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Great retro board games

Great retro board games

Board games seem to be becoming more popular again at the moment, which is great to see. As a parent of young children, and someone who therefore doesn’t get to go out on the town as much as I used to, I’ve found myself playing…

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The hunt for this amazing Lamborghini Countach poster

The hunt for this amazing Lamborghini Countach poster

There are three posters that I remember having on my bedroom wall as a child. Three posters that I used to stare at every day for years and that I can remember every single line and colour of. One of them is the Back to…

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UK National Lottery retro memories and bloopers

UK National Lottery retro memories and bloopers

I’m often struck by how things that I never thought I would be nostalgic about, make me nostalgic. One example of this that I was thinking of recently was the UK National Lottery. I can remember, as if it was yesterday, when the UK lottery…

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Top Ten James Bond Movies

Top Ten James Bond Movies

James Bond has been an icon of film for over 50 years. The character is a massive cultural touchstone and over the years has inspired people to do many Bond-like activities including joining the navy, or even try to join MI5 and MI6 (although hopefully they weren’t too disappointed…

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That time when a teenage Paul Gambaccini and George R. R. Martin appeared in The Fantastic Four

That time when a teenage Paul Gambaccini and George R. R. Martin appeared in The Fantastic Four

A few years ago I embarked on attempting to read all the early Marvel superhero comics. My plan was to try to read the whole of the silver age and bronze age over the course of several years. Babies got in the way, however, and…

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The Evolution of Nintendo Consoles, from NES to Switch

The Evolution of Nintendo Consoles, from NES to Switch

Nintendo is one of the brands at the heart of many retro fans. I never actually owned a Nintendo console myself until the Wii (although I did have a Game Boy) but their presence was always a huge part of growing up in the 80s…

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Can anyone recognise this Shrinky Dinks set I’m searching for?

Can anyone recognise this Shrinky Dinks set I’m searching for?

Recently, I’ve been lucky enough be able to pick up several of my holy grail items that I had in my youth and that I’ve been wanting to own once again. These include a Treasure Island board game, Street Hawk bike, a Tonka car, a…

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The Humble Beginnings of Casino Video Games

The Humble Beginnings of Casino Video Games

I’m a big fan of casinos. I’m not sure if it started when I was watching James Bond films or perhaps more modern films like Casino and Ocean’s Eleven, but I just like the thrill of the tables and the glamour that is often associated…

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Spider-Man showing The Beyonder how to go to the toilet

Spider-Man showing The Beyonder how to go to the toilet

Quite often, when I feel the urge to go to the bathroom, I think of Spider-Man. That probably sounds quite strange, so let me explain. I’ve always had this childhood memory of a Spider-Man comic that I read when I was about 10 years old,…

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Spider-Man’s early video games

Spider-Man’s early video games

With the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie only a few months away I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger between now and then. Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes of all time. Having been created by Stan Lee and Steve…

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