Incident on The Smiler 02/06/2015

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  1. Scott

    Scott Former TS Team Member

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    This whole thing really is an exercise in what modern British press has become... No longer to the papers and news channels report what they think we should or need to know about the world, they report what they think we want to know.

    Look at historical crashes on rides in Britain. Was there this much commotion when the Mine Train crashed? When the Big One had a station crash? When someone DIED at Lightwater?

    No. There wasn't.

    This is all entirely because of the time we now live in and the desperation to gain viewers, sell papers and get hits on websites. Towers have been unfortunate that something else huge hasn't hit the news in the last few days as otherwise this story would all but have dried up.

    As it stands the papers are printing anything they can to keep this in the public eye - purely because they know it makes for great click bait online.

    Ugh.
     
  2. Danza91

    Danza91 TowersStreet Member

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    We are getting ever closer to Orwell's dystopia.
     
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    One thing that doesn't help things is also the fact Alton Towers is the biggest park in the UK and the fact this was their last big ride which had been swarmed with problems.

    That being said, I do think the press naturally exaggerate things which sadly is something to be expected these days.
     
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    Oh Dear Lord, now I have friends discussing another 'crash' on a rollercoaster at Alton Towers, no doubt linked to the Octonauts evacuation story.
     
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    Danny Leicester Melvin Rong

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    Danza91 TowersStreet Member

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    and so it continues... what next? "Ride in disaster park deemed unsafe after man sneezes after the harnesses are locked".
     
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    'MAN MANAGES TO UNDO SEATBELT ON RIDE - ALTON TOWERS SENT INTO MELTDOWN'

    How long until this happens?
     
  9. Danza91

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    I actually wouldn't be surprised if when The Smiler reopens there's an article about how there aren't seat-belts on the ride.
     
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    It does appear that the silly season has started earlier than usual this year.

    Meanwhile, in the 8 or so days since the incident, 38 people have died in road accidents in the UK, with another 476 seriously injured.
     
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    The government should do something about it, its a national scandal.
    People keep having accidents, there needs to be an inquiry.
    Maybe issue bubble wrap to everyone, compulsory that you wrap up before leaving the house
     
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    And I'm sure Kay Burley is interrogating everyone and anyone who is responsible for these. Oh wait, she doesn't give a damn and neither do the media!

    :)
     
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    That's because people dying in road accidents are all part of 'the plan'.
     
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    Looks like the press are all over the ride downtime today, for example, another example of tripe from the Mirror.

    *sigh*

    :)
     
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    As someone earlier stated "facepalm" all theme parks the world over have ride downtime.

    Let's get creative with some mirror worthy headlines.

    Fire in blackpool water ride as riders fear for their safety.

    Terror and demand for enquiry as coaster falls BACKWARDS after launch.

    etc.
     
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    The fact that Air reopened half an hour after the metal clip incident tells me it was nothing to do with the ride. How convenient that the only photo of it is grainy. In daylight, modern camera phones wouldn't take such a bad photo, I suspect that the Mirror have blurred the image on purpose to continue their hate campaign. What did Merlin do to them? Refuse to go into a 'free ticket' deal like they do with the Sun? I'm smelling a rat.
     
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    From now on I think i'll check the newspapers for ride downtime instead of ridetimes.co.uk
     
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    Just to the left of over there!!!
    I was dangling upside down on the hex ride with only a lap bar to stop me from certain doom.
     
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    If this weather persists, i will be loading my family into the golf and making a beeline for a few days at splash landings the week after next, i hope Oblivion will be running but won't really care if it isn't.
     
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    'SUB-TERRA-FIED: 40 TRAUMATISED Guests EVACUATED From ALTON TOWERS NEMESIS Ride'
     
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