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15092016 ArcelorMittal Orbit, Slide, QE Olympic Park, Stratford

Posted by Leso Boundy on September 16, 2016 in News |

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Today was the last day of my yearly ticket to the ArcelorMittal Orbit. I had not gone as many times as I had hoped, in order to get the value from my ticket, so I decided I would go today. The weather was sunny and warm, a good day for sightseeing, but not so for photography. When I last visited, not so long ago, the Slide was open but I did not try it out. Today I decided I would. The Slide boasts some impressive specifications, detailed below in a page from the information sheet.

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A pretty strict safety code is expected on all who take the Slide. Safety clothing is supplied and nothing that could cause injury is allowed to be taken into the Slide. This is a prudent precaution, having been on the Slide, I know that it is necessary. It does not last long but it is an interesting and unique experience.

Following the Slide customers are allowed to return to the observation decks to see the views to the city and over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and beyond. I have seen these views on a rainy day, a sunny day and today, a hot hazy day. The views are interesting on all these days, the changing conditions afford many and varied opportunities for singular photographic record of those conditions. Today was no exception.

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I was disappointed that , in mind of the impressive specifications of the Slide, that no certificate was presented to those brave enough to experience it. Just being at the Date Line at Greenwich is awarded with a certificate, without actually doing anything. I think that the organisers had their hats on wrong to omit the need for a certificate. I had to be content with a picture of myself that is hardly adequate.

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None the less the Slide was a great experience and it went by just too fast!!! the reason it is so fast can be seen on this information sheet photograph. Would I do it again??? Definitely!!

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