Quality Reading

Quality Reading at its best!
Quality Reading at its best!

One of the nice things about slipping back to Oz periodically is to catch up on some quality reading.

I did! Nine Phantom comics with 12 stories. That should keep me going until my next trip back to Australia!

As the bloke in Nambucca News Agent said, “no one used to buy these except me but now a lot of blokes come on and buy”.

“It’s the pictures”, I said!

Right – story number one about Mr Walker (*for Ghost who walks)

Update 2 – on pre-electronic wargame figure ordering – a piece of history

The parcel from Navwar
The parcel from Navwar

Yesterday I posted about Pre-electronic wargame figure ordering – a piece of history or rather Update 1 – on pre-electronic wargame figure ordering – a piece of history. I was expecting the delivery Navwar to arrive around 8 April or so.

I checked the letterbox tonight when I got home and found a parcel in there from Navwar. Now I’m impressed.

Posted the letter on 18 March 2013, Easter was in the middle of it all but the parcel arrived back here in Singapore today.

That’s a turn around of 17 days from posting order to receipt of goods – I guess letters are not that slow after all – I’ve had slower order fulfilment from on-line ordering at other firms.

Well done Navwar, Singapore Post and the Royal Mail.

Update 1 – on pre-electronic wargame figure ordering – a piece of history

Back on March 18th I posted about Pre-electronic wargame figure ordering – a piece of history. I just checked my bank statement and there was line noting that Navwar UK had put through a charge of £55.30 to my credit card on 28 March 2013. That was the complete amount and the postage for my order for some modern warships to add to Thomo’s ever growing lead-pile here in Singapore.

That also means that as I posted the letter on 18 March 2013 at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, it has taken 10 days for the letter to arrive at Navwar’s shop in Ilford, England and for Navwar to fill the order, pack it and take it to the Post Office. Past experience has shown me that Navwar charge when the order is filled and ready to send.

So, allowing for the fact that Good Friday was 29 March and 1 April was also a holiday in the UK, I should have a parcel back in my letterbox next Monday, 8 April.

Maybe the old technology still works?

Pre-electronic wargame figure ordering – a piece of history

Pre-electronic means of long-distance communications
Pre-electronic means of long-distance communications

I wanted to order some modern Chinese and Indian ships and aircraft from one of the many little projects I am working on. I wanted to purchase the vessels from Navwar but unfortunately Navwar’s only concession to the 21st century is to accept orders by facsimile transmission. Part of the problem is that his fax machine is old and is a phone/fax type. It rings four times before switching to fax for the handshake, connection and eventual receipt of a transmission. The problem is that most modern fax machines give up listening for the handshake at about the third ring.

The only other way to buy his products is to physically co to his store in Ilford, England on a Saturday (not too early) or to send him a letter.

I am posting this as much for the benefit of my children, one of whom has only ever had the Internet, one can vaguely remember the black and white TV I used to have in the garage and the other two have pretty much grown up in the electronic age.

Before electronics, we used to send a letter. Yep, using a pen and paper we would write our order out, enclose it in an envelope, address the envelope and add a stamp of sufficient value to have the letter delivered.

The transport mechanism pre the Internet - a servant of the Post Office will collect it in the morning and in about 5 days time it should arrive in Ilford, Essex, England ... I hope
The transport mechanism pre the Internet – a servant of the Post Office will collect it in the morning and in about 5 days time it should arrive in Ilford, Essex, England … I hope

We then tool the letter to the letterbox where we inserted it into the correct slot. Magically, an employee of the Post Office will trot along later today and collect all the letters. They will be taken to the Post Office sorting centre, then this letter will travel on to Changi Airport where it will be placed on an aircraft heading to London. Her Majesty’s Post Office, the Royal Mail, will collect the letter there and deliver it to Navwar. About five days or so should elapse from the time I posted the letter to its delivery.

Navwar’s previous order turnaround has always been superb. I have been buying from him for nearly 20 years now and he normally turns orders around in about 24 hours. I have ordered by post from Navwar when I lived in Australia, Mongolia, Norway, England and Korea. I have visited the store when I lived in England as well.

I expect to have the ships back in about two weeks time judging by his past performance although I just wish he would move forward to 2013, technology-wise.

The other thing that is interesting about this is that I am sure that SingPost and the Royal Mail share the revenue from the delivery of this letter.I just don’t know how they keep track of all this and settle at the end.

There kids – that’s how we used to undertake long distance communications way before the Internet!

Malaysia High Commission London – Services

mal_hc It seems that the Malaysian High Commission in London has been moonlighting. Entering “malaysia high comm london” results in the map to the left with additional information being displayed.

You should be able to see the “extra” service.

Seems it is a visa with a happy ending.

Thanks Scott for pointing that one out.

A Very Pukka Cuppa

I’d been shopping at Ion Orchard In Singapore. It was just before Christmas after all and I was feeling a little flagged so I stopped into the TWG Tea Salon and Boutique in Ion Orchard for a pot of that wonderfully refreshing brew. Feeling a little peckish, a scone with jam/jelly and clotted cream was also ordered.

Whilst the TWG Tea Salon was only established in 2008 (it is a Singapore company) the decor, service, tea and scones were very Victorian in flavour and appearance. Tea and scones was about $20 and whilst expensive, it is a lovely spot for people watching and it is a very pukka cuppa.

MIniatur Wunderland

One of the great things about growing up with my father was his ability to let me enjoy my hobbies whilst he enjoyed his hobbies. That relaxed attitude (actually, he had a relaxed attitude to almost everything) allowed me to appreciate his model railroad hobby completely – to the point that I would occasionally make rolling stock for him or paint them for him when I was in one of my modelling moods.

I know he would have loved to see this.

The official video about Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany. On the 1,300 m² large layout, far more than a thousand trains, aircrafts, cars and ships move about. A wonder of the world in miniature.

I Must Be Really Hot!

According to some recent research mentioned on early morning TV yesterday, it appears as though average looking blokes think they are better looking than they are whilst good looking chaps really don’t think that they are that good looking at all. In a related piece of information. researchers at the University of Texas have concluded that attractive males have a tendency to underestimate a female’s interest in them.

Given that every morning I get up and look in the mirror and think “MEH” ((more like MEEEEEEH!)) and as far as I can see, all I notice in hot babes around me is absolute indifference, on the strength of it I must be really, really hot!



Baywatch Armatree 2010

Armatree is out near Dubbo in Central New South Wales, Australia – several hundred kilometres from the sea. For years the area was drought affected then it rained … and rained and rained and recently was flooded. What the farmers there didn’t lose to the drought they lost to the flood. What could not be taken was their sense of humour.

In an effort to provide some cheer to the local community, three of the farmers got together to film a spoof on Baywatch. This is on You Tube.

The three farmers, Hugh, Chris and J.B, filmed the Baywatch spoof as a local Christmas fundraiser. In the true tradition of the Aussie bush they donned the sexy khaki made famous by Steve Irwin and made this short film.

The Digital Story of the Nativity

Every so often I come across a You Tube piece that takes my fancy. There have been two recently. One is this one, the Digital Story of the Nativity. Just brilliantly executed. The other is a Baywatch parody that I’ll post later.

In the interim, sit back and enjoy the Digital Story of the Nativity.