Archive for September, 2007

The Guardian claimed that a post what I wrote was “a work of immense genius”.

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Cake

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Today I started my OU course with a stab at the “trial” CMA, which I think is designed just to get you used to filling them out – so no-one should mind if I give the answers out. They are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, “trombone”, and H. But not necessarily in that order.

Anyway, it was kind of fun. I think I’m regressing to my late teens. Why is so much information from those years absolutely rock solid, but I can’t remember where I parked the car at Tesco?

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  • It’s possible to have cracking time without going to Disney at all. The Universal parks are smaller and easier to manage, and there’s lots to do away from Disney. With kids, obviously, you’re not going to be able to get away with this as a plan (and I know I nominated three Disney rides as the best rides in Orlando), but if you don’t want to mess with The Mouse, or you’re making a return trip to Orlando, it’s worth a thought.
  • If the rain’s going to come down, then it usually arrives mid- to late-afternoon. It’s worth getting an early start (and if you’re from Europe, the time difference helps you to do this.
  • You don’t need to hire a convertible. No-one who lives here has one, because the sun is too fierce and you’re better off with a roof over your head and the air-con on.

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I think we decided on our favourite ride in Orlando – the Tower of Terror at Disney-MGM Studios.

Richie, Davy and me loved the thing. The lads didn’t get the “Twilight Zone” stuff, naturally, but the atmosphere and the sleight of hand of the engineers in the lead up to the pay-off was great, and the power-dive of the elevator wasn’t pretty darn great too (as my hat floated off my head…)

Honourable mentions also go to Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom and Mission: SPACE at EPCOT (take the so-called “extreme” version).

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