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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, May 24, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events - Saturday 25th-Friday 31st May 2019

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This is the man who was complaining earlier this week that the Electoral Commission, were all '...from the political class' and 'look at them...all establishment people', this man who was a City B'wanker for many years before spending the next 20-odd as err . . . a politician . . . you don't GET more establishment than b'wankers!

He's also been barred from his 'local' for an apparent hit-and-run - on the landlord's car - and been covered in flavoured milkshake! Meanwhile his belief in democracy doesn't extend to Channel 4 and he won't answer questions on his desire to close the NHS; it's all from the book according to Trump.

Toys . . . we all need more toys . . .


Toy Fairs

Saturday 25th May 2019

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
Hopefully - see you there!


Sunday 26th May 2019

Chartham -  SRP Toy Fairs
Station Road, Chartham, Kent, ME13 7RA
Mob. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Lincoln - J&J Fairs (John & Julie 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

Southport - Barry Stockton Fairs
Splash World, Dunes Leisure Centre, The Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX
Tel. - 0151 334 3362
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission £2.00, children 50p


Tuesday 28th May 2019

Garstang - Janet Pearson - Garstang Evening Fair
Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, PR3 0HR
Web-presence unknown
01282 439 009
18:00hrs - Finnish
Admission fee unknown

Tonbridge - SRP Toyfairs (evening fair)
Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
18:00 - 20:00hrs
Admission £1.50p, Children Free


Auctions

Saturday 25th May 2019

Poole - Cottees Auctions Limited
Mannings Heath Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NQ
Tel. - 01202 723 177
Collectable toys and model railways sale


Wednesday 29th May 2019

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS - day 1 of a 2-day auction)
81 Greenham Business Park, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Tel: 01635 580595
Fax: 0871 714 6905
'Glorious Trains' Part Two


Thursday 30th May 2019

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS - day 2 of a 2-day auction)
81 Greenham Business Park, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Tel: 01635 580595
Fax: 0871 714 6905
'Toys for the Collector'

Spalding - M&M Auctions - Day-1 of a 2-day sale
Unit 4, Plover Court, Stephenson Avenue, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3SW
Tel. - 01406 422 848
Viewing - 29th May and mornings of sale days from 08:30hrs
Day-1 die-cast sale

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
1-Day model railway sale


Friday 31st May 2019

Elstree - Excalibur Auctions (Day 1 of a 2-day auction)
The Village Hotel, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3SB (venue)
Chiltern Business Centre, Woodside Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 6AA (office)
02036 330 913
Free Tea or Coffee
General toy and collectables auction
[Second day of sale: Saturday 1st June 2019]

Spalding - M&M Auctions - Day-2 of a 2-day sale
Unit 4, Plover Court, Stephenson Avenue, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3SW
Tel. - 01406 422 848
Viewing - 29th May and mornings of sale days from 08:30hrs
Day-2 die-cast, railway and Meccano sale


Overseas Events

Saturday 25th May-Sunday 26th May 2019

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Victoria, Canada -  Cherry Bomb Toys - Victoria Ultimate Hobby & Toy Show
Perkes Areana, G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (Venue)
Cherry Bomb Toys, 1410 Broad Street, Victoria, BC V8W2B1, Canada (organisers)
Tel. - 2503 858 697
09:00-15:00hrs
Admission Can$5.00, each day, 'early bird' (Saturday only - 08:00-09:00hrs) Can$15.00, under-12's free.
Door prizes every half hour

Sunday 26th May 2019

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Gourney en Bray, France - Club Miniarev - 19th Collectors Fair and Antique Toys
Gymnase, Rue Jules Ferry, 76220 Ville du Gourney-en-Bray, France
Web. - http://miniarev.wifeo.com (organising club)
Tel. 1 - 0232 531 636
Tel. 2 - 0235 905 615
Tel. 3 - 0679 042 875 (Club Miniarev, Monsieur Merlin Martial, 4 Impasse des Violettes)
08:30-16:30hrs
Entry Free
Tables €8-per-meter
Refreshments - Bar, Brasserie
[Jules Ferry Secondary School]
Note: This even is not being held on the 27th May 2018 as advertised on Vichy's site, that was last year!

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Lons, France - Tandem Events - Old Toys and Meeting of Geeks
Le Suanier, Parc Expo Juraparc, Reu du 19 Mars 1962, Montmorot, Lons, France
eMail 1 - miniatures@tandem.events (registration)
eMail 2 - info@tandem.events (general enquiries)
eMail 3 - tandem.events71@gmail.com (general)
Tel. - 0668 317 905 (Laurent, 6 Rue Orset, 71590 Gergy)
The Facebook - Old Toys & Geeks
The Facebook - Tandem Events
09:00-17:00hrs
Admission 2, free for under-12's
Buffet refreshments


Thursday 30th May 2019

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Joigny, France - Tandem Events - Old Toys and Meeting of Geeks
Marché Couvert (Covered Market), Quai Henri Ragobert, 89300 Joigny, France (location)
eMail 1 - miniatures@tandem.events (registration)
eMail 2 - info@tandem.events (general enquiries)
eMail 3 - tandem.events71@gmail.com (general)
Tel. - 0668 317 905 (Laurent, 6 Rue Orset, 71590 Gergy)
The Facebook - Old Toys & Geeks
The Facebook - Tandem Events
09:00-17:00hrs
Admission 3, free for under-12's, ticket includes entry to the adjacent militaria fair (see below)


Other Events

Friday 24th May (today)-Sunday 26th may 2019

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London - ExCel Centre - MCM Comicon
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL
Web. 1 - mcmcomicon.com/london/ (promoter)
Friday 24th; 10:00-19:00hrs (last ticket sale and ticket scan 17:00hrs), Saturday 25th; 09:00-19:00hrs (last ticket scan 17:00hrs, no ticket sales), Sunday 26th; 09:00-17:00hrs (last ticket sale and ticket scan 16:00hrs), last re-entry; 30 minutes before closing
Under-10's Free

Wednesday 29th May - Sunday 2nd June 2019

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Stockholm, Sweden - Royal Philatelic Society of London - Stockholmia2019 (stamp fair)
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
Web. - http://www.stockholmia2019.se/ (show details/publicity/press releases)
Show Hours . . .
Tuesday 28th May 2019 - 15:00-19.00hrs ('Trade' Vernissage exclusively for Philatelic Exhibitors, Dealers and Invited Guests)
Wednesday 29th May 2019 - 10:00-18:00hrs
Thursday         30 May 2019 2019 - 10:00-18:00hrs
Friday 31st May 2019 - 10:00-18:00hrs
Saturday 1st June 2019 - 10:00-17:00hrs
Sunday 2nd June 2019 - 10:00-15:00hrs
Competition and non-competitive exhibition displays. Participation is open to all Fellows and Members of the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL)
Web. - http://www.rpsl.org.uk/membership.asp (membership details)

Thursday 30th May 2019

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Joigny, France - Tandem Events / UFA - 1ère Salon/Bourse Militaria (1st Militaria Collectors Fair)
Marché Couvert (Covered Market), Quai Henri Ragobert, 89300 Joigny, France (location)
Tandem Events, 6 rue Orset, 71590 Gergy, France (organisers)
eMail 1 - tandem.events71@gmail.com (general enquiries)
eMail 2 - militaria@tandem.events (event specific stuff)
Tel. - 0668 317 905 (Laurent)
The Facebook - Tandem Events
09:00-17:00hrs
Admission €3, free to under-12's, ticket includes entry to the adjacent toy fair (see above)
Uniforms, armour, documents/ephemera, insignia, medals & decorations, modelled miniatures, re-enactors, AFV's
Armed forces, police and fire-fighting
[Expect a lot of 6th June overspill]

Friday 31st May-Sunday 2nd June 2019

Birmingham - National Exhibition Centre (NEC) - UK Games Expo
The NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT
&
The Hilton Hotel, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
eMail 1 - admin@ukgamesexpo.co.uk (general enquiries)
eMail 2 - richard@ukgamesexpo.co.uk (trade enquiries, organised play)
eMail 3 - tony@ukgamesexpo.co.uk (website, ticketing, policies)
Tel. - 01562 69391 (09:00-16:00hrs - Mon.-Thu.)
Trade hall's opening times - Friday 31st and Saturday 1st; 09:30-18:00hrs, Sunday 2nd; 09:30-16:00hrs

Now until Monday 26th August 2019

London - British Museum - 'Manga'
Room 30, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Web. - www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/manga.aspx
eMail - tickets@britishmuseum.org
Tel. - +44 (0)20 7323 8181 (bookings)
Admission £19.50, under-16's free, 2-for-1 tickets for students on Fridays - prices may vary Organised with The National Art Center, Tokyo and the Organisation for the Promotion of Manga and Anime


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!


PW News

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Off the back of the show two weeks ago were two new 'Specials', one on Speedwell which I will do a review of when I return to full Blogging, and another (above) on Solido's plastic figures which sold-out before I got to it, but is still available from the details below.

Paul - the Editor - kindly sent me the above image and the following press release (my italics!);

"The Book of Speedwell
A completely revised and updated publication covering all the known plastic figures by Speedwell. Many more photos, including many boxed sets, and newly discovered information on this, perhaps not so minor maker. Includes pages from a price list c:1960; as well as a complete analysis of their farm range by Barney Brown.
(64 pages, full colour).

Solido Belge
Newly written for PW by Daniel Lepers, this is a comprehensive look at the plastic figures produced by this well-know Belgian company.
(24 pages, full colour)."

Contacting PW
The Editor, 65 Walton Court, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5EE
Tel. - 01483 722 778
Fax. - 01483 772 723
And they are on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/PlasticWarrior/


Other News

Lincolnshire Louts

UK readers will be well aware of this story as it has been covered by all the Daily's, terrestrial TV and most radio, but for the foreign readership; vandals broke into the Welland Academy in Stamford, where the Market Deeping Model Railway Club had set up for a show last Sunday, and smashed everything.

But this wasn't the usual tip over a few tables, pluck some Merit trees, nick the mars bars and coke from the club fridge and break-into the petty-cash box, this was a prolonged orgy of destruction in which hand-built brass locomotive models which had taken up to 25 years to finish were individually destroyed (some by being thrown at a basketball hoop), every table was overturned, every display was comprehensively trashed.

In the week since there has been a vast wave of sympathy (led by one Sir Rod Stewart, a popular singer I believe!) and the last time I looked £61k had been pledged from all over the world.


Four youths were arrested hiding in the school, one parent has already appeared in the tabloids with the usual 'I can't believe it of my lovely boy' and we all know nothing will come of it as far as retribution goes, meanwhile the lifetime's work of several of hobbyists in a - probably - close group, has gone forever.

The parent - of course - seems to have no explanation for why she didn't know where her 'cherub' was at three-o'clock in the morning!!




Link

Why the Plastic Grasshoppers Were Called Cooties!


H is for How They Come In

New Books

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Bit tight this week on the charity-shop front (spent-out in Twickenham! ), but I picked this trio up over the week, the Usbourne 'Model Cars' is one of those curious things where photographs are rendered as commercial artwork and is of limited use, but fills a gap in the library as far as toy books go, I think their 'Model Railways' volume is in the garage and there's an Aircraft one too, still to be found.

The Bear book is superb, I have quite a few as they all add to the whole, but this one is particularly good on company histories and ID'ing the various makers, and is very well illustrated.

While the Casell's 'History of Warfare' is beautifully written, but tends to illustrations you will have seen before - if you follow such works, but it's about the text and Mr. Humble's fluid style is easy to read, yet get's to the 'nub of it' very succinctly.

For instance - I've read about Salamis many times (it was my O-level graphics paper's project - design a set of Salamis commemorative stamps!), but this is the first book that made me realise one of the major factors on the day was that the Persians (on expedition) were carrying masts, yards, rigging and sails, while the Greeks, who prepared 'in the morning' for battle, left theirs on the beach, so their ships were lighter, less likely to get caught-up in mêlées and more manoeuvrable, as well as being less top-heavy; so less likely to roll-over when rammed or ramming.

Likewise his coverage of the end of the Roman Empire (particularly the Western empire) is very clear and easy to retain; poor old Marcus Aurelius - he came so close, then all those horrid little Farage's, Erdogan's and Orban's stabbing each-other, for a  six-month stint in the hot seat, if the palace guard or the oligarchs let them live another six months!

More Books

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As I'm doing books, these have also come in over the last few months, I may have Blogged one or both, I can't remember! The bear book (Christmas/January?) was cheap, and it's not bad, but a bit 'coffee table' if you know what I mean, while the brands book (a few weeks ago) is very 'coffee table', but useful none-the-less, especially when there's no internet, where you can otherwise find most of the stuff within its covers!

An Actual Toy!

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It's McDonald's, whose premiums I don't pay much attention to, but I'll make an exception for a semi-realistic (it was a cartoon!) Snowy from Tin Tin! The head turns but the legs are hollowed-out and open from the inner sides- you win some you lose some!

I must get a better stabbing-guy, or dust the one I'm using!


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