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Posted on 27 Jan 2014 18:22:15 GMT
I remember having a great football game as a kid, but can't remember the name. The pitch was raised on legs which had suckers on the bottom to stick to a table, strong magnets in the base of the players, rods which were hand held with magnets on the end which attracted the players above. The players were dragged one at a time using by using the rods and actually hitting the ball. Once you were used to it you could pass the ball and move from one player to another quickly. The goalkeeper was controlled separately with your other hand by a short rod through a narrow slot in the goal.
Everyone that played it considered it so much better to subbeteo.

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 18:24:05 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Red: re flatpack furniture - I've successfully and without help, put together the following:

3 sets of 4' x 2' cd shelving
3 bookcases
1 rocking chair
1 garden chair
1 extendable dining table
4 dining chairs
1 computer desk
1 computer swivel chair
1 sideboard
5 heavy-duty metal shelving units
1 chest of drawers
1 bedside cabinet
1 double bed - I had a small problem with this as the brackets to hold the slats were bent and I had to take a hammer to them.

Coming up: a small dressing-table

Perhaps it depends on the supplier? For instance I've never had anything from Ikea, several of the above are from Homebase/Argos - the instructions are always excellent

You obviously need to ask a woman ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 18:25:55 GMT
Wasn't convinced I'd have the palate - I do it turns out - to tell the difference but wasn't going to turn down the offer.

I fear the 25 will go forever untasted by me. By the time you gat there though you'd be hard placed to justify the cost I reckon

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 19:51:47 GMT
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I also love making up flatpack furniture - I find it so incredibly satisfying putting together a 3D puzzle and despite the general lack of any useful or even English instructions ;o>

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 20:15:33 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
Well done Lez. I'm very impressed. From my observations women are far better at flat pack assembly. Mrs Mosquito is a dab hand. I've noticed that all my bloke friends despise the whole idea of flat pack but their partners seem quite chilled about it. I can explain the 'off side' rule though using all those left over screws and wooden pins and a Subbuteo ball.

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 20:28:55 GMT
Lez Lee says:
It's because we read the instructions, Red ;-)
And I understand the offside rule too!
However, I've always had a problem with digital alarm clocks.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 20:31:06 GMT
eric rambler says:
Yes they wake you up from a deep sleep, very annoying. At least analogue ones keep you awake all night ticking.

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 20:38:33 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
Sorry Lez I can't help in the digital clock dept and I was never able to program a DVD player. Sky+ is the greatest invention known to mankind as well as football, proper beer and music.

Mosquito nets. Horrible things

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 21:01:23 GMT
wobberoo says:
I'll sort your digital clock out for you. A fair exchange is no robbery, so I'm leafing through an Argos catalogue now. A wardrobe, dressing table, chest of drawers, etc etc.................................................................................................................

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 21:04:05 GMT
easytiger says:
Soccerette I think. Great fun. I remember how it was inexplicably overtaken by subbuteo. Flicking little things on saucers as opposed to making players slide across a pitch as if by magic.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 21:15:59 GMT
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Speaking of trading cards,I still have tucked away in my memorabilia box,American Civil War,Batman and Man From Uncle though sadly not complete,also some vintage cars from those sweet cigarette packs,they used to do a lot of Footballers and Cricketers of the day as well.Remember Bazooka Joes,now that was chewing gum,there was a black variation but I can't remember it's name and those chewing sticks of liquorice wood,toffee nuts and flying saucers.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 22:06:37 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
Remember this? Sweet Tobacco

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 22:27:20 GMT

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 22:32:32 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
I remember sweet tobacco and Pink Panther bars: both regular purchases from the local sweetie shop, along with Texan bars and Opal Mints. This shop also used to sell single cigarettes, which I now realize was even dodgier than it appeared at the time.

Re chocolate & serotonin, which CD mentioned on the previous page. The only evidence I can find for this indicates that chocolate with a low cocoa solids content is likely to have a greater effect, as it contains more tryptophan (the amino acid precursor of serotonin). The trouble with most studies that demonstrate health benefits of chocolate, red wine, etc. is that they're based on experiments in which components of the food/drink are added directly to isolated cells and some action is measured that might be beneficial if it occurs in the whole organism. They almost always fail to consider whether the substance can actually be absorbed from the foodstuff. For example, it's easy to show biological activities of resveratrol - a stilbenoid found in red wine - that suggest beneficial effects on health. However, a glass of red wine contains about 3 mg of resveratrol. Of this, about 2.1 mg will be absorbed from the intestines but only about 0.3 mg will survive the first pass through the liver and reach the systemic circulation. A typical concentration required to produce putatively beneficial effects in laboratory experiments is approx 200 mg/L, corresponding to about 1 g in the total blood volume of 5 L. Therefore, you would have to drink about 3,300 glasses of wine in a very short space of time to achieve these effects. Worth a go, you may think, but possibly a little difficult to achieve.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 22:38:37 GMT
RedAlFire says:
I've still got a few of the Beatles 'signed' cards issued with bubble gum that started around 1964. Can't remember how many of them, but they were all the rage then.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 22:45:11 GMT
all the local cafes/fish n chip shops used to sell 'singles' - you got whatever brand packet they had opened for the purpose. i also remember kensitas marketing a 5 pack of cigarettes.
but, aye, sweet tobacco - wisny too dodgy asking for a packet of 'spanish gold'

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 22:46:16 GMT
al, there were 4 :)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 22:48:00 GMT
TheFoe says:

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 22:59:00 GMT
We had an Ice Cream van that used to park in our secondary school upper form playground. And the rather dodgy guy who owned it used to sell us single cigarettes right under our teacher's noses! They must have known about it but looked the other way? was only when he started selling tabs as well that he was forcibly removed from the school grounds by the police! Happy days???!!! ;o>

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 23:10:08 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Must've lost two over the years then...:-)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 23:12:25 GMT
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RedAlFire says:
tech my first cigarette came from a 5 pack of Park Drive bought from a kiosk near to Gravesend railway station. Think they cost 11d (to those who don't know that is equivalent to just less than 5 pence).

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 23:20:09 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Used to like the 'tube' style pack of Murray mints..the too good to hurry mints. Spangles, especially the Olde English. Anyone remember Aztec bars? Amazing (or was it Amazin') bars? Cabana? Fry's Chocolate Cream..and Orange Cream..and Peppermint Cream..and Five Centre Cream (there were 2 versions of that, one had coffee in it...yeuk)...nice dark chocolate!! Remember seeing the Fry's Chocolate tin signs too...couldn't eat them though!!

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 23:21:27 GMT
Lez Lee says:
I'm pretty sure all the companies did 5-packs.
Did any of you collect Kensitas coupons? My mum had a houseful of stuff she got with them. My sister and I still have some of her 'gifts' such as colanders and mixing bowls.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 23:31:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2014 23:39:57 GMT
Woodbines,No 6, No 10,Park Drive were regularly bought with "school dinner money" during my mid teens,which were sold without question by several paper shops,etc despite being in full school uniform.Off Licences and certain public houses could also be relied upon for obtaining alcoholic beverages despite being obviously underage though we thought we were just being clever!!Mea Culpa!
Lez,I'm sure Embassy had a similar thing,I can remember their catalogues in our house back then,and not forgetting Green Shield Stamps,the Co-op Divvy,the meter men for gas and electric,the man from the pru calling once a month,Electricity and Gas showrooms,the list is endless.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 23:37:53 GMT
Not Kensitas coupons, no?
But our house used to have a drawer dedicated to the family Green Shield Stamp collection ;o>
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