Thursday, 27 September 2007

Lunch without cheese!

I'm not sure if this is just something that happens in our household, but we seem to eat cheese almost everyday. It gets to lunch and we will have some cheese based meal, cheese on toast, cheese and something sandwich, tomato, basil and mozzarella bagel, crumpets with cheese, cheese and biscuits, jacket potato with cottage cheese, etc. It goes on.

It actually becomes quite hard to think of something to eat for lunch that doesn't contain or involve cheese. Sure you can have beans on toast, but it tastes better with a bit of cheese on it. Crumpets are good with peanut butter, but much better with cheese.

If we suddenly found that cheese was going to be in short supply I really don't know what I would do for my lunch.

What does everyone else do?

Saturday, 15 September 2007

A local Museum for local people

Quite near to where we live, in Montacute there is a Toy and Radio Museum so we thought we would go and have a visit being somewhat of a toy fan.

From the outside it didn't look like much, but sometimes you just can't tell. We went inside and as well as a toy museum it had a cafe, so we started by getting ourselves a nice bit of lunch. A good old Ploughmans for me, and Quiche for Leila. Nice.

Then it was on into the Museum, and this is were it gets good. It was £4.75 each to get, not a bad price I guess. You make your way through the cafe and into some sheds around the back. It all smells a bit musty and damp, which if you have ever been to a toy fair, is a normal smell for toys.

The sheds are rammed with bits of everything, annuals, toys, old radios, TV's, you name it, it's there.

It really is just a huge pile of stuff behind very make-shift looking display windows. The walls are covered with comics and annuals from every kind of TV show. Obviously I was drawn to the more Sci-fi stuff. The image above shows the Star trek-ish window.

There was also a lot of A-team, Simpsons, Coronation Street, Buck Rogers, Terrahawks, etc. You get the idea. But there was no information at all on any of it. You just had to look and see what you could see poking out from behind of some other item.

If it was up to me, I would have at least tidied the place up and added some helpful info.

This was the only Diorama, rubbish, but funny.

As you can see, some of the displays were a little on the sorry side, it looked like the pilot of this viper had had enough and jumped out.

But even after all that I have said, we really enjoyed it. It's by no means great, but there is a lot of toys to look at. And the cafe did serve some nice food.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Forbidden Planet - Forbidden Prices

I'm sure it's not just me, but how to Forbidden Planet get away with charging so much for there stock? I popped into the Bristol branch last week looking to pick up some new figures, but couldn't believe how much they are charing for things. New Star wars figures for £9.99 that you can pick up most other places for £5.99 or less. Transformers Movie Deluxe figures for £12.99, normally £9.99 everywhere else.

So who actually pays these prices? Even buying them off internet sites the added postage would still work out cheaper than there in store prices.

I have a nice little local store here called Krackers and they have a really good selection of figures all at good prices. Or there is always good old Woolworths, who don't always get everything, but at least what they do get is cheap.

I do like having a look around Forbidden Planet, but I can't remember the last time I actually got my wallet out in there.