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by bengutt
Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

The BBC are reporting that the owners of Alton Towers are to be prosecuted following the crash on The Smiler on 2nd June 2015. This could actually help underline the fact that it was an operator error and the ride itself is safe to the general public. So although they may have a massive fine to pay...
by bengutt
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

For anyone on the Alton Towers SW8 news group on FB a couple of security employees at Alton Towers took to the discussion of The Smiler re-opening. One of them to some extent defended/sympathized with the people responsible saying "There's so much information that's not been shared and I'm not...
by bengutt
Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Ride Closures/Removals in 2016
Replies: 254
Views: 55370

Re: Ride Closures/Removals in 2016

I think these closures will be a good thing in the long run. And I also think by not going this year your aren't helping the resort to recover. When you break down the reduced line up. There's only really Hex and Ripsaw that were missing. It's a general opinion on here that N:ST is a poor attractio...
by bengutt
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Where has she said she wants to go on strictly? I thought that was a made up example of attention seeking. You'd have thought it made up, as it is in the mirror.... http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/brave-alton-towers-victim-vicky-7002383" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;,...
by bengutt
Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Her reason to do the story "I love Strictly and it would be a dream come true to earn a place on there.".

Time for her to find something else in her life other than "this bad thing happened to me, can you make me famous?"
by bengutt
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1561
Views: 284761

Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Looks like the used bits from the Air station to me.
by bengutt
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Unfortunately (or maybe deservedly depending), the staff involved could end up in front of a judge. You've still got to feel it for them though, they must be going through hell, knowing that a stupid mistake has cost so much to so many. Likelihood is they are quite young, and will have to carry a l...
by bengutt
Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: If you owned ATR, what would you do with it?
Replies: 140
Views: 46736

Re: If you owned the Alton Towers Resort, what would you do

I would make Oblivion 3 rows and the back row would be backwards, also I would build a traditional wooden coaster in place of the Smiler, Enterprise and Submission, all across the X-Sector, and totally re-theme the X-Sector to fit the wooden coaster. As well as this, I would remove the flume with a...
by bengutt
Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

So Leah & Joe are doing an anti-bullying talk to school children because of them being trolled online in which case you can simply make your Twitter profile private. Just about every person who is a public figure gets this sort of thing. It's part and parcel of being open and public. If you don...
by bengutt
Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Suddenly Alton Towers gets a lot of job applications....
by bengutt
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Do you yearn for something big thats not a rollercoaster
Replies: 12
Views: 3819

Re: Do you yearn for something big thats not a rollercoaster

I loved the Ratatouille ride at Disneyland paris. The queue was so long and they gave out the glasses so early I forgot to expect it to be in 3d. When the ride started, because of that, I found it amazing. I'd have gone on again but the queue was 3 hours for it... I loved the star tours as well, rea...
by bengutt
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Here is actually a good bit of press about the handling of the accident by Merlin.
http://www.continuitycentral.com/index. ... eature1322

Obviously it's not in the main stream "newspapers".
by bengutt
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Ofcom have posted statistics on last weeks complaints. Sky News got 1002! http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/enforcement/audience-complaints/100615.pdf Hopefully journalists thinking about a career change to a sensationalist will think twice. It's sad that the news now is down to how many tw...
by bengutt
Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

"If I could just interrupt as it's an interview, not a statement" What the hell? Perhaps i'll use that in every conversation when I fancy interrupting someone.. I loved that line she spouted, made me wonder if she realised she was the one giving a statement? What she means to say is "...
by bengutt
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

I wouldn't read too much into this, HSE and Merlin have probably identified areas that they can improve on with their training and operating procedures.
by bengutt
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

I cannot believe how the Mirror and the Guardian have represented the park in their reports on the incident. I have heard of disgraceful reporting, but this is something else ..... Ive seen report after report of how terrible the Smiler and Alton Towers are, when is somebody going to stand up and r...
by bengutt
Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

And they wouldn't make the 999 call until they knew they needed that level of help, and that looks like the first responders decision after they have arrived and made an assessment.
by bengutt
Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

I can see why people aren't best pleased about the 999 call delay, but why are people attacking the first responders? I'm not quite sure as to why 10 minutes is so shocking for the first responders. That's a minute to make the call and ascertain the facts, a minute or so to mobilise and gather thei...
by bengutt
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

The bbc have just revealed that it took AT first responders quite some time, 12 mins, to arrive on scene. That's very poor.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33011347
by bengutt
Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 491917

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Has it been confirmed yet about the poor girl loosing her leg? I'm a bit sick of reading reports jumping to conclusions before anything has been confirmed. Also I very much doubt The Smiler will be open for the remainder of the season however I do believe it will be back for 2016 - where i shall be...
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