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Sindy Annual 1974

This Week - 30/01/2022

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 to make ourselves. Between us we've been collecting 50+ years and yet there is so much stuff I have still never seen done in miniature. And plenty more I've never seen done affordably. I've put together a few prototypes and plan to get some serious crafting done next week once payday finally - finally - arrives and I can buy some material. I'm still hoping to get the shop up and running for a soft launch by the end of February. The other big thing this week was finishing my new and improved 2022 version of the refer and earn schemes guide . I couldn't be bothered to update the pinnable image but there are actually over 300 offers in that post and I intend to keep adding it as I come across new schemes / set up accounts with others! Even if I only make a few quid out of it

Death on the Canal - 1905, Charles Hinwood

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 present to you my justification for not being a fan of walking along the canal on dark and lonely nights... For more canal deaths, check out the master post . -- Charles Hinwood was found dead in the old Monmouthshire canal on Tuesday 19th December 1905 according to the Pontypool Messenger of December 23rd. The South Wales Evening Express of December 20th carried more or less the same report , with the extra detail that Charles had been about 40 years of age and unmarried. The parish burial register for Llanfrechfa Upper revealed that Charles was actually 43 years old at the time of his death; he was buried on Saturday December 23rd 1905. Charles had been born to Henry and Ellen Hinwood in Wiltshire and was baptised at Codford St Peter on March 15th 1863. By the time of

Welsh UFO Sightings 1859

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 children were living in a house on Matthew Street alleged to be haunting - Tom Watkins, a butcher, used to live there, and his sister hanged herself in the house. Paranormal activity occurred and the wife claimed to have seen a figure resembling neighbours' descriptions of the deceased butcher. It culminated in the ghost giving her a message to be delivered to two people; one of whom, claimed the Swansea Herald , became angry enough to threaten her with violence. 'The very probable explanation of the matter,' stated the newspaper, 'is that, her nerves being affected by want and by domestic unhappiness, she has been under the influence of a dream.' Mrs Crompton refused to deny its reality, and hundreds of people gathered in the street hoping to see a ghost. One man dressed

Over 200 UK Refer and Earn Offers for 2022

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 to straight up free and easy money through cashback or reward sites, others require you to be an existing customer or jump through several hoops. There are over 400 offers listed on my Codes, Coupons and Discounts Pinterest board, and I am (slowly) working on updating this post to reflect the cream of the crop! CASHBACK, SURVEYS, REWARDS & DEALS 20 Cogs . Get £20 when your friend completes 20 cogs (i.e. offers), and 5% of their earnings for life. You also need to complete 20 offers yourself before you can cash out. Airtime Rewards . Get up to £1.50 bonus credit for each person who signs up with your referral code. Mine is 9CKQXLH8. Cashback Earners . Earn 5.00 CashCoins and 10% of their earnings from purchases. 20 CashCoins minimum payout. Cashback Kingdom . Both get a bon

Glitterball - 1977

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 USA, the alien was a literal ball that landed in the UK. Harley Cokeliss directed and claimed the alien was a ball simply because it would be the easiest shape to film and create effects for. (Brian Johnson and his team moonlighted after hours on Space: 1999 to do the deathstar-esque spacecraft and mother ship as a favour. Barry Leith of Wombles fame did the actual stop motion for the glitterball.) Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if press coverage of the Betz mystery sphere discovered in ‘74 was at play, at least on the subconscious level. Originally I figured this film - or the trailer at least - might have been an inspiration for various reports of small flying silver spheres submitted by kids across the country in 1977, especially in Pembrokeshire. Watching it, however, I’ve changed

Penny Magazine Guide

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. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 x x x 1980 1981 1982 1983 #01. 28/04/1979. ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 7 | 11 | 16/17 | 24/25 | 26 | 28 | 31 | 32 ) #02. 05/05/1979. #03. 12/05/1979. #04. 19/05/1979. #05. 26/05/1979. #06. 02/06/1979. #07. 09/06/1979. #08. 16/06/1979. #09. 23/06/1979. #10. 30/06/1979. #11. 07/07/1979. #12. 14/07/1979. #13. 21/07/1979. #14. 28/07/1979. #15. 04/08/1979. #16. 11/08/1979. #17. 18/08/1979. #18. 25/08/1989. #19. 01/09/1979. #20. 08/09/1979. #21. 15/09/1979. #22. 22/09/1979. #23. 29/09/1979. #24. 06/10/1979. #25. 13/10/1979. #26. 20/10/1979. Partial scan available at Great Ne