Oldest Theme Parks

BBC: Shaney Hudson writes about the first “Theme Parks” known, in a cool BBC travel article.

Why read the article? Apart from being a good light read, it actually imparts some very interesting and (I’m guessing) very little-known facts.

I’ll share a few spoilers here to whet your appetite for the entire article.

FTA: While most people assume amusement parks are an American invention, their roots are in fact grounded in the Old World. Many of Europe’s best-known theme parks are centuries old, evolving from upper class “pleasure gardens” — public spaces that included recreational activities in the 18th and 19th century — to established tenants of local culture.

So, what kind of time-frame are we talking here? How about: The earliest Theme Park still in operation today, “Bakken” near Copenhagen in Denmark, was first opened in 1583. Yes, they had rollercoasters and giant mice even back then no, no they didn’t. What they did have? Well, it seems you could drink from an invigorating natural spring water source and see the best shows and entertainments of the times. To really seal the deal you could also buy and see demonstrations of the hottest new trending products and services peddled by hawkers and vendors just like today. Ok, so there was no rollercoaster in 1583 but Bakken does still have an old wooden rollercoaster built in 1932!

How about this, want to know where the original Ferris Wheel was born?

FTA: The world’s oldest Ferris wheel, the Riesenrad, is located in Vienna’s Prater Park. The 212ft structure has been synonymous with the city since it was erected for Emperor Franz Jospeh’s Golden Jubilee in 1897 on the old Imperial hunting grounds. The wooden, wagon-shaped gondolas rotate on a large steel frame offering panoramic views of the city and surrounding fairground; the interiors are covered in graffiti left by lovers and rebels over the decades..

For a travel article, it’s a quick but more-ish read of some nicely organised info and a pleasant sense of history to boot. Worth a visit for at least a few dozen extra interesting and noteworthy facts whether or not you’re planning to travel Europe to see the oldest theme parks.




Letting Go

image of butterflies emerging from a hand.


New theme park quirks – via Wired

Wired: Joseph Flaherty has a quick run-down on some interesting twists coming to theme parks this year.

My pick: Why go see the article? The roller coaster video.

First up, an extreme bent on the roller coaster called the X-Flight for Chicago where riders practically fly. Check out the video there. Second thing on the list, an odd ice cream dish called FruktSno which is shaved at high speed onto the plate giving a unique texture. Last of the 3 items examined is a weird little 3D scanner object.. your face on a Star Wars figurine.



A very important note

Attention. This is a note. It’s a very important note at that. I think that you should note that this note is a note about note writing. You see, with note writing, or note writing about note writing, there are so many things that could go wrong. You could accidently mispelll or repeat repeat words. or you could comPLETELY Forget, “grammar altogether. Potentialllly all all of the, erors’s could happen in one note. And of-course i wouldn would know, after all, i am THE master of note writing.

The End


We Are the 99 Percent

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I loved this – someone I did business with during the week sent me ‘kudos’, positive feedback via this site ( and I felt it was such a cool thing to receive. I chose to publish their testimonial for my business. Simple to do. But I could have kept it a private posting too. I want to send kudos to others from now on because it created a brilliant ‘thank you’ at the close of a deal and I imagine for anything else in life.

Anyway, it’s positive, well developed – this could get big and I felt it’s a site that Stumblers would particularly love to use in their private life or at work to congratulate good businesses for the little things they do, or the big things. I think it would be a great way eventually to find the best companies to buy certain things from etc.

From the site:

“Who deserves your Kudos? Showcase the people, groups and businesses that amaze you ~ they’ll love you for it.

Another thing that surprised me was to find it’s only been operating a few weeks and the fellow I did business with was one of the owner/devs, Andy.

This isn’t a paid plug and I genuinely think a lot of people I know online will really want to use this – or more to the point, would love to have someone send them kudos for something they did well.

It reminded me of how I felt when I first used – a very positive web site that changes something about how people think about what the ‘Web’ is for – and I’m told new features are coming.


Simon Cottee Animation

A pixel artist and enthusiast who helps out with tutorials to help you get into it.


Ode to May – Piano Practice

An Ode to May Movements 1 and 2 – Piano, 6.26 mins long.

This is my attempt to encapsulate several things. Firstly, it began as an ode to springtime, the month of May in particular as experienced in England as described by a friend and also another friend’s news of the beginning of a relationship. As it was being written, a tragedy interrupted and a first movement was added.

This is about triumph over tragedy and the sweetness of life moving from a wintery happenstance towards new triumphs in life – bittersweet and with romantic forms – aslo inspired to an extent by Barcarolas.