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Wednesday 13th July 2022, 4.05pm (day 3,975)

Plastic cat, 13/7/21

It is plastic, but it does look very realistic, particularly sat on a cushion outside the pub in the sunshine. Many passers-by were seen doing double-takes. Why was it there? Just one element in a range of junk (hence the pile behind it), passing through.

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Stormtrooper convention

Sunday 27th February 2022, 1.55pm (day 3,839)

Stormtrooper convention, 27/2/22

After, like everyone else, having ‘a couple of years off due to Covid’, the annual Imperial Stormtrooper Convention gathers once again in hall Darth 4 of the Emperor Palpatine Memorial centre. “It was so nice to be able to strap on the white plastic again”, one delegate was heard to mutter through the helmet.

Or, maybe, it’s a Lego construction, exhibited at this year’s Bricktastic in Manchester. You decide.

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Play with me

Sunday 18th April 2021, 3.40pm (day 3,524)

Play with me, 18/4/21

“I don’t know who you are, but play with me anyway! Look, I have the Thing ready!”

Sunday afternoon — in a pub beer garden once again. Well, it’s still a novelty, and the sun is still shining.

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Crawling Action Man

Saturday 18th April 2020, 3.10pm (day 3,159)

Crawling Action Man, 18/4/20

As lockdown (British-style) extends into its second month we find our visual pleasures where we can, including in cute toys with retro 70s appeal — militaristic, yes, but look! press a button on his back and he crawls along the carpet. Great fun for about thirty seconds or so.

Action Man’s second appearance on the blog (after one was snapped on the top of a mountain in the Lake District on 1/3/12). Neither of them mine, I will add.

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Cabinet, Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre

Saturday 7th December 2013, 3.00pm (day 835)

Retro cabinet, 7/12/13

We did our bit for the local economy with some local Christmas shopping today. Did we buy the Star Trek Barbie & Ken? Well, that would be telling.

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Koala (kind of)

Sunday 5th May 2013, 4.05pm (day 619)

Koala toy, 5/5/13

I have seen a few real koalas: most in captivity, including at the Lone Pine zoo here in Brisbane (where I also saw the cassowary); the only one I have seen in the wild was spotted on Kangaroo Island. This toy looks far more awake and alert than most of the real ones do, they are such dozy beasts. Maybe it’s the beer, or the frigid pipe on which he’s sat.

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