Whirly Wheelers needing a little fixing.

Posted by  on November 10, 2020

A little something special for me in this post in the shape of Whirly Wheelers.

But before that I wanted to say that since my last post I’ve become a Grandfather. My first Grandchild, a boy, was born on the 30th June and he’s amazing. Now 19 weeks old, he’s teething and this morning he sat up on his own for the first time. He’s the happiest baby I’ve ever known and I’m really proud to be his Grandad.

A blue baby's rattle.

Back to the post.

Whirly Wheelers was released by Palitoy Parker in the 1970s. The ‘game’ consists of four cyclists racing around a track with a different winner each time. Powered by two ‘C’ cell batteries the game is something of a collectors’ item these days.

Connected to the track via magnets placed on a large cog inside the unit are four cyclists. To move the large cog (and cyclists) is a long, plastic chain, moved via series of smaller cogs which connect to the motor. In the centre of the track is a dial which allows you to choose the number of laps to take place, or even an infinite position so the cyclists will keep going until the batteries run down. The best part? The cyclists legs actually pedal.

Whirly Wheelers wasn’t something I had ever owned but I was aware of the type of game having seen similar using a horse racing theme.

a 1970s Whirly Wheelers game showing toy cyclists on a yellow track preparing to race.

 

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Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me

Posted by  on February 8, 2019

Happy birthday Dear Munky. I’m now 43.

I don’t really celebrate my birthday. Not because I’m shy, or anything like that, I just don’t really do the celebration thing now I’m older. I’m not in for surrounding myself with a bunch of people, cheering me on, while I get another year closer to death. I’ll still have a happy birthday, but it’ll be quietly happy rather than the booze-fueled, party-on birthdays of my youth.

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Happy New Year 2019

Posted by  on January 1, 2019

Best wishes for 2019

This afternoon I popped in to my local Tesco for a few things to see us through the week. My daughter was hounding us to buy a 2019 calendar and so we went to have a look at what they had available.

Picking up a calendar my daughter said “Look at this”. I heard my other half say “We’ve got to have that one”. My daughter held up the calendar and I could see it was a retro movie & TV calendar. It held additional appeal for me because there was a “Reduced to Clear” label on the shelf (I’m a tight arse like that).

2019 Retro Calendar

It’s a nice little calendar although I’m not entirely sure about the Magnum P.I. picture. It looks like an alternate timeline version where Magnum was played by Ned Flanders.


Toys of Christmas Past

Posted by  on December 22, 2016

Christmas is an exciting time for a child.

Nothing beats a relaxed family Christmas. Those memories really bring on the nostalgia but they’re specific to me and will mean little to anyone else; nor are they really tangible things I can reminisce over with others. Something I can share and nostalgically reminisce over with others though is gifts, specifically toys.

Looking back at my childhood Christmases there are a number of toys that really struck a chord with me, and possibly others.

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