Category Archives: Childrens Pastimes

Billy’s Lake

A few weeks ago I took Poppy on a voyage of discovery to Billy’s Lake. Being a dog of the woods and the short mown grass of the local park, she loved running through the long grass, in places taller … Continue reading

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To Catch A Crook

As a last foray into the ‘Eagle Annual’ for the time being here is a very innocent, very un-PC look at the world of the ‘stiff-lipped-upper-class-sergeant-Bruce-of-the-Yard’ and the lesser breed of ‘ill-educated-but-clever-lower-class-career- criminal-mastermind-Burke-the-Peterman’ The language alone is a dead give-away! … Continue reading

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The Art Of Collecting

Every boy, of every age, must have a hobby! Whether it be photography, matchbox labels, autograph hunting or butterfly catching it should serve to enhance the education and, more importantly, keep the little horrors quiet for a few hours. This … Continue reading

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Of Party Games & People

So let us return to the world of games. Those included here are also from the Odhams Children’s Book from the fifties. But the ‘Parlour Game’ is not necessarily for children, it is in it’s most basic form a group … Continue reading

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One For The Boys

Once again the ‘Odhams Book of Childrens Games, Puzzles and Pastimes’ Omnibus provides a couple of games but this time of a more macho nature. Instead of a cissy Princess in a tower, here we have a proper train set! … Continue reading

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Of Party Games & Cake

How many people have looked into the cost of a child’s birthday party and shaken their heads in despair? First there is the food, (cakes, chocolate, fancy buns etc.), second a magician, third, a bouncy castle, fourth . . . … Continue reading

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One For The Girls

Once again I have delved into the ‘Odhams Book of Childrens Games, Puzzles and Pastimes’ Omnibus for a couple of games. The one here on the right is a simple black and white drawing that involves rescuing  the fair Princess … Continue reading

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