Note: I meant to post this last night, but I had a video chat and then was too tired to upload…
Bright lights, fresh chips and teenagers looking more stressed than stock brokers… it’s the Carter Steam Fair in Holyport! Why were the teens so stressed? Because clearly the place to be seen tonight was at the fair. Girls barely past playing with dolls were costumed in their best slut-wear and heavy eyeliner. Boys were mostly in sports gear and trainers. Chavs night out, to the extreme. Beyond them, there were plenty of families and children around, but the meat-market for the recently pubescent accounted for a healthy percentage of the crowd.
Penny arcade machines were perhaps the highlight of the evening and I lost many a shiny horsehead token in the slot machines and peepshow viewers. I seemed to do well with several steel marble-type games and Neil and I faced off with a sort of one-man hockey foos-ball challenge.
Two rides were indulged in: the carousel and ‘The Octopus.’ It’s been over an hour since we left the Carter Steam Fair and I have yet to still my churning guts after that second one… Evil carnival ride. Wonderful, evil carnival ride… (In hindsight, I believe the chips should’ve come after the slosh-o-rama.)
Recapping: fresh chips (fries) were delicious, the carousel is always a favourite for me, the self-important chavs made us giggle, the steam engines powering the the rides were fascinating, penny arcades are still loads of fun, and The Octopus is to be avoided at all cost… unless you like feeling queasy for several hours after you step out of the thing.
Hope you enjoy my photos from the evening!
Note April 30 2007: I noticed the layout of this post went pretty wonky and so that’s why it’s updated.