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No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Friday, January 18, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Well . . . here we are, look - half way through the month already, as 2019 speeds past with the same rapidity as 2018, giving us even more nonsense from the Trumpundbrexit community; you couldn't make it up, because if you did, no-one would buy the book - you need a plot that's believable, and nothing happening in Whitehall or Washington at the moment can be believed - even when you see it with your own eyes on the news!

Thanks to Canada for taking that Saudi girl.

Did anyone notice that by 'sculpting' the slices, Terry's (they're not Terry's they're Caramber and Co.!) chocolate orange's lost-weight this Christmas? But they weren't any cheaper!

Still; there's always toys . . . vintage toys; you can't go wrong with vintage toys!

Toy Fairs

Saturday 19th January 2019

Brentwood - J&J Fairs (John & Julie Webb)
International hall, Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN
Tel. - 01522 880 383 (J & J Webb)
10:00 - Approx. 14:30hrs
Admission £3, seniors £2.50p, 1st child £2

Sunday 20th January 2019
Haydock Park - Barry Stockton Fairs
The Exhibition Centre, Haydock Park Racecourse, WA12 0HQ
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission - Adult £2, Children £0.50p

Kidderminster - Tony Oaks Toy Fairs
Guilt Edge Leisure Centre, Zortech Avenue, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7DY
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01270 652 773
Mob. - 07825 631 323
10:30 - 14:00hrs
Admission £1.50p
Free parking

Kirkby-in-Ashfield - Townsend Toy & Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend)
Festival Hall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7DJ
Mob. - 07951 072 790
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission fee unknown, accompanied under-16's free
Free parking, refreshments

Orpington - SRP Toyfairs
Crofton Halls, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8PR
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Burton-on-Trent - Townsend Toy & Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend, evening fair)
The Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2EB
Mob. - 07951 072 790
18:00 - 20:30hrs
Admission unknown, accompanied under-16's free

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Warwick - Warwick & Warwick
Charlton House, Scar Bank, Millers Road, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 5DB
(Auctions held in Court House)
Tel. - 01926 499 031
Facsimile - 01926 491 906
Catalogue on-line, printed version available on request
Trains, die cast, model soldiers and other toys

Thursday 24th January 2019

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
General toy sale

Friday 25th January 2019

Elstree - Excalibur Auctions (day 1 of a 2-day auction, day 2: Saturday 26th January)
The Village Hotel, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3SB (venue)
Ciltern Buisness Centre, Woodside Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 6AA (office)
02036 330 913
Free Tea or Coffee
Collectables, posters, memorabilia

Note - not 'Aversham' as advertised elsewhere

Other Events

Tuesday 22nd January - Thursday 24th January 2019

London - The Toy Fair 2019
Olympia London, Kensington, London, w14 8UX (venue - ‘Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre’)
Bastion, Unit 4.07 Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ (organisers)
Hotline - 0845 868 5820
09:00 - 18:00hrs - Tuesday and Wednesday
09:00 - 17:30hrs - Thursday

If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here -  FOR FREE  - or linked to; please eMail me -


- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!

Couple of links:

1:76th - 1:72nd Scale; 1:76th Scale Figures; 20mm Figures; 23mm Figures; Civilain Toy Figures; Civilian Figures; Cricketer Toys; Guagemaster; HO - OO Figures; HO - OO Models; HO - OO-Gauge; HO Scale Model Railroad Accessories; Merit; Modelscene; OO-Gauge; PPP; Prichard Patent Products; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Scenics; Railway Staff; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;

Tom Clague sent me a link to a brilliant new set of figures from Modelscene - 5300 Cricket Players! Given how few cricketers there are out there - in any scale - these are a much needed addition to the oeuvre, although it got me thinking that there are probably some garage/after-market whitemetal ones out there somewhere . . . anyone know of other cricketers? And the 1st-link is a 'must' to follow - it's all Tom's own work!