Dangerous Play (Playgrounds; Carnivals; Amusement Parks; Etc.)

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Looks like the inspiration for The Double Deckers.
That was my first thought (it's an age thing). And have you ever wondered what happened to the cast?

Yes, any quizzer knows that Brinsley Forde sang with Aswad and that Peter Firth went on to act in Equus and Spooks among many other things, but did you know that Gillian Bailey, who played the tomboy Billie, is now is now Professor of Women's Performance Histories at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London?

Or that Debbie Russ, who played Tiger, went on to be a news presenter on Radio 3?

I love stuff like this! And I hugely enjoyed The Double Deckers, having a bit of a crush on Tiger (it's okay, I was seven when the show came out!)
 

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That was my first thought (it's an age thing). And have you ever wondered what happened to the cast?

Yes, any quizzer knows that Brinsley Forde sang with Aswad and that Peter Firth went on to act in Equus and Spooks among many other things, but did you know that Gillian Bailey, who played the tomboy Billie, is now is now Professor of Women's Performance Histories at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London?

Or that Debbie Russ, who played Tiger, went on to be a news presenter on Radio 3?

I love stuff like this! And I hugely enjoyed The Double Deckers, having a bit of a crush on Tiger (it's okay, I was seven when the show came out!)
I loved that show! Then they stopped it and replaced it with nothing as good.
 

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That was my first thought (it's an age thing). And have you ever wondered what happened to the cast?

Yes, any quizzer knows that Brinsley Forde sang with Aswad and that Peter Firth went on to act in Equus and Spooks among many other things, but did you know that Gillian Bailey, who played the tomboy Billie, is now is now Professor of Women's Performance Histories at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London?

Or that Debbie Russ, who played Tiger, went on to be a news presenter on Radio 3?

I love stuff like this! And I hugely enjoyed The Double Deckers, having a bit of a crush on Tiger (it's okay, I was seven when the show came out!)
Gillian Bailey was also in 'Blake's 7: The Beginning'
 

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I remember bouncy castles being a similar issue in the mid-1970s. Carefree, peer-orientated bouncing ruined by red-faced and beery-breathed adults showing-off to their equally sun-burnt and drunk friends.

I think it's just part of the whole 'adults drinking in the hot sun, seeing what children are doing and getting into the 'I'll have a bit of that myself'' type idiocy. It's the same with playgrounds, I've lost count of the times I've seen drunk adults jump on swings, roundabouts, see-saws and the horse (of death).

'Look at me! look at me! I'm 37 but I've drunk enough hot, wasp-taunted beer to think that acting like I am only 7 is really, really funny! Watch me play on the swings like it's some major achievement, even though the 6-year-old I forced off them so I could piss about had no trouble with them either. I can go really high, look!'

In the heatwave of 1976, I saw two adults 'borrow' a squeezy bottle full of water and the ensuing soaking resulting in full-on fisticuffs. :roll:
One of the reasons I don't drink, I was the kid who had to take care of everyone else because the adults were drunk stupid.
 

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@MorningAngel

Thanks for posting that Notting Hill Adventure playground picture, evokes great memories.

@Mythopoeika

Not sure where you live, but growing up in London in the 1970's we had quite a few of those type of playgrounds with bespoke climbing areas made out of wood and rope ladders...great fun for us kids.

Here is Barnard Park playground in Islington

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3 people have been injured at 'Fudstock Festival', one critically.

"One person has been critically injured and two others seriously hurt after an incident at a fairground ride during a festival in Cumbria.

It happened at Fudstock, which was being held at Cavendish Park, Barrow, on Saturday at around 20:30 BST.

Two of those injured were reported to have been on a ride at the time, with two females and a male taken to Furness General Hospital, Cumbria Police said.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

One of the female casualties is in a critical condition in hospital, police said."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-58375009
 

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A 6-year-old girl died on a plunging underground ride at a Colorado attraction.
Girl, 6, dies on mine drop ride at Colorado amusement park

An investigation is underway after a 6-year-old girl on vacation with her family died at an amusement park in the western Colorado town of Glenwood Springs.

Few details have been released, but Suzanne Emery with the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park says “an incident” occurred Sunday evening on the Haunted Mine Drop ride that caused the death. The Post Independent reports the park will be closed Monday and Tuesday. ...

Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said park employees initiated first aid until paramedics arrived and determined the girl had died. The girl's name has not been released.

The Haunted Mine Drop, which opened in July 2017, is billed as the first drop ride to go underground, plunging riders 110 feet (33 meters) inside of Iron Mountain. Park visitors are required to sign a release of liability waiver before going on any rides or attractions.

The sheriff's and coroner's offices are investigating the death.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/article/colorado-glenwood-springs-01fa1fc8fa872a757e8d5d59bc0fcfcd
 

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A 6-year-old girl died on a plunging underground ride at a Colorado attraction.
Update ... Thie Daily Beast item summarizes the investigation's findings. It seems the little girl's seat belt wasn't secured, allowing her to fall out of the ride.
Colorado Girl Died on Drop Ride Because Ride Operators Didn’t Check Seatbelt, Investigation Finds

A 6-year-old Colorado girl was killed at an amusement park over Labor Day weekend because two ride operators didn’t make sure she was wearing a seat belt, according to a state investigation. Wongel Estifanos was on the “Haunted Mine Drop” at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs when, even after operators conducted a seat-belt check, she was still permitted to stay on the ride. An alarm system even went off notifying the operators of a problem, but because of their lack of training, they weren’t sure what to do and overrode the alarm system. This led to Estifanos falling more than 100 feet to her death, with her body found near the ride’s mine shaft, per the Denver Post. Officials plan to issue fines and citations related to the incident, and they have handed off the investigation to the district attorney for any criminal charges.
SOURCE: https://www.thedailybeast.com/6-yea...tors-didnt-check-seatbelt-investigation-finds
 

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What a bunch of idiots.

If an alarm goes off you find out what it means, even if you dont initially know
They managed to turn it off ok though. What a complete c*ck up and that poor kid died because they didn’t know what they were doing.
 

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Was there not a case in the UK where a hot air balloon or an advertising balloon broke free from it's moorings and a young child was caught by a trailing rope wrapped round her ankle. Parents had to watch as child dangling upside down was flown away.
 
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Was there not a case in the UK where a hot air balloon or an advertising balloon broke free from it's moorings and a young child was caught by a trailing rope wrapped round her ankle. Parents had to watch as child dangling upside down was flown away.
Are you thinking of the child killed by the badly-tethered bouncy castle? It was discussed on'ere, most likely in this very thread.
The workers responsible for the incident were jailed for three years.

Safe Guardian article -
Fairground workers jailed for girl's bouncy castle death

Two fairground workers responsible for the death of a seven-year-old girl after she was blown away in a bouncy castle they had failed to secure properly have been jailed for three years.

Summer Grant was killed after a gust of wind lifted the inflatable from its moorings and sent it “cartwheeling” 300 metres down a hill at an Easter fair in Harlow, Essex, a trial at Chelmsford crown court had heard.

William Thurston, 29, and Shelby Thurston, 26, were found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.
 

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No it was deffo a balloon of some description carrying her away very high up.

You may be thinking of this 2003 incident involving a British girl that happened in Germany.
Girl, 5, dragged to death by escaped balloon
Tue 10 Jun 2003

A five-year-old girl was killed after being carried away entangled in the ropes of a helium balloon ripped from its moorings during a violent thunderstorm.

The child, daughter of a British serviceman and his German wife, was at a summer fair at the British army's German headquarters in Rheindahlen on Sunday afternoon.

Her body was found two hours later near where the balloon came down, in a farmyard 43 miles from the base. Local police said she may have been conscious during the flight. The rope wrapped itself around her arm, according to the police chief, Rainer Rostek, who had been in the emergency control room. "The girl was caught just by her arm. We suspect that she was killed by the [landing] impact."

The balloon was reported last night to have hit a power line. It was intended to take passengers up into the air for a bird's eye view, as part of a range of family entertainments at the International Day, an annual fair that attracts visitors from across Germany. ...

"There was an enormous storm with thunder and lightning, huge hailstones and very, very strong winds. These winds swept across the showground causing devastation, lifting up tents and so on." ...

The balloon, belonging to the Royal Artillery, was teth ered by seven ropes, including one attached to a car. "The wind was so strong it broke all of these anchors, and swept the balloon away. As the ropes tangled underneath it, one of them caught hold of the little girl and wrapped itself around her and took her away" ...

"The wind got up and within 20 or 30 seconds it was approaching 100mph, knocking down everything in its path. All of a sudden this yellow balloon went past. There was something hanging from it."

"At first I thought it was a person who had attempted to grab the balloon to stop it leaving its bearings. But then I thought it couldn't be - nobody would do that - and I presumed it was a dummy." ...

The child's body was found a short distance away from the wreckage of the balloon in a farmyard in Hamminkeln, near the Dutch border. She has yet to be formally identified. A postmortem examination is due and the British and German authorities have begun a joint investigation.

Her father works at British headquarters in Rheindahlen near Mönchengladbach.

The rest of the show, due to have continued yesterday, a bank holiday in Germany, was cancelled. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/jun/10/germany.world
 

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And now the emergence of an opposed opinion on playgrounds ... Germans are building new playgrounds designed to allow (and teach kids about .. ) risk of injury, and an American non-profit exec claims soft landings don't teach kids about the consequences of their actions.
German playgrounds made to be perilous to help kids learn about risk

New German playgrounds are built to be dangerous, forcing children to negotiate perilous obstacles while risking injury if they fall according to a professor of motor development.

Professor Rolf Schwarz of Karlsruhe University of Education, argues that 'safe' playgrounds prevent kids from learning how to handle risk in the early stages of their development.

'If we want children to be prepared for risk, we need to allow them to come into contact with risk,' said the professor who works with councils and playground designers to develop challenging obstacles.

It comes as Rebecca Faulkner, an executive from New York based non-profit researcher play:groundNYC, said soft landing areas and spongy floors don't help kids to learn that their actions have consequences.

'What the spongy surface playgrounds don't do is teach kids that there is a consequence to falling, and they won't learn anything from it,' said Faulkner. ...

The news comes after a group of accident insurance companies last year called on German town planners, councils and playground to develop structures that help children to cultivate 'risk competence', as many of Germany's kids were spending so much time inside amid the pandemic. ...

Play:ground NYC's research suggests that children are better than we think at assessing risk, while Faulkner claimed that over sanitising and scrutinising kids could in fact cause more accidents.

'One of the things that we have noticed is that kids are really good at risk assessing their own behaviour,' she said. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news...lous-to-help-kids-learn-about-risk/ar-AAPVGQc
 

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And now the emergence of an opposed opinion on playgrounds ... Germans are building new playgrounds designed to allow (and teach kids about .. ) risk of injury, and an American non-profit exec claims soft landings don't teach kids about the consequences of their actions.

FULL STORY: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news...lous-to-help-kids-learn-about-risk/ar-AAPVGQc
They just have to design them like they did back in the 60s and 70s. No need to install bear traps or spikes.
 

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an American non-profit exec claims soft landings don't teach kids about the consequences of their actions.
When my kids were in junior school I was there one day and noticed there was an indoor gym class with climbing frames etc, with no rubber mats underneath.
I asked about this and was told the latest Department of Education guidelines stated that low-level climbing was to be done without mats to help improve children's balance and gripping or whatever skills.

As a parent governor at the time I know there weren't any injuries from it so I s'pose it worked.
 

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There's been another bouncy-castle-taken-by-the-wind accident (with fatalities) in Australia.
4 children die in bouncy castle accident in Australia

Four children died and four others were in critical condition after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted 10 meters (33 feet) into the air by a gust of wind at a school on Australia’s island state of Tasmania on Thursday.

The school was holding a celebration to mark the end of the school year.

The children who died included two boys and two girls in year 6, which would make them 10 or 11 years old, said Tasmania police commissioner Darren Hine. Five children are in the hospital, including four in critical condition. Hine said an investigation into the accident is underway. ...

Tasmania police commander Debbie Williams told reporters “several children fell from the jumping castle. It appears they may have fallen from a height of approximately 10 meters.” ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/police-australia-tasmania-8fdf91bf55380317c5305250e0643e74
 

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Nails seen sticking out of grass in garden used by children - with sinister note

Disgusted residents in Swinton have contacted the police after someone left metal nails sticking up from the ground in a grassy area used by children to walk to school.

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One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said she spotted the nails for the first time on January 26 in a communal garden, directly across from the popular local Moorside Park.

One resident who lives nearby with her daughter, told [a newspaper]: "It's a 12 inch full-on metal nail sticking out of the ground. It's horrible.”

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Sian Grant, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: “We can confirm that we received reports about this matter from a concerned member of the public.

"As soon as this was brought to our attention, we took immediate action and our Environmental Team have been on site today to investigate, however the nails had already been removed before we got there. We will now be working closely with the police and the community to investigate the matter further and identify the culprits.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nails-seen-sticking-out-grass-26076000

My theory? An anti-cycling vigilante, or someone annoyed by the noise children make, planting enough seeds of doubt in parents’ minds to get them to persuade their kids to play elsewhere.

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