Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Lego Speed Champions 007 Aston Martin DB5

A couple of weeks ago my brother messaged me with a link to a new Lego set he thought I might like.  So while out shopping with my wife last weekend I visited a toy store and spotted the same set.  The "Speed Champions" range features vehicles from cinema as well as modern racing cars.  And to my surprise it includes the Aston Martin DB5.  The box even features the 007 logo and scenes on the front and back are reminiscent of "No Time To Die".  Here's a photo I took in the toy store:

I left the store without purchasing it however when I got home I decided why not and ordered the Lego set as an early Christmas present to myself.  It arrived today:

And here's the box:

The Lego vehicle is obviously going to be much smaller and less detailed than the Lego set I received for my birthday a couple of years ago  (there's definitely no ejector seat in this one) but I'm sure the vehicle will still look great.  I plan to open the box over the Christmas break and once I've built it I'll post some photos.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

The Spoils Of Adelaide

For anyone reading this blog you'll be pleased to know this is the last post from our recent trip to South Australia.

First here's what I call the "spoils" of our trip; the seven books I purchased.  I already have all of these titles but the covers here are either similar or an improvement on the condition of the existing copies in my collection.

The concentration on Ian Fleming's "Moonraker" was pure coincidence.  The Pan Books cover on the left is rare as it's the first and only printing with this cover from 1956.  The white Pan cover is a great copy.  

The orange Penguin "Casino Royale" was only published in Australia (along with a similar cover by Penguin for "From Russia With Love") so it's not common, especially outside of Oz.  The other two covers were too good condition to pass by.

Finally here's a Still Life series copy of Ian Fleming's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" from early 1970's.  There's no spine creases so I suspect it's never been read.  A paperback nearly 50 years old in this condition for sale at AU$14 is quite scarce so I couldn't pass it up.

That's the end of my Bond book purchases from South Australia, so now here's some photos from our travels:

On the road...

The blue lake, Mt Gambier, once a volcano crater

Umpherston Sinkhole (Balumbul), Mt Gambier.

Church and lake at a winery (Maggie Beer's) in the Barossa Valley.

A couple of beaches near McLaren Vale, some fisherman caves in the sand cliffs and a visit to a winery/craft beer brewery.

Random photos of the Pakistan and Indian T20 cricket teams who also stayed in our hotel for the Twenty20 International World Cup (eventually won by England).  One morning I even found myself in the lift with Virat Kohli who I'd watched on TV the night before scoring 50 runs.

Random photos taken while walking around Adelaide including Rundle Mall.

Chocolates bought while visiting the Haigh's factory.

Photos of the Adelaide Christmas Pageant.  I'd never heard of it before but it's obviously a big thing in Adelaide as it's been going for 90 years.

The journey home including a painted silo and a flooded river...

In conclusion, if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend visiting South Australia.  You may return with some great books but you'll definitely return with some great experiences and memories... the spoils of Adelaide.