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When somebody says your name for the last time...

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Goodness, but doesn't my occasional musing on the fate of the barkingly-wonderful Lamont brothers (Gordon and Fraser) come around quicker every two years or so?! Yes, indeed, it seems that their disappearance without trace has been further compounded by a global pandemic.
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A little on-line detectiving has revealed that Fragor, as a business entity, is still an active concern - accounts and filings being submitted regularly - but it seems that the magnesium-esque flare of light afforded by their Wallace & Gromit project has been all-consuming...like that bit in Sunshine when an entirely scarred and naked Mark Strong (Pinbacker) bathes himself in the Icarus's viewing gallery.
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Oh Lordy, but where can they be? It wouldn't hurt to let us all know that they're safe and well at least? I miss their affability, their stupid jokes and their ridiculous component ambition - modern gaming's obsession with over-production is so bloody humourless.

And talking of modern components:
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Havin' A Ball

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Ladies & Gentlemen! The guests are now arriving for The Board Gamers' Annual Ball:
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Mr & Mrs Ayre...
...and their son Chet.

Mr & Mrs Paraleases...
...and their children Al 'n Alice Paraleases.

Mr & Mrs Ontroll...
...with their son Eric.

The Honourable Mrs Phardt...
...with her Nephew: Brian.

Mr & Mrs Chure-Wargumms...
...with their daughter Minnie.

Lord & Lady Uro...
...with their son, the Honourable Justin Arthur and his fiancé Mary Trash.
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Mr & Mrs Menage-Mont...
...and their daughter Andi.

Mr & Mrs Playamarker...
...with their children Forrest and Stark.

Reverend and Mrs Worded-Rulebook...
...with their son Paulie.

And, finally (for now), Mr & Mrs Auction...
...and their children Urban, 'Dutch', Juan-Surround, and Aiden.
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I'm off for my break so please let me know, in the comments, if anyone else arrives in the meantime?!
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Cribbins

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Two iconic personalities - that have been as much a part of my life as my own close family - have passed this week.
Today it is the entirely wonderful Mr Bernard Cribbins:
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Bernard Joseph Cribbins OBE (1928-2022)

A uniquely-British phenomenon, Bernard acted in Shakespeare and Doctor Who, from Perks in The Railway Children to singing "Right Said Fred". His voice has soothed the moods of millions of children: a consummate story-teller:
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Blame It On The Booghy

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I'm around and about the chat circuit this week, for sure! First up was this appearance with Booghy Se Joaca.
Warning: You might want to watch out for the flappy hands; I could have someone's eye out!


Additional warning: some rude words appear (as part of a sensible conversation, I might add!)
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And soon I shall have understanding of video cassette recorders and car telephones.

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A time-travelling Jack the Ripper, decapitated by the Devil, an all-consuming computer program, 'Evil' and so many more iconic roles that peppered my young life as a movie geek.

He was a great man who leaves a fabulous filmic legacy:
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David Warner (1941-2022)
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These Boots Are Made For Walking

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I was up early today to take Benedict into Cheltenham to see Lyla and I took the opportunity to spend some time with my delightful granddaughter too. Then, by way of a diversion on the way home, I stopped off at the Southam Car Boot - a large one - next to Cheltenham’s Racecourse:
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Lots of pitches and time to wander; not much beyond modern editions of Twister etc but a couple of curios were cheaply available:
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Best of all was a Chad Valley, mid-20th C bagatelle for just £5:
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A nice return to Sunday morning scavenging!
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Poems On The Underground

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(From the Wikipedias)
“Poems on the Underground (POTU) is a project, started in 1986, to bring poetry to a wider audience by displaying various poems on the London Underground rapid transit network…Poems on the Underground displays poems by contemporary and classic poets three times a year…London Underground provides space on its fleet of trains.”
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Art for the weary traveller; succour for the Commuter soul.
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Dear John.

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If anything were the perfect illustration of my collector mentality then it's this: toilet paper, shipped in every six weeks or so, with Seasonal variations and a humorous approach to marketing and presentation.
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This time it’s ‘puzzles’…
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Basically, you can play Where's Wally - or should that be Where's W.C?! - while you're having a poo.
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Unsure of how many different wrappers were included, I messaged Who Gives A Crap? on their Social Medias and was informed there are 12 (twelve) designs.
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Naturally, I have 'saved' one of each of the twelve for posterity (or should that be posteriority?!); they just need ironing and somewhere to be stored flat - like a scrapbook (or should that be a Crapbook amirite?!)?!
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Now you may, of course, scoff at this daftness BUT I've seen free-gifts from cereals from the 1970s going for #sillymoney on the eBays and, for example, a pretty penny is demanded of Weetabix board games that were printed on the back of the packets - that ought to wipe the smile off of your underpants.
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Being Boiled

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Aside from blazing Sun, blue skies, a visit from pal Gerv in the Museum, art, inspiration and elderflower cordial, my Saturday was defined by two images doing intensive re-sharing work on Social Media:

A non-sentient, murk-dweller emerges from it's salty crevice to signal its defiance to the world*:
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and

Well, the same really:
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It's difficult to stop looking at this second one though - isn't it?!




*a newly-appointed Tory Government Minister showing her respect for the people she serves
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