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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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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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They were not railway children to begin with.

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When you're young, you're impressionable; the clean slate is there to be writ upon. As a wee nipper, I recall a great deal of time spent outside: in the Malpas house (in which I was born), it was to the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, to the top of the hill upon which the housing estate was built, cycling the lanes and hunting for grass snakes in the bare ruins of an old garage plot - paddling pool parties; picking melted tar from the road and long weekends with my Italian Grandparents' at their Risca café.

Of equal prominence in the mists of memory is Television: now spurned, vilified even, as a corrupter of youth and nurturer of lazy thought and ill physical health, in the 1970s it was as much a part of essential family life as a well-equipped kitchen, a decent garden and a car. We learned a great deal from the television through the programmes for Schools, syndicated Sesame Street and the Open University*; everyone laughed at the same sitcoms, cried at the same serialized dramas and cheered for the Saturday football results with the ticker tape 'final scores' and the Pools forecasts. There was barely enough content to waste one's time with and, so, our recollections are almost uniformly fond.

Occasionally, there would be a film to grace a Sunday afternoon or a Bank Holiday; until the mid 1970s, I was far too small to go to the movies and - besides - it would be a long period between the cinematic release and the terrestrial TV premiere. We made do with Ealing comedies and Carry Ons, black-and-white war stories and historical epics; occasionally, something newer would be scheduled and one had to make extra special time for it.

Two films, in particular, remain key milestones in my personal history; two films that defined a sentimental aspect to my personality that has persisted through teenage rebellion, work, marriage and parenthood:

The Railway Children (1970); and,
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

In the latter, there is that wonderful moment Charlie finds the coin in the drain - a moment to make your heart skip with joy - and in the latter? Well, there's that moment.

I picked up a very early edition (1906) of the original book recently and it's in spectacular condition:

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Though I know the story inside-and-out, it has been an utter pleasure reading it again; the simple process of turning stiff, yellowed pages and the smell of aged ink and paper. The sequence of the eponymous children's charming, jeopardy-free adventures rolls gently along to its wholly-satisfying denouement: loving, kind, innocent, funny and optimistic.

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The film, of course, has gathered its own reputation by both faithfully retelling these vignettes and, also, bringing Nesbit's subtly-implied coming-of-age for the eldest child, Roberta, to the fore: The Railway Children is a journey from childhood to adulthood as much as is it a journey through tunnel and along track.

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Most enduring, though, is the final scene: before parenthood it made me misty-eyed with contentment but, after, the 90 filmic minutes / the 184 musty, rough pages of bright sunshine, scrapes and derring-do (topped with the best reunion in literature) reduces me to a blubbering, snot-nosed, howling-but-happy wreck.

*much mocked for the flared-trouser and flyaway Einstein hair-do of the earnest Physics and Mathematics Professors
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Love Of A Branch Line

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Iron Almanac continues at a slightly less-frenetic pace but with a well-maintained momentum:

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Matt sent me a list of railway line tweaks and ideas for new train effects (you may recall that each 'Line' is b/w a 'Train' and, normally, a card will remain in one state or the other for the entire game...'normally').

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He also pointed out (above) an e-zine (for a paltry, SSG-expensed £4) that described a number of the UK's more unusual railway experiments: lincolnshire potato lines? clifton rocks? underground castle tracks? steam elephants and steam camels?!

Most of these provided the inspiration to build the total number of line/train cards up to a splendid, variable, seventy two (!):

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I like trains.


As a bit of (extra) fun, I also mixed in a handful of fictional British railways - some familiar, some not - including one themed around a favourite whimsical novel by John Hadfield:

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A beautifully-jacketed 1959 1st Edition


Toot! Tooooooot!
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Back in 2013, when I was picking up the original art for Ivor the Engine from Mr Peter Firmin's actual house, he showed me some of the licensed goodies in his archive. One thing that stood out was a copy of Die kleine Lok Ivor - a German roll-and-move edition from Noris Spiele.

Aside: It gets a brief picture in my original blog post of that day: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/25292/canterbury-tale

Five years of keeping an internet eye-out finally came up with the goods...and what minty-condition, perfectly-formed goods they are:

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For the price of a new copy of Pandemic, this simple but utterly-charming treasure has been well worth the wait. Now, I just need to get the rulebook translated.
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