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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, September 7, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

It's dates day again; a busy day on Sunday with something for just about anyone in the UK or Eire, but there are a few on Saturday first including the autumn Central London Toy Soldier Show!

Toy Fairs

Saturday 8th September 2018

Beconsfield - Toy & Train Fairs
Beconsfield School, Wattleton Road, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1SJ
Tel. - 02082 051 518 (Peter Levinson or Diane)
10:30 - 14:30

London England by Adrian Little on behalf of Norman Joplin, the Vintage 'Old Toy Soldier & Figure Show' Sponsored by the Old Toy Soldier Newsletter (OTSN)
London - Adrian Little on behalf of Norman Joplin - 'Old Toy Soldier & Figure Show' [sponsored by Old Toy Soldier Newsletter (OTSN)]
Holiday Inn London, Coram Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1HT
eMail - mercatortradingltd@gmail.com
Tel. - 07887 802 932
Mob. - 07887 802 932
10:30 - 16:00hrs
Admission £5, (early-bird £15, from 07:30hrs)
Dateline Show - only toy figures or accessories made before 1980.

Rugby - Barry Potter / BP Fairs 'Rugby Vintage'
The Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2LN
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3.50 (early-bird £7, from 08:00hrs), OAP's £3, Children £1


Sunday 9th September 2018

Ashington - David Parsons - Toy & Train Collectors Fair
Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, Ashington, West Sussex, RH20 3PG
Tel. - 01424 846 676 (Pete)
Mob. - 07742 609 865 (David)
10:00 - 14:00hrs

Buxton - Barry Potter / BP Fairs 'Rugby Vintage'
The Octagon Hall, Pavillion gardens, St. Johns Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3.50 (early-bird £6, from 08:00hrs), OAP's £3, Children £1

Herne Bay - SRP Toyfairs
The Kings Hall, The Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6BA
Tel. - 07739 998 012
10:00 - 14:00hrs

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

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


Tuesday 11th September 2018

Elsecar - Newcomen Fairs Ltd. - 35th Elsecar Toy & Train Fair (evening fair)
Elsecar Heritage Centre, Elsecar, Nr. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S74 8HJ
Tel. - 01226 744 425
19:00 - 21:00hrs
Admission £1.50p, children 50p

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


Thursday 13th September 2018

Theydon Bois - Joe Lock Fairs (evening fair)
Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7ER
Mob. - 07866 641 215
Admission £1



Tuesday 11th September 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (day one of a 2-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
Specialist Sale


Wednesday 12th September 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (day two of a 2-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
General Toy Sale

Wisborough Green - Bellmans Auctioneers and Valuers
Newpound, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0AZ
Tel. - 01403 700 858


Other Events

Chingford and Epping Forest, North London & Essex Transport Events 2018, 50th Anniversary of Rangers Road Bus Depot Closing, Flyer, Leaflet, Details of Event, Local Travel &etc.
Saturday 8th September 2018

Chingford / Epping Forest - North London & Essex Transport Events - 50th Anniversary Rangers Road Bus Depot Closing
Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
10:30 - 17:00hrs
Souvenir booklet, bus rides, bus and rail displays, 1940's - 1960's


International Events

Sunday 9th September 2018

Dublin - Chris Dyer Fairs - Toy & Train Fair
The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Eire
Admission £4
Just off N11 trunk road

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!


There's a brilliant post on Akela's Kiosk today, well worth wrestling with Bable-fish or waiting for Google Translate!

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