Young lovers caught out on Melbourne’s wheel

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When Britain’s giant wheel, the London Eye, opened in January 2000 it took until July before the first couple — a pair of 17-year-olds — was caught in the act, sparking tabloid headlines such as “Mile Eye Club”.

The Eye’s operators immediately banned couples from taking trips on their own, but Mr Maybury has ruled out such a ban on the Southern Star.

“There are definitely no plans to stop couples from enjoying flights together at this stage,” he said.

In fact, the wheel’s operators are unlikely to turn anyone away, with visitor numbers already well below anticipated levels.

Projections by the wheel’s owners that 1.5 million people will pay to take a “flight” on the wheel each year now seem ambitious according to one worker. “We’re not as busy as we hoped we’d be,” she said.

Well, no surprises there! Where else to take your fornicating activities but a gravity-defying, enclosed and air-conditioned romp!

However I can’t see many people willing to shell out, if I remember correctly, $29 for 30 minutes of ‘air’ time. Them public relations practitioners must have had their work cut out – sure the young couple gave them an unexpected form of publicity, but with these gloomy times few would pay that much just to have a view of, well not much really. The Docklands area doesn’t have anything terribly scenic or iconic that screams “HEY LOOK HERE!”

Oh well, at least that couple had their ‘customer satisfaction’. Good on them.

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