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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #60 on: January 08, 2018, 10:42:39 PM »
Center Parcs isn't/ aren't under a big dome. I genuinely believed this until about 20 minutes ago.

Surely some of it is ? The main social area at least ?

My then manager went to the very first one a couple of years after it opened and we all thought that the whole thing was under the dome but he put us right when he got back saying it was only the middle bit. Said it was the best family holiday he had ever had though mainly cos you could dump the kids in the pool area to be looked after while he and the missus spent 'quality time' together.

Yeah look at photo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_Parcs_UK#Operations

but no they dont put the whole site under a dome ....

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #61 on: January 08, 2018, 11:23:36 PM »
Have you seen the latest Centre Parcs ad? Family getting chased by some kind of leaf wraith, I'd have screamed blue murder if I'd seen that as a child then been told we were going there.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #62 on: January 09, 2018, 01:41:27 AM »
Center Parcs isn't/ aren't under a big dome. I genuinely believed this until about 20 minutes ago.

My brother went to one about 20 years ago, at the time I remember him saying it was under a big dome.

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #63 on: January 09, 2018, 02:55:57 AM »
Some people say everything's under a big dome.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #64 on: January 09, 2018, 03:14:16 AM »
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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #65 on: January 09, 2018, 07:23:05 AM »
My brother went to one about 20 years ago, at the time I remember him saying it was under a big dome.

Their ad slogan used to be "The British holiday the weather can't spoil.", but now they seem to have abandoned that and the emphasis on the dome, and push themselves more as an outdoorsy sort of thing, which seems a bit weird considering you can go outside anywhere without having to stay at Centre Parcs.

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #66 on: January 09, 2018, 08:48:49 AM »
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I get that reference! All my Star Trek knowledge comes from Redlettermedia.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #67 on: January 09, 2018, 09:06:54 AM »
Their ad slogan used to be "The British holiday the weather can't spoil.", but now they seem to have abandoned that and the emphasis on the dome, and push themselves more as an outdoorsy sort of thing, which seems a bit weird considering you can go outside anywhere without having to stay at Centre Parcs.

Ah but it is about the feeling of the outside.  A nostalgia-tinted view of the outside, if you will.  The real outside rarely if ever has that feeling.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #68 on: January 09, 2018, 09:22:50 AM »
Not all the Centre Parcs have a dome anymore - the small new one, and Elveden forest, which did have one until a fire burnt it down. I think since then they have stopped building domes because they're a bit of a fire risk.

Just to be clear - the dome never covered the whole site though.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #69 on: January 09, 2018, 09:47:19 AM »
Hang on, you can go outside the dome? When we went to the one at Sherwood Forest we stayed inside the dome the whole time. We slept on the sunbeds. We thought outside the dome was just like, a wasteland. Shit.

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #70 on: January 09, 2018, 10:06:52 AM »
I'm a bit sad to hear this about Centre Parks. I always thought it was like Logan's Run, only with older, uglier people.

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #71 on: January 09, 2018, 11:40:46 AM »
I imagined that rain would be produced by a sprinkler system or underground irrigation, and never once questioned this idiotic belief. I'm sure their original ads hinted that the whole site was under a dome.

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #72 on: January 09, 2018, 11:57:12 AM »
How does a dome burn down? Doesn't it melt?

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #73 on: January 09, 2018, 12:17:43 PM »
I'm a bit sad to hear this about Centre Parks. I always thought it was like Logan's Run, only with older, uglier people.
I thought it was a biosphere-Butlins.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #74 on: January 09, 2018, 12:54:02 PM »
Not all the Centre Parcs have a dome anymore

Well that takes away the fucking point of it doesn't it ? I would be well pissed off if i booked a Centre Parcs holiday only to find there was no dome and i got rained on all week ....

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #75 on: January 09, 2018, 01:42:08 PM »
How does a dome burn down? Doesn't it melt?

The bottom part catches fire and eventually crumbles away, so the rest of the dome collapses down on it, creating a smaller dome.  And so on, with the dome getting smaller and smaller until its inhabitants are trapped inside a dome that is the exact size of themselves, then they all go on fire.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #76 on: January 09, 2018, 02:02:53 PM »
Well that takes away the fucking point of it doesn't it ? I would be well pissed off if i booked a Centre Parcs holiday only to find there was no dome and i got rained on all week ....

That was my point exactly. The CP USP was a fuck-off dome that stopped you getting rained on, but now they seem to be all about running through forests and cycling etc., which you could do anywhere.

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #77 on: January 09, 2018, 02:06:49 PM »
I'm sure the original advert showed people cycling through a dome covered forest. I also think the original logo featured an overarching dome. Might have imagined it though.

Do you think you're allowed to take cans in to the woods and get pissed or would that be policed?

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #78 on: January 09, 2018, 02:13:49 PM »
That was my point exactly. The CP USP was a fuck-off dome that stopped you getting rained on, but now they seem to be all about running through forests and cycling etc., which you could do anywhere.

It fell apart once people started cottoning on to the potential of umbrellas or “personal domes” as capitalism called them.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #79 on: January 09, 2018, 02:14:42 PM »
Do you think you're allowed to take cans in to the woods and get pissed or would that be policed?

Should be fine as long as they are kept on a leash.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #80 on: January 09, 2018, 02:15:07 PM »
That was my point exactly. The CP USP was a fuck-off dome that stopped you getting rained on, but now they seem to be all about running through forests and cycling etc., which you could do anywhere.

Yup !

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #81 on: January 09, 2018, 03:30:40 PM »
I guess there's your answer, too many people had a wild leap of imaginaton upon seeing the adverts so to avoid disappointment they tweaked the proposition.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #82 on: January 09, 2018, 08:08:45 PM »
"Gnu" is pronounced "Nu" like every other "gn" word (e.g. gnome). The Flanders and Swann song is a joke about people mispronouncing it, but has lead to everyone saying it wrong.

(cf. Finnemore)

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #83 on: January 09, 2018, 08:17:05 PM »
I remember a holiday to centre parcs several years ago which was ruined by the fact that they'd put the dome on upside down.  Was awful, everyone just piled up on top of each other unable to climb out.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #84 on: January 10, 2018, 12:37:27 AM »
"Gnu" is pronounced "Nu" like every other "gn" word (e.g. gnome). The Flanders and Swann song is a joke about people mispronouncing it, but has lead to everyone saying it wrong.

not helped by this classic old ad and sequels that used a version of the song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kBmkXxJw1M

tho oxford says can be either with audio to boot - https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/gnu

edit - this one is cute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlhu2O-YK9o

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #85 on: January 10, 2018, 09:58:39 AM »
Kellogg’s is spelled like that.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #86 on: January 10, 2018, 12:47:20 PM »
Kellogg’s is spelled like that.

Fact:  Kellogg’s is the only thing in the entire universe since time began that is spelled like that.

Mind-blowing isn’t it.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #87 on: January 10, 2018, 11:15:38 PM »
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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #89 on: January 11, 2018, 12:42:19 AM »
Myopic.