d'oh!) Otherwise I managed the back lot tour (rather poor), the Indy Stunt Show (pretty good), the Great Movie ride (better than I remembered it to be?) before I got fed up and headed off. I didn't take many pics either so I'll just leave you with a picture of their tree -------------------------------- Thursday - Day 6 Animals today! - so off to the Animal Kingdom I go! Quite enjoyed my day here last time I came, not so much this time (novelty factor clearly having worn off), but still had a good enough day. Clearly the big ride is the rather photogenic yeti-chase through the plastic mountains... ...the yeti at the end is static though - not sure how long its been broke, it was definately moving the last time I was here (2007). Good enough ride, great themeing of course but not what you'd call a great RIDE. I forced myself to go on a Primeval Whirl (but really what a sad additional to a DISNEY park these things are), and a spin on the Dinosaur ride (which I found a little less scary than the time I went on it before). I didn't risk the rapids ride though (got soaked last time) and thats kinda it for the 'rides' at this park. I did however do the Lion King show which I hadn't seen before (and which was pretty good for even an old miserable cynic like me!) Show; I wandered around ann the animal zones too - which is a nice enough way to spend a few hours - there were a lot less giant bats this time (only a couple) which I found to be my fave animal there? but I didn't take many pics at the park today either so I'll just leave you with a picture of their tree (suspicously similar to yesterdays tree at the Hollywood Studios!) --- So then a little later I wandered around Citywalk with a good camera and my tripod (only got quizzed by security twice for having a tripod - yes I am a tourist and not a terrorist! In fairness they were not too evil!) Not too impressed with my night's work, a few came out nice but I appear to have also taken a lot of dross! Edited highlights then... Universal Universal Studios Rockit Citywalk, NBA Citywalk, NBA IoA Citywalk Rockit, from Citywalk Citywalk Citywalk Hard Rock Cafe, Orlando Universal Studios and my IR filter attempt was a bit poor... IoA IR ---- Friday - Day 7 Ok, so I've done a lot of parks this week, but only spent a day at Universal and I had a multi-day ticket; I was moving hotels the next day (cheapo deal at the Hard Rock ran out) so today I went back to the Universal parks; but this time armed with the good camera! Up early to get in the park while its quiet! Early Morning view Potterland before it fills with punters; More Potterland Try to get this sort of shot later in the day! More Potterland The irony of the "theme snow" while the UK was covered in the real stuff was not lost on me. More Potterland More Potterland Nice snowman touch I thought; Harry Potter Snowman The exterior of the big ride is really rather impressive Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Harry Potter Ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Harry Potter... Although it does rather impinge on next door! Jurassic Potter Some non-Potterland stuff Hulk Hulk Hulk Islands of Adventure (took a lot of pics today, more to come!) ...I also spent quite a while wandering around the Studios on Friday, just have not sorted through those pictures yet... Muppet Universal Studios Mel's Drive-In and went to see the Blue Man Group in the evening (again - seen the Florida show a couple of times now and the Vegas one too; MUCH nicer theatre in Vegas). Saturday - Day 8 Quite an odd day really I think, I checked out of the hotel (cheap deal done with) and went down to the Magic Kingdom. Got there reasonably early so managed the big rides before the crowds turned up... and turn up they did! Death by baby-stroller! So the day was odd because I did some rides and wandered the park, all in somewhat of a real grouchy mood. My grouchyness got the better of me and I quit the place in the afternoon to find the next hotel (@ Downtown Disney) and thought I'd snap myself out of my bad mood by trawling Downtown for some beer and food... even that didn't work. Walked out of one eatery 'cos it was so slow and only managed a beer and an $10 margeritta sat out in the cold. Some pics from the Kingdom (compact camera) then (fairly horrible day tho') So easily the worst day of the hols! Sunday - Day 9 So after my grumpy day yesterday, I got a resort bus to the last park of my trip. Dome! Took the good camera along as well, since its pretty photogenic out there. Earth? And I had a thoroughly enjoyable day (you'll be glad to know; no moaning on today!) I managed to spend all day in the park, fuelled by taking pictures and the "beer opportunities" afforded by wondering around the world (why I took the resort bus rather than the hire care today! ) Got the big rides done first up though, Mission Space being cool (even if I was the only passenger on the entire ride - can't be cost effective that!) - I was somewhat confused by the "soft option" ride... the point being what exactly? The ride is a centrifuge so you choose the centrifuge that doesn't spin???? Soarin' I was a tad dissappointed with ; I had it my mind that there was going to be a different film to the one at DCA (can't explain why I though that); but there wasn't... still I cool enough ride, but why no different film? Stupid popular as well, fastpasses all gone early on, hour long queues and the park was not even that busy. (I fastpast'd it naturally) Then the aquarium but - this had been Nemo'd since I had been here before, and the refit works pretty well I thought, even if all the ride tech pales rather when you hit that HUGE fish tank. Seas? Really enjoyed wandering around with Nemo and his friends! Next up was the rather bizarre Captain EO "tribute". Disney cashing in on the demise of Jacko is a bit odd IMHO, but anything that gets rid of the awful Honey I Shrunk the Audience film that replaced EO initially must be a good thing right? Wrong. In fairness the film-quality was excellent on the 70mm print, but the film/story was just awful... clearly not being a Jacko fan at all something is lost on me, but even considering that its just pitiful. OK dead-celebs aside, wandered around Imagination! and Test Track before making my way into the World... (for some reason I missed out Innovations and Universe of Energy completely today, I meant to come back to do them later, but never got around to it - d'oh) So I made my way around the World, riding the little rides they have (Mexico's had been refitted since my previous visit) and watching their little films (Canada's had been redone too), taking lots of pictures and partaking of various "beers of the world" too! (Perhaps the latter explains my good mood today then!) China? China China 360 China pond Epcot Lake Germany? Germany - they sell beer here! Italy? Venice? Torri Japan? Torri, Dusk These photos are brought to you with the assistance of BEER! Kirin Torii France? France Fountains Started to get dark by the time I was in France... Oh... Canada? then after a quick trip around Spaceship Earth (and Soarin again 'cos I had a fastpass still) I turned around and went back around the World. Imagination! Earth? China? Mexico? Finished up watching the fireworks befors I grabbed the bus back to the hotel. Bang Pop Whizz NB all firework pics were hand-held as well, not bad I thought! -- So best day of the holiday then today! Monday - Day 10 OK then last day now... Flight home was late afternoon, so just got up late, had some fast food breakfast and wandered around (a mostly deserted) Downtown Disney for a while utterly failing to purchase a Woody & Jessie doll for my niece & nephews Xmas present (I figured that the packaging wasn't going to make it through my luggage so I picked up the same dolls in the UK instead - for seemingly twice the price!) Crabs? Pub Statue Anyway it was COLD this morning, first real COLD day of my holidays. I'd have had a go on this, but there was noone there (despite the opening times board indicating that there should be!) Boo! Characters in Flight Perhaps they didn't like the COLD? Characters in Flight House of Blues Characters in Flight Lego People so after mooching in the COLD at Downtown Disney I did a bit of mall-hopping to occupy a couple of hours (The Festival Bay mall up at the top of I-Drive is a laugh; vast place almost entirely empty of shops... how does it survive?) The Florida Mall towards the airport was much livelier - fairly busy in fact, but it was just a time-filler before I headed back to MCO, dumped the car (had managed the whole holiday on a single tank - thats what not going to Tampa gets for you!) and caught a plane home to the COLD in Manchester. So thats it! Pretty easy holiday, kept me fairly entertained and WARMER than I'd have been in the UK anyway Dave.
  20. Giant thing behind the ferris wheel is the Oberhausen gasometer; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberhausen_gasometer Was a gasometer, is a art installation type thingy now.
  21. ^ thanks! "The dummys guide to getting to Ferrari World from Dubai" awaited keenly!
  22. ^ Hey dd, hows the transport options to get to the park from Dubai? A work-colleague is in Dubai for a couple of days next week and I have generated some enthusiasm for him to go out to the park; but we both have no idea how he can get there from Dubai (hiring a car excepting). Any hints gratefully received!
  23. Hey I'm in one of your pics! I was in front of you on Megafobia - thought I recognised one of the faces but it wasn't until much later in the day did I work out from where! Anyway, just to prove it; heres a paparazzi style stalker shot... Whats going on here then? I'd like to point out that I did not lower myself to the kiddie-credit; some of us have (a little) self-respect. You might have clocked me later on I was trying to take some shots of Hydro, but they didn't really work. Speed from earlier in the day came out OK though; Nice!
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