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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, October 5, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

If there isn't a show listed near you this coming weekend, I'm guessing you're not actually in the UK this weekend! Or you live on an island somewhere! Ten shows including Spalding and Kempton Park, what's to complain about?

Although, of all the shows listed this weekend, Brussels is the one to be at, it's probably bigger than Sandown, and so much stuff turns up at all those big Belgian and Dutch shows, it's like all your Christmases come at once!

As, after March, it might be a real pain to attend such shows (thanks Bwreakshiteers!), this may be your last chance to hop in the car, hop across the Channel, grab some Euro's on the way and have a bean-feast, in the future it may be 3-quid for a Euro; ordered in advance, visa's ordered months up-front (if you have a passport), customs queues - there and back, import duty on your show-plunder, French traffic violations every five miles . . . !


Saturday 6th October 2018

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

Crewe - Crewe Model Engineering Society - 'Toy & Train Collectors Fair'
Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DB (venue)
CMES, 93 Merlin Way, Crewe, CW1 3YP (bookings)
Tel. - 01270 505 781 (Mon-Fri, before 20:00hrs)
10:30 - 15:30hrs
Admission unknown, dealers; £18 per six-foot table

Maidstone - Maidstone Vintage Toy Fair
Lockmedow Market Hall & Leisure Complex, Barker Road (Hart Street entrance), Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8LW
Tel. - 01622 298 159
Mob. - 01732 840 787
09:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2.50p
Park & ride, pay and display parking, refreshments


Sunday 7th October 2018

Carmarthen - Chris Dyer Fairs
Carmathen Leisure Centre, Llansteffan Road, Johntown, Carmarthen, Wales, SA31 3NQ
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Colchester - SRP Toy Fairs
Langham Community Centre, School Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5PA
Mob. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs

Falkirk, Scotland - McLaren Models
Tel. - 01324 624 102

Haydock Park - Barry Stockton
The Exhibition Centre, Haydock Park Racecourse, WA12 0HQ
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission - Adult £2, Children £0.50p

Kempton Park - RM Toys Ltd.
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ
Tel. - 02392 381 529
Mob. - 07957 823 507 (Russell Martin)
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission - £4, seniors £3.50p, Children £1, early-bird (from 8:30hrs) £10
One of the best shows on the circuit for 'new to market' stuff

Lincoln - J&J Fairs (J&J Webb)
The Exhibition Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 2NA
Tel. - 01522 880 383
10:00 - 14:30hrs Approximately
Admission £2.50p, seniors £2, 1st child £1.50p

Needham Market - Stowmarket Railway Club (club event)
Needham Market Community Centre, Shool Street, Needham Market, Sulfolk, IP6 8BB
Tel. - 01449 672 698
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission - £1.50p, accompanied children free
Wheelchair access, free parking, refreshments

Shepton Mallet - Bulldog Fairs
Royal Bath & West Showground, BA4 6QN
Tel. - 01373 452 857
Mob. - 07917 125 641
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Adults £4, under 16's free if accompanied, early-bird (from 08:30hrs) £10.

Spalding - Colin Boor - Model Tractor, Construction & Literature 2018
Springfields Exhibition Centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6ET
Tel. - 07710 321 471
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £6, accompanied children free
The Number-1 farm show - I'm told?


Tuesday 9th October 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
18:30 - 21:30hrs
Free parking



Tuesday 9th October 2018

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS)
81 Greenham Business Park, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Tel. - 01635 580595
Fax. - 0871 714 6905
'Toys for the Collector' including a signature collection of original Lego vehicles (HO-compatible with metal wheels)
Note - This auction was originally scheduled to extend to the 10th as a two-day event and may still do so, best to check.

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (day 1 of a 3-day 'specialist' sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616


Wednesday 10th October 2018

Essex - Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers
Cambridge Road, Stanstead, Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8GE
Tel. - 01279 817 778
Sale Starts 10:00hrs
Star items are two 1:6th scale models from Gerry Andersons 'The Investigators'

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS)
See note attached to entry of 9th above

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (day 2 of a 3-day 'specialist' sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616


Thursday 11th October 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (day 3 of a 3-day 'specialist' sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616


Friday 12th October 2018

Ledbury - John Goodwin
3-7 New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2DX
Tel. - 07968 694 746 (11th and 12th October only)
Viewing - Thursday 11th October 15:00-19:00hrs and morning of sale from 08:00hrs
Sale starts 10:00hrs - finish.
Trains, ephemera and advertising goods


Overseas Events

Sunday 7th October 2018

'Collect-Hit'; 17th BD Comix TV; 18th International Collectors & Vintage Fair; 26th Nostalgic Collection; 5th Vintage World; Barbie in Brussels; Brussels Belgium; Ephemera; Expo; Joint Toy & Collectables Shows; Kart Expo; Model Show; News Views Etc; Show Dates; Show Reports; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sunday 7th October; Toy Fair; Toy Show;
Brussels - Joint Toy/Collectables Shows - 'Collect-Hit'
- 26th Nostalgic Collection (vintage & stuffed-toys, dolls, bears &etc)
- 20th Barbie in Brussels (Mattel's famous doll and relatives)
- 18th International Collectors and Vintage Fair (die-cast, trains, toy soldiers)
- 17th Bandes Dessinees (comics/TV memorabilia)
- 5th Vintage World (wood, tin-plate, ride-on &etc)
Brussels Kart Expo, A. Gossetlaan 9, B-1702, Groot-Bijgaarden, Brussels, Belgium (venue)
The Toy Market, Chaussée St-Pieere 362, B-1040, Brussels Belgium (booking/info. - Thierry Le Clercq)
Tel./Fax. - +32 (0)2/736 26 64 (booking)
10:00 - 15:30hrs
Admission 7.50ec (before 13:00hrs), €6 (after 13:00hrs), 1-less with flyer.
Book fair, posters . . . everything!
Full facilities

Dublin - Brian Collins Enterprises - 'Collectables Toy Fair'
Collinstown Suite, The Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport, Old Airport Road, Cloghran, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland (Eire)
Tel. - 00353  879 827 712
[Findable on Facebook - Brian Collins]
Admission "Small charge"?


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!


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