Drawn by Luna Park’s magic
SCIENCE was never my strongest subject at school.
I enjoyed the experiments – OK, maybe just the one making stink bombs – but I never quite got my head around the theory.
I vaguely remember a lesson about centrifugal force, which had something to do with spinning and some bloke called Newton.
Stuck to the wall of Luna Park’s Rotor as it hit top speed and the floor dropped away, memories of that lesson came flooding back.
Along with the corn dog I’d just eaten.
Luna Park is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, so I thought it was time I checked it out.
Since the fun park opened to the public on October 4, 1935, its grinning entry portal has become a Sydney icon (and terrified the occasional child).
After wobbling away from the Rotor, I decided Coney Island was more my pace.
I spent a couple of hours flinging myself down the slides, getting lost in the mirror maze, whirling around the Barrels of Fun and trying to look cool on the Turkey Trot’s moving planks.
I failed in that last one but that’s part of the fun of Coney Island.
I found out that this Coney Island is the world’s only op- erating example of a 1930sstyle fun house and I reckon that’s something to celebrate.
Next time I visit Luna Park I might work up the courage to try the Wild Mouse. Before lunch, of course. BLACKTOWN and Penrith councils will be safe under the State Government’s plan to get rid of up to a third of the states 152 councils.
It is understood both Blacktown and Penrith council’s will be largely unaffected by the changes, stating they would only be affected by minor changes to boundaries.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said: “Blacktown is a quite a big council and we are not part of any major amalgamations.
“It has been previously demonstrated that forced amalgamations do not work, there needs to be caution and a view for residents that it will not cause issues in the future – which is a State Government decision.”
A spokeswoman from Penrith Council said the council had not been approached to amalgamate.
“Council has not adopted a position that is opposed to
Journo Jack gets a different view of the world in Coney Island at Luna Park.