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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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Events Forthcoming

A few events over the next few days;

Toy Fairs
Thursday 14th June (tomorrow)

A reminder that Joe Lock is organising an evening show at Thedon Bois
Theydon Bois Evening Fair
Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7ER
Mob. - 07866 641 215
19:00-21:00hrs
Admission £1

Saturday 16th June

SRP Toyfairs - Crawley
The Hawth Theatre, Hewth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ
Tel. - 07739 998 012
10:00 - 14:00hrs

I used to help on a stall at a show in Crawley, but that was in a sports centre, it was a good show with a nice mix of traders and a decent 'door'. I don't know if it was Gerry's show in those days, and I like Gerry . . . but, same day, down the A24 from Crawley and hang-a right toward Dorking-Guildford or - further down - Winchester . . .

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Events

. . . one of the best days of the year . . .not just a show but a 'day out'

Saturday 16th June

The Bob Legget National Festival of Toy Trains - aka: 'Alresford'
Perins School, Pound Hill, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9BS
Tel. - 01962 733 475
10.30 - 16.30hrs
Adults £6, Children £2, early entry (sales hall) from 09.00hrs £10, family ticket (2 adults 2 kids) £14. And if you've picked up a flyer at recent shows, check the back it may be a kid-goes-free voucher?
Bar-b-que, live music, 20+ running railway layouts, 80+ trade tables, toy displays, stalls, licensed bar/real ale, parking &etc.

       I haven't been for a shamefully long time, especially as it's only just down the road, but it really is a fantastic day out. The layouts usually include old tin-plate, OO-gauge Triang-Hornby types, TT-gauge, triple-rail, Trebble-o Trains, &etc.
       There's often stuff going on outside in the yard and in the other buildings, in past years there have been displays of Blue Box civil sets, Bayko, Lego, Meccano - all sorts!
       If you are at a loose-end on Saturday - head for Alresford - even the scenery on the drive at that end  is lovely!

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Auctions

Two on the same day;

Friday 15th June

Cottees Auctions Limited
Mannings Heath Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NQ
Tel. - 01202 723 177
Viewing 10.00-17.00hrs on Thursday 14th (tomorrow) and from 9.00-10hrs on the 15th, a major collection of comics is under the hammer along with a Hornby Dublo collection

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

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