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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.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events


Friday 29th June

Wessex (who have been holders of two over-hyped auctions recently) have added a date, late to the calendar -viewing today I'm afraid; for a sale tomorrow.
Wessex Auction Rooms
Westbrook Farm
Draycot Cerne
SN15 5LH
Tel. - 01249 720 888
Viewing 10:00 - 19:00hrs today (28th June), from 09:00hrs tomorrow (29th)
10:30 - Finnish
On-line catalogue, general toy sale


Toy Fairs

A busy weekend with 3 shows on Saturday and no less than six on Sunday, even with a fleet of specially trained chauffeurs you couldn't cover all those, but try to visit one or two, you never know what you might find?

Saturday 30th June

Brentwood - J&J Fairs
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

Chalk Farm - London Toy Soldier Show
Tel. - 01908 274 433

Oswestry - Chris Dyer Fairs
The Pavillion, Owestry Showgrownd, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AS
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2


Sunday 1st July

Bowburn - Frank Philips
Mob. - 07774 844 294
10:00 - 14:30hrs
(No other details known at this time)

Colwyn - Chris Dyer fairs
Colwyn Bay Lesuire Centre, Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay, Conway, Wales, LL29 7SP
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Coventry - BP Fairs
The Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3FL
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, seniors £2.50p, children £1, eraly bird (from 08:00hrs) £6
Free parking

Falkirk - McLaren Models
Tel. - 01324 624 102

Midhust - SRP Fairs
The Grange, Bepton Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9HD
Tel. - 07739 998 012

Wimborn - David Rees
Queen Elizabeth's Leisure Centre (Sports Hall), Blandford Raod, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4DT
Tel. - 01202 590 158
10:15 - 14:30hrs
Free parking and refreshments


Wednesday 4th July

Hertford Evening Fair - Joe Lock Fairs
Richard Hale School, Hale Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8EN
Mob. - 07866 641 215
Admission £1


Other Events

Sunday 1st July

For lovers of railways . . .

. . . the North London and Essex Transport Events programme has a walking tour of a  . . . it's all in the image; really, my railway fandom runs to Battle Space and cable-drums I'm afraid! If I try writing blurb from what's in the image I'll just make myself look a right Charlie!

Details (for future events) available from:

8 The Rowans,
Palmers Green,
N13 5AD

(Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope)

For this weekend's event:

eMail - nleevents@outlook.com


Terranova47 said...

Nice to see the walking tour of the Alexandra Palace branch line is still going. Took it in 2000 and enjoyed walking the route past the house I grew up in.

Hugh Walter said...

I've been wracking my brains to work out how they were going to deal with Ally-Pally's hill? Cog-toothed underground, 1-in-4?


Terranova47 said...

The steep approach was by electric single deck trams when the Palace was built. The steam railway approach started further back at Finsbury Park and climbed steadily through Crouch End, Highgate around the edge of the high ground, hence the name Northern Heights, to Muswell Hill the top of the ridge. Walking the trail you see over East London with Docklands the new landmark.

Hugh Walter said...

I'll make a note to do it one day . . . we did Ally Pally shows for a while, and I was still smoking, so when I went out for a 'fag break' I got to watch The Shard slowing climbing out of the haze on the horizon, several miles away.

Same think when the arch went up at the new Wembley, you could (still cam) see it from Sandown Park when the sun's on it. or dark clouds are behind it!