My favourite toys for 2021

Each year, I try and look back at what I think are the best toys that I bought that year.  For clarity and as a reminder, “toys” in this instance aren’t just those things that you can buy in the supermarket, or in a toy shop; it also encompasses those collectible “low art” toys that…

Fitness goals and positive mindsets for 2022

As we leave 2021 behind and start a new year of challenges and opportunities, it is tempting to wonder if this year will see us break our old personal records (PR) and set new ones. This was something I pondered as completed my 5K parkrun last weekend. Back in March last year, as the pandemic…

The challenge of blogging

I can’t remember the last time I actually published something on my blogs. It seems like ages, that’s for sure. I haven’t written for another blog in quite a while either. The simple reason is that I don’t really have anything to say; or rather, I’m not really sure that what I have to say…

If you could only have one toy, what would it be?

I was showing friends around my study and they were looking at the many toys that I have on display. They looked carefully at all the different types on shelves and in the display cabinets, before they asked me “if you could only have one, which would it be?” As a collector, this was a…

These are a few of my favourite things

This year, whilst most of my toy photography has been confined to desk-based activities (with a few excursions out when restrictions have allowed), my toy purchases didn’t seem to slow up, or so I had first thought. Actually because my trips to supermarkets and toy shops had dropped off some of the more “standard” toys…

Studs Clutchmore – Film Noire Detective

I created a short story that was inspired by a single figure. I also followed that with a “behind the scenes” tutorial article explaining how I arrived at the images used in the story. Enjoy!