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Welsh UFO Sightings 1894
2022-07-29 21:30
Welsh UFO sightings from 1894. For sightings from other years please click HERE. January 25th 1894, 21:30 Llanthomas Fort wrote in New Lands (1923) of lights associated with… Read More
Contact Fanzine
2022-07-19 14:03
Contact was one of the first Spock/Kirk fanzines, specialising in hurt/comfort stories. Launched in December 1975, it is now all available online. You can read more about its production and… Read More
Alpha Continuum Fanzine
2022-07-19 11:45
This Star Trek fanzine lasted four issues, stretching from 1976 to 1980. You can read more about its production and impact at Fanlore. 01020304 #01. 1976. Read it online at the Internet Ar… Read More
Spockanalia Fanzine
2022-07-19 08:26
Spockanalia was the first all Trek fanzine, with issue one first appearing in September 1967 while the show was still on the air. You can read more about its production and influence at Fan… Read More
Guardian Fanzine
2022-07-19 08:00
Guardian was a multifandom (primarily Trek and Star Wars) fanzine launched by Mazeltough Press in August 1978. The first four and the last three are fairly standard zines, but the fifth is… Read More
Alderaan Letterzine
2022-07-18 13:14
Alderaan was the first Star Wars letterzine, launched in February 1978. Read more about it at Fanlore. 01020304 05060708 09101112131415xx #01. February 1978. [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 ]… Read More
Southern Enclave Letterzine
2022-07-17 20:51
As my hyperfixation with Star Wars continues, this week I have a cover guide to Southern Enclave, a Star Wars letterzine launched in September 1983. There were 54 issues before it finally f… Read More
Hyperspace Fanzine
2022-07-16 15:35
Hyper Space was a Star Wars fanzine first published in June 1977. It ran for six years, ending in February 1979. 01020304 0506xxxx #01. Issue 1, June 1977. [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |… Read More
Time Warp Cover Guide
2022-07-15 19:55
Time Warp was a multifandom (though primarily Trek and Star Wars) fanzine launched in 1977 and lasted seven issues, with the last printed in 1984. Read more about it at Fanlore. 01020304… Read More
Life In Plastic - 10/07/2022
2022-07-10 12:56
What a week it's been! Westminster politics has been a non-stop whirlwind of disaster, and I finally managed to binge watch the new Obi Wan Kenobi series. If you haven't seen it yet, it's 10… Read More
Loving Fanfiction
2022-07-08 18:42
Bit of a different take on a Fandom Friday for you this week... A few years ago I took part in a fandom survey and a series of follow up interviews with Dr. Brit Kelly (then the writing la… Read More
Idols - 20th Century Legends
2022-07-05 14:48
Idols was launched in February 1988 and spent the next few years chronicling pop culture. It folded in 1991 after 37 issues. 01020304 05060708 091011121314151617181920212223242526272… Read More
Death On The Canal - 1858, Mary Gardener
2022-07-04 11:48
I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and presen… Read More
Cwmbran Life Candidates Piece
2022-05-02 20:00
Anthony was in Cwmbran Life today: Anthony was asked to answer this question- You should vote for me in the Llantarnam election because– and this is his answer. I’m Anthony Bird… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1869
2022-04-05 23:10
Welsh UFO sightings from 1869. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS April Tenby The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of 28th April 1869 reported that a lo… Read More
Supersonic Magazine Guide
2022-04-05 09:31
Supersonic was a monthly magazine launched in March 1976; it lasted 26 issues. There were also three annuals, for 1977, 1978 and 1979. 1234 5678 91011121314151617181920212223242526xxx… Read More
Life In Plastic - 03/04/2022
2022-04-03 16:10
- So I figured it was time I shake up the format of my weekly round up post, it's been more or less the same since I established this blog way back in 2015... I tried making doll earrings… Read More
LuluCartoons Review
2022-04-01 08:46
LuluCartoons was initially set up to help people find the perfect personalised gift for their loved ones. You just send in a picture, a few notes on the recipient's personality, and in a few… Read More
Emma Magazine Guide
2022-03-31 10:02
Emma was a weekly D.C. Thomson comic launched on 25th February 1978. It lasted 81 issues before folding into Judy. 01020304 05060708 091011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333… Read More
Mermaze Mermaidz
2022-03-27 23:18
MGAE have a new range of 13.5" mermaid fashion dolls due out soon, colour changing Mermaze Mermaidz. The look is a cool twist on the usual mermaid dolls and I love the hair. They have inset… Read More
Sandie Comic Guide
2022-03-22 23:51
According to the UK Comics' Wiki: "Sandie was a girls' weekly comic published by Fleetway Magazines of Fleetway House, Farringdon Street, London, from 12 February 1972 to 10 October 1973, w… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1867
2022-03-16 13:05
Welsh UFO sightings from 1868. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS Pencraig The Welshman of March 6th 1868 covered the Cardiganshire Spring Assizes and th… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1868
2022-03-16 12:43
Welsh UFO sightings from 1868. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS January 1868 Abernant - The Cardiff Times (02/02/1868) carried a report of a poltergei… Read More
Strange Days Magazine Guide
2022-03-15 00:37
Launched in September 1970 by Mark Williams, this fortnightly publication lasted just four issues before folding. 01020304 #01. September 11th - 25th 1970. [ 1 | 3 | 18 | 19 | 25 | ba… Read More
Clever Champs Review
2022-03-11 22:57
Last week I was contacted by Clever Champs, a small company with big goals. They want to help educate and inspire the next generation by simultaneously getting kids interested in reading an… Read More
Chip Savings App Review - Plus £10 Free!
2022-03-11 13:53
Chip is an automatic savings app. The idea is that you fill out a survey, decide how much you'd like to be saving a month, then let the app do the hard work for you by putting some money as… Read More
Mickie Message And Songbook
2022-03-08 20:38
Mickie Message and Songbook was a fortnightly magazine that launched on September 1st 1972. It lasted 26 issues before folding in December 1973. 01020304 05060708 0910111213141516171… Read More
South Wales Argus, 04/03/2022
2022-03-08 18:07
Anthony let me know that I was in the South Wales Argus this week, with probably the most unflattering photograph ever taken: It was basically picking up points I made in THIS post about… Read More
Naturalistas
2022-03-07 15:30
New doll line claxon! These beauties are the Naturalistas from Just Play and Purpose Toys and are due out in autumn 2022. Aside from the glorious hair they have gorgeous face and hand scult… Read More
Bea
2022-03-06 16:13
Only one issue of this 36 page (200mm x 280mm / 7.9" x 11") was published in October 1989, edited by Sheila Cranna. For more like this please click the image below: Read More
Jenna
2022-03-05 23:28
Jenna was launched in early 2017, having been created by a French couple inspired by their search for toys to help their young daughter with Hfiz. Samira Amarir and her husband Adil Amesrou… Read More
Video Times
2022-03-05 19:39
Video Times was a short lived UK publication launched in September 1982. It folded in summer 1983 after, I think, nine issues. 01020304 05060708 09xxxxxx #01. October 1982 - Tron. [ 4… Read More
Popster Magazine Guide
2022-03-05 19:09
Launched in November 1972, this monthly UK title folded out into a giant poster. It lasted around 36 issues, taking it into 1975. 1234 5678 9101112131415161718192021222324252627282930… Read More
Oaka Books Review
2022-03-05 18:50
I was asked a few weeks back if I'd like to review some Oaka Books curriculum based topic packs with Marianna. You can all guess my answer! Oaka Books specialise in fantastic revision packs… Read More
Life In Plastic
2022-02-28 21:02
It lives!! There is still a lot to do - so much stock to list - but the webshop is now live. :D Postage within the UK is £2.90 or free if you spend over £50. It's mostly 1/6 scal… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1860
2022-02-16 10:14
Welsh UFO sightings from 1860. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS May 1860 Fishguard The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser (11/05/1860) were… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1857
2022-02-16 09:34
Welsh UFO sightings from 1857. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS August 1857 Dowlais Three Irishmen were passing over one of the tips when one man… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1859
2022-02-16 09:04
Welsh UFO sightings from 1859. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS September 1859 Matthew Street, Swansea Mr Crompton, an ex-postman, along with his wife and their two c… Read More
Business Card!
2022-02-15 16:53
Preparations for the shop are coming along - this week we've got the packaging sorted, business card design finalised, and started uploading stock in readiness for opening on March 1st. Our… Read More
It's Here! And Now! Magazine Guide
2022-02-15 00:02
Weekly pop magazine launched in April 1973. It lasted 39 issues before folding into Music Star magazine #52 (19/01/1974). You can find partial content scans at Music Mags 70s and 80s. 12… Read More
The Dyfed Enigma
2022-02-14 23:48
Below is a typed fascimile of Randal Jones Pugh's 1979 work on the west Wales flap. No copyright infringement is intended - I just found it very difficult to get hold of a reasonbly priced c… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1864
2022-02-09 22:44
Welsh UFO sightings from 1864. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS January 1864 Glascoed The Illustrated Usk Observer was less than impressed by reports… Read More
Chart Songwords Magazine Guide
2022-02-08 14:25
Launched in January 1979 Chart Songwords was an offshoot of Disco 45 magazine, a monthly title which had been in print since November 1970. Chart Songwords was also published monthly and la… Read More
Bother Review
2022-02-06 17:02
I first came across Bother while researching referral schemes for my mammoth 2022 Refer and Earn post. The whole idea of the company is that you use them to buy your bulky stock cupboard, c… Read More
This Week - 06/02/2022
2022-02-06 16:56
I've had to limit how much I look at the news this week. I just don't understand how people can look at Johnson's track record, his current record, all the indications of his future record… Read More
Hits Of 1987
2022-02-04 17:26
Another mini music challenge, this time we've got my top ten hits of 1987...Fight for Your Right - Beastie BoysMy favourite Beastie Boys track, this is just like every kid's rebellion anthem… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1844
2022-02-03 00:21
Welsh UFO sightings from 1844. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS January 1844 Llawrglyn, Tref Eglwys The residents of Gwernau farm were being terroris… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1838
2022-02-02 22:53
Welsh UFO sightings from 1838. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS July 1838 Llanblethian, Cowbridge The Merthyr Guardian of 28th July 1838 reported tha… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1836
2022-02-02 17:59
Welsh UFO sightings from 1836. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS 1836 South Wales An unnamed young woman was being haunted by the ghost of her boyfrie… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1879
2022-02-02 00:12
Welsh UFO sightings from 1879. For sightings from other years please click HERE. PRESS January 1879 Bodlondeb, Conwy The Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald of 11th January told r… Read More
Sally Magazine Guide
2022-02-01 13:53
Published by IPC, Sally was launched in 1969. It lasted 84 issues before folding into Tammy in 1971. There were also six Sally annuals, from 1971 to 1976. 01020304 05060708 0910111213… Read More
Sunday Mirra Cover Guide
2022-01-31 21:41
Sunday Mirra was an Uxbridge based fanzine that lasted six issues between 1977 and 1978. 01020304 0506xxxx #01. October 1977. #02. November 1977. Full scan available at Archive.or… Read More
This Week - 30/01/2022
2022-01-30 03:46
Preparations for the new business kicked up a gear this week. We started the mammoth task of photographing stock (so. much. stock) and brainstorming ideas for the kind of miniatures we want… Read More
Death On The Canal - 1905, Charles Hinwood
2022-01-29 02:16
I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and presen… Read More
Over 200 UK Refer And Earn Offers For 2022
2022-01-27 02:50
So many stores and services offer special rewards and discounts for recruiting them new customers. No matter what you're into, there's a refer and earn offer for you! Some of these translate… Read More
Glitterball - 1977
2022-01-26 16:06
Finally got around to watching The Glitterball (1977), almost completing the ‘77 UK SF round up. The film is basically ET if, instead of a wrinkly ball bag that touched down in the US… Read More
Penny Magazine Guide
2022-01-25 14:25
Launched by IPC in 1979, this weekly title lasted 45 issues before folding into Jinty on April 12th 1980. There were also four annuals for 1980 through 1983. 01020304 05060708 09101112… Read More
Barbie Cutie Reveal
2022-01-24 00:25
I didn't know how much I needed furry!Barbie in my life until Mattel provided. The line is actually called Barbie Cutie Reveal and it's a new release for 2022. There are four dolls announce… Read More
This Week - 23/01/2022
2022-01-23 03:36
This week I decided to have a huge push on 'passive income' and signed up to something like 300 referral schemes. Then added the codes to my referrals pinterest board and my Referral Codes… Read More
Death On The Canal - 1906, Ernest Jones
2022-01-22 15:45
I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and presen… Read More
Hits Of 1972
2022-01-21 21:37
This month's year suggestion was 1972, so here are my top ten favourite tracks of the year...Rocket Man - Elton JohnThis #2 hit is one of my all time favourite Elton John tracks. Me and Juli… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 2021
2022-01-19 00:04
Welsh UFO sightings from 2021. For sightings from other years please click HERE SUFON Tuesday 5th January, 14:23 Denbigh 2.23 PM. Light cloud. A woman at home, witnessed an object… Read More
Ripped And Torn Fanzine
2022-01-18 15:08
Ripped and Torn was one of the first punk fanzines, and also one of the best catalogued. You can get the entire run in book form from Ecstatic Peace Library, and there is also a dedicated w… Read More
Voice Of Buddha Fanzine
2022-01-18 14:07
This A5 sized fanzine was produced in London. It lasted at least two issues. 1. 1979. Full scan available at Flickr. 2. 1980. Full scan available at Flickr. For more like this please click… Read More
ZigZag Magazine Guide
2022-01-18 00:15
ZigZag was launched by Pete Frame in April 1969. It continued to run more or less monthly until February 1986, after which there were a few issues of One Two Testing / ZigZag and a single r… Read More
Oh Cardiff, Up Yours!
2022-01-17 22:25
Oh Cardiff, Up Yours! published two issues in 1977 and 1978. Mal Function (Paul Davies) told the British Library: "Cultural movements bring people together and punk was no different &ndas&helli…Read More
Chainsaw Cover Guide
2022-01-17 17:56
Chainsaw was a Croydon based fanzine edited by 'Charlie Chainsaw' of Wrench Records. Launched in 1977, it lasted 14 issues before eventually folding in 1984. You can read more about the his… Read More
Mini Mart - Colourways
2022-01-17 00:01
Supplier: ColourwaysWebsite: Folksy Store Products:1/12 scale miniature bedding, curtains and other soft furnishings. I'm always on the lookout for suitably retro looking items… Read More
Allied Propaganda Cover Guide
2022-01-16 22:43
Allied Propaganda was an A4 sized fanzine established in 1979. Based in Northolt, Middlesex, the zine lasted at least nine issues taking it into 1985. 01020304 05060708 09101112 #01. 1… Read More
48 Thrills Cover Guide
2022-01-16 21:56
Edited by Adrian Thrills, 48 Thrills was an Essex based punk fanzine established in 1977. It lasted at least six issues. 01020304 05060708 #01. 1977. #02. 1977. #03. 1977. [ 1 | 2 |… Read More
Sniffin' Glue
2022-01-16 21:41
Sniffin' Glue is one of the best known fanzines of the 1970s. It began in July 1976 and chronicled the emergent punk scene until its demise in late 1977. Editor Mark Perry released a compil… Read More
Top Of The Pops 1970s Magazine Guide
2022-01-16 21:00
1234 5678 9101112 #01. June 1975. Full scan available at Babi a Fi. #02. July 1975. Full scan available at Babi a Fi. #03. August 1975. Full scan available at Babi a Fi. #04. September 1… Read More
This Week - 16/01/2022
2022-01-16 03:59
I had really good intentions about consistent blogging from the beginning of 2022, but then I was sent the announcement that the selection interviews for my job would be held on the fourth… Read More
Real Littles - Shoes
2022-01-15 22:32
Shopkins keep branching out into ever more must have miniature lines. One of the latest is an awesome range of 25 pairs of shoes. They come blind boxed in little plastic packets which open… Read More
Death On The Canal - 1871, Thomas Martin
2022-01-15 19:03
I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and presen… Read More
Dragon Magazine
2022-01-11 00:01
The Kung Fu monthly poster mag! 01020304 05060708 091011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132 #01. October 1974. #02. November 1974. #03. December 1974. #04. January 1975. #05. Fe… Read More
Death On The Canal - 1845, Richard Williams
2022-01-08 03:47
I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and presen… Read More
St Dwynwen's Day Gift Guide
2022-01-08 03:46
January 25th is Wales answer to Valentines, St Dwynwen's Day. Every year it becomes a bigger and bigger event - because who doesn't love an excuse for a gift exchanging occasion? Here are t… Read More
Princess Tina Cover Guide
2022-01-04 02:56
Princess and Tina merged to become Princess Tina in September 1967. The title lasted 330 issues, absorbing Penelope along the way, before folding into Pink in January 1973. Click the thumb… Read More
Death On The Canal - 1838, William Gibbon
2022-01-01 11:44
I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and presen… Read More
Death On The Canal - 1883, William Beeches
2021-12-31 00:49
I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and presen… Read More
Winning Wishlist 2022
2021-12-30 00:13
This will be my fourth one of these and, though last year was pretty light on wins, making a wishlist did help focus my mind when it came to what I wanted to enter. So, with fingers firmly c… Read More
Rave Magazine Guide
2021-12-28 16:21
Launched in February 1964, Rave magazine soon became one of the most popular fashion and pop music magazines in the UK. It lasted around 90 issues before folded into Fabulous 208 in October… Read More
Poppet
2021-12-21 15:17
Poppet was an IPC title launched in October 1963. It lasted 41 issues before folding into June. 01020304 05060708 0910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243… Read More
Welsh UFO Sightings 1998
2021-12-19 17:03
Welsh UFO sightings from 1998. For sightings from other years please click HERE. The Welsh press was kept fairly busy with UFO coverage in 1998, with parliamentary questions, reviews into… Read More

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