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Offline Muggins

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Disney comes to town
« on: November 20, 2010, 10:11:13 am »
Did anyone go to the Christmas light switch on on Thursday.

Family reports it was awful.  things like full of pushing, shoving kids, no crowd control,  the big screen at the other end from where the fixed one is, was not a big screen at all, children couldn't see it.  The show was dismal and the fireworks not up to Disney standard.

Will Disney want their money back?
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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2010, 10:37:13 am »
We'd given up and gome before the fireworks started, from were we saw them they looked ok.
Big crowd though.
Daughter enjoyed the merry-go-rounds most, but didn't like the crowd.

Seeing the people in the space, and the odd fairground rides dotted about, I wondered if it possible to actually get a proper fair into the space?
Marlborough has the Mop, could we have a steam powered fair...? "Swindon Steam Fair"


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Offline Richard Symonds

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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010, 06:12:27 pm »
Sorry to say Can we afford this luxury when are cutting back on the elderly care budget?

I say no we can't,but enjoy now and we will pay later!!

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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2010, 02:14:49 pm »
Perhaps our "worthy" administration should be aware that the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.
So start spending our money wisely and wipe the smile off Perkins and Hunt just for starters.
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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2010, 04:52:15 pm »
Family are so annoyed by this event they told me today they will be writing to our council about it, but it's not our council is it, isn't this the town centre management company?

I suggested they write to the Adver or give it to me to put up here.  Anyone any ideas to whom it would be best placed?
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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010, 06:25:51 am »
Walked through town yesterday, wasn't terribly impressed by the decorations.
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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010, 08:13:21 am »
Far too corporate - the decorations I mean all very 'matching' and 'themed'

Even the Outlet village, although impressive has the same tree as last year, looks like it was just folded up at the end of last Christmas and stuck up again this year - Lets have one big tree and all the staff that want to out decorating it.  Doesn't matter if the colours don't match and the trees lop sided with all the decorations on one side...... it would be a 'big society' effort.

Still I suppose some would moan about that.
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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2010, 09:01:07 am »
Good news and bad news.
I picked up a brochure, published by in Swindon, "Christmas in Swindon Town Centre, with a sprinkling of Disney Magic"
Good news ------ good quality brochure.
Bad news---------£4.50 to see Father Christmas.   What a bloody rip off!
I feel for a family with kids having to say no.
Who is in charge of in Swindon? Scrooge?
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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2010, 03:31:07 pm »
More expensive than having a 'swim' at the Oasis!!

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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2010, 03:51:24 pm »
I would like to say. having been a Disney fan all my life. That this in no way resembles any Disney thing I've seen.  Disneyland Paris was all I wanted it to be, all the Disney Video's I loved and I liken myself to Madam Mimm - at least in stature! Even the Disney shop is worth a visit.

Another family complained about the lack of crowd control and irritating people on the mike.  Another family said they were actually scared of the crush at one point.
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2010, 05:31:23 pm »
On a serious note - I understand that InSwindon used a professional company to 'put on' this production. I wasn't there so have to rely on thrid party comments, which ranged from "It was great event" through "The fireworks weren't bad" to "Lights were a bit of an anti climax" - so all in all a typical series of reactions from a discerning public, all who had different expectations of the night.

I tend to the view that on occasions such as this the organisers just cannot win.

Onto a slightly different topic but in the same area of Christmas entertainment - can someone tell me why InSwindon appear to have rolled over and surrendered in the case of the Snowglobe?

For those who don't know - Inswindon booked the Snowglobe to appear in the Town Centre for two weeks between 15/27 November. This was an advertised activity and last year was a great success. The Snowglobe did not make an appearance, having been offered a longer appearance from a larger Mall. So they simply rang up InSwindon two weeks ago and cancelled.

I suppose there was no contractual obligation or cancellation fee due to InSwindon - or if there was they appear to have simply pocketed the dosh. I bet if InSwindon had cancelled there would have been a penalty provision!!

Clearly Swindon doesn't quite cut it against the big boys.


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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2010, 05:44:30 pm »
Peter Pan is back in the Town Gardens  :)
I was listening to a lovely chap - Richard (he' is to do with Parks etc) talking about it
on the Graham Mack Breakfast show this morning.

Don't quote me on it in case I miss heard as I was putting me slap on and doing me hair this morning, but apparently the origional statue had been there since the war but unfortunately was removed as it was vandalised........... but now he is back !

Richard was very knowledgable about the art work and it was interesting listening to his bit on the radio.

I must go and have a look for myself at some point.  ;)
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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2010, 05:47:49 pm »
Chav, it's such a shame then by 5pm this evening he was told he was redundant.
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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2010, 06:00:10 pm »
Chav, it's such a shame then by 5pm this evening he was told he was redundant.

I don't beleive that muggins, Richard Beale been made redundant?  what the effin 'ell is going on at SBC??  :idiot2: :bash:

Tell me your joking

We all thought that the allotment lady was for it.

How on Earth does anyone in that organisation think thats a good idea? Has SBC gone stark staring ravin mad. He's one of the few that actually ever bother.

Or is it a clandestine way of letting the Parks service fail completely so they can sack the lot?



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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2010, 06:08:18 pm »
Chav, it's such a shame then by 5pm this evening he was told he was redundant.

So...no consultation? No reapplying? Just kicked out? That's bloody horrible and terrifying!
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2010, 06:08:40 pm »
As he told me I take it must be true, of course he's gutted - borough man and boy.

Yes, and twice in the last two weeks Justin Tomlinson has mentioned him as an empitome of a good officer, to me personally, in fact so fulsome in his praise I was embarrassed. Then in public at VAS AGM (well that was just a mention).

I get a double whammy, unemployed son and no one looking after parks and open spaces.  OH! bugger, why do we bother!

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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2010, 06:14:18 pm »
Chav, it's such a shame then by 5pm this evening he was told he was redundant.

Muggins

Didn’t he request bumping?

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Good Luck to Richard and Thank you.
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2010, 06:16:40 pm »
I can only say as I find, Richard Beale is a professional and he sorted out the bits of land that the council owned in West Swindon, and that was a big task, also sorting out issues around trees, hedges and footpaths etc. He was also, I am told by the Swindon and Cricklade Railway very helpful to them with trespass issues.

I will miss Richard he was useful  to the local people in Toothill who also spoke highly of him and of assistance to me as a Councillor. I think he knows this already, if he ever needs a reference he can always give my name.
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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2010, 06:30:20 pm »
I wondered about the lady getting the heave ho, as she has been sending out letters all last week about a meeting this Wednesday at the civic and she has been sending me emails about the breakin so she is still doing the job..

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Re: Disney comes to town
« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2010, 06:33:57 pm »
Although I have had no personal contact with Richard, my hubby has and speaks very highly of him. He worked very closely with him and just last Saturday hubby and I were at Sywell Road in Stratton bulb planting with local residents, an activity facilitated by Richard. A mind-boggling decision, really sorry.

 

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