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    That looks like the kind of Bateau Mouche (is that the correct singular?) that the CIA would use in a 1990s Bond film when Felix Leiter needs to help him escape from a party at the Musee D'Orsay.

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      Originally posted by Sits View Post
      Office Christmas party last night at the Museum of Contemporary Art next to Circular Quay and there was a biggie in, Ovation of the Sea.






      "And when the ship pulled into circular quay,
      I looked at the place where my legs used to be,
      And thanked Christ, there was no-one there waiting for me
      To grieve, and to mourn and to pity."

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        Well said.

        SB, I think that impression is largely due to the light in the first photo

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          A few big ones to keep an eye out for

          https://www.forbes.com/sites/billspr.../#d9e0be21baa3

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            Here's the BAP Union, dwarfed by an incredibly ugly Disney Cruise Ship behind it, at the San Diego Embarcadero yesterday as we came in on the Coronado Ferry.

            It turns out that they only finished building it in 2016 - it's a training vessel of the Peruvian Navy, and Latin America's largest sailing boat. It also had a gloriously massive flag on the back of it, but I didn't get a photo of that.



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              You ain't kidding

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                The Disney boat isn't that bad by the execrable standards of contemporary cruise ships, which tend to be humongous and decorated in a manner that makes Vegas casinos seem restrained.

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                  That said - while Cruise ships alone fill me with dread, the idea of being stranded, at sea, with thousands of Disney people and folk dressed up as Disney characters is as close to a Room 101 experience as I can quickly imagine.

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                    That reminds me, I forgot to post this one when it visited Greenwich a month or so back.



                    I only have crappy long distance photos so this wiki one will have to make do.

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                      It is interesting to see what specific cults have broad-based support in various countries.

                      Disney may well be the prime current example in this country, in part because it is so damn lucrative.

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                        The Disney Cult thing is very strange to me. We were discussing yesterday someone who'd got stuck in the "It's A Small World After All" ride for 30 minutes, which sounded like something that should be prohibited under the Geneva Conventions yet we know people who would claim to enjoy the experience.

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                          We have never gotten it either, and each of us grew up in this country, used to watch Disney programs, and have visited Disney theme parks. Our son, who grew up in Europe, finds it even more bizarre.

                          It seems to be grounded in a type of compulsory conspicuous consumption that really troubles me.

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                            Hmm. I've always viewed it as some kind of arrested childhood thing. The 'Disney nut' people that I know through FB seem like, for want of a more generous term, immature couples. Like...he's a big goofy man-boy, but she's the enabling female equivalent. Some of them have kids, of course, but generally just seem like big dopey kids themselves.

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                              Oh, and we got stuck in It's A Small World for about 15 minutes. That song wears really thin really fast.
                              Also, crossed a bucket-list item off with: Get Evacuated from A Disney Ride. Ariel's Undersea Adventure crapped out mid-ride and we had to be walked out.

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                                I must admit that I don't get the Disney thing. The Core Disney cartoons with Mickey mouse Etc are awful shite. Give me Jerry mouse, over that minstrel bastard Mickey any day. Some of the longer feature films from back in the day are literally unbroadcastable because they are so horrendously racist (including Dumbo) How are they so huge? because there's a big gap there where they didn't seem to do very much. It's the parks isn't it?

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                                  The parks, merch and the absolute horror that is the "Princesses".

                                  It is very much a 21st century thing in its current scale.

                                  I find it interesting that they are now spending buckets on marketing to Latino families, who they clearly see as essential to their future growth.

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                                    Not long after Disneyland Paris opened, when the three kids were under ten we went for a four night stay there. Excitement levels were absolutely ridiculous. They just loved everything. It's a weird phenomenon. I remember in the 90s when I travelled more, having to gradually assemble the full stuffed toy collection of Aristocats for my eldest daughter, from New York, Hong Kong, London and the last one during the aforementioned Disneyland trip.

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                                      My kids thought Walt Disney World was a let down. We've been to Universal four times, though, and they'd go back again in a second. Even though WDW is a 'classic', Universal has more engaging rides and seems to handle the crowds better. WDW feels stuffed to the gunwales all the time and is overwhelmed.

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                                        These floating carbuncles have arrived at "our" section of the river, alas

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                                          Really enhances the view eh? Jesus wept.

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                                            I don't suppose there's a polite and environmentally sound way to sink these things?

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                                              Unfortunately, the cannon across the street have been spiked

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                                                Originally posted by The Awesome Berbaslug!!! View Post
                                                I must admit that I don't get the Disney thing. The Core Disney cartoons with Mickey mouse Etc are awful shite. Give me Jerry mouse, over that minstrel bastard Mickey any day. Some of the longer feature films from back in the day are literally unbroadcastable because they are so horrendously racist (including Dumbo) How are they so huge? because there's a big gap there where they didn't seem to do very much. It's the parks isn't it?
                                                True dat. jungle book is one of the three or so musicals I can unconditionally love but. And you can't stick on Cabaret while babysitting.

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                                                  I saw that thing today. I was hoping it would suffer a fatal lightning strike.

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                                                    Is it an ad boat/floating billboard? Late capitalism is fucking head wrecking.

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