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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, January 11, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Firing into the New Year with a plethora of dates and events, not! It's a steady week though, with something for everyone . . . look out for the last date, which is the annual society member's auction of the BMSS (British Model Soldier Society), one of the best auctions of toy soldiers in the calendar, although tending to be heavy in painted white-metal kit figures, there are always lots of rare figures, hollow-cast 'cast-offs', flats, unpainted castings and other treasures. You can join at the door so even if you aren't a member, you can be bidding later the same evening!

It's the 11th already, it's 2019 . . . now! Get up out of your rocking-chair Grandpa, and go; buy toys!

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Toy Fairs

Saturday 12th January 2019

Hawkinge - SRP Toy Fairs
Hawkinge Community Centre, Heron Forstal Avenue, Hawkinge, Kent, CT18 7FT
Mob. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Ludlow - Tony Oaks Toy Fairs - Ludlow Toy & Train Collector's Fair
Ludlow Racecourse, Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2BT
Web presence unknown
Tel. - 01270 652 773
Mob. - 07825 631 323
10:30 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2
Free parking

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Sunday 13th Jaunuary 2019

Great Bentley - R & G Toy Fairs
Village Hall, Plough Road, Great Bentley, Essex, CO7 8LD
Web presence unknown
Tel. - 01206 251 351 (Gary)
Tel. - 01255 473 509 (Richard)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2.00, under 16's free
Free parking, refreshments

Stafford - Barry Potter / BP Fairs - 'Stafford Showground'
The Preston & Argyle Suites, Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10.30 - 15.00hrs
Admission £4.00 (early-bird £8), OAP's £3.50, Children £1,
Free parking

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Tuesday 15th January 2019

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
Admission charge unknown
Free parking, café

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Thursday 17th January 2019

Thatcham - Steven Clements (evening fair)
Thatcham Catholic Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Admission charge unknown
Refreshments, free parking

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Auctions

Wednesday 16th January 2019

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)
Web. - www.candtauctions.co.uk
eMail - enquiries@candtauctions.co.uk
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

Announcements; Auction News; Fleck Way; January 16th 2019; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Specialist Sale; Stockton-on-Tees; Toy Auction; Vectis Auctions;
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
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Specialist die-cast sale - "The Specialist Sale to be held on the 16th of January features seven private owner collections plus other vendors. The Northern Collection features Solido racing cars; Dinky cars, trucks, service vehicles, and aircraft, plus Corgi vehicles and TV and Film memorabilia. The Bus Collection features 20 lots of boxed and unboxed buses from Minialuxe, Gamda (Israel), Tekno and Dinky, plus others and The Hampshire Collection includes Dinky cars, motorcycles, South African, and French Dinky. The Borders Collection, The Hereford Collection - Part 1, and Part 2 of The Puerto Rico Collection all include boxed and unboxed Corgi and Dinky cars, commercials, haulage, military and aircraft plus many others, and the French Dinky from The London Collection features a number of buses and military vehicles"

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Thursday 17th January 2019

Announcements; Auction News; Fleck Way; General Sale; January 17th 2019; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stockton-on-Tees; Toy Auction; Vectis Auctions;
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
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Specialist die-cast sale -  "The Specialist Sale to be held on the 17th of January features a number of boxed and unboxed groups and single models from Corgi, Dinky, French Dinky, Siku and others, including cars buses trucks and lorries, military and Gift Sets. There is a large collection of Matchbox Superfast, Regular Wheels, King Size, Super Kings, Speed Kings, Accessory packs, twin packs and gift sets plus The Colin Davison Matchbox Collection. The "Big" North East Collection - Part 2, contains 1/18th, 1/16th, 1/12th, 1/8th Scale models plus other various Scale Models & kits, radio-controlled cars and Figures. The Surrey Aircraft Collection features 29 lots of Franklin Mint, Carousel and other boxed Aircraft. Further lots include TV and Film related vehicles, Buses, trucks and Matchbox models of Yesteryear"

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Friday 18th January 2019

London - BMSS - Members Auction
Church hall, St. Saviour's, Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 3QW
Telephone unknown
17:30hrs - last call
Viewing from 17:00hrs
Admission to members only; re-up on the door

Announcements; Auction News; Fleck Way; January 18th 2019; Model Railway Sale; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Passengers; Railway Scenics; Railway Staff; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stockton-on-Tees; Toy Auction; Vectis Auctions;
Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (last day of a three day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Trains/model railways - "The Model Train sale to be held on the 18th of January features OO Gauge British Outline, HO USA & Continental Outline, N Gauge and Triang. Plus, OO Gauge Brass and Kit/Kitbuilt OO Gauge, and Gauge 1 & Larger. Part 9 of The Chris Broos Lifetime Collection features further interesting locomotives, coaches, and accessories. The sale also includes a fantastic collection of Garden Railway Centres Limited ex Shop Stock LGB & G Gauge Locomotives, Rolling Stock & Accessories, plus Hornby, Modern and Further O Gauge, Modern American Outline O Gauge and Scratch/Kitbuilt O Gauge Finescale. The sale concludes with Meccano & Other Constructional Toys, Live Steam, Railwayana, Books, Magazines & Catalogues, Pictures & Prints and our usual good selection of General Trains"

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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 -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- 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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A box for a box!

Joining an Internet trope here! You see these memes all over the place at the movement, mostly pertaining to Amazon deliveries, but this was waiting for me in my local Ryman's the other week! It's packed like medical equipment for a disaster zone, and contains approximately 75% space!

It's been used for the combined paratroopers to be sorted into as the first phase of preparation for a/soon-to-be 'the' parachute-toy page.

Thought for the day - this sort of thing has to stop. The scientists gave us ten years to make major changes in every aspect of human existence; that is - if we want to exist further-forward than the next 35 years. They did so about 6/8 weeks ago, so we have already spent wasted 1% of the time available to us - to start saving ourselves . . . from ourselves - doing nothing!

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