Fifty Amazing Hairbreadth Escapes: £1.50
A beautifully musty book, published by Odhams Press Ltd in an unspecified year (but probably around the late 1930s, thinks Ted), containing a number of impressive line drawings within its 703 stained pages. Ted decided not to haggle in view of the fact that this represents almost 4.7 pages per penny of riveting escapades.
Monocular Viewing Device: £1
Ted’s bargain was somewhat marred when he subsequently noticed the chip in the eyepiece and the dent in the surround of the object lens, but nevertheless this purchase represents excellent value for money, especially since he has a dominant eye and a squint, thus rendering binoculars ineffective. Moreover, the instrument was made in the USSR, and its serial number is 7824203 – a prime number!
K’Nex ‘Looping Lizard’ Set: £6
Ted had wanted one of these for some time, but had been put off by the high offers for them on eBay. Complete with box, this will make a fine distraction for Ted’s wife’s 4-year-old grandson, who will be able to watch as Ted constructs it. The look of horror on Ted’s face when told that the price was £8 encouraged the seller to accept a lower offer.
Small Bag of K’Nex: £1
This was hardly worth buying, but Ted bought it because it included a couple of K’Nex panels – he’ll need these for his fruit machine.