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Raleigh Vektar Restoration – Part 1 – The arrival

Raleigh Vektar Restoration – Part 1 – The arrival

As of the time of writing this, I have few retro holy grails left. I have acquired or re-acquired a lot of the retro things from my youth that I had or that I had always wanted. Sure, I still have a list of Most…

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This Micro Machines book is a thing of beauty

This Micro Machines book is a thing of beauty

My memory is that one of the TV ads said that “Micro Machines have the power to move”. That was one of the straplines wasn’t it? Well this book, “Micro But Many: An Unofficial Micro Machines Collection” certainly moved me when I opened it up….

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Top Ten Movie Marathons

Top Ten Movie Marathons

I’m writing this one during the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020, and like a lot of people I’ve been watching slightly more TV and movies than normal. I actually didn’t have as much spare time as I thought I would, but at the start of lockdown…

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Things I Had Totally Forgotten: Crazylegs Crane

Things I Had Totally Forgotten: Crazylegs Crane

As someone who has been actively enjoying and researching retro stuff for many years, and runs a retro website, it can be hard for me to get that ‘nostalgia hit’ as strong as I used to. Just because a lot of things have become ‘fresh’…

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My Bitmap Book collection continues with this fantastic Atari 2600/7800 book

My Bitmap Book collection continues with this fantastic Atari 2600/7800 book

It’s always exciting when another book from Bitmap Books drops through the letterbox. This time it’s the turn of the Atari 2600/7800 to get the Bitmap Books treatment. I’m a bit of a fanboy of Bitmap Books. I’ve got all their Visual Compendiums, as you…

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The WarGames soundtrack on vinyl LP

The WarGames soundtrack on vinyl LP

It’s no secret that WarGames is my all time favourite film. It’s my ‘comfort film’, and I’ve easily seen it more than any other film. Unfortunately, however, there isn’t much merchandise for it. There was no movie storybook that I can see, there was no…

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Top Ten Toilet Movie Scenes

Top Ten Toilet Movie Scenes

For this Top Ten I thought I’d take a look at famous, or perhaps infamous, toilet scenes in movies. Scenes that are set in bathrooms or toilets and involve some form of trauma, stress or embarrassment. Because surely one fear that most people have is…

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Book Review – Home Computers: 100 Icons That Defined a Digital Generation

Book Review – Home Computers: 100 Icons That Defined a Digital Generation

It’s pretty rare that I get offered things to review, and I have refused quite a few when I have, as I only like reviewing stuff that I am genuinely interested in myself. But when I was contacted by the publishers of this book, I…

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My Tribute To The Nerd Lunch Podcast

My Tribute To The Nerd Lunch Podcast

I’ve had a constant companion on my commute into London for the past 8 or so years. Three companions in fact. Well actually a whole army of companions. But, let me back up. It’s always sad when something has to end. The Nerd Lunch podcast…

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Top Ten Moustaches

Top Ten Moustaches

There was a time when moustaches were a badge of honour. A symbol of manhood. A sign of virility. That time was the 80s (ok, and 70s). I wanted to take a look at the moustaches that have had the biggest impact on us over…

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