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All my friends are middle-class and grey

What's my humor blog been doing? Mostly stuff that isn't supposed to be funny, like, recapping the story strips and the like. If you didn't see it already or on your RSS feed, here's the goings-on.

Now let's have a bigger-than-usual bunch of pictures from the park, shall we?

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More animal figures lining the railroad ride at Bowcraft Amusement Park. If it seems odd there should be disembodied elephant or hippo heads consider: they're obviously the toppers for animal-themed trash bins, taken out and used as decoration instead, a touch that's ingenious and inexpensive and so endeared the park to us.


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The complex, twisty path of Bowcraft's main roller coaster, Crossbow.


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Crossbow train setting out. Very light crowd; almost nobody had got to the park yet.


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Bowcraft Amusement Park's big roller coaster, Crossbow, partway through the ride cycle.


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Crossbow's launch station, with the train at rest. As you can see the ride is not yet packed.


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The main lift hill for Crossbow. I wasn't recklessly close to the tracks; there's just some good spacing in the fence (you can see that to the left) and I have a pretty good optical zoom.


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Close up on the operator's booth for the Musik Express at Bowcraft Amusement Park. Check out that tag from the N.J. Dept. of Community Affairs: 6424.


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Bigger-picture view of the Musik Express, so you can appreciate the airbrush art and the mock car coming out the roof and all that.


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Back to Bowcraft's carousel, and a view of some of the horses they have. The inner and outer row horses do not have the same mould, and look close at the manes if you need to convince yourself of that.


Trivia: The Homes and Gardens Pavilion was the most-visited exhibition space at the 1951 Festival of Britain. Source: Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times, Lucy Lethbridge.

Currently Reading: The Nemesis Affair: A Story of the Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science, David M Raup. Wait, there were never more than about fifty dinosaur species alive at the same time? This ... that ... that's going to take a lot to process. (At least, as science understood things in the mid-80s when this book was written. I don't know what people think now but still, that's like one-hundredth of what I would have bet on.)

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