The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 34)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!

Pessimist, Realist or Optimist? Post Telford Update

… and the winner was … The Realist!

Well not really a surprise but as predicted the audience and participants pretty much comprised of ageing men and fathers and their sons.  To be fare there were women about but they were very few and far between, either that or they were simply avoiding me at all costs.  As a consequence I never got to discuss the finer points of “how far do you think I  should dip my brush” , “do you have a favorite tool?” and “the best way to strip a lovely figure”. 

I shall retain my optimism and hope that next year I will meet the young lady featured in The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 33) but suspect by then that the following may well be more applicable!



Post Telford Review

As mentioned in previous posts this was my first visit to Telford and hopefully it will prove to be the first of many.  I was told prior to attending that it was the biggest event of its kind in Europe.  I don’t know for sure if that’s true but it is without a doubt a very sizeable event.  I appreciate such events aren’t every ones cup of tea but as a participant and as a visitor I did thoroughly enjoy it.

To help those of you who have never been a photo below to provide some perspective.  The photo is of one of three equally sized exhibition halls.  There is also a very large space dedicated to competition entries.  The photo was taken before the doors were opened to the general public which is why it looks sparse.


Over the course of the two days I managed to talk to a great many people both in respect of my own models, those of the Plymouth club and of course their own modelling interest.  All very nerdy I grant you but its my hobby and it’s nice to spend time with like minded people rather than have the piss taken out of me by my son and daughter even though I love them both dearly.

If I’m honest the event favors those who are more into kit building, be that planes, tanks, cars or whatever, rather than figures.  The traders pretty much mirrored this too.  That said there were plenty of figures being exhibited and several traders had figures to sell so I was kept more than happy.

On the down side, or the up side pending your take on it, it was very easy to spend a lot of money.  I went with a budget and am pleased to say that I spent far more than I intended to!  Initially I wasn’t concerned until I realized I had to get everything passed SWMBO when I got home.  Fortunately I conceived a cunning plan on the way home.  By stopping at the motorway services a couple of times to grab a burger and shake I was able to return home late enough for her to be in bed given that Monday was a school day and she had to be up for our daughter!  From talking to other modellers this kind of clandestine approach is not uncommon which leads me to think modellers would make great drug smugglers.

I was tempted to provide you guys with lots of photo’s but since arriving home several video’s have sprung up on YouTube which will provide a far better insight than I can.  If you’re interested simply search under “IPMS Telford 2018”.


This week TIM has been listening to …

Edwin Starr.

The nice thing about a 4 hour car journey to Telford (and back again) is I get to play music as loud as I like and without being moaned at by either SWMBO or the kids.  As a consequence I got to listen to a lot this week, far to much to mention really so I picked out one track which was relevant to the journey home.

I should perhaps point out that I was about 100 miles away at the time and driving!

Best played very loud.


This week TIM has been watching …

The above track always reminds of a film called “Adventures In Baby Sitting”.  It’s a film my kids both enjoyed when they were both a bit younger.  But for one “F” bomb it’s a great family film if your kids are of a suitable age and it also has a great soundtrack which includes Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones and Real Wild Child by Iggy Pop.  Anyway, nostalgia got the better of me so I’ve been watching it while trying to make progress with my current diorama.

The 1987 film stars a rather hot Elizabeth Shue and arguably worth a watch for that alone.


Until next time!






35 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 34)

  1. Love a laugh you old git !,I thought this kind of old humour was illegal ,well I’m sure it is in Aus, .Imagine if they put “Love thy neighbour “,Dick Emery or Benny Hill on the telly here now days some sections of society would kark it with indignation and offense . So keep it up Dave ,Your the last hope of England ! Ha Ha Ha .

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    1. Cheers Pat. I’ve no desire to upset anyone but the people you mention along with the Carry On films is what I was brought up on. I found it funny then and I still find it funny now. Some find it offensive but you cannot please all of the people all of the time. I’m happy to take the Mick out of people but unlike some am more than happy to be made fun of too. When you are ginger you learn to cope with it. These days people are to sensitive and need to lighten up but each to their own. Technically we have freedom of speech but it seems more and more these that you have to watch what you say. I think to many people chose to manipulate what is being said into someyhing else. If, for example I don’t like someone it’s because they are in my opinion not a very nice person. However if that person is from an ethnic group or a women then the assumption is you do not like them because if the colour of their skin or their sex. What bollocks! Sorry mate but I can’t be fucking having with it. People need to grow a pair and learn to smile a bit.

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    2. We’ve definitely become too bloody soft. In some places in Melbourne you can’t ask for a “black” coffee! Haha. Ironically you can still ask for a white one though. I haven’t seen Love Thy Neighbour since I was a nipper. I used to love it. “I’ll av half”

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      1. Yeah, great program in it’s day but these are different times. The thing is both sides gave as good as they got back then, it wasn’t one way traffic. As for equality I’m still at a loss as to why we have The Women’s Institute and have female only swimming sessions but no male equivalent. It’s not equality it’s having things your own way. You should hear what’s going on over here regarding Brexit, talk about the shit hitting the fan!

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      2. I’m all for equality but yeah it can’t be lopsided. I’m old fashioned too so call me sexist but I’ll always carry the shopping and do all the heavy work around the house. My wife asked me once how to use the lawnmower and I really didn’t feel comfortable so I said that’s my job. I also believe in chivalry which is a dying thing too sadly. I’ll always stop and help anyone, not just women, in need. Luckily my wife is old fashioned too. She looks to me to be the fixer and the protector. I look to her to be the soft place to fall and the carer. It’s simple but lovely. Rare too I’d say these days. My mates are all whipped haha.

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      3. Well put IRO. That’s the way it is for my mum and dad, likewise for me and my wife and my brother and his wife. Most people I know, either a little younger or older are all the same and are very happy with the male/female arrangement that they have. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion but we live in a world where democracy has little meaning. More and more it is being done to appease the minority. Fine when we talk about helping the ill and the poor etc, but farcical when it comes to some people and their sensitivities. I’m gonna stop there before I get carried away. When are you coming over so we can have a beer or 8 and put the world to rights before its to late?! 😉.

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  2. A good post, I do miss events like this, the downside of living on an island a 200 mile ferry trip away. I once went to a show in Newcastle and came back with absolutely nothing…. I was gutted! I still like the sign… “for an extra £5 I will make the receipt out to the amount you will tell your wife it cost”

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    1. There is an upside and downside to most things and living remotely comes at a price. I’m nowhere near as remote as you are but there are times when it would be nice to be closer to civilisation, just not permanently though! As for the “receipt” sign, what a cracking idea! 😊

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  3. What the actual shit mate? My daughters and I watched the same random movie about a month ago haha. I wasn’t a fan but they loved it so their happiness made me happy. Glad you had fun at the show and as I said, I knew you’d spend more haha. As far as your better half being in bed because it’s a “school night” I’d be waking her up and telling her that all your dirty clothes aren’t going to wash themselves. Then plonk down all your purchases in front of her and say, “now fetch me my slippers, smoking pipe and Ale woman”

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    1. Lol If you told your other half that I recon you would be de-nutted. Very amusing though😀.
      That movie is a total throw back. It reminds me of my golden childhood of movies, weird science, breakfast club, the goonies, inner space etc.

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    2. Yeah it’s a great kids film although I do like it too. As for confronting SWMBO in the way you describe? I once said to her “what’s that I can smell cooking in the kitchen?” – “Nothing, I’ve not started yet” she replied. “Better crack on then” said I. If memory serves me well I ate down the pub!

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      1. The expression exists but as for hitting your wife with a stick it’s outlawed these days. Oddly stabbing people is illegal too but in London nobody seems to care these days so perhaps stick beating will make a come back. Might even stop the stabbing!

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      2. True. Hey speaking of WW1, have you got Netflix? If so, there’s a new doco series on Tanks through history starting with WW1 and the battle of Cambria. I’ve only watched one episode but it was great. I’ll mention it in my next post because I reckon Mark Morin and Mr Varnish would love it. Pete too.

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      3. I saw some videos recently on Cambrai, which is the battle where armor was first used in mass. Learned about that battle in The History of the Military Art at West Point in 1982 or 1983. The series I saw went all the way through the Battle of 73 Easting, which was notably led and won by a few of my classmates, HR McMaster and Joe Sartiano.

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  4. Like the song, reminds me of the Jazz radio station I’ve been listening to during my commute. Sounds like a pretty good event. The closest I’ve been to, is some comic conventions. I’ve never seen a miniature/modeling convention. I imagine they are there if I looked, but would likely be small potatoes compared to the Comic ones.

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    1. Some events, like stadium concerts, are simply huge. Can’t say I have a problem with that other than having the time to see as much as you want to. Fortunately I left thinking I’d done and seen everything I wanted so from that perspective it was a very good few days.

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      1. Always nice to cover all you want. Though as a kid, I remember going to the comic section of the used book store, and not being able to to get through it all, then being super excited about a chance to go back.

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