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The Soft(back) Bulletin

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Ah! Charity shops, how I have missed thee!

What with so many folks having spent much of the Spring inside, there's been a lot of 'clearing out' and it's taken until the Autumn for those donation-devouring dust-bowls (the Charity Shops) to open their doors: finally* - after a Summer of sorting and (probably) volunteer staff issues**

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The Bible for people who revere railways over magic men in the sky; never to go anywhere without it on pain of corporate punishment.

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A reminder:
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*(just in time to close again - for the Winter - as part of the circuit-breaker lockdowns, Tier 3 wotsits and/or whatever other buzzword horseshit blister-dribble our "Government" pops and squeezes out while it pretends to give a fuck)
**(most shop helpers are of a more advanced - and Covid vulnerable - age, sadly)
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You Little Beauty!

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Another golden item from the long forgotten gaming shop of our Grandfathers' youth and it's a Chad Valley Co Ltd. treasure about trains: The Down Mail (and it's not even in the BGG database! edit: it is now...The Down Mail)

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What a GORGEOUS painting!


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An edging of locos.


Just like Fahrt ins Blaue (see late Spring/early Summer), this is a basic roll-and-mover but comes in quite the most delicate, rich and soul-easing package:

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Lovely, lovely and thrice lovely.


Teensy metal train sculpts - ever so fragile! - which I have transferred to (each) their own baggy; a die and a cup and some beguiling, shaped wooden cubes:

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The rules? Well, I can't really make much sense of them TBH: abbreviated to the point of obfuscation. And equally-incomprehensible in French.

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The board? Oddly-folded to fit in the thin box, it's a colourful treat but ever so tiny:

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Even the 'close-up' makes my old eyes ache:

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You little chuffin' beauty, you!
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Ferroequinological Funnies #3

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's been a long time (been a long time, been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time)

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Explanation: While this train is in play, no third workers can be 'bought' from the Pub AND all excavation actions for different players must be resolved on separate cards/spaces ie. if a player is taking rubble from one card or space, the next player must take rubble from the next card/space not shared with the prior worker.

Yes - you will get weird patches of rubble appearing
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The 40 Year Old Virgin

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About a decade ago, I swapped 50 quid and my copy of Dungeon Petz for a Minty McMintface copy of 1829 (the one with the Southern board). Last week, a charity shop lurking on eBay - as many of them now do - put up a copy of 1829 Northern Board for the very reasonable starting price of £10.

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It held steady at that price until (of course) the last few hours of the auction, which saw my 'Highest Bid' of £25 tickled; in a panic - as I lost one of these last year - I up-ed the high bid to £80 (which is a pretty good price, I feel) - and watched the minutes tick down to the seconds tick down to zero...

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Well - it's pictured above so it's clear that I 'won' but how much of that 80 quid buffer got absorbed in the last minute frenzy? Almost NOTHING: I bagged this one for £35 plus a fiver postage. The potential catch, however - and I refer you to the pictures - was the state of the contents:

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wow

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Brittle elastic bands, several corner creases and the occasional mis-count notwithstanding...

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...I am pleased to announce that this very tidy item is verified virgo intacta! Huzzah for Charity Shops! Huzzah for a big stock of baggies!

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And the biggest Huzzah! for Mr Francis Tresham himself.

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I think the two of them need to be played as one - just the once - before being sealed in airtight cabinets for future generations in my magnificent museum: at the Gathering of Chums, anyone?!
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das Fett kauen

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Me and one of my favourite ever Germans, Mr Ulrich Blennemann, chew the fat:


(Uli is very quiet - uncharacteristically - in this one)

Here's fun: how many times do I side-eye my live 'room next door' stream from Dominic Cummings?

I do miss my European friends so very much.
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The Exciting of Trains

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These old infomercials are great, aren’t they?


(Thanks to Phryne for pointing this out)
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Happy Tramilies

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This bijou gem from the 1970s just oozes with the brown/orange/yellow/lime green palette of that curious decade:

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The thirty-six cards occupy the top third of the box, with the rest of the depth closed-off by a rigid insert.

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The clothes!


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So. Much. Yellow.


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Bunking up.


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The sense of emptiness; of desolation.


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Every day was a Summer's day.


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That's all she wrote.


The 1970s, in the UK, halo-ed in the afterglow of the late 1960s - like the whole decade had eaten Ready Brek - struggling to find its own identity amid a growing, grinding, societal gloom; the desperation swept away by the Silver Jubilee, punk/new wave and the rampant greed/speed of the 1980s. I kinda miss it.
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