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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, November 9, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Friday again!

Ongoing Nastiness
I must firstly thank Matthias Berthoux (aka: Breizh44) and Paul Stadinger (aka: The Jabbering F**k or TJF) for their juvenile rant'gasm yesterday over in Vichy, I think it got me another 25 hits or so, and hoping I get the 'three million' up in time for the Blog's tenth birthday I guess every little helps! In my dust guys children, and that's not egotism, that's the fact of the matter.

Show Dates
Right, to the business at hand, Sandown Park tomorrow, and 'only' Sandown Park - for toys; best show in the UK really, and last one this year, so be there or, err . . . be somewhere else . . . but you'll miss-out! C&T Auctioneers in the week, not the headline one which is still a month away, but there's plenty of good stuff in this one too.


Toy Fairs
Saturday 10th November 2018

Sandown Park / Esher - 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, I mean, like; bring a convoy, there's room for 100-trucks down the bottom!

Torquay - Events Frontier - 'Devcon' & 'Collect-a-Happy'
Torquay Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3DR
Mob. - 07508 548 938
Sci-fi, Film & Comic Convention [alongside the] Toy & Train Fair


Sunday 11th November 2018

Chester-le-Street - Jim Corr Fairs
Lord Lawson Academy, Birtly Lane, Birtly, DH3 2LF
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, children/senior citizens £2, 'Early Bird' £5

Ipswich - Phil Cooper - Toy, Train & Diecast Collectors Fair
Copdock Village Hall, London Road, Copdock, IP8 3JN
Internet presence unknown
Mob. I - 01787 372 559 (Phil Cooper)
Mob. II - 01787 280 452 (Bill Bourne)
Hours unknown
Admission charge unknown
Light refreshments and bar facilities

Malvern - Bulldog Fairs
The Seven Hall, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW UK
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.

Rayleigh - SRP Toyfairs
Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

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


Tuesday 13th November 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
Admission charge unknown
Free Parking


Wednesday 14th November 2018

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


Friday 16th November 2018

Alfreton - Toy and Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend) - Evening fair
The Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD
Mob. - 07951 072 790
19:00 - 21:00hrs
Admission charge unknown


Tuesday 13th November 2018

Essex - Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers
Cambridge Road, Stanstead, Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8GE
Tel. - 01279 817 778
Sale Starts 10:00hrs


Wednesday 14th November 2018

Tunbridge Wells - C&T Auctioneers
The York Suite, The Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8XJ (Venue)
Unit 4, High House Business Park, Kenardington, Near Ashford, Kent, TN26 2LF (Auction House)
Valuations - jamesopie@yahoo.co.uk
Tel. - 44 1233 510 050 (from abroad)
Tel. - 01233 510 050 (within the UK)
Viewing from 08:30hrs, sale starts 10:00hrs


Thursday/Friday 15th/16th November 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (2-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
Thursday 15th - general toys
Friday 16th - trains/model railways


Overseas Events
Sunday 11th November 2018

Dublin Toy & Train Fair - Chris Dyer Fairs
The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Eire
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
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!


Toys in the Media

160918; British Empire; France; Germany; Propaganda Postcard; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; World War One; World War One Propaganda; WWI; WWI Propaganda Postcard; WWI Toy Soldiers; WWI World War One Propaganda Postcard Germany France British Empire, 160918
Propaganda postcard from 1918

Sorry Prussians, sorry Austro-Hungarians, but it's pretty obvious who's wining here, but then it IS propaganda! Of interest is the variety of artillery pieces in use and particularly the Pom-pom in the foreground, which although on a tripod, is very similar to Granddad's silver-plate keepsake, also, it's clear those little red boxes looked tatty from 'the off'!

Also note the Zouaves in the background and how pleased the two small boys look as their picklehaubed columns are utterly decimated! And a fair amount of the toy artillery would have been pre-war imports . . . from Germany!

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