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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.

Friday, July 6, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Event Announcements and Maya Culpa

So . . . I'm not having another major 'sabbatical', I just lost the rhythm on Tuesday and couldn't be arsed to get it back for a few days, it's too hot, too humid; I've drunk more Pepsi in the last 7 days than I have in the previous 18-months and that slows you down; it's just sugary, chemical, blood-rot isn't it!

It's funny, I bought four items yesterday (Wednesday - real calendar), from three Charity shops, a board game, a bag of mixed Dinos', two Shopkins (don't ask!) and a 4D helicopter, all-in for less than four-quid. The previous day I'd scored a Buck Rogers game for one-fifty, and treated myself to a Reaper miniature for £1.99p (because they didn't have any Zombies!!! expansions!) while Monday brought the same sort of swag as yesterday's!

Monday's Swag!

While all that was going-on, PW's editor sent a follow-up image for the Blog, Terranova sent the makings of two or three posts and Chris has sent the Blog a follow-up and new entry for the Khaki Infantry page and another follow-up for the Home Blog . . . quite literally - even if I'd been posting at a rate of 3-a-day for the last three days I wouldn't have cleared [only] the stuff that's come-in in the last 3 days!

It will all appear here eventually, all of it, even if I spend the last few weeks of my life in a hospital bed with my laptop at an odd angle, posting text-light articles every 20 minutes, with a Popsicle stick glued to my chin, it will all appear here eventually.

But, unless I pull an organisational-rabbit* out of a hat later today (Friday - Blog's calendar), there probably won't be anything else until next Tuesday (maybe something Monday p.m.), when I should get back into the swing, in the meantime; here's the dates for the coming week or so.

* Readers should understand that organisational-rabbits are rarer than dragon's turds.


Toy Fairs
Saturday 7th July 2018

Wirral - Barry Stockton - Merseyside Hobbies & Model Railway Show
Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DH
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
01513 343 362
10:30 - 15:30
Admission - Adult £4.50p, Children £1

Cardiff- Chris Dyer Fairs Penarth Leisure Centre, Andrew Road, Cogan, Cardiff, CF64 2NS.
Web. - www.chrisdyerfairs.co.uk
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579


Sunday 8th July 2018

Spalding - J&J Fairs (J&J Webb)
Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camelgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6ET
Web. - www.j-jwebbtoyfairs.com
eMail - jandjfairs@virginmedia.com
Tel. - 01522 880 383
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission - Adult £2.50p, seniors £2, 1st child £1.50p

Worthing  - SRP Toyfairs (not Bexhill-on-sea as stated elsewhere)
Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing, West sussex, BN14 9HS
Web. - http://srptoyfairs1.co.uk/
eMail: srptoys1@hotmail.co.uk
Tel. - 07739 998 012
10:00 - 14:00hrs

Doncaster - Barry Potter / BP Fairs - 'Doncaster Racecourse'
Doncaster Exhibision Centre, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
Web. - www.bpfairs.com
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission - Adults £4, Seniors £3.50p, Children £1, 'Early Bird' (from 8 a.m.) £10
Plenty of free parking


Tuesday 10th July 2018

Hook - Steven Clements Fairs - Hook Evening Fair
Hook Community Centre, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9NN (Near Basingrad!)
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
eMail: clementfairs@aol.com
18:30 - 21:30hrs
New venue, free parking


Saturday 7th July 2018

Elstree - Excalibur Auctions
The Village Hotel, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3SB
02036 330 913
Free Tea or Coffee
Collectables, posters, memorabilia


Tuesday 10th July 2018

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS)
81 Greenham Business Park, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Web: www.specialauctionservices.com
eMail: mail@specialauctionservices.com
Tel: 01635 580595
Fax: 0871 714 6905
'Toys for the Collector' sale

So, you could attend the Newbury auction, have tea in a pub by a canal (Kennet& Avon or Basingstoke) and pop-over to Hook for the evening Toy Fair - make a day of it!

Stockton-on-Tees- Vectis Auctions (1st day of a three day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Web. - www.vectis.co.uk
eMail - admin@vectis.co.uk
01642 750 616


Wednesday 11th July 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (2nd day of a three day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Web. - www.vectis.co.uk
eMail - admin@vectis.co.uk
01642 750 616


Thursday 12th July 2018

Stockton-on-Tees- Vectis Auctions (last day of a three day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Web. - www.vectis.co.uk
eMail - admin@vectis.co.uk
01642 750 616

Newcastle - Anderson & Garland
eMail - info@andersonandgarland.com
0191 430 3000
Viewing - Monday 9th 09:15 - 18:30hrs, Tue. 10th/Wed. 11th, by appointment.
10:00hrs - Finish
Die Cast, railway, teddy bears, dolls and TV/movie-related.


Toys In The Media

Bit of a cheat as this isn’t a case of the toys being used as a 'familiar' background or brand-recognisable trope for selling something else, but rather a direct tie-in between Duracell, Hasbro (Titan Hero Power-FX Toys), Marvel (Avengers Infinity Wars movie) and Which? magazine? In which the toys are front-centre as part of the advert.



jah said...

The Pepsi should make you full of life bright eyed and bushey tailed and ready to go. But as long as you are doing the really important things (changing the cat litt and cooking yummy food for a VIP feline you will be forgiven FOR NOW)

Hugh Walter said...

You're just encouraging the incorrigible madam!