Sunday, 20 November 2011

Ashtray's and fat TV's?

Have you ever wondered what happened to all those things that have become out-dated in our lifetime. There are a number of things that I used to use/need but now use less or not at all.


For example;

Ashtrays, people smoke less now, there is no smoking in pubs. My old ashtrays are tucked away in a cupboard. I have no idea why. I stopped smoking 6 years ago and stopped smoking in the house 9 years ago. What am I keeping them for? I have no idea. Only one of my close friends smoke and if people do smoke they do it outside. Apparently, if you placed all the old ash trays from all the pubs in England together, they would go from London to New York. That is a lot of ashtrays, so where are they? Have they been recycled into something else?



Fat televisions, we finally gave in and brought a flat screen TV a month or two ago. We left our fat TV by the side of the house to take to the tip, by the morning it was gone. Is there now a black market in fat TV's?  Maybe someone is putting loads of them into storage and saving them to refurbish and sell when they become retro again, like bakelite phones. 

I wonder if someone has that much foresight. Maybe, there are massive warehouses with ashtrays in one and fat TV's in the other, floor to ceiling, hermetically sealed. I wonder if, someone thinks smoking will become all the rage again when there is a cure for cancer, or non-carcinogenic cigarettes are  invented. 

What about vinyl and CD's, they are already retro, and not as fast as just downloading. Downloading takes up so much less space. The same applies for video and DVD, all the content of these are easily accessible on-line. 

So, yes you have your traditionalists who collect vinyl but CD's, DVD's, and video don't appear to have the same kudos. 

I am more aware, of the recycling of DVD's and CD's, but video's what happened to them? And what happened to all the video players? Back to the massive warehouses, somebody must have had the sense to save all the trill phones, I mean who'd have thought they would have turned into a retro item. Even the mullet has made a reappearance, so there is no accounting for taste and at least you don't need to store mullets. So should I put all my CD's and DVD's into storage and sell them on eBay 30 years from now when they are back in fashion, or just get rid.

My mother-in-law didn't like clutter and so  my husband berates her whenever he sees some old toy he had in 'pristine conditon' sells for thousands, on one of those shows. 

Maybe, and this is my best theory, all this stuff is sent off into space and rotates around the world in the moons' orbit and then some evil genius who decides what's in fashion, like Gok Wan for example, decides that it's time to press his special big red button and one of his containers of old stuff comes back to earth as a meteor and just like that it is the thing de jour. 



OK that might be stretching the imagination a tad but you get the jist, unless you know where all the ashtrays are.......?



Silent Sunday - Children in Need


Sunday, 6 November 2011

Girls Toys Review


Today, The lovely Toyologist for Toys R Us ,Tara at Stickyfingers, is having a bit of a break and so my daughters and I bit her hand off  offered to help her out. We had three toys to review.

Baby Alive from Hambro

Lola felt she was best suited to review this toy. Her elder sister did not get a look in!
The excitement of a wee-ing and pooh-ing doll was palpable.
With the doll we received two food satchets and two nappies.


We read the instructions and off Lola went. To feed Baby Alive you have to give her plenty of food and plenty of water, just like a real baby. The food is a powder you just add water to and stir.










Lola was very gentle and fed her just like a Mummy. She called her Lily-Lucy.
The hysterical  giggles when she had her first pooh was hilarious.

I asked Lola what was the best thing about Lily-Lucy. She laughed and said, ‘the pooh-ing and wee-ing’.
Then more seriously, she said ‘and she has really pretty eyes’. I asked Lola if we hadn’t had her to review would she have liked her as a Christmas present? She said, ‘yes, I love her’.
Since the initial excitement has worn off, Lola still gives her water to drink fairly regularly and we find wet patches around the house. She wee’d on her older sister only today.

As a parent I would say that the only downside of this doll is that there aren’t enough sachet’s of food or nappies with the doll when you get her. The food and nappies were used up in the same day and to buy new ones is quite expensive (£9.99 for 10 more sachets and £3.99 for 5 nappies). Other than that, my 5 year old has really enjoyed playing with her. 

Girls World Bead and Style from Ideal

Heather my 8 going on 16 year old, reviewed this old classic with a spin. Heather loved doing the make up for her.

However, the beads for the hair were a bit tricky although there was thingy (I am sure there is a technical term for it, but that would mean reading the instructions!) to help her, and she did put beads in her own hair as a result (not leaving them in long enough for a photo though!).
She said putting on the lipstick was hard as her mouth didn't move (so a softer mouth maybe?), but she still manage to put loads on. With plenty of eye shadow, obviously.

The hair can be shortened or lengthened as you would expect and it is more natural feeling than I remember from my day. 

Heather enjoyed playing with her, but lost interest fairly quickly although she has gone back and played with her since. She says she likes it, and enjoys playing with it.

From my perspective, I would have liked it to come with a little vanity case to put all the hair clips, beads, the bead helpy thing, bands and brush in, these are just in plastic bags and go everywhere, but it is a fun toy for any girl probably well into her tweens. 

Paint by Numbers from Reeves

This is the third and final toy we had to review.

The box says this is for 8 year old's and over. We got everything out and there was a little easel, numbered paints, a couple of tiny brushes and a water holder. There are also three canvases. 


When we opened it Heather was a little daunted by the canvases. The numbers are tiny, the gaps are tiny, in fact, it is all pretty tiny. None the less, Heather started to give it ago, but within minutes found it really quite difficult to complete.

I think it is unlikely that she will come back to it and I am not sure that any eight year old would be able to complete this confidently. 

Heather really wanted to complete this but she also wanted it to look good, she felt that she wouldn't be able to achieve this. I think, many adults would find this challenging and would be better suited to an older child. Personally, I think this should be targeted to 12+ 

(I might try to do these if I have some free time, I like the look of the horse one)



To see more reviews like this go to the Toybox here 

Silentish Sunday - The excitment of Fireworks Night


Saturday, 5 November 2011

I'm taking part in the Kodak Big App Challenge

I'm Taking Part in the Kodak Big App Challenge

So the clever people over at Britmums have teamed up with Kodak and come up with a great competition. 


The challenge is to find a photograph that you want displayed BIG. Kodak has created an easy online tool to upload images and then print them out to create big wall-size pictures.


So if you want to take part Click Here and add your linky.


But for now, as I can't pick just one, here are three photo's that I really like.


This is Lola, on a typically British day at Clarach Bay. Discovering the joy of soggy sandcastles.


This is Heather, a year later, with gorgeous sunshine beating down on her at exactly the same beach as Lola, above.


And now for something completely different, as I am posting this on the 5th November here is a picture from last years firework display.



Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The Gallery - The Letter T



So what is the letter T all about. Yet another curious challenge from miss Tara at Stickyfingers for the Gallery.


Is it about being at the very Top?
Is it about Toes?


















Maybe it is about Tongues?


Maybe not.















Or Tattoo's?












No......





Or maybe, Tall, Tall and really Tall?




















Or doing Things Together?















You know what, maybe it is all about Tongues?





















Or is it the number Three?













I know, this is for Tara. It must be Tall Tree's




















Is it Tickles and sTaTic?




















Oh, Maybe it's Tag, or Tig, or Tick? (depending on where you come from)



















Or Tao Meow our cat?


Do you know what?

I Think I may have missed the point.

I Think this is all about ......













Tara

Who we wouldn't get to do the Gallery without.

You're Terrific.

xxx

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