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by BIan
Mon May 14, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2012: Neglect, decay - demise?
Replies: 163
Views: 17689

Re: 2012: Neglect, decay - demise?

I think Astrodan makes a good point, even though people are pointing out these issues at Alton Towers, when they go, they are still having a fun time. I also think like others have said,  the state of the park is not the Mechanics fault,  Ride Ops, and lower management.  In fact, if i...
by BIan
Fri May 11, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Etnaland
Replies: 54
Views: 10515

Re: Etnaland 2013: "The Storm" Mack Coaster

When I saw the thumbnail image on Facebook Sam, my heart jumped a beat as I thought the writing at the back said England. It looks like a great family coaster, with that last inversion just to add a little extra.  With a 1.3m height restriction hopefully it will not be long before a English par...
by BIan
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Thorpe Park Saturday 7th April 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1100

Re: Thorpe Park Saturday 7th April 2012

Strange about the 360 Bar,  the last two times myself and Lisa have been, we have had the food within 10 minutes of ordering.  At least you got something for free. As for Swarm, I agree completely, its  a all round enjoyable fun roller-coaster, which along with Saw certainly help spre...
by BIan
Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Football Manager Discussion.
Replies: 43
Views: 4799

Re: Football Manager Discussion.

Ah,  your using FM 2011.

I was wondering why it could not find it.

I have 2009, 2010, and 2012 but not 2011, so will have to wait for the next version.

Ian
by BIan
Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Football Manager Discussion.
Replies: 43
Views: 4799

Re: Football Manager Discussion.

Just seen this post Josh, and I am up for joining.  What time frame do you plan to put in place for it? Off-Topic but link below is to a online football management game that is free to play(Can buy in game add-ons) and only take a little bit of time each day to manage.  Yes, if you click t...
by BIan
Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6450
Views: 518719

Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm

When I was their last week, I thought Colossus was smoother than Saw. The indoor section of Saw is fine, but the outside part throws you around a lot, and feels very rough. I think I would rate the rides at Thorpe Something like this. Swarm Inferno Colossus Saw Stealth I feel bad for putting Saw so ...
by BIan
Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6450
Views: 518719

Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm

Well, now that I have been on the ride, I have to say that Thorpe Park and Merlin have done a fantastic job with The Swarm. Having got the chance to go on it three times today, I have to say that it is a great addition to the park. It is well themed, everything fits from the game stands to the photo...
by BIan
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Forza
Replies: 18
Views: 2290

Re: Forza

If you want a realistic racing experience, look no further than www.iracing.com

Not the best graphics or biggest selection of cars and tracks compared to GT5 and Forza 4, but the simulation side is leap and bounds above GT5 and Forza 4.

Ian
by BIan
Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: English Football 2011/2012
Replies: 1099
Views: 60109

Re: English Football 2011/2012

Not posted for a while, so nice win for Palace today after a solid draw against West Ham previously. Zaha is getting lots of positive reviews,  but is still developing(to many tricks, passing at the ring time, only things that can be learnt through experience) as a player and has a lot to learn...
by BIan
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Submission & Enterprise: Now Open for 2012
Replies: 312
Views: 31368

Re: Submission & Enterprise: Now Open for 2012

This is very good news, and I am glad Alton Towers changed their mind.

The 2012 season ride line up is now an improvement on 2011, and this can only be a good thing.

Ian
by BIan
Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: MINI MEET: Alton Towers - 19th February 2012
Replies: 30
Views: 3284

MINI MEET: Alton Towers - 19th February 2012

Me and Lisa will be there.  We are going to the Spa in the afternoon so might leave a little early.
by BIan
Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Europa Park
Replies: 2763
Views: 125358

Re: Europa-Park 2013: Family Rollercoaster.

To be fair to Merlin,  I think they did a good job with Saw:The Ride and was CATCF just before Merlin took over.

Ian
by BIan
Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: NO SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2
Replies: 2695
Views: 366792

Re: 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2

CoasterCrazyChris wrote:
They all feel the same because they are too lazy to come up with any real original ideas.


You have to get the right balance,  I would hate to another another Ugland/Rita situation.

Ian
by BIan
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1440
Views: 107365

Re: Varney on BBCR4: 'The single biggest issue is VAT'

The problem is, you could say the same about anything. Paying £50pp to go and watch you football team lose is never fun Paying £50pp to go and watch a West End Show you don't enjoy Paying £150pp to go to the F1 and only see the cars for 5 seconds a lap over 1 hour 30 minutes. Alton Towers is a Theme...
by BIan
Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6450
Views: 518719

Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm

Sam wrote:
Image

God, what a boring bit of track!


Would be cool if the propellers were working on the helicopter :)

Ian
by BIan
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 690
Views: 86523

Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

No, I would not ask a ride operator. If my theoretical condition meant I could live a fairly normal life outside of a theme park, and I didn't consider my curled fist to be a problem elsewhere, then I bloody well would not lower myself to "ask a ride operator" if I could ride their roller...
by BIan
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: MINI MEET - Thorpe Park - Opening day, Thursday 15th March
Replies: 38
Views: 4916

Re: MINI MEET - Thorpe Park - Opening day, Thursday 15th March

Dormiens-Dave wrote:
I may be doing this as i might not be able to make the saturday


If you decide to go Dave, would it be for just the day, and if Yes,  would you be willing to possibly share a lift and half the petrol?

Cheers,

Ian
by BIan
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 690
Views: 86523

Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

This is a very tough and difficult thing to get the balance right. I would be very interested to see what the Roller-coaster manufactures say about this.  When they design their coasters, to what extent do they take in to account disabled users.  Maybe this could be a question of JW when w...
by BIan
Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Political Beliefs
Replies: 138
Views: 9445

Re: Political Beliefs

Can someone explain how someone in the bottom left hand corner at the bottom can exist? If your fully Libertarian, you are happy for anything to go,  as long as it does not cause harm to someone else. At the same time, you want everyone to be treated equally.  So if somebody wanted to pay ...
by BIan
Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: TTF Sexuality Census 2012
Replies: 156
Views: 12956

Re: TTF Sexuality Census 2012

I would like to point out that to any straight people who might be worried about the comments of others in this thread that those comments are jokes, and should not be taken seriously.  The running joke within TTF is that there has always been more Gay members on meets that straight members, bu...
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