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  1. Nick Collins' "USA Coaster Trip


    I hope you don't take this as an offense, as it's just my opinion, but I personally found the frequent bursts of raw audio to be very jarring, especially since the rest of the footage would be music only, without any background sound. So to suddenly have loud bursts of dialogue or sound effects from the video or live feeds was very distracting, especially since it completely overpowered the video. I remember this being an issue last year as well with your video.


    Don’t worry I’m not offended at all everyone is entitled to there own opinion.

    I think its time to update my editing software anyway as I have had the same software since 2001 and the software is dated 1998.



  2. Some of my on ride photos

    New & heritage photos :- Do you remember when to get an on ride photo you had to pay for it without seeing it then you was waiting until it arrived in the post a month later. That’s what it was like at Alton Towers back in the late 80’s was it like that anywhere in the US ?




    Nick “Please excuse the late 80s hair do’s ” Collins


    Me at the back holding on for dear life 1987


    Alton Towers Log 1987


    Alton Towers Log 1989


    Disneyland In the Rain at 01:03 !!! 1995


    Drayton Manor Park





    Pepsi Max Big One - Blackpool Pleasure Beach 2004 (In the Rain)


    Flying Dutchman Gold Mine - Six flags Holland



    Shivering Timbers June 2005

  3. Mahahaha nice photos, injoy Blackgang Chine then The opening periods must of changed for the coaster, did't close when I visted last year.


    It was one of those parks that’s so bad it’s good. How can you not like the World of timber, Singing animals shop & how could you forget Chimney Pot Walk in a hurry. It was like something out of Monty Python just waiting for the minister of silly walks to appear.

    I think because of the small amount of people that was ether predicted to be there or actually here they were running the ride of bear minimum staff & moving the them around to different rides.



    I'm actually going to Blackgang Chine on Tuesday for a couple of hours so hopefully I'll be able to catch the coaster when its open. I've not been there for about 11 years, so I'm looking forward to going back.


    If this helps, we got a bit of paper at the entrance with the opening times. It was :-


    Waterforce 10:30 to 13:00 & then 13:45 to 16:30


    Cliffhanger – 25min sessions (opens at for 25mins)


    10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15 (Last ride 16:30)


    Barrel Ride – 25min sessions (opens at for 25mins)


    10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45 (Last ride 16:00)


    But don’t worry World of timber, Singing animals shop & Chimney Pot Walk don’t close until the park closes.

  4. Do-it yourself fun when the coaster is closed


    While going for a new credit on the Isle of Wight in the UK at Blackgang Chinetoday I discovered something

    We got to the park just as the 400’ coaster closed (Yes I said 400’ well that’s what is says on the leaflet & website).


    “This exciting roller coaster is perched near the edge of vertical cliffs, climbs to 400' above the sea before dropping nearly 40' in twists and turns reaching speeds of up to 35mph”


    perched near the edge of vertical cliffs – it’s about 20 feet away from the edge.

    Coaster was only open for 25 minute periods with a bit of time in between opening times.

    So we had 1 hour 30mins to kill before it opened again.


    What to do what to do !!!!!.


    Sorry about the quality of these photo’s as there off my camera phone (wishing I had taken my camcorder now).


    I am not joking these are real


    How much fun can you have in the Rain


    Anyone remember the film Titanic


    That way Captain


    I the crooked house


    Nothing to say about this one !


    It was Hell


    Do it yourself caveman area


    Nome world


    Push button singing animals shop (Yes the Dog in the back ground is singing)



    Wow it was hours on fun in this world


    Wow, World of Timber


    Here they are in all there glory (you don’t have to walk far)


    A list just in-case you didn’t know what one looks like !!!!


    Yes that’s Chimney Pot Walk Identification !!!!!

  5. Slammer's restraints are wierd


    I think you’re missing one of the points of rides.

    There designed to make you feel uneasy and feel like you’re going to fall out (It heightens the riders experience). I watched a program a couple of weeks ago and Stan Checketts from S&S was on about the fly swat. He was saying that they had designed the shoulder restraints on the ride to move to give the rider a sense of that they might fall out. I have noticed that they do that. The next time you do the ride pull the restraints down on your shoulders move you shoulders up & down and you will notice that they move. But the lap bar is what was holding the rider in securely (I bet you don’t even need the over shoulders restraints at the end of the day). I am no engineer and sure that there are failsafe on the ride to actually stop rider from falling out. Yes it must have been very upsetting for some of the riders tripped on the ride but I am sure they were safe. It announce me that some people can bad mouth something before they even try to understand what they bad mouthing.


    My rant over


    Nick “PS, I love the ride its great” Collins

  6. Show us some of your favourite picture you have taken.

    Here some of I have taken. Sorry there all railway ones but that’s my other hobby & also my job (I time trains like this in the UK).


    Vigo North West Spain - 2001

    Mallow Rep of Ireland - Steam heat train 2003

    Scotland UK - 2001

    York UK - 2005

    Killarney Rep of Ireland - Steam heat train 2004

    Dublin Hesuton sun set Rep of Ireland - 2004


    Nick “Railway hobby but not for long but not for long as it is finishing very quickly, at least Roller coasters aren’t though” Collins

  7. Saw "Wallace & Gromit" this afternoon. (where my avatar comes from!)


    We giggled in some parts. Most parts.


    Loved the open shots with stuff happening all in a scene with other characters involved. Amazing, considering how long it took to make the movie this way (over three years for this film to be created).


    We enjoyed it a lot. Certainly a break from HUGE monster action or special effects productions. And Ms.Tim Burton (Helena B.Carter) is definitely having great fun with her part - a possible 'love interest' for Wallace??? Hmmm.


    Some of it is "veddy English" and will fly by you very fast, before you 'get it.' But there is lots in it, for all the mature audiences out there, k?





    Watched it yesterday. Thought it was good, but felt like it was an extended TV episode and not a cinema event like it should on been. Yes lot of jokes to watch out for happening in the background & foreground. Also something’s in it have been done before in Wallace & Gromit. It’s not a bad film at all just could of been better.


    Cracking cheese Gromit



    Nick “Just my opinion” Collins

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