Toyfair (again); (again)

*The one where I thought it was a Bugatti at first too…:P*

I’d missed a couple of toyfair events again due to being a bit “under the weather” so made the effort to visit recently.

It was not well attended & at least 2 regular stall-holders were missing. Not many bargains & only came away with a modern 1/60th scale (approx.) 1933 MG & a 1950s Hornby Dublo 3 rail buffer set. Lovely little items those, die-cast with spring-loaded buffers. My collection of 3 rail stuff is growing slowly & I am close to having an operational layout albeit a small one.




In a perfect world…

Originally posted on joeblogsf1:

I am anything but a good businessman but, in my favour, I love Formula 1 motor racing and I am passionate about it and so when I see rampant profiteering going on at the expense of the sport, I get annoyed. I want the best possible Formula 1 and so I naturally object to what the financiers have done to the sport. Suffice to say that if I was a multi-squillionaire I would buy the sport and fix it the way I think it should be. A lot would stay the same but distribution of money would be very different and no teams would get an advantage.

From a philosophical point of view, I don’t understand the super-rich. If you are comfortable for the rest of your days why is there any need to screw every penny from every deal. Yes, there is ego and the pleasure of doing the…

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Philippe Gurdjian 1945 – 2014

Originally posted on joeblogsf1:

Philippe Gurdjian had died at the age of 69. He was the promoter of the French Grand Prix for 13 years and went on to aid Bernie Ecclestone in setting up races in a number of other countries as F1 expanded into Asia.

Born in the Paris area in 1945, he started his career in advertising while racing in his spare time, competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours seven times between 1976 and 1986 with Porsches and Ferraris. In 1985 he was appointed promoter and organiser of the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard. When the race moved to Magny Cours in 1991 Gurdjian transferred with it and ran the race at the track near Nevers until he was removed in 1998. A close ally of Bernie Ecclestone, he went on to organise the Spanish GP for a period, helped set up the races in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi…

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Trinity Square Gardens & Poppies at the Tower of London

Immediately at the exit of Tower Hill Station is Trinity Square Gardens. Overlooked by most visitors in their rush to get to the Tower itself, it contains Merchant Navy memorials relating to both World Wars & also the Falklands conflict. It is also the site of the infamous Tower Hill scaffold & contains a memorial on the actual spot & a number of plaques naming those who were executed there, mainly for views differing from those of the contemporary monarch, including Sir Thomas More & Archbishop Laud.

View across the gardens, with the Mercantile Marine Memorials in the middle background. The site of the scaffold is just to the far side of the lower memorial to the right.


 The Falklands conflict Merchant Navy memorial with the listed former Port of London Authority building in the background.


Site of the Scaffold. (Stock pic. via Wikipedia)


 At the Tower itself, a sea of porcelain poppies commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of World War One & will remain there until November 11th.