Sunday 13th September 2020, we went to the Henley Pub in the Park event.
We booked VIP tickets and arrived just after 10.00am. After a 15 minute wait, we were guided to a private parking area at the front of the stage. On the way in we were given a gift pack (which has to be shared amongst all four of us) and some food, which rather than being the advertised meal, was just some snacks so not particularly good value for money.
We enjoyed the acts like Gabrielle but Craig Charles couldn’t apparently make it due to a sore throat. He was the one I was looking forward to seeing so again disappointed. The artisan car boot sale was quite small and consisted of a few stalls selling alcohol and food products. Not much choice to be honest.
Overall the weather and atmosphere was good. Apart from being at the front of the stage, the VIP is not worth the money.
We went to the everyman theatre at Gerrards Cross on Thursday evening for the new film. Great to see the sequel after 29 years since the last. Enjoyed the film and more of the same we came to expect from the first 2 films.
The cinema was a little strange. We were 2 of 6 people in the entire cinema to see the film. Had the whole middle of the cinema and a wide sofa to share to ourselves.
I think the meals at our local Greene King Hungry Horse, the Crooked Billet at Iver have shrunk. This Halloumi and chips was on the 2 for £10 deal but its definitely shrinking. I think I counted 15 chips! Must be inflation or is that deflation.
Star Wars trilogy Episode V. Manufactured by Tiger Electronics. Runs off three AA batteries and has removable games cartridges. The keyboard is used to select a game question and appropriate answer. The games tells you if you have given the correct answer or not and comes with a question book that you use to select one. This booklet has questions numbered from 301-650.
We popped down to Brighton at the weekend for the first time since lockdown in March. Always enjoy a look around the lanes, the galleries and interesting little shops and they have a Lego store.
Because things are not back to normal yet, we left our dog Mindy behind. Its sad we can no longer pop into Choccywoccydoodah since it closed last year.
It was great weather and generally we kept away from the tourist crowds by the beach and pier although we did pop onto the Pier briefly so buy some Rock. .
We had our usual breakfast at the Post and Telegraph. Their vegetarian sausages are still my favourite. There was a massive ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest at lunch time. Hundreds, if not thousands of people marching down the high street showing no hint of social distancing at all.
Eventually we got to the Cloud gallery where we often purchase artwork by JJ Adams. The piece I wanted to look at was not in stock at the Gallery but we saw a large 1.2m square framed original mixed media (acrylic on canvas) picture by Emily Crook (Grab The Wheel). We were impressed by the colours and its reference to the Mario and Luigi game characters as well as some designer names like Ferrari, Louis Vuitton and Rolex.
We’ve managed to find a space on wall but this picture is so large we almost didn’t have anywhere to hang it. Its a great piece and hopefully will increase in value as the artist becomes more popular.
Just after lockdon was eased and some shops started opening their doors again, we went to Reading to have a look around and came across Cex. After a short wait outside to get in, I noticed they had an interesting looking box in their window that said it was an xbox game. They wanted £95 for it in used condition and I would have bought it except I did a little research online whilst I was in the shop and came across a website called coolshop.co.uk. They were advertising one at £49.50, new and with free delivery so we quickly bought it.
It arrived a few days later in a very large outer cardboard box. Up until this point, I was still amazed that we might be getting this item at the price we paid and whether it would in fact be used or damaged in some way. It was new and in mint unopened condition. On amazon, they still sell for £125 so we were happy we got a bargain.
As well as being a collector of all things retro and games related, we thought this item would make a great prop for our Halloween celebrations.
I would pay twice the price just for the box, but you also get:
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 game
ZOMBIES MYSTERY BOX Inspired by the in-game Zombies Mystery Box, this collectible box features an eerie skeleton exterior and frightening sounds and lighting.
ZOMBIES HEROES FIGPINS
10th ANNIVERSARY ZOMBIES PUZZLE
DARK HORSE ZOMBIES COMIC ISSUE #1
LIMITED EDITION SPECIALIST ICON PATCHES
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Game
Collectible Zombies Mystery Box with an eerie skeleton exterior and frightening sounds and lighting.