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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, September 14, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Another week's worth of stuff going-on, Sunday's busy and there's a steady stream of auctions through the week, but only the two on Saturday; Monmouth's probably far enough away to not be negatively affected by Sandown, but everyone who's anyone will be in Surrey . . . see you there!


Toy Fairs

Saturday 15th September 2018

Monmouth - Chris Dyer Fairs
Monmout Lesuire Centre, Old Dixton Road, Monmouth, South Wales, NP25 3DP
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Sandown Park - Barry Potter / BP Fairs
Exhibition Centre, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission - Adults £6.50p, seniors £6, children £2, early bird (from 08.00hrs) £10.00
Tons of free parking


Sunday 16th September 2018

Eastleigh - Steven Clements Fairs
Barton Peveril Sixth Form Collage, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5ZA
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
10:00 - 14:00hrs

Midhusrt - SRP Fairs
The Grange, Bepton Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9HD
Tel. - 07739 998 012
10:00 - 14:00hrs

Newton Abbot - Ray Heard Train & Toy Fairs
Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, TQ12 3AF
Tel. - 01823 48 00 97
10:00 - 15:30hrs
Admission £2
Free parking, refreshments

Potters Bar- Toy & Train Fairs
Elm Court Centre, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Middlesex, EN6 3BP
Tel. - 02082 051 518 (Peter Levinson or Diane)
10:30 - 14:30hrs

Pudsey, Leeds - Steel Promotions - 'World Famous' Leeds (Pudsey) Toy/Train Fair
Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson Corner, Stanningley Road, LS28 5TA
Tel. I - 0161 283 1255
Tel. II - 0161 766 2012
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Café, licensed bar
[Really guys? World Famous? They'll all be talking about the teeming-metropolis of Pudsey in California and Kazakhstan come Monday will they? Sandown is EU-famous, Pudsey's good for you, if you live in the Midlands . . . such hyperbole is to be admired though! Get a  website!]

Swindon - Retro Ronnie
Swindon Town Football Club, County Ground, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 2ED
Mob. I - 07708 385 061
Mob. II - 07900 266 427

Walsall Wood - Transtar Promotions - Toy and Train Collectors Fair
Oak Park Active Living Centre, Coppice Road, Walsall Wood, WS8 7DG
Tel.- 01922 643 385 (Geoff or Linda)
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission - Adults £1.80p, seniors £1.50p, child £1


Tuesday 18th September 2018

Wootton Basset - Steven Clements Fairs - Wootton Basset Evening Fair
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, SN4 7EN
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Free parking, café



Saturday 15th September 2018

Elstree - Excalibur Auctions
The Village Hotel, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3SB (venue)
Chiltern Business Centre, Woodside Road, Amersham (offices)
02036 330 913
Free Tea or Coffee
Model railways, toys and collectables
(everyone will be at Sandown!)


Monday 17th September 2018

Ledsham - UK Toy & Model Auctions Ltd.
Craxton Wood Hotel, Parkgate Road, Ledsham, Near Chester, Cheshire, CH66 9PB (venue)
46 Wirrel Gardens, Bebington, Wirrel, Merseyside, Cheshire, CH63 3BH (offices)
Tel. - 01513 343 362 (Barry Stockton)
Tel. - 01270 652 773 (Tony Oaks)
Catalogues £3.50p from office address
Die-cast, trains and toy soldiers


Wednesday 19th September 2018

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


Friday 21st September 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Web. - www.vectis.co.uk
eMail - admin@vectis.co.uk

01642 750 616
Model trains


EY said...

Too bad I can't attend any of these, but I hear Pudsey is nice this time of year...

Eric from California

Hugh Walter said...

It's like a June day here today EY! But I think we're due the tail-end of your East-coaster in the next 48hrs! So it's gonna' get wet!

Yeah, world famous it is, world famous!