Omnibus Book Tour

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Rode the London Eye yesterday!

The trick to getting pictures of yourself when you are travelling alone is, look around for couples who are taking snaps of each other, and ask, "Would you like a picture of the two of you together?" They'll gladly take your picture if you offer first to take theirs.

Gorgeous, isn't it? What an engineering feat. I hope it's there forever.

Here's one of the capsules. They are self-righting, and use a mechanical system to keep upright, rather than using gravity, like most Ferris Wheels. During the early tests, a couple of the capsules locked, and British Airways had to delay opening day (New Year's, 2000) until everything was operational.

If it can be said to have a theme, it's civil avation. I guess calling your ride on a great wheel a "flight" and your ticket a "boarding pass" would qualify as theming...

The drive wheels. This is the same principle as any fairground "Big Eli" wheel, just on a much grander scale.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Press event this morning at the Dana Centre in London. We're getting ready for the first of six "Fairground: Thrill Laboratory" events.

The Dana Centre from the front.

This is one of the production assistants in the monitoring rig. It includes a camera to record facial expressions, and numerous physiological monitors.

Here's the ride for this evening, a Miami Trip.

Here's a nice shot of Brendan Walker, the organizer of the events, looking very MST3K in his red jumpsuit. He had custom patches made with the "Fairground: Thrill Laboratory" logo.

Brendan tells me he filmed some video at a funfair in this outfit, and there a gaggle of children pestered and teased him. One of them came up and quietly uttered the tagline to an advert which features nerds, geeks and boffins in funny glasses, "You should have gone to SpecSavers!" Cheeky!

More soon.