Bollocks to AltonTowers: Uncommonly British Days Out - Robin Halstead
Paperback. Pub Date: February. 2008 Pages: 416 Publisher: Penguin Global The itish Lawnmower Museum Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music and Mad Jack's...... more
Paperback. Pub Date: February. 2008 Pages: 416 Publisher: Penguin Global The itish Lawnmower Museum Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music and Mad Jack's Sugar Loaf. In a world of theme Parks. Interactive Exhibits. Over-priced Merchandise and queues. don't worry. these are names to stir the soul. They are reassuring evidence that there's still somewhere to turn in search of the small. fascinating. unique and. dammit. itish. In a stumbling journey across the country in search of the best we have to offer. our intrepid heroes discovered dinosaurs in South London. a cold war castle in Essex. grown men pretending to be warships in Scarborough. unexplained tunnels under Liverpool and a terraced house in Bedford being kept warm for Jesus' return. And along the way they met the people behind them all: enthusiasts. eccentrics and. you know. those who just sort of fell into lookin...
Ever fancied being the owner of an AltonTowers or Disney World from the comfort of your own home? Well with Theme Park World you can...... more
Ever fancied being the owner of an AltonTowers or Disney World from the comfort of your own home? Well with Theme Park World you can be! The aim of the game is to build your dream park and keep it running, dealing with the day-to-day trials and tribulations of keeping the rides working and the punters happy. Strategy is all important here--place your burger stand too close to a rollercoaster entrance and the riders will stagger off the attraction and become "unwell" all over the floor. Too much salt on your chips and not enough fizzy pop results in parched visitors who vote with their feet and don't come back--this is not a game for those who like action fast and furious and pick up a game for a quick five minutes now and again. The user interface is a joy to use, making Theme Park World easy to play; in tutorial mode an interesting park advisor pops up to give tips on what needs to happen, where and when. But it's in the rollercoaster design phase that things get interesting. Lay out the track for your ride in full 3-D, then alter it in differing ways to produce a killer ride: corners can be banked, straights raised and lowered and sections can be added and removed to create the kind of white-knuckle ride Walt and Mickey would be proud of. Then, using the game's first-person mode, check it out from the front seat to get the impression of being there. Successful park management results in golden tickets being awarded. Collect enough tickets and you can progress to bigger theme parks, each of which presents a unique challenge. The long-term attraction of this game is doubtful, and only significant playing will reveal whether the whole procedure will become a little samey, but for a break from the traditional arcade-style fare usually associated with consoles, Theme Park World holds bags of promise and is a worthwhile investment. --Isabelle Thomas
The Living Dead: Switched Off, Zoned Out - The Shocking Truth About Office Life - David Bolchover
Switch on the business news and you will probably be bombarded with yet more workplace experts telling you that everyone nowadays is grossly overworked, madly...... more
Switch on the business news and you will probably be bombarded with yet more workplace experts telling you that everyone nowadays is grossly overworked, madly juggling their work-life balance until they finally keel over and die from the sheer stress of it all. We all know that's right, don't we? The real truth is that there are millions upon millions of people who are actively disengaged from their jobs, who spend months and years sitting in offices doing next to nothing, lost in the cracks of laughably inefficient and abysmally managed large organisations, their talents wasted and long forgotten. The Living Dead unmasks the myth of the workplace for the first time. It tells the truth. Not cloaked in humour, as in Dilbert and The Office, but in plain black and white. The Living Dead will captivate anyone anywhere in the world who has ever worked in a large office environment, or those who have a genuine desire to make people's working lives more productive and enjoyable. Here are some astonishing statistics about office life you probably never knew: *40 per cent of all casual drugs users in the US (people who use drugs just once a month) still choose to do it at work. 19.6 per cent of people who take drugs at work do so at their workstation. * One in three mid-week visitors to the theme parkAltonTowers has taken the day off work on a dishonest pretext. * One in five US workers has had sex with a co-worker during work hours. Full sex, that is. 44 per cent of men and 35 per cent of women have had at least some sexual contact at work. * One third of UK young professionals are hungover at least twice a week on working days. Two thirds admitted to having called in sick due to alcohol at least once in the previous month. *70 per cent of Internet porn sites are accessed during the 9 to 5 working day. * More than half of the UK's 14.5 million pet owners say they would need between two and five days off work to grieve for a dead pet, while 10 per cent said they would need
Advantages: Great rides, great selection of restaurants, great for all ages Disadvantages: Expensive, huge queues, very large park (lots of walking!)
...After visting Alton Towers with my partner recently, I have mixed views about the park, so thought my impartial views would probably be helpful for writing a hopefully useful and constructive review!
Getting To The Park
Once you're near Alton Towers, it is well sign posted from all directions. We turned our SatNav off once we saw the first sign, as it was so well sign posted we no...
Advantages: Screamathon, Fast, Thilling Disadvantages: Expensive, Pay for Parking
...Alton Towers, one of the United Kingdom's top theme parks, part of the Tussauds franchise is the number one attraction for thrill seekers up and down the country. I went for the 2nd time last week and loved it.
The Journey & Park Location
Alton Towers is situated in Alton, Staffordshire and is very easy to get too. My first visit to the theme park was when I was in year 10 at school...
Advantages: Its so fun Disadvantages: If youve got kids it can be hard to find a good time to go
.... My ticket for Tuesday is considered off peak and cost £15, this is cheap compared to the £27 adult peak time rate.
The theme park website gives details of opening times, prices, peak, standard and off peak times, online booking, hotel reservations. Actually the website tells you just about everything you could possibly need to know. Check it out at 111.alton-towers.co.uk
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