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She was, once, my actual boss; I was invited - as the sole representative of my Project/Department - for canapes and small talk:
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Preceded by her consort - a chirpy, chatty Prince Phillip - Her only words to me were:

"And what do YOU do?"

Happy with my brief answer, she chirruped and moved her attention easily to the next member of our particular staff grouping; shortly thereafter, she was gone.
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A few of us hung around to ogle the customized Rolls Royce that was parked outside the building before drifting back to C Block to relate the experience to the rest of the Team.

Once met, never forgotten.

R.I.P.
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One of the most abiding truths after running The Museum of Board Games (for a year now) is that most of the people who have walked through the door are not gamers according to our modern understanding. My welcoming, curative spiel - rising from behind the point-of-sale counter or putting an exhibit's rearrangement to one side - is "Did you play board games as a child and do you play board games nowadays?"

The majority of responses group visitors into the 'used to play Risk/Monopoly/Cluedo as children/teens but not much since' category. Of course, there have been geek visits and special designer/gaming pals but - in the main - the Museum seems to be a source of nostalgia for 'everyone else'.

I must admit to feeling frustrated that, despite healthy board gaming communities in the surrounding regions - Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, South Wales, Wiltshire, Bristol and Avon and so on - there have been precious few visits by modern gamers: the very people, I would posit, that could (and, indeed, would) get the absolute most out of the 200 years of gaming goodness contained within its modest walls!

I don't know what to do; you'd have thought that the only active, non-convention resource for respecting and promoting our hobby in the United Kingdom would be of far more interest to the growing community. What of the 30,000+ folks who enjoy UKGE and/or spread themselves across Airecon, Midcon, Manorcon et al? What of the 24,000 members of the Facebook Board Game Trading and Chat UK group?

Where is everyone?!

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Of course, as much as we adore our hobby and our local clubs and our be-Kallax-ed collections, we are absolutely our own worst enemy; you only need to see the comment trails of sadness that accompany the announcement of yet another FLGS closing down followed - in the same breath - by huge campaigns to spend your cash/go crowdfunding online instead.

Yes, things are more expensive from a shop but with a shop comes a place to talk, to share and to play. Maybe that retail model is, truly, dead? How can a shop determine which new games to stock when 1000s are available every year? How can they possibly compete on price when they have staff and energy bills to cover and online retailers shift units from a warehouse on an industrial estate?

And how can a Museum - devoted to the history and variety of our favourite pastime - survive if no-one ever wants to look behind at the wonderful journey that brought our hobby to its position and status today?

Please consider sponsoring The Museum of Board Games -open Fridays, Saturdays and Non-Winter Bank Holidays (and, occasionally, by special request) - via our Patreon pages: https://www.patreon.com/themuseumofboardgames

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This, apparently, is the new 'Bloke checks out girl in red dress while girl in blue dress looks on angrily'; how lovely to be there at the birth of a new Meme:

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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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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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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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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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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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