anhunanol said: ooc: gives you smooches and snugs ;;; you take as much time as you need, friend.
>< *hugs* Okay, and thank you. It doesn’t help I can’t stop worrying about things in general and work myself up into a tizzy, and I guess the thing I’m worried about most right now is my health. I need to be more careful.
fortroughs said: WRAPS ARMS AROUND AND PRESSES KISSES TO FACE AND WRAPS YOU UP IN A BLANKET BEFORE CARRYING YOU TO BED AND CUDDLING WITH YOU.
Q~Q Thank you. <3
I may just take a long hiatus…
I only just noticed this was on the cushion I use for my desk chair.
Days out in Wales: Oakwood Theme Park
Oakwood Theme Park (formerly Oakwood Leisure Park, Oakwood Coaster Country or Oakwood Park) is a theme park in Pembrokeshire, Wales which attracts over 400,000 visitors each year.
Oakwood opened in the late 1980s as a very small family park with BMXs, a wooden fort, a 3D-style cinema experience show, go-karts and a water chute ride. The park has in recent years acquired a reputation for innovation and now incorporates five large thrill rides: Megafobia (1996), Vertigo (1997), Bounce (1999), Drenched (2002, as Hydro) and Speed (2006).
In 2006 Oakwood opened its latest ride to the public: Speed, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster with a 97-degree drop. This was the first Euro-Fighter in the UK and was at that time the steepest roller coaster in the United Kingdom, only being overtaken by the opening of Thorpe Park’s Euro-Fighter Saw: The Ride in 2009 and Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingo Land Resort in the summer of 2009.
The 85-foot-tall (26 m) CCI-built wooden roller coaster “Megafobia” has been rated among the best in Europe by enthusiasts.
Oakwood Leisure Ltd. was owned and developed by the McNamara family (until March 2008), Pembrokeshire farmland owners who diversified into the leisure industry in 1987 after the introduction of milk quotas. The park took twelve months to research and great care was taken when the work began to integrate all its facilities into the existing valley and to complement the natural vegetation. Not a single mature tree was disturbed and many have been used to enhance, screen and provide natural avenues to various rides. The first stage, completed in 1987, cost approximately £1 Million to build and invest in new rides, infrastructure and staff training has continued each season. As a result, Oakwood is now classed as one of Wales’ top tourist attractions and one of the Top Ten Theme Parks in the UK
Original and former attractions
Since the park’s beginnings a number of its original attractions have been closed and removed, frequently to make way for larger and more impressive rides. The need to renew and sustain public interest as well as the aged and primitive nature of some of the original attractions would seem to have been the main rationale behind this.
The original focus of Oakwood was that of a family orientated leisure park. The removal of previous attractions has thus been criticised by some. In particular Oakwood has been accused of depleting its own unique character by removing some of its more individual and authentic attractions to make way for the park’s development into a “white-knuckle theme park”.
Whilst the park’s development has been welcomed it is sometimes argued that original attractions should have either remained in place or been upgraded so as not to forsake Oakwood’s heritage as a family leisure park. A particularly regrettable move for some was the scrapping of Jake’s Town, with its unique narrative theming based around the gold mine character of Nutty Jake. Critics point to the alleged inferiority of the poorly themed “New Orleans” as evidence to substantiate this viewpoint.
An alternative viewpoint is to say that the park’s removal of previous attractions is standard practice in the theme park industry particularly with respect to developing parks who will naturally seek to gradually upgrade their portfolio of Attractions.
Oakwood Park Railway
A 15 in (381 mm) gauge narrow gauge railway operates on site at Oakwood. The railway, which is well established, is not listed amongst the park’s rides and attractions, but forms part of the operational infrastructure, providing a transport link between the theme park and the car park. Travelling on the railway is included in the cost of the park admission ticket. The railway is operated by four diesel locomotives. Two are American-style (though British-built) steam outline engines; the others are a standard diesel outline locomotive and a diesel railcar. Open 20-seater “Severn Lamb” type toast rack carriages are used in hot weather, with enclosed 20-seater former Liverpool Garden Festival coaches used year round.
Development into Theme Park (1996 - 2008)
Following an increase in visitor numbers after the arrival of Snake River Falls water coaster in 1994, management decided to pursue the development of the park into a more ‘thrilling’ theme park. In 1996, Megafobia opened. It cost £1.7m to build, but allowed the park to reach 500,000 visitors in one season for the first time. In 1996 Oakwood also began an annual After Dark event, with late night opening, fireworks, entertainment and discounted evening entry. Due to its location and comparatively limited financial resources the park is unlikely to develop into a major competitor on the same level as such parks as Alton Towers and Thorpe Park. However, by retaining its authentic character whilst adding unique (comparatively inexpensive) signature rides (such as Megafobia, Hydro and Speed) the park is favoured amongst connoisseurs of the industry and the public alike. Rides Vertigo (1997), The Bounce (1999), Drenched (formerly Hydro, 2002) and Speed (2006) have ensured Oakwood is now hailed as one of the UKs finest Theme Parks.
New Era for Oakwood (2009 - )
Following the change of hands to Aspro Ocio S.A in March 2008, Oakwood Theme Park has seen a range of changes, in particular to staffing. With both seasonal and permanent restructures to staff levels in order to coincide with market conditions. This has had a positive effect on the financial status of the park, after reports in 2007 and 2008 that it was £8,000,000 in debt.
In February 2010, a new logo was premièred on the front page of Oakwood’s new leaflet and Facebook page. The new image is the first logo for the park to change the initial ‘train stop’ shape around the name (a shape that was used on the original Megafobia logo). We now see a blue corkscrew section of a coaster with the words Oakwood then Theme Park in a box underneath.
In 2013, the park is building expansion and adding 7 rides including log flume relocated from Camelot Theme Park which is being closed recently.
Oakwood has 30 attractions in total
Personally though, I’d love to experience being human for a while, wouldn’t you? It’d be so much fun.
*And that’s the last thing she’ll say about that*
Well I suppose that’s not a bad thing in the slightest but it must be a tad grating considering you’re older than him and all right? I would hate to be in that sort of position. I’m glad to hear that though, doudou!
This is honestly the best day of my life!
I suppose so.
Ydw, it is a tad grating, especially when he’s treated us as if we were lower than him in the past. Everything’s better now, ond some days it can still be annoying.
*She’s not going to let herself think on it too hard*
Glad to hear it! Shall we head off?
Oh yes, yes. Fear I’ve hit a bit of a music block, unfortunately…-
/Anwyn whinnies from outside. Rhys cranes his head back out towards the window to check on her, then returns his attention to Rhiannon.
/He says this with a bit of a pensive tone.
December 11th. I suppose we have a while to go before that day comes around. As much as I may mentally prepare myself, it never really works. Would you…-
/He presses his thumb to his lips as though deliberating on his next words.
… go to Cilmeri with me this year? If you aren’t busy with international business. Just you and I.
O diar, that’s unfortunate. You always come up with great pieces, I hope your block doesn’t stick around for too long.
*She notes the noise, hoping that she’s alright, and nods when Rhys looks back*
Ydw, even if this year is flying by too, the months leading up to it seem to take forever, and because of Christmas as well.
*She draws a somewhat sharp breath, biting her lip in thought. Placing both her hands atop the table, entwining her fingers, she sighs a little before answering him with a small smile*
Mm, I think that would be nice. To be honest, I… have avoided going there for quite a while. I don’t know why, ond in recent years it’s just affected me more. It’s childish, really, and I should have visited. I really would like it, just the two of us, since I owe it to you, and Llyw.
[No, Rhi, bad idea. He will eat you out of house and home. The little guy has a bottomless pit for a stomach]
Ta! Yes there we go, my very favorite Welshie. I know ya hate “Whaley” I just say it ta get on ya nerves, definitely works. Gotta make sure ya don’t go soft on me.
*’Course, she’d probably try and kick his butt, and fail, per usual*
And I guess you’re my favourite… Kiwi? Hmm… ydw, unless I can come up with a better nickname. I’ve never been good at them, unless coming up with insulting ones for my siblings, haha. Oh, I know you do. Soft? Me? Dim, I don’t think we have worry about that.
"Stressfull, hm? Isn’t it fun to catch up with friends?" She asked curiously, tiliting her head in slight confusion. "Ah, thank you, Kath sounds absolutely fine to me." She gave her another slight smile.
"Ydw, it is, ond the rushing around part… not so much. Though, I guess I don’t mind too much, since it’s worth it." She shrugs, smiling. "Wych! Then I shall call you so.”
"Ah, alright," She nodded, still with that slight smile on her face, she could understand it a little, because it’d always be worth it to see the ones close to you, but she hadn’t really had to rush around much, herself, so she couldn’t be entirely sure. "Have you managed to catch up with many, then?"
Of course, being a nation, ‘rushing around’ was putting it lightly, though Rhiannon was used to it, and so were the rest of them. “Ydw, I’ve caught up with several family members. I’m glad that they’re doing well, since usually I come back to them arguing.” She laughed lightly, and sighed a little in relief. The thought of something bad happening while she was away was something she hoped wouldn’t happen, and she was glad it didn’t this time.