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January 2020 - Official Discussion

Hello and welcome to the new year, Newsstand visitors. I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday period. We may be starting a new year, but we at the Newsstand are not quite finished with the old one. For this month's discussion, we will be taking a look at December's issue of The Quibbler, which was all about Ferris wheels. If you need to refresh your memory, head on over here, then come right back to this spot to share your thoughts.


Here are some questions to consider:
-What was your favourite article in December's edition of The Quibbler? Why?
- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?
- If you haven't been on a Ferris wheel before, would you like to ride one?
- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?
- If you've never been to a carnival or amusement park, which one would you like to visit?
- If you could design your own Ferris wheel, what would it look like? Would it have any special features (i.e., built in candy dispensers, sofas instead of seats)?


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*This discussion is based on The Quibbler's December 2019 issue. Go take a look!
 

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- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?
Yes I have been on a ferris wheel. And I did like it. It is a ride that is slow and relaxing, but the best part is when it stops at the top you get an amazing view. I think the only thing that I didn't like about it is that the baskets can rock quite a lot so if you have someone with you who is a bit of a mean spirited person who makes the basket rock heavily it can be a bit scary if you are in one that is not enclosed. I have been in two types of baskets. The type you get at the state fairs that are just an open air basket. And the ones that are completely enclosed with air conditioning. And both have their merits.


- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?
Let's see. I guess my best memory would be all the excitement and for some reason the lemonade.
I always found that the lemonade stand that makes you fresh lemonade with half a fresh squeezed lemon inside the cup and leaves the lemon inside the cup was magical. I thought this because you could go to the water fountain later when you finished your first cup and just refill it, give it a little shake and have a second; although weaker serving of lemonade. It was magical to a child who was able to go to the county fair without much money. Allowed me to stretch my dollar further and maybe get to do something else.


 

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-What was your favourite article in December's edition of The Quibbler? Why?
You Didn't Hear It From Us. It was a fun article to read. I liked reading about how the Minister For Magic is really afraid of Ferris Wheels. It's hard to imagine that.
- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?
Yes, a few times at different amusement parks and a state fair. It was okay. I would never go on another one. It's just to slow to make the complete circuit. I get bored after a couple of minutes. I no longer like the crowds at these places, so I stay away from them. I hate huge crowds of people.
- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?
My local amusement park has concerts every year. I always enjoy going up and seeing some of my favorite bands play. A few of my favorite bands/singers to play there: Beach Boys, Firehouse, Warrant, Osmonds, Spirit Song a Christian music festival. I also love going to the winter event at my local park. Great shows, a lot less people so it;s more enjoyable, ice skating and sitting down to a nice meal at the restaurant. Some f the stores are open with cute Christmas decorations for sale. A few rides are open including the Ferris Wheel.
- If you could design your own Ferris wheel, what would it look like? Would it have any special features (i.e., built in candy dispensers, sofas instead of seats)?
It would be enclosed with air conditioning or heat...depending on the season. It would have soft padded chairs, It would also have soft music playing in the background.
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Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?
Yes, once that I can remember. I would have liked it better if the person I was with wasn't rocking it. It was at a carnival type thing.

- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?
Haven't been to one in a long time but I think I would like just walking ariund and experiencing it. The lights the sounds...all of it can take you away from reality and seem magical.

- If you could design your own Ferris wheel, what would it look like? Would it have any special features (i.e., built in candy dispensers, sofas instead of seats)?
I would definitely make it comfy. A ferris wheel is a nice date ride i dont think I would put anything like a candy dispenser in it though. I would want to experience the thrill of being up so high and seeing the carnival from that height. Also I would be afraid a kid or anyone really might choke on the candy and with no drink available and no one able to help them until they came down, I would be afraid to put candy or anything of the sort in the ferris wheel.
 

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My favourite article in December was definitely "You Didn't Hear It From Us". Abigail was such a gem! A real trooper. Her lifelong passionate quest to destroy vile Ferris Wheels it's truly inspiring. Plus I could imagine Richard rifling through the important-looking paperwork.

Speaking of Ferris Wheels. I was on one once and will never put myself through that kind of torture ever again. I remember when it stopped at the top, in its unholy and unnatural way, I bit into the balloon I had from stress and it popped in my face. It's a vile contraption, and I want to find the ghost of Mr. Ferris so I can offend him for all eternity by repeatedly asking him how he died.

My favourite memory of carnivals and things is always the same: funnel cake. Nothing else really matters. I mean turkey legs are nice but please give me all that funnel cake. I love it so so very much.

If I could design my own, I would totally make an octagon one. We need a Ferris Stop Sign! And then it can turn and do some weird tick-tock kind of bits as it hits each side. Oh oh! And then. When it's "clicking" it can shoot out fireworks or something cool like that!
 

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- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?

Yes, I have been on a Ferris wheel multiple times in different places. I usually like them, some are better than others. The locations I have ridden a Ferris wheel at included Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County Fair, and a shopping center. My least favorite to ride was probably the one at Orange County Fair because it was abnormally large and had really unstable doors.

- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?

My best memory at an amusement park was probably a field trip I had to Knott's Berry Farm where I rode a Ferris wheel with my friends. This Ferris wheel was unique because it was fast, almost a thrill ride.

- If you could design your own Ferris wheel, what would it look like? Would it have any special features (i.e., built in candy dispensers, sofas instead of seats)?

If I could design my own Ferris wheel, I'd make it so that each compartment is themed. For example, if I were to have a Biome Ferris wheel, I'd make each compartment either a desert, rainforest, or snowy theme. They would most likely have no windows to improve the rider's experience.
 

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This happened a few years ago in the sleepy little seaside town where I live. There's a carnival that comes here every August, when the seawinds blow balmy and the dust from the midway sometimes kicks up and makes little dirt devils that will dance along with you as you stroll down the rows of carny games, each with its own sketchy-looking, obnoxious barker. There's funnel cake booths, and teriyaki booths, and strawberry shortcake booths, but you better not eat too much or you'll be very sorry, because coming up next at the end of this row are the rides. The Till-A-Whirl, the Wild Mouse, the Gyro-Copter, and there, looming over everything like an aging dowager queen of it all, rusting worse every year and looking like something out of a bad dream, sits the Ferris Wheel, daring you to buy a ticket. It's been there every August since I can remember, and my brother always made me miserable growing up, laughing at me because I didn't dare ever ride the thing.

He and his friends would race to it first, shouting at the tops of their lungs and when they finally got on it, rocking dangerously in the open benches with the one thin bar across that passed for seats. I was terrified of it, the way it shuddered and shrieked when the hollow-eyed ride-operator yanked its big lever, starting the slow revolutions that gradually picked up speed, carrying my brother and his raucous friends up and up, till I could barely see them anymore. After a few brisk turns the gypsy man running it would yank the big lever again and the thing would grind to a halt with riders caught and swinging at various heights, where they would dangle helplessly for a few minutes until the gypsy yanked the lever again. This was the 'ride'.

Well, a few summers ago the thing actually did get stuck and my brother had to sit up there in the summer sun for almost three hours while they tried to fix it; two men climbing high up into the center of it in what seemed to be a dare-devil effort, clinging to its greasy girders with tools stuck in their belts. I finally had the hearty last laugh at my brother's sun-burned face. It was the most delicious treat I every enjoyed at the fair.
 

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-What was your favourite article in December's edition of The Quibbler? Why?
I really like the article of 'Things the Ministry Doesn't Want You to Know'. I never thought that they are the one who created the ferris wheel!

- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?
Yup. I've ridden it for more than 10 times and i really like it. If you know Enchanted Kingdom especially here in asia, that's one of the most popular amusement park.

- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?
Everytime i go with someone i like in amusement park is memorable. The fun we share, all the rides we have been. Specially the foods! 😍

- If you could design your own Ferris wheel, what would it look like? Would it have any special features (i.e., built in candy dispensers, sofas instead of seats)?
I like the original ferris wheel and maybe if they add some features or they paint it with a theme like color, i will absolutely love it!
 

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My favourite article in the Quibbler’s December edition has to be Richard Lestrange’s “You Didn’t Hear It From Us”. I love the conspiracy theory, and it’s well written with a brand of humour that I really enjoy.
I’ve been on a couple of Ferris wheels in my life, and to be honest I’m still not sure whether I like the experience or not. On the one hand, I absolutely love heights, and Ferris wheels often have some really spectacular views. However, most of the time it feels like it takes forever to get to the top, and then when you’re finally up high enough to have a good view, the ride seems to speed up. Or maybe that’s just me? In any case, I also find the seats really uncomfortable usually, which detracts greatly from the whole experience in my opinion. If I could design my own Ferris wheel, you can bet the first thing I do is make sure the seats are as comfortable as possible! Think those sofa cushions that you just melt into to and you’ll understand just how comfy I want these things to be. I think I’d also try and make the Ferris wheel as tall as magically possible, so that even if you aren’t at the very top you’ll still have a cool view. And, of course, I would speed up the wheel just a little to make it that little bit more fun for everyone!
 

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My favorite article this december would be the devil's advocate I feel like the reasoning was on point about the whole proposal thing and I agree with it, why can't just people be normal and go to a nice restaurant and do the whole gesture where you put one knee down and propose there love to their special someone without doing over to the top proposal it's just don't make sense for me. (Also don't mind me I'm just bitter when it comes to it like the devil's advocate was stating xD). But I do ride Ferris wheel though and it is one of my favorite ride, I usually ride one if I go to festivals back in the Philippines, a night won't be complete without riding it but i haven't been on it since I moved to US. I have found out that Ferris wheel are too slow and that they just mostly use on sightseeing, I was disappointed because in the Philippines, ferris wheel spin fast and it is so fun but also a lil bit dangerous. 😆

Being for I have ride ferris wheel before I want to ride on it again but if I do I want the one in the Philippines because I love the thrill of it spinning fast and my adrenaline is always high and that I'm a little bit reckless. Yet I also don't mind riding the one here in US but this time if I do go on it I want to have my camera ready for pictures. And knowing that ferris wheel is my favorite I do have some good and funny memories of it one that would always made me smile is a memory of me and 3 of my friends riding the ferris wheel and one of them decided to go down first because he reason that he was too anxious riding it but the truth is he ate too much and that his stomach went bad because of all the spinning and later on that day he try to deny everything but we knowthe truth and we kind of make fun of him because if it. 😅

And since I've visit a lot of carnivals and few amusement park I would like to explore more than I have visited and places that I would really want to go are all the Disneyland and of course the Universal Studios where Harry Potter is. nBecause of my like of ferris wheel, if ever I designed one it would be a sturdy steel with a soft chair where when someone seat they would feel comfortable and a handrail that if they get anxious or scared they could hold on to it especially it spin fast .
 

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Here are some questions to consider:
-What was your favorite article in December's edition of The Quibbler? Why?
Hexian of the Month // Hexians are super lucky to Winnie join our community! Great article

- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?
Yup, I've been on a handful. Some temporariiy when a traveling fair comes through town during the summer months. The two that are memorable for me are @ the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel -- Chicago, IL and & the SM Mall of Asia, "EYE" in Manila, Philippines. Both give you great views to enjoy.

- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?
Best memory would be spending a week in Chicago with quite a lot of free time to enjoy sightseeing. I went on quite a few rides back in the day.

- If you could design your own Ferris wheel, what would it look like? Would it have any special features (i.e., built in candy dispensers, sofas instead of seats)?
If money was no object, it would be great to have a Ferris wheel that was very large in North Dakota 😂 It would need to have heating for winter time & cooling for the summer!
I would install self cleaning glass in the gondolas... perhaps with some magic flicks of the wand? ^^
 

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-What was your favourite article in December's edition of The Quibbler? Why?

Oh my goodness, I really enjoyed the ‘Haiku Gesundheit’ by Armoracia. It was so well written and it made me laugh so hard the water I was drinking came out my nose! I actually lost a pair of sunglasses on a Ferris wheel once, so it was really appropriate.


- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?

Yes I have, many times. But the first time was at a Six Flags Amusement Park and I was 10 years old. I was scared and entranced at the same time. I loved being up so high and all I could see. I also liked being up with the birds, however , I do not recommend looking straight down, lol. It might make your tummy jump around a bit.

- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?

I think the time I mentioned before was one of my best memories of an amusement park. I had won the tickets on a writing contest for children and I was able to bring a friend with me. We had access to all the rides and free food. It was amazing. I have always been a huge fan of carousels too, and I must have spent two hours on the one there. It had the most amazing figurines, Lions, horses, unicorns and Kelpies. I loved every second of that day. . . except leaving.


- If you could design your own Ferris wheel, what would it look like? Would it have any special features (i.e., built in candy dispensers, sofas instead of seats)?

I think if I designed my own Ferris wheel it would be painted dark blue and it would be on a slant. Each car or gondola would have wings on the side to really give you the illusion of flying. In fact each car would like a different bird: an eagle, a raven an owl, you get the idea. I think part of the appeal of being so high up in the sky is that it gives the illusion of flight, something that has always fascinated those of us without wings.

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I've been on a Ferris wheel in a few amusement parks. The last one I've been on was actually in California Adventure in Disneyland! That was more than a year ago though XD

Honestly I'm not a huge fan of the ferris wheel. Most of the ones I've been on only had view of the park, and when I went (always daylight, maybe that's related) it never seemed like such an exciting view. I suppose it could be great if the view is really special, or if it's in the dark and you see a lot of pretty lights. Maybe I should get another experience to correct how I feel about the ferris wheel ~

My best memory of visiting an amusement park is probably Disneyland, just because it is such an amazing park - so much better than any park I've been to in my country... What I especially loved is that every ride feels like a dive into a movie, which for me was a better experience than the thrill level or speed. I actually really liked the slow rides ^_^

I am planning a very park focued vacation for the end of the year actually, planning to go to Disneyland in Orlando, and to Universal Studios... So it's going to be a lot of fun! I'm purposely stopping myself from diving into the details of it, because I don't want to start planning and obessesing over the trip yet when it's so far away XD

If I could design my own Ferris wheel, I'd like for it to be in a great location, maybe by a lake overlooking a mountain or something. So when you're on the ferril wheel you'll definitely get a beautiful view!
I'd also love for it to have a night mode button, which will turn the windows dark and fairy lights will light up, making you feel as if it's night time and you're getting the night view as well ^_^

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- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?
I have been on many ferries wheels. The most memorable Ferris wheel was the double Ferris wheel I rode with my boyfriend at the state fair. A double Ferris wheel is two that rotate around each other. Suddenly it halted with us on the very top. My guy really didn't want to go on the Ferris wheel in the first place, and when it stopped, he started to freak out. I grabbed his hand and said everything is going to be okay.I said, look at the beautiful scenery around you .Five minutes later the wheel started spinning, and he relaxed but realized what an amazing time he had.
 

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-What was your favourite article in December's edition of The Quibbler? Why?
My favorite would have to be the Dangerous Beasts article this month. I got a mental image that had me giggling for a hot minute while reading it, sparked by mirrored suits.
- Have you ever been on a Ferris wheel? If so, did you like it? Where did you go on one?
I have, many times. My favorite was the one at Navy Pier by my dad's in Chicago because the view is incredible. There was also a really big one at Six Flags Great America that I loved going on when I was a kid.
- If you haven't been on a Ferris wheel before, would you like to ride one?
I have been, but I wouldn't mind riding one again lol. I just don't usually ride them because I much prefer roller coasters. Plus, I rarely go to carnivals...I'm not a fan of the local people here. They're not very nice, and the only other fair that I would consider attending would be a bit of a trek, in another county.
- As you know, Ferris wheels are most commonly found at carnivals and amusement parks. What is the best memory you have of visiting a carnival/amusement park?
I don't really have one for a carnival, but one of my favorite things growing up was that my Grandma would get my brothers and I season passes to Six Flags and take us regularly. We always had a lot of fun, and she would let us go on the rides while she sat and watched. Then we would watch a show for her after a few rides. We loved going.
- If you've never been to a carnival or amusement park, which one would you like to visit?
I've been to several, and I know this is the question, but it really depends on what you're looking for. Someone like me that's an adreline/rollercoaster junkie should go for one of the Six Flags parks. Someone that loves shows and some rides, go for Universal. Someone that has kids, definitely Disney lol
- If you could design your own Ferris wheel, what would it look like? Would it have any special features (i.e., built in candy dispensers, sofas instead of seats)?
Oooh I'd strap ya in and make the carts spin on their own axis so you're getting a double spin as you go around!
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While I cannot remember when I was last on a Ferris wheel, I have been on one. It was a fun experience. I’m not a fan of heights, but a Ferris wheel is stable enough that it is still fun to go up and see what’s visible from above. Amusement parks have so many different rides. I didn’t enjoy the rides that spin in the air, but the rides that spin on the ground are alright. Bumper cars, Merry-go-rounds, and even the houses that are optical illusions are fun for all ages! My favorite amusement park would have to be Disney World, hands down. They had some of these types of rides, though wasn’t sure about if they had a Ferris wheel, but definitely remember the tea cups that you can spin, or let them slowly spin themselves.

If I were to design a Ferris wheel, I would incorporate a theme of magical creatures. Each car would be a different creature from the phoenix, niffler, and kelpie, to other creatures like the Hippogriff, Occamy and sphinx. The inside of the car would be given a color scheme that fits with the color theme of the creature that is that car. Phoenix would have fire hues on the inside of the car. Not sure about the seats, but the seats would need to be comfortable. This would be a fun Ferris wheel to design, but equally fun to ride.

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I have been on a Ferris Wheel a couple times, and though I usually don't care much for them, I did enjoy one ride in particular It was at a holiday destination I hadn't been before and it was amazing to be able to look at it from above. It was incredibly high and situated right at the edge of town, bordering the sea. I have a bit of a fear of heights though, so I was far from relaxed during the ride. But, we survived and all got off the ride just fine. Probably wouldn't go on it again but it was a very nice experience.

The one I went on, wasn't in an amusement park, but I've been to those too. Some smaller ones near where I live, Disney Land twice and this really weird one at a holiday destination. Overall, I'd say I am not such a big fan of spending a day in a park like that. I would much rather go to the sea or a fun city as I am not a fan of rollercoasters and it's usually very busy in those parks, but sometimes you go with friends and/or family and you just have a great day, regardless of where you go to.

Now I've gotta go and think of a theme for a hypothetical ferris wheel. I've left my creativity at home this morning.
 

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My favorite part of December’s edition of the Quibbler was the “Dear Snape” column. I like Snape’s humour – or lack thereof. His responses make me laugh. Just hope I don’t find myself on the receiving end of his snide remarks!
Yes, I have been on a Ferris Wheel several times. I often wonder why I continue to torture myself by riding them. I don’t like them at all, I’m afraid of heights and they make me feel queasy. I rode them at the local fair and at the amusement park about 3 hours from my home.
The best memory I have from amusement parks/carnivals are watching the happiness on my kids’ faces when they get to enjoy the rides. From before I had kids, it was when I went to Disneyland and went down splash mountain with my brother and grandparents.
I would likely never design a Ferris Wheel as they freak me out. However, if I had to, I would ensure it was fully enclosed so you couldn’t see outside at all! A candy dispenser inside would be a perk. Also, I would come up with a way so the ride didn’t have to stop every 2 seconds to let people on/off – maybe it could “eject” people into a net when their turn was over 😂
 

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My favourite Quibbler article was Hazel Dust's interview with Arthur Weasley. Despite the interview going in circles I did find it both enlightening and illuminating. The circular nature of Mr Weasley's responses came as no surprise to this Witch, after all his love of everything muggles is well known and from what I saw he seems to be modelling himself on muggle politicians, who are excellent at the art of circular conversation and never actually answering the question asked to the satisfaction of the interviewer.

As to Ferris Wheels yes I have ridden them probably the most memorable was at an annual travelling fair that visits a Muggle City known as Nottingham. The fair had to shut down by midnight on a Saturday as traditionally it is not allowed to operate the rides on a Sunday, with one exception. Yes dear reader you guessed it the Ferris Wheel, which is allowed to continue to operate past midnight for as long as it takes to get everyone back to the ground. It was always a thing to be on the Ferris wheel for the last ride of the year, preferably timing it so that you were at the top on the stroke of midnight. The view across the large area where the fair took place and across the City is quite magnificent. I have been fortunate enough to have done the midnight ride and as the clock strikes 12 the lights on the other rides are slowly switched off starting at the outer edges and working inwards to the Ferris Wheel at the very centre - It is quite a sight to see once the switch off starts the Ferris wheel is paused to allow whoever is on top to view the spectacle. Once everyone of the coloured lights on the fair ground are switched off the wheel is brought slowly back to the ground, with just the lights from the rest of the City twinkling. It is quite breath taking to see.

I regularly used to visit the annual fair I mentioned above - It is known as Goose Fair and has it's origins back in the middle ages when the centre of Nottingham held a market or fayre where geese were sold. It always used to start on the first Thursday of October although nowadays it starts on the First Wednesday. It is quite magical to visit and as a child you would go with your parents and marvel at the noise and the twinkling lights eating candy floss or hot dogs or chips and mushy peas out of old newspaper as you walked around. The smell of the diesel generators used to get in your clothes and it spoke of excitement and anticipation. It was a rite of passage into being a teenager being allowed to go to goose fair with your friends rather than with your parents and it was something that was the sole topic of conversation between us at school for the weeks before the fair.

The fair itself is pitched on the Forest recreation ground - once part of the famous Sherwood Forest but long since cleared as Nottingham grew in size and now a grassy area used as playing fields. The rides are all pitched in the centre of this area with side shows and stalls selling all manner of food around them. The road leading to the fair is lined with booths of Fortune tellers all claiming to be genuine Romany Gypsies with the gift of the inner eye, but in many cases they are bigger frauds than Professor Trelawney.

My favourite memory of visiting the fair is not from my childhood or even my teenage years but doing so in my 40's with my dearest friend. We took the bus from her house to 'The Forest' and as soon as we alighted and started walking past the fortune telling booths we were teenagers again, gabbling excitedly about what we fancied to eat and whether we would go on the whip or the waltzer first. The minute we saw the Waltzer we couldn't help ourselves we jumped aboard and ours were amongst the loudest screams when the attendant that jumped from car to car shouting 'Scream if you want to spin faster'.

It was a fabulous evening and we indulged in all the treats we remembered from childhood, rode the rides we remembered as teenagers and made a fabulous shared memory of a very special evening.

During my later years I have developed a fear of heights so I do not think I would like to ride a traditional ferris Wheel anymore especially that feeling as the seats rock as they ascend and go over the apex before returning towards the ground. That said I do rather fancy taking a ride on The Liverpool Wheel, which is similar to the London Eye. Rather than the rickety cars the wheel has pods that are enclosed against the elements. It also moves much more slowly and as the pods have glass walls the view from the top on a clear day means you see right across Wales and over as far as Ireland. So if I were to design a Ferris Wheel I think I would ensure that the pods had comfy sofas and were enchanted so that if it was a cloudy or wet day as the pod ascends the weather clears so that everyone gets to see the view.
 

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I have been on a ferris wheel multiple times! As a kid it is a favourite, and then when you grow up and our in your teens and early 20s, it is sort of a romantic place to go on a date when at the fair, and then as a grown up with kids, your kids love to ride it (plus it is one of the more mild rides at the fair that I can tolerate) so it covers a multitude of sins, as they say. I quite like the ferris wheel!

I can't say that I have a particular memory of being on a ferris wheel that is my absolute favourite, but I do remember going to a rather large fair/exhibition in Ottawa many years ago when I first moved there and, being young and quite smitten... it was a nice day out with a cute guy. Ferris wheel included!

I do love carnivals and amusement parks though. Whether they have a ferris wheel or not. I love the smells, but dislike the carnies trying to entice you to play their games. Food at the carnival is oh-so-bad but oh-so-good at the same time, am I right? Delicious donuts, candy apples, cotton candy, onion rings.... a dieter's dilemma! But it's the carnival. If you can't treat yourself then, then when? My favourite amusement park is by far Universal Studios in Orlando, with the location of "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" in particular. I was very lucky to be able to go in November 2018 to Orlando Florida to Seaworld for 1 day, Disney for 3 days and Universal for 2 days because it was my son's "Make a Wish" trip. We had special passes to forego all the lines, and the experience was incredibly.... magical. Seriously, no other word could do that trip justice. It will forever be a beloved memory and I doubt anything will ever bypass it. And oh, that butterbeer is sheer heaven!

If I could design a Ferris Wheel, I don't think I'd make it overly fancy, per se, but I would update it for sure. Maybe make them 'themed', change the shapes of the seat cars so that maybe they are like upside down umbrellas. Definitely make the seats more comfortable, but I doubt I'd go so far as to say a sofa because that really wouldn't last in bad weather. Maybe if it had a scent dispenser as well, like some rides do at Universal and Disney, that make you smell the ocean or the grass on rides to enhance the 3d experience, but in this case it would probably smell like fresh popcorn or cotton candy (which wouldn't hurt the carnival's sales, now would it?).
 

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