You all know exactly who I am. Say my name… #lovemyhat

Bates - Gentlemen's Hatter Since 1898

It’s time for another season of #lovemyhat…

For those of you that remember, I previously blogged about my experience of wearing an ‘Indi‘ in today’s modern world and discovered a few things about both myself, and the people around me. Thanks again to the generosity of the fine fellows at Bates – Gentlemen’s Hatters, I am undertaking another millinery adventure.

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We first met at…

We first met at...

Every couple has a special place that they remember.

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Traditional news media is extinct. Long live social!

Dead Dinosaur

Today, once again, social media proved itself to be the evolutionary superior of news when it scooped traditional outlets to the story of the Qatar Airways plane being escorted into Manchester airport by RAF fighter jets.


The story, which broke on social media…

Although let’s be honest, we’re talking about Twitter here as nobody ever found a story that was anywhere near ‘breaking’ on their Facebook feed…

The story, which broke on Twitter first by people who were actually ON THE PLANE, scooped the lumbering Brontosaurus like BBC by actual minutes. Clearly the time has come for these media dinosaurs to realise their extinction level event is upon them, and the in-depth investigations into corruption and their insistence on fact-checking has put them at a disadvantage in our brave new journalistic world.

My Toy Stories, Stevyn Colgan – Viewmasters (Sawyers/GAF/Fisher Price, 1938-present) #MyToyStories

Stevyn ColganAuthor, illustrator, speaker, songwriter, skeptic, Blue Peter badge winner, ‘QI’ Elf and researcher/writer for ‘The Museum of Curiosity’. Stevyn Colgan has done many things in his life, including a 30 year stint in the Metropolitan Police, but here he tells us about his passion for the humble Viewmaster.

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My Toy Stories, David Bradley – Rubik’s Cube (Ideal, 1980) #MyToyStories

David BradleyDavid Bradley has been writing about sciencey stuff for a quarter of a century and is the author of ‘Deceived Wisdom‘, a book about how everything you know is wrong. In this guest post, David tells us about his fascination with the Rubik’s Cube and demonstrates his uncanny toy juggling ability.

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My Toy Stories, Wincey Willis – Peggy The Lamb (Unknown) #MyToyStories

Wincey WillisIn the first of a series of guest posts, former TV-AM weather presenter and all-round nice person Wincey Willis shares her memories of the very first toy she remembers owning. Although well known for her weather forecasts, Wincey is most proud of her work as a writer and as presenter of television programmes about animals, notably Animal Watch on TV-am and the Granada TV series Wincey’s Pets.

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My Toy Stories #3 – Lunartik In A Cup Of Tea (Matt JOnes, 2009) #MyToyStories

My love of toys spans many different mediums and none more so than the relatively recent craze of Designer Vinyl. This type of toy is usually identified by its limited quantity and unusual appearance, due partly to its creation by artists and designers.

One of my favourites in this field of ABS plastic is the ‘Lunartik In A Cup Of Tea‘ by Matt JOnes. Matt first conceived of the Lunartik in 2004 and has been producing many different flavours, and sizes, ever since.

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