It's not going to go for a while, though your 'its not as if it's Nemesis or anything' surprises me for someone of your age.
I'm shocked myself of what i've typed! But I stand by it, I used
to see it as a magnificent feat of engineering, the very 'heart'/'symbol' of Alton Towers, the coaster that made visiting worthwhile. I have so many fond memories of corky, and the times i've ridden it. I do love the Corkscrew don't get me wrong, but for reasons other than the experience it gives. Historically it means alot to me, because it's how I've always seen the park, it's become a piece of the furniture so to speak. But when the Black Hole closed, I thought i'd be more dissapointed than I eventually found I was, and I loved that as much as Corky. When I was queueing up for Rita I saw the Corkscrew in a different way, I've always thought of the corkscrew as being the one with character, but I didn't see that anymore. My attitude towards Alton as a whole has changed over the last few years, can't explain why, it just seems to have happened! (Sign of getting old probably! bah humbug!) Ignore what I say if you wish, it's just the way I feel!