Speedy Carousel


I’m rounding up my Brighton Pier amusement park series with the carousel down on the beachfront. I set the camera on shutter priority with a 1/50s shutter speed, so that I could capture it’s movement. It makes it look like the carousel is wending it’s way round faster than it’s ordinarily sedate pace.

~ Spotted Cow

Retro coaster

Crazy Mouse

Continuing with my Brighton Pier amusement park series.

This is the Crazy Mouse roller coaster. I like this ride too. Beware though, the tub spins around at the corners and again, I would urge you not to eat beforehand. I de-saturated the colours in the picture to give it a retro feel.

~ Spotted Cow

Lurid Octopus


Continuing with my Brighton Pier amusement park series. It’s my third.

This is Galaxia, best described as a lurid octopus which swings its arms around and up & down. I haven’t had a go even though I think I’d probably be alright on it. Something about it’s round & round nature doesn’t appeal to me. But look how much fun the kids are having !

~ Spotted Cow



In The Air

Air Race ride

This is the second in my series of the amusement park on Brighton Pier.

This ride is called Air Race and you wouldn’t be able to get me on it. I don’t know why it’s dives and flips and upside down turns make it different from riding a roller coaster. Maybe it’s the sensation of being hurled around in the air. I felt a bit ill just watching and taking pictures. I do, however, like the brightly coloured aeroplanes with their Batman motifs.

~ Spotted Cow

Air Race ride

Air Race



Loop de loop

Turbo rollercoaster

This is the first in my series of the amusement park on Brighton Pier.

I love roller coasters. The Turbo is a short, terrifying ride but I love it. I like the sensation as your head – and stomach – go all funny when you loop around the loop. I’m usually trying to persuade someone to get on the ride with me … and someone else to be the designated handbag-holder.

My advice is not to get on the rollercoaster following a big meal. It is not a good idea.

~ Spotted Cow

Demon roller coaster

The Wandering Cows are roller coaster fans.  If there’s one near by, you can bet we’ve got a ticket. That’s where I headed when I arrived at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. I bought my Multi-Ride ticket and went on the roller coasters to the exclusion of everything else.

My favourite was the The Demon – Dæmonen – a two-loop and lolling roll, head over heels, twisty ride that lasts all of 1 minute 45 seconds.  You’ll walk like a drunken sailor for several minutes when you get off, until you gather your wits enough to get in line for another go. And another.

There’s also the Rutschebanen, the oldest running roller coaster in the world. It was built in 1914 and back in the day, it polarized the community, some of whom thought that money should not be spent on such frivolous activity. The ride is not as hairy as The Demon, but it still gets up to speeds of 50km/h, which still means you need to hang on.

I also went on the Odin Express, which is a junior roller coaster. No loops on this one, but it can twist quite wildly so don’t go thinking it’s going to be fairly pedestrian.

I don’t have many pictures because I put my bag in a locker. You can’t have loose things about your body. And I was having too much fun as the early evening turned into night.

~ Spotted Cow

The DemonDemon loops

Up in the Air at Luna Park

Sydney’s Luna Park sits under the Harbour Bridge and has scenic views back onto the iconic bridge and the city. It’s a fun afternoon out as long as you keep in mind that you’re not going to Disneyland.  It’s not glitzy and polished and new … although there is candy floss and fried food. The original park was built in 1935 and it retains that old world character, especially when you walk up toward the big face entrance.

We like heights and we like speed dips. So our absolute favourite was the roller coaster, which we went on several times. Don’t eat a big meal before you get on !


Spotted Cow

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