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Which Pumpkin do I use? (teen+)


I read on Facebook (so it must be true) that if you see a teal coloured pumpkin outside the house, then the person inside will give gifts rather than sweets.  So that’s a BLUE pumpkin (‘cos I doubt very much that Mummy will have gone down to the Art shop to make sure that the coloured pen they’re going to use is Panton 17-4919 TPX (that’s the official colour of Teal.  You get to learn all kinds of things here!))


Anwyays, I’m sure I’m not the only one that doesn’t really want to join in – and I’m glad that I live on the outskirts of the village so I’m not likely to be bothered by it anyway.  But I’m sure that there are those who really would quite like to be left alone to do their own thing.

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Peace (all)


To many around the world, this is the Peace symbol.  For those in the UK, especially the older folk, it may be better known as the symbol for CND – the campaign for nuclear disarmament.  And interesting, both parties are right (hey, cool man!)

The symbol was originally designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom for a protest march and became adopted by the campaign.  Although Holtom indicated that the design reflected his despair, with a simplistic shape of a person with hands down but open, it was also noted that the symbol combined the two semaphore signals for “N” and “D”.  However, the symbol was never copyrighted, trademarked or protected in its design, and so was adopted by many anti-war campaign groups – in the 1960s it had successfully crossed into becoming the symbol for a general peace symbol.

Interestingly perhaps, in 1970 an attempt was made to trademark the symbol (and not by CND or Holtom) – fortunately the patent office turned the request down. Other tidbits about the design was that there have been rumours that the design is actually the sign of the devil and a Nazi rune; others have said the symbol is the runic symbol for death of man.



My design was based on a pre-drawn card by, lined in pencil, then coloured using a mixture of Staedtler pens and coptic greys (with a couple of pastels for good measure).

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Mixels – Mysto (all)


I read recently that the series Mixels is coming to an end. Personally, it doesn’t surprise me – they always did look a little odd but their designs were quite and quite often had some interesting parts that could be used elsewhere.

I did enjoy building Mysto.  Sadly not one with my other favourite part of  the series, the Nixels – although that was mainly for the cute printed face on the 2×2 round tile.

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Danger Mouse – he’s the greatest! (all)


Back in 1981, a small British production company released a cartoon series about a secret agent mouse with his bespectacled sidekick called Penfold.  Danger Mouse was voiced by David Jason (only Fools and Horses amongst other things) and Penfold by Terry Scott.  What really appealed to me was the writing – corny jokes at almost every turn but with that exciting secret agent storyline to go with it (around that time I was also reading a lot of Agaton Sax stories by Quentin Blake – looking at my Black Crane stories I can see where it all started!).

Anyways, being the 1980’s the tie in for action toys hadn’t really caught on and sadly in 1992 it all ended.

And then it didn’t (hooray!).  In 2015 it received a reboot – Danger mouse had gone all hi-tech with his digital eyepatch.  The actors voicing the characters had changed (Alexander Armstrong now voicing Dangermouse, Kevin Eldon carrying on the delivery patter of Penfold that the late Terry Scott had made such a major part of the character (“Cripes, DM!”) but the jokes, the plot was still as good as it ever was – and I was back in 1981 again.


So I was really, really pleased to find the DM action figure in the toyshop this week… and with pocket money in hand…🙂