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Press Release: Forum Development
Posted By Aly on Thursday 2nd August 2007 @ 9:00 PM | Filed Under: IQ News

Press Release: Forum Development

The Forums have been taken offline in prep for an exciting new forum development, coming soon to Island Quest. No members will be required to re-register and no posts will be lost. Forums Return: 06/08/2007

Press Release

An exciting new forum development, coming soon too Island Quest.

Members may have noticed that the Island Quest Forums went offline within the last 24 hours. This is because behind the scenes we are busy working hard on a brand new forum!

Island Quest is upgrading the software which powers the forum system. This will mean a number of extra new benefits for both forum users and staff!

This exciting new forum development is due to go live on Monday 6th August 2007.

Some of the new forum features include:

- Ability to create a friends list.
- Reported/blacklisted posts util.
- Moderator control panel.
- User control panel.
- Ability to block someone.
- A utility to bookmark topics.
- Add attachment files to posts.
- A completely overhauled admin panel that offers more control over the board than the current.
- Quick search feature.
- Auto delete function of zero posting members.
- Cleaner interface.

Our continued investment into the Island Quest forums is part of the long term development plan of Island Quest and reflects the continued development to Island Quest as a whole.

A selection of anticipated questions have been answered below.

Common Questions

Q. Will my post count reset on the new forums?
A. No. We are using the existing database so all posts will be transferred over to the new forums to keep disruption to a minimum.

Q. Why change the forum? The old one was fine!
A. Behind the scenes, newer software offers increased security! It also offers more features for members. Essentially in the long run it will be a worthwhile investment for us to upgrade now!

Q. What changes will I see?
A. Not much really. Certain area’s may be set out differently however the basic functions operate in a similar way as per before!

Q. Will there be much downtime?
A. Downtime will be kept minimal. Any downtime after the new forum goes live will be kept mostly to when the forum is usually at its quietest.

Island Quest would like to thank all its members for their patience during the launch of our new forum and would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused during the transfer.

Kind Regards,
Island Quest Team.

VI Ride Page Online
Posted By Aly on Tuesday 31st July 2007 @ 6:23 PM | Filed Under: IQ News

VI Ride Page Online

Volcanic Impact ride page is now online. The page features facts and figures on the popular thrill ride as well as a selection of high quality photos.

Look out for more ride pages appearing on-line very soon...

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Summer Quest
Posted By Aly on Friday 27th July 2007 @ 9:55 PM | Filed Under: IQ News

Summer Quest

Welcome To Summer Quest!

Pull up a deck chair, sit back and relax! Let Island Quest rub a bit of suncream in your skin whilst you view the site! Yeah, if only! However we do have a host of exciting events happening on the forum!

Share stories from your summer holidays, or help other members maximise their summer! Found a perfect summers day out? Why not share the location with other members!

That's not all though, we have a whole host of summer games to try and even a summer smoothie topic! So whip out the blender and browse Summer Quest with a smoothie in hand!

Check out the forum soon as we start to spread a little bit of summer around the place!

The Summer Quest Team

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IQ Exclusive: Flamingoland Being Sued!
Posted By Aly on Monday 23rd July 2007 @ 9:45 PM | Filed Under: Misc

IQ Exclusive: Flamingoland Being Sued!

Island Quest News Exclusive.

One of Britain's biggest theme parks has been accused of racism after refusing a gypsy mum and her family a caravan holiday.

Mary McKenzie is suing Flamingo Land for £5,000 after she had a booking cancelled by the company. The 32-year-old planned to take her children Margaret, 15; Michelle, 11; George, 9; and Sandy, 8; for five days. But 10 days before she was due to travel the company cancelled her booking and refunded her cash.

Mary believes it was because they checked her address and discovered it was a travellers site. She clains a non-gypsy friend phoned Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire, to make a booking for the same week in April and was told there were still vacancies.

Mary's case is being backed by the Commission for Racial Equality who are paying the costs of her legal fight. She has already refused £500 compensation. Mary was born in Dunfermline and has lived in gypsy sites across Scotland all her life. Her family have lived in a council run site in Girvan, Ayrshire, for seven years.

Yesterday Mary declined to comment but her mother, Isobel Reid, 65, who also lives on the Girvan site, said "My daughter was shocked when they cancelled her booking. It appears they made the decission after checking her address and discovering it was a travellers' site. Our money is as good as anyone's. I have eight children and 28 grandchildren and not one of them has ever been in trouble. We are Scottish and do not see why we should be treated any differently."

The Commission for Racial Equality would not comment on the case but confirmed they are acting for Mary. Michelle Lloyd, of Save The Children, said: "The children of travellers face discrimination every day from members of the public, teachers, doctors and police officers. People seem to think it is still okay to discriminate against gypsies. We have had children in tears because they have been refused entry to swimming pools or not allowed to hire DVDs from stores because of their addresses."

"Many council run camps are near the worst areas such as refuse dumps, railway lines or electricity sub statins. It is usally land that cannot be sold. The site in Girvan, for example is prone to flooding."

Flamingo Land, which has an office in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland, is ranked among the top 6 theme parks in Britain and also has a zoo. Mary had planned to travel down by car with her family and stay in a caravan in the park's holiday village.

Flamingo Land - whose slogan is Wild Animals, Wilder Rides - failed to return our calls. Their cmpany secretary, Joeseph Friel, who is based in Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, told us: "I have nothing to say about it."

Mary's case will be heard at Hamilton Sheriff Court in September.IQ

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Press Release: Towers Quest
Posted By Aly on Thursday 19th July 2007 @ 6:07 PM | Filed Under: IQ News

Press Release: Towers Quest

Press Release:

Towers Quest; Launching Soon.

Your journey with Towers Quest* starts here. Join us as we take you on a virtual voyage of Alton Towers.

After a successful year after the launch of Island Quest, we have decided to branch out and extend the ‘Quest’ brand. Work on Towers Quest is well underway and will be hitting computer screens late Autumn!

Fancy a blast from the past? Towers Quest has everything there is to know on the history of Alton Towers! Rediscover Alton Towers wealth of outstanding and amazing history to date. Check out retired rides such as Black Hole and Thunderlooper, read news from seasons long since past, and feast your eyes on maps/guides dating back from the very first seasons.

However that’s not all. Towers Quest will also bring you up to date with the current goings on at the park. Get details and media on every single ride and attraction, check opening times or use our Trip Diaries to access more Alton Towers photos than you could shake a leg at. We also feature endless supplies of Need to know, essential information which is presented to you – including: travel directions, park prices and height restrictions. Know your stuff and plan your day with our trip planning pages and guides.

It’s not just the past and what’s happening today we’re interested in at Towers Quest! We also take an active interest in the future of Alton Towers. So what does the future hold for Alton Towers? Will we ever see a wooden coaster grace the park? Or could Alton Towers one day start the long awaited refurbishment of the towers, and bring them back to reasonable standard? ... you’ll find out the answers to these questions and more on Towers Quest!

For those of you whom like to know a little inside information about Towers Quest, you’ll find out a little about the origins of the site and the brains behind the work that goes on at Towers Quest. Essentials such as frequently asked questions and contact details can also be found on the site.

Just when you think it’s all over there is a bunch of pages full of bonus content. All you download junkies will find yourself right at home here with our TQ desktop wallpapers and downloadable programs and much more!

And if that is not enough to tickle your pickle then we have an interactive forum, where you can discuss the latest hot topics regarding Alton Towers, share your photos from years gone by. Then there’s also the chance to take a break from all things Alton Towers and chill out in our exclusive member lounge.

So let your journey begin with Towers Quest: -

Kind Regards,

Towers Quest Team.

*Towers Quest is a new venture operated and funded by Island Quest. Any questions regarding the pre-launch stage should be directed to Island Quest and it’s staff team.

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