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The Smiler Incident 02/06/2015

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Yep Kay Burley is sharpening her tools as I type this...

Sky New have been flying their helicopter over both Thorpe and Chessington in the last half-hour to show viewers what Saw, Rattlesnake and Dragon's Fury look like. Both parks look very quiet from what I could see from the air.

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Sky News have a caption up saying: "MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS CHIEF EXEC: SAFETY PROCEDURES CLEARLY "WEREN'T ADEQUATE" ON THE SMILER"  which is not what Varney said at all.  That is a terrible thing to say.

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This Sky news interview is awful. This woman is a complete bitch. Nick Varney is doing very well. She is being absolutely ridiculous, what a joke. Merlin should refuse to do any work with Sky news ever again. How stupid is this woman on the news?

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The interviewer on Sky News is absolutely clueless.  Absolutely horrible woman, think how much stress Nick Varney is in at the moment, he doesn't need some stupid woman who thinks she knows more than him about rides.

Absolutely disgusting attitude.  

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How stupid is this woman on the news?

Very, she's an attention whore who got punched in the face by a colleague because he got so angry with her a few years ago.

Sky have quiet a reputation for being like this, don't forget they accused someone of murder on live TV only to find later he was 100% innocent and 100 miles away at the time, they also hounded a twitter user, stalking her to the point that she topped herself, he did very well to say calm with her, should have gone to the BBC instead.

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Very, she's an attention whore who got punched in the face by a colleague because he got so angry with her a few yeas ago.

I'm not surprised, she seems like a vile woman going from that interview.

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Just watched the whole thing and like already said, that women was horrible. Ignoring what he was saying, and kept saying the same thing. 

 

Felt sorry for Varney in that situation, but he did a good job.

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Yeah, I know of people who won't do interviews with her anymore, her reputation precedes her that much nowadays.

It's not just her though, the entire Sky operation is pretty much hated by the people they work with, they all have the same attitude.

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I have to say, Ive just watched that interview and I feel throughly sorry for Mr Varney having to interview with her. Every time he tried to explain something she cut him off and made it impossible for him to acutally explain everything that is going on and why things are being put in place. He handled that extremely well.

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If you ignore all the interrupting and repeating that she forces him to do it was handled very well. They seem to have a good indication of what happened and can easily implement ways of preventing the same kind of incident across the other rides. I expect Alton Towers will be open again soon and that once the HSE investigation is complete and we know for sure what happened we can expect the return of The Smiler after any needed changes are made however long that may take. Though it's reputation will be scarred for a long time.

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Kay Burley is such a bitch, no wonder Frank Partridge smacked her one.

 

That's bang out of order to say... 

 

Frank and Kay had an argument at an office party about who should have the last word on some program they were doing, he lost his temper and slapped her. 

 

Whether or not Kay Burley is a bitch on or off-air, or is a difficult interviewer is still not a reason to be slapped and doesn't make her deserving of it, and what you said, Ian-S is insensitive. 

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Following the interview I have emailed Nick Varney praising him for being a great representative for the theme park industry during this rubbish time. I know it is the media's job to scaremonger, get attention and exaggerate, but the interviewer seemed to come from the point of view that any ride that takes the tiniest, minimalised risk in order to entertain millions of people should be shut down.

 

This woman tried to trash the industry I grew up with and that I know so many people enjoy. That kind of interviewing will only perpetuate the misinformation and totally unfounded Claim Culture that unfortunately surrounds theme parks. I'm not angry because its what I expect from Sky News, but it's so irritating and undermining to be honest.

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What an disgusting interview.... She has clearly no idea of all the health and safety procedures which are already in place on rides like that. Adding a further one (also if maybe unnecessary as the ones in place should be enough) just shows the professional side of the parks. Stating that the rides would have been unsafe all the time is just wrong and after what happened disgusting to say. What bothered me even more is that she was just rude and also filled the whole time of the interview with the same comments instead of asking more relevant questions and fill the interview with interesting facts. 

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That interview is vile. This happens so frequently, but people still inexplicably return to view Sky. I don't get it.

 

So, we still have no idea what happened, mostly because that useless journalist wouldn't lit him tell us.

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What does "extra safety protocols" mean though? Surely it's not running the coasters permanently on reduced capacity? Or waiting to dispatch until after the previous car has passed the first set of brakes? That would be beyond dire.

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I have a real respect and admiration for Nick Varney having watched that.  Daft interviewer, kept going round in circles and not listening to the answers.  I know NV is paid handsomely, but he's a human like the rest of us, had had a week from hell, and is trying to balance the support to the injured guests and handling the HSE investigations.  To keep his composure is a sign of a really gifted person.  I get the feeling that among the enthusiast community, there is a general core of support, sympathy and understanding for Merlin.  And a nice touch from electricBill to drop a note of support.

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