Proposed Paramount theme park site near London home to rare spiders

Posted Friday, April 5, 2013 8:27 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

Plans for a giant new £2bn theme park on the edge of London to rival Disneyland Paris have been halted - by a colony of rare spiders. Developers say the Paramount scheme will be the third biggest theme park in the world and twice the size of the Olympic Park. It is due to create 27,000 jobs and was set to be completed by 2019. But an environmental audit of the 872-acre brownfield site in the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent has found it is home to distinguished jumping spiders.

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Friday, April 5, 2013 8:58 AM

Why is the park referred to as a "scheme?" Do the Brits have a different meaning for the word than we do here across the pond?

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Friday, April 5, 2013 9:04 AM

I don't think that it has the default negative connotation that it has here.

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Friday, April 5, 2013 9:06 AM

Yeah, I guess their meaning is "plan," "project," etc. Thanks, Jeff.

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Friday, April 5, 2013 6:22 PM

"Scheme" only has a negative connotation when used as a verb. The noun form is not connotative.

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Friday, April 5, 2013 7:20 PM

I beg to differ. I've never heard of a "Ponzi Plan."

Although, that does have a nice ring to it. I am such a sucker for alliteration. Next best thing to a fine rhyme.

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Friday, April 5, 2013 8:22 PM

And that bastion of wisdom, Alice Kramden, never referred to any "crazy, hare-brained" PLAN by her dus briver husband.

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Friday, April 5, 2013 8:53 PM

rollergator said:

I beg to differ. I've never heard of a "Ponzi Plan."

Although, that does have a nice ring to it. I am such a sucker for alliteration. Next best thing to a fine rhyme.

Hmm well I was just going by a dictionary entry, but I concede, it may have been a dictionary written by British people. I'm not sure...

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Friday, April 5, 2013 11:23 PM

All I can think of when I see "Jumping Spider" is Ninja Warrior before Americans bastardized it.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 10:57 AM

I'm torn. The American warriors are hotter.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 1:17 PM

I know I am not supposed to use the vote up button as a "like" button, but ^^ made me laugh.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 1:47 PM

I don't think there's anything wrong with using the vote-up button as a like button. The problem is that the vast majority of people who use like buttons use them entirely too often.

That said, many of the likes I get come from people who are guilty of that, so I'm willing to accept a double standard if it makes me look popular. ;)

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 2:12 PM

bunky and RCMAC, luv ya both, but I have NO idea what you guys are talkin' about. Video games?

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Saturday, April 6, 2013 2:12 PM
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 2:15 PM

That's ok, Mike. Just as well.
It's on my DVR.

Last edited by RCMAC, Saturday, April 6, 2013 2:17 PM
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 2:35 PM

Mike Gallagher said:
bunky and RCMAC, luv ya both, but I have NO idea what you guys are talkin' about. Video games?

Ninja Warrior is this ridiculous televised Japanese competition on G4 (the video game channel...Chris Hardwick from Talking Dead used to be a host on G4) where hundreds of competitors from Japan and around the world compete on a crazy obstacle course that requires coordination, agility, and strength. The levels get harder until the Final Stage, where the last people standing must climb this 200 or so foot rope to the top of a tower to become the next "Ninja Warrior". It is so difficult that there have only been two or three Ninja Warriors ever. It is strangely addicting. The announcers are these hyper Japanese guys that yell out the names of the obstacles, and "Jumping Spider" becomes "Jum-peenga Spiiidah!!!"

Anyone? No? Ok. *laugh*

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:20 PM

Oh.

Pass.

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:20 PM
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:24 PM

bunky666 said:

Ninja Warrior is this ridiculous televised Japanese competition on G4 (the video game channel...)

G4 no longer exists in 16 days.

And it's interesting that the idea of niche programming on TV seems to have disappeared. Almost every channel that used to fill some kind of specific niche has since abandoned that approach and moved to broader content.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:26 PM
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:47 PM

I click "Vote up" out of respect for the post. I guess that I am using it as a "Like" button in a way.

Last edited by LostKause, Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:48 PM
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 5:49 PM

Whoa, delayed reply much, Tyler Krause?

;)

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 5:55 PM

Just three hours late. lol

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