TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 89)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature is a Hasslefree figure called “Tony” and is based on the character played by Nick Frost in the film Shaun of the Dead.  Having done the three “Shaun” character figures which Hasslefree have on offer it made sense to do this one.  I must take a closer look at the other figures to see if any of the others have been sculpted as I nearly missed this one.  It will also provide me with an excuse to watch the film again, not that I really need one!

The figure itself is pretty plain but when I looked at some on line images I noticed that “Tony” wore a T-Shirt with the wording “I Got Wood” written on it.  It wasn’t possible to replicate this in full due to the left arm being across the figures midriff.



Well It Made Me Laugh



The Wednesday Whinge

When I was a kid we had very few TV channels to choose from, three to be precise.  The BBC never had adverts but ITV, our only independent station at the time, did.  A program on ITV would be shown and every 20 minutes or so there would be a break in the broadcast for adverts.  Back then the break would be captioned with “End of Part 1” followed afterwards by “Part 2” etc when the program returned.  More importantly the program, whatever it was, simply picked up where it left off.  Somewhere between that point and now things have changed a great deal of course.

These days going straight to the adverts and doing away with the announcement of a break, and the return thereafter, doesn’t bother me.  I can live with the fact that the Ad breaks are longer and more frequent too.  What does irritate me though, thanks no doubt to the increase in my TV viewing due to Covid lockdowns, is what happens when the program returns after the adverts.  For some reason it has become necessary to remind me of what happened in the previous 15 minutes of the program before they went to the advert break.  This doesn’t happen once it happens after every break in the bloody program.  More than that it seems to happen in almost every program I watch these days!

Just what is going on here?

Between the start of the program and the resumption of it after the break did a million new viewers suddenly join in?

Is there a need to pad out the 24 hour TV schedule by such repetition?

Or is it that the average UK television viewers memory retention is only slightly higher than that of a fucking goldfish?


Give Me Five

I have no idea what inspired this weeks choice (probably my daughters choice of family TV viewing) but I decided to think about my top five animated films.  After some deliberation I came up with the following five.  In no particular order they are:

  1. Toy Story
  2. The Jungle Book
  3. The Lion King
  4. The Simpsons Movie
  5. Shrek


This week TIM has been listening to …

“Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin.  Fancied a bit of Led Zep this week and settled on a classic for this weeks post.  For those of us in the UK it will always be associated with Top of The Pops.


This week TIM has been watching …

“Le Mans 66” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale.  I didn’t know the true story of Le Mans 66 so this film came as a complete surprise and I loved every minute of it.  Will leave it a week or so before watching it again!



Remember …

Taking a dog to the beach called Shark is a bad idea.



24 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 89)

  1. Oh yeah Whole Lotta Love is one of my fave of the Zeps!! Had it blaring yesterday when I gave the truck an oil change. Tony looks great mate. I like that you still did the writing in the T despite the fact it was obscured. Adds a little realism hehe. Adverts to my head in but I agree with you, what’s with repeating shit I’ve just seen hahaha. I’ve noticed it happens a lot on old docos from the US. You know the ones, with the really overly enthusiastic and annoying voice overs haha. Why can’t the world be as plain, boring and simple as the BB bloody C right?? You should have started your whinge with “back in my day” haha. I’m loving the whinge part of your posts so far mate. I look forward to when you have a good old whinge about me 😊 My top five are thus 1. Watership Down. 2. Watership Down. 3. Watership Down. 4. Watership Down and finally 5. Watership Down.

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    1. Haha, I do like a good moan every now and then but this lockdown has brought the worst out of me of late and with nowhere to go this is the only platform I have for letting off steam. Hopefully we will all be able to move on before too long and then I can channel myself into a more positive direction, well what’s left of me by then! Interesting film choice, not keen on 1 and 2, liked 3 but couldn’t stand 4 and 5. 😉

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  2. Wonderful work on the model TIM, and great portrayal of a classic character.
    Fully agree that wasting over a minute on a recap is absolutely pointless ! And don’t even get me started on the advert content ! LOL
    animated movies, 1 Titan AE, 2 WALLE, 3 Treasure planet, 4 Legend of the Guardians, the Owls of Ga’Hool 5 Shrek

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    1. Cheers Dave, glad you like the mini and nice to know I’m not alone with my whinge! Interesting list. One of the things I like about films and Give Me Five is I end up with a list of things to check out which would have otherwise passed me by. 🤗

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  3. To quote Rowen Atkinson from not the nine o’clock news “I think the BBC is a load of crap!”, I don’t know how you can say the BBC doesn’t have adverts it has ton’s of adverts, just they are all for the bloody BBC!! 😁. I think the worst program on TV at the moment (not counting Love Island, Celebs go dating, Essex and Chelsea bollocks, and all that crap, as they aren’t even real programs!!), has to be “The One Show”, that is just “How can we fill an hour of telly every night with nothing!”. and to make matters worse they now have “The Morning Show” which is the same tripe but in the morning!! and you have to pay for it whether you want it or not (I’m on about the TV licence now). While I’ve been stuck in the house these last few months, I’ve watched all the episodes of “Space 1999”, “Terrahawks”, “Space Fleet”, Saphire and Steel” etc…and why because there isn’t anything decent to watch on TV these days.

    Anyway, top five animated films…

    The Corpse Bride
    Mad Monster Party
    The Incredibles
    Heavy Metal
    Fire and Ice

    Oh and to say that “Le Man’s 66” is the true story…..well, it is sort of, you know like “Life of Brian” is like the true story of Jesus, not a bad film though (I love GT40’s), if you would like to read the true history of the GT40 the Haynes manual of it is a great read, and often in the cheap bookshops these days.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Haha, I think you needed that whinge more than I did Roger! 😂😂. In fairness I was referring to the BBC of my youth but these days all they do is advertise their own programs don’t they? The one show always reminds me of programs like Wogen etc, the guest are on just to promote their own book, film or show. One of the reasons why I liked Parkinson was because he just chatted to his guests and you got an insight to them and their world.

      Some films on your list I need to check out and watch. Looks like my viewing pleasure will be extended for a few more lockdown weeks which can only be good news.

      As films go I really did enjoy Le Mans (spell check keeps wanting to change to Lemons! 😂😂) and simply fell for the True Story blurb. In any event it was new to me and I am keen to learn more of the “True” account so thanks for the Haynes tip and I will try to see if I can track a copy down. 🙂

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      1. Oh day time telly is awful! Have you seen “Close calls caught on camera” ((don’t think it’s on now) it was hysterical, they had one story (that took ten minutes and four re-caps!!) to tell, about a boy who was riding his bike down a windy street and a branch fell off a tree and missed him by fifteen feet!! all caught on cctv, they showed this lord know how many times, and it still wasn’t impressive! (True). What next the story of a man who nearly hit his finger knocking in a nail!!!!

        There’s a good documentary about Carrol Shelby on Amazon (I think), only touches on the Le Mans thing but is still interesting. It just annoyed me that they missed out all the part about the cars being assembled in the UK and being based on a Lola design, and did you know they originally went to Lotus, who did an original design that was rejected by Ford but went on to be the basis for the Europa? I think stuff like that would have been interesting, but perhaps that’s just me.

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      2. I have to say I have tried to miss the slippery slope of day time TV but your example serves to back up my whinge, exactly the type of thing which now drives me mad. As for Shelby I will look into him and the story more. I’m not a racing enthusiast as such but it all belongs to an incredible era and it’s the people story that I engage with more. Alas Hollywood has a history of changing endings and glorifying the US to the detriment of others. The bit about Lotus I oddly new but only because my brother had brought it to my attention a little while ago. 🙂

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  4. Took me a while to work out that the dog was called Shark and not the beach! 🙂 I’m being particularly thick today! Nice mini though! I think Roger puts together a pretty well structured rant mind you, Dave! 🙂 And I don’t tend to watch much in the way of animated films, but that probably surprises no-one!

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  5. Looove Shuan of the Dead! That mini still looks cool man.

    TV ads suck. Wife and i only have a tv so i can game on it. We watch shows on streaming services. I know here in The Netherlands some tv broadcaster chanels have a half hour period after the 5 or 6 o clock news in which all ads are played before the evening movie starts. I also know that people have sued ads for interrupting a movie at some point.

    That Zeps song is a classic for me as well.

    I am more of a cat person.

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  6. That song brings back memories of my high school with that song blasting from a boom box at the door first thing in the AM. Love the tune to this day. As for ads, I zone out and look at my iPad or am using my DVR or on demand and miss many ads. Only animated one I would mention is Heavy Metal.

    The figure looks great – love the T-shirt and the challenge of the freehand under the arm.

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  7. Shaun of the Dead is one of the few Zombie movies I’ve seen and I enjoyed it overall. Americans don’t always take to British films but that one did really well here as I recall. You did a great job painting this one and it has the same charm that The TV recap thing you describe is very peculiar indeed!

    To my knowledge, no TV stations do such a thing here in the States. It seems a bit insulting to your intelligence and memory I must say. Do they think goldfish are watching their channel!? In another strange cross-Atlantic shift. Le Mans 66 is called Ford vs. Ferrari in the States. I don’t know why but quite often Americans get their own special name for things and I’m guessing the movie studio thought, Americans don’t know Le Mans well, let’s add Ford into the name so they can identify with the plot a bit more! Its a bit insulting but I suppose those marketers know they’re doing…

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    1. It is quite funny how similar and how different our two countries are. Somethings translate and others don’t. I think one reason for such things is the media. It’s a good few years since I last went to America so things may have changed but from my time there media exposure to life outside of the US seemed very limited, almost non-existent. In contrast in the UK our TV and radio channels report UK and news from around the world constantly Of course the UK is tiny while the US is vast and I think where you live in the US makes a big difference too. Someone in New York or LA where it is more cosmopolitan may well have a greater appreciation of world events than someone in Mid America. Then again all what I have said might be rubbish! 😂 In any event it is great that we share the same language. 🙂

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      1. That is completely accurate in my opinion. Ironically, England is probably the only country that gets regular coverage in the US but if you asked anybody here about Brexit is or even who Boris is, the level ignorance would almost definitely be shameful. The royals get way more coverage and attention.
        For me, I like to know what else is going on in the world and I don’t view the US as end all be all. I’ve only been to Paris and hope to do a lot more international traveling in future years but I found the lifestyle there to be incredibly appealing and a breath of fresh air compared to here but I know I’m in the minority in that regard 🙂

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