The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 23)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!

Hooray! TIM’s Going On Holiday

Yes it’s that time of the year when “She Who Must Be Obeyed” and I, along with “She Who Wants To Be Obeyed But Is Only 15 So Does As She Is Told, Not” are off on our holidays.  As a consequence this is my last post for a couple of weeks or so.  You all deserve a good rest from me, my models and my rantings so make the most of it as I plan to pick up with the blog with a vengeance upon my return.

There is a small chance I might be able to check up on what you guys are up to while I’m away but with internet access likely to be minimal most of the time I can’t bank on it.  Hopefully you will all have been very busy which will give me plenty to look forward to reading in a few weeks time.

I Have A Plan!

OK, so it’s not much of a plan but it struck me that it’s all well and good having lists but a plan to go with them would be no bad thing.  Arguably it is essential.  Now I will give the matter more thought while I’m away but tentatively the plan, in no particular order, is:

  • to complete all the Reaper miniatures that I currently have (an incentive before buying any more!)
  • get ready for the Cornwall show the weekend I’m back from holiday
  • decide what figures/models to take to Telford show (no rush as it isn’t until November)
  • decide what models I want to do for the 2019 Plymouth show (the theme is 75 years on from D-Day) and buy the relevant figures
  • decide what, if any, competitions and categories to enter and buy figures as applicable
  • aim to do a neglected model or two every month

Sounds reasonable and dare I say achievable.

I’m feeling more organised by the day!

The Secret To Greater Harmony And Understanding?

Now because this is essentially a modelling blog I always try to make a link, even a tentative one, to the subject in my Musings. I’m stretching it a bit with this article but I wanted to leave you with something deep and meaningful to contemplate while I’m away.

As I’m sure you are all aware, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.  In itself that is a good thing but not everyone sees eye to eye and when that happens problems occur.  No better example exists than in relationships.  Failure to see the other persons point of view is often a recipe for disaster.  The following is the best explanation I have ever heard for explaining the situation and what needs to be done to resolve it.  It was brought to my attention many years ago by a very old Wise Man (actually he was a Trainer at the Management Training college where I used to work).  It goes like this.

Draw the shape below and sit two people either side of it like this.

Person A


Person B

Ask Person A what they see and they will we see the number 9.  Ask Person B and they will say they see a 6.  From where they are both sitting they are both right, neither is wrong.  It’s all a matter or perspective.  The secret is this.  Until Person A or Person B gets of their arse, walks around to the other side and sees the situation from the other persons perspective they will always argue they are right and the other is wrong.  Only when one of them, preferably both, does this is there a chance for peace and harmony.

Easy really.

I should also point out that this Wise Man had a few radical ideas and approaches to training and education.  When he was in Hong Kong a course he was running had two delegates who simply just did not get on.  No matter what he tried they would not cooperate with each other.  He solved the situation by handcuffing them together for 18 hours.  Either they would find a way to get on or one of them would kill the other.  The story, a true one, ended with them becoming the best of friends!  Pity we don’t do this with some of our political leaders!


Until next time.


25 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 23)

  1. Yayyyyyyyy he’s gone !!! No more waffling on about foxes called Kevin, his poor suffering and extremely patient wife and looking at his shite models.

    Oh you’re still here.

    Nah just jokes old mate. As I’ve said before I always look forward to your musings and I bloody love what you do to tiny men haha.

    I forget you have a 15 year old daughter. I do too and man she tests me sometimes. I think the trouble is she’s exactly like me.

    So if A and B got together would they have a 69? I think that would resolve most things.
    I said to my wife once let’s go crazy and have a 68. She said what’s that? I said your sort me out and I owe you one.

    Have a great trip mate. I’ll miss you in all seriousness. Be safe and don’t do anything I probably would do 😉👌🏽


    PS sending your soldiers this Saturday. Sorry for the delay.

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    1. Haha, very good. Just for the record I’ve been long suffering too. Ì was thinking only the other day that it feels like only yesterday that I got married, if it was tomorrow I’d cancel it!

      The idea of a 69 is worth contemplating for an old guy like me but only if it comes with a flake. Or is that a 99? I can’t remember its that long ago.

      As for doing what you might do I fear I’d probably get arrested so I might pass on that one for now!

      No rush for the figures mate, I’m not twiddling my thumbs this end but don’t forget to include your address. I’m not sure IRO, Australia will be sufficient to find you! 😊

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      1. Actually you’ll be surprised. If you just put “that really good looking guy” for the address it’ll go straight to me express. Have a great holiday man and I hope you do a post about your adventures.

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  2. Great story mate I’m having this problem with two people at work ,I’m going to show then this as it has been going on for some time and we are sick of it and if they don’t rotate and find harmony I won’t come back to work after my holiday !!!!! .Have a great time !! .

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    1. If it doesn’t work Pat try the handcuffs! Your trip is coming up so in case we don’t get to correspond before you go and I get back I hope you and your better half have a great time. Good luck with the hedges and look forward to hearing all about it in due course.


      1. Thanks mate ,will try the handcuffs that would be a laugh, been a bit of a bugger with the weather and I can’t get any photos of the hedges ,the sun only shines when I’m at work or away . Only four weeks now ,can’t wait ! .

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  3. First off, have a wonderful vacation! Will miss your wits and paints.

    Second, very nice musing. I might show that one to the wife. She likes examples like that.

    How many reaper minis do you have? “Painting all the things” as a goal, can be tough. If you have quite a few, i would break it into sub goals. Smaller groups of minis.

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    1. Thanks Faust, am looking forward to it, just hoping for good weather. Hopefully time off will enable me to come back with a vengeance!

      As for Reaper figures, I’ve done 5 I think with another 7 or 8 ro do. More worryingly is the wish list which has at least 20 on it and I could easily add to that too. For the moment they are a joy to paint but your point is a good one, breaking things down is a good way to go. Something for me to contemplate while I’m away. I sense a future musing subject!

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