Out on a lunchtime walk we noticed this at the bottom of someone’s fence.
Thought it was cute.
Scrolling through the Twitter I came across this post from UK Vintage Catalogues from the Scalextric in 1963.
Vintage Scalextric Catalogue pages from 1963. pic.twitter.com/gH5cB8DwRV
— Vintage UK Catalogue Pages (@OldUKCatalogues) June 27, 2021
It reminded me of a post I had written on this blog about Scalextric, I thought I had written it a few years ago, no it was back in 2012.
I was being slightly nostalgic about the wonders of Scalextric.
I never had Scalextric when I was young.
We don’t even have it in the house now, even with two small boys, they wanted model railways and trains…
I am kind of glad I never got Scalextric as it is obvious (now I am older) that the only way to use Scalextric was to find a constant speed that ensured the car went around the track without falling off and keep doing that, whilst your competitor in an attempt to beat you, would more than likely fall off the track and so you would eventually win!
Though I am too young for this 1963 catalogue, I do remember seeing bridges in the Scalextric catalgoies of the 1980s.
I do remember once playing Scalextric at a cousin’s house and they had the hump backed bridge.
The memory was that it was really fun.
I will never get Scalextric now, as my memory of wanting it, I know will be ruined by actually playing with it… so I shall just be nostalgic and think about what I missed and never fulfil a dream that would have never come true.
So there I was at one of those “unexpected items in the bagging area” machines at M&S and next to it was the plastic bags.
These were Christmas bags….
It’s March! Oh you can’t get those shortbread tins either now…
Actually part of me thinks this is quite a good thing, means we were using less plastic bags when they thought we would use more, so had overstocked.
Living in Weston-super-Mare and not being allowed to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, we often make use of the seafront for our allowed exercise. It’s not as though we never walked there before, but now with limited choices, and only so many times you can walk around the area where we live, it’s nice to pop to the seafront. Its a short drive to the seafront from where we live and it was easy to park close to the seafront.
Today it was beautifully clear day, the sun was shining, and it wasn’t too cold. However it was quite windy.
You could see clearly over to Brean Down and even further across to Cardiff and Newport in Wales.
There were kite surfers making the most of the strong winds and the high tide.
Generally we don’t see the sea, as the tidal range in Weston is so huge that for most of the day the sea is some distance away. Today as we walked along the seafront, it was high tide, combined with the winds there were waves crashing down onto the sand.
We walked all the way along the seafront to Knightstone Island and Marine Lake.
Then it was time to turn around and head back to the car to drive home.
While a lot of the UK was having snow, it did miss us in Weston-super-Mare.
However today it did start to snow and we went out for a walk in the snow.
You can just about see the snow.
Alas it stopped and it has now all melted.
We’ve had some serious snow before as you can see from this photograph from December 2010.
So how did I do in 2020, well I published 423 posts…
Okay so 366 of those were of the photo a day project I did in 2020, so really I published 57 additional blog posts.
Most of the top ten are nostalgic posts about the Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s.
So the most popular tweet of 2019 was this one about keeping the old Twitter.
…and we're back!
So you want to go back to old Twitter?
Click Settings and Privacy
Click About Twitter
Click Home pic.twitter.com/PGMF4WeTFB
— James Clay (@jamesclay) July 25, 2019
Alas the hack didn’t last too long so we have to use the new Twitter.
So in 2020, my tenth most popular tweet was this one, a response to one about signage in the libraries.
Don't know, not sure about signs not working.
We put this sign up in the library and we never had a problem with swimming in the library. pic.twitter.com/sIco12N3VT
— James Clay (@jamesclay) August 11, 2020
The photo was from an April Fool we did at the library in Gloucestershire College. What was interesting was that it didn’t work, no one noticed the new signs or paid them any attention,.
Though it should be said we never had a problem with swimming in the library again.
The ninth most popular tweet of mine was from an event I attended in February on trans national education and I posted a sketchnote.
— James Clay (@jamesclay) February 27, 2020
The tweet at number eight was about the lack of a door in Matt Hancock’s home office.
Since Matt Hancock was interviewed from his office, this has been bugging me. What I can never understand about his cupboard/office, where is the door? Does he climb into the office? A trapdoor underneath his chair? If the door is in front of him does he climb over his desk? How? pic.twitter.com/i7lZXgYdPE
— James Clay (@jamesclay) April 16, 2020
The seventh most popular tweet was a picture of Buckingham Palace!
Buckingham Palace looking good in the winter sun. pic.twitter.com/4rlzBvcBOY
— James Clay (@jamesclay) November 27, 2020
It was a response to an original New York Post tweet that has now been deleted. It talked about the UK Christmas covid-19 planning with a picture of Paris.
Number six, was a link to a story about how students realised they could game an assessment as it was been graded by an AI and not a person.
These students figured out their tests were graded by AI — and the easy way to cheat – The Verge https://t.co/caeLgVPQK0
— James Clay (@jamesclay) September 3, 2020
Wasn’t cheating, it was just doing what was required to get top marks.
Fifth most popular tweet was about shopping centre clocks.
This is the clock in Lion Yard in Cambridge…. Who knows what the time is, look at the size of that bug! pic.twitter.com/QDHQ6B6gNH
— James Clay (@jamesclay) June 22, 2020
Fourth most popular tweet was another tweet in response to that original New York Post tweet that has now been deleted. It talked about the UK Christmas covid-19 planning with a picture of Paris.
Nelson's Column and Marble Arch looking very festive. https://t.co/IbQBJZD68a
— James Clay (@jamesclay) November 27, 2020
Luckily someone managed to get a screengrab.
The third most popular tweet was about The Sovereign Centre shopping centre, which appears to be chasing the title of the UK’s Worst Shopping Centre…
Not sure if it is the worst…. it is bad! The Sovereign Centre in Weston-super-Mare. It has a food court with NO food outlets to buy food from! Loads of empty shops and plans to turn it into a health centre. pic.twitter.com/us5RAJwCIS
— James Clay (@jamesclay) June 15, 2020
Back in January I misread a tweet from Stephen Fry and that was the most popular tweet at number two.
I need to get my eyes tested, I read that as cat’s milk…
— James Clay (@jamesclay) January 28, 2020
So my top tweet of 2020 was me reminiscing when WHSmith in Bristol went all Dexter.
— James Clay (@jamesclay) August 27, 2020