Finally visited the promenade fairground

Southport pier
@Asylum (48356)
Manchester, England
September 4, 2016 1:02pm CST
The weather today was a great improvement on yesterday and we had a decent sunny afternoon. This allowed me to visit the fairground and funfair, plus take a stroll along the pier. I resisted the temptation to ride on the miniature train along the pier, but did indulge in most of the other things. This is probably the first time in almost 60 years that I have eaten candy floss. I wonder how often they have sold this to a pensioner, or whether I was the first? I even took a quick stroll through the Hall of Mirrors, but none of the mirrors seemed to make me appear any stranger than a plain mirror does.
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@JudyEv (108506)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
We always called it fairy floss and I still enjoy it when I get the chance to eat it.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
That is anew name, or at least to me anyway.
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@LoriAMoore (4897)
• United States
4 Sep 16
Oh how I would like to live near the ocean and walk along a pier.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
It is enjoyable. It seems quite illogical, but true.
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• United States
4 Sep 16
@Asylum I love it too.
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Sep 16
@Asylum Why would it seem illogical? I lived two blocks from the beach in the early eighties and we spent many a day there when not working that is. There wasn't a pier to walk on though, not a boardwalk, but I enjoyed myself thoroughly anyway. It was the first time I spent living near the beach for more than a week.
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@Corbin5 (89197)
• United States
4 Sep 16
Oh yes, candy floss, or cotton candy in the USA. A delight to have!
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
It is not seen very often here apart from fairgrounds etcetera, but has always been very popular.
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@Mike197602 (13399)
• Worcester, England
4 Sep 16
@Asylum that's true, I've never seen it for sale in shops, just at fairs.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
@Mike197602 I remember it being on sale at a shop in Barrow Bridge when I was a child, but it was a place well visited for family days out.
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@pgntwo (20258)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
4 Sep 16
What, no toffee apple? :)
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
Toffee apples never appealed to me, even during my first childhood.
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@pgntwo (20258)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
4 Sep 16
@Asylum Fairy 'nuff :)
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
@pgntwo Is that similar to candy floss?
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@Susan2015 (19685)
• United States
4 Sep 16
Is that a carousel I see in the picture? I didn't make it to any fairs again this year. Cotton candy is so good, I buy a small container at the store a few times a year.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
Yes it is a carousel and there is another inside the funfair on the right. The one inside the funfair takes a weaving route around instead of having to spin in a circle like most do.
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@Susan2015 (19685)
• United States
5 Sep 16
@Asylum Never heard of one doing the weaving route.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
@Susan2015 Instead of being a revolving carousel, the track was laid around the funfair and with a few slight inclines.
@Mike197602 (13399)
• Worcester, England
4 Sep 16
Every year since I was a kid, up until relatively recently, I always went to the Mop fair in Tewkesbury. I love, and still do, the sights sounds and smells of the fair Think I might go again this year if I can find someone to go with.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
It was my first time for many years, but probably not the last.
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@RasmaSandra (14897)
• Riga, Latvia
4 Sep 16
@Asylum That must have been fun. I haven't been to a fairground in ages but they always make me feel like a kid. Now I'm hungry for some cotton candy.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
@RasmaSandra That is exactly how I felt earlier today.
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@celticeagle (115560)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Sep 16
You should be glad then that Sheldon wasn't with you or he would have insisted on you going with him on the train.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
That would not have been a problem for me.
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@celticeagle (115560)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Sep 16
@Asylum .....He is such a trainee sort.
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• United States
4 Sep 16
Where are all the people?
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
This was Sunday and the weather had only cleared up a short while earlier. It did prove to be quite popular by late afternoon.
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• United States
5 Sep 16
@Asylum Okay. Would hate to waste good weather.
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@hereandthere (26103)
• Philippines
5 Sep 16
i would ride the miniature train if the seats are big enough
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
They are because they are designed so the adults can ride with their children.
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@LadyDuck (131447)
• Switzerland
5 Sep 16
Are candy floss and cotton candy the same thing? I only liked to eat the cotton candy when I visited the fairground. I do not know why, but I have no interested in buying it "canned" in the supermarkets.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
Yes, it is the same item. Here the fairground is the only place to find it because it is not on sale in shops.
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@LadyDuck (131447)
• Switzerland
6 Sep 16
@Asylum I have seen the canned candy floss on the shelves of Aldi supermarket, but it's not as attractive at the candy on the stick.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
6 Sep 16
@LadyDuck Canned candy floss sounds horrendous.
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• United States
7 Sep 16
Cotton Candy is delicious and fun to eat. We rented a machine for my granddaughters graduation party in the garden, and made it for the guests at her garden party. The adults and seniors at the party enjoyed it as much as the kids.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep 16
That does not surprise me in the slightest. I suppose that we never grow out of some things.
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• United States
7 Sep 16
@Asylum It would have been quite a picture if you had given in to temptation and ridden the miniature train while eating the candy floss!
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep 16
@Jeanniemaries Yes, that would have proven to be an interesting sight.
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@BelleStarr (35003)
• Portland, Connecticut
5 Sep 16
lol It sounds like you had a lovely afternoon. Thank you by the way for the postcard from the Isle of Mann, it has arrived.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
I cannot remember which postcard I sent to you from there. Southport postcards are currently in the mail, so you have not caught up yet.
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@BelleStarr (35003)
• Portland, Connecticut
5 Sep 16
@Asylum It was the Manx cat. I did know about Manx cats, my brother, and sister in law had one for years. Thank you.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
@BelleStarr Oh yes, our little tailless friend. It is just as well that the cat does not have a tail because it would not have fit onto the postcard.
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• Preston, England
5 Sep 16
I love candy floss - I was in a nightclub when the manager tried to create vodka flavoured candy floss by pouring vodka into the candy maker - I got one of four sticks it produced before the machine caught fire as we all warned him it would - flamable spirits and hot sugar and electricity don't mix well - it was very nice while it lasted though
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
I am surprised that the mixture would even work in the first place.
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• Preston, England
5 Sep 16
@Asylum a lot stickier than usual but quite edible
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
@arthurchappell Yes, it would totally alter the consistency.
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@jaboUK (52056)
• United Kingdom
4 Sep 16
I'm pleased that the weather improved. I don't think I've had any candy floss in 50 years, but you beat me with your 60 years.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
Does this mean that you are due to buy some soon?
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@jaboUK (52056)
• United Kingdom
4 Sep 16
@Asylum As soon as I get the chance!
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
4 Sep 16
@jaboUK I must have had numerous chances before but never even considered it, but today was definitely different.
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• United States
20 Sep 16
Uggh candy floss is that like the cotton candy here in the USA ?
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
21 Sep 16
Yes, I believe that is the same thing.
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• United States
21 Sep 16
@Asylum oh okay thanks for clarifying
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@garymarsh6 (12753)
• United Kingdom
10 Sep 16
I am not a lover of candy frost so you can have my share! What a spoilsport you should have gone on all the rides!
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
10 Sep 16
I was much too busy eating candy floss.
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@Inlemay (16632)
• South Africa
6 Sep 16
oh I think @JudyEv and I would love to wonder through that Hall of Mirrors and see our distorted faces - we have spoken about this before.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
6 Sep 16
There are not as common these days as they used to be.
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Sep 16
You comment about the mirrors is pretty funny; it makes you sound...I hate to say what it makes you sound like. I wonder whether candy floss there is the same as cotton candy here? Cotton candy is made by spinning sugar and coloring around in a big drum. They 'load' the mixture onto a paper/cardboard holder and when we eat it it becomes a sticky mess if we're not careful. It's 100% sugar I think. After looking I see that it is exactly what you're talking about here. I'd like to say it's been that long since I've had any, but for me it's probably only been fifteen to twenty years if that. It's nice to do a bit of indulging periodically. Glad you had fun and enjoyed yourself.
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@Asylum (48356)
• Manchester, England
5 Sep 16
Yes, it is exactly the same product but with a different name here in Britain. It had been so long since I had eaten any, I had forgotten about the dome spinning.
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