‘Mad Max’ Video: 30p
Ted’s wife had wanted to watch this film for some time, and here it was!
When Ted asked the couple what they were asking for this video, he was told, “Erm… 50p.” Now any sign of hesitation means that haggling is highly likely to be effective, and so Ted looked aghast. “How much would you pay, then?” the chap asked. “25p,” said Ted, and the chap looked at his girlfriend. “OK then, 30p,” said Ted, and the deal was struck.
After 15 minutes of watching it, Ted’s wife realised that it was a load of violent rubbish and gave up.
Set of 1940s Advice Books: £3
Yes – ten volumes for £3. The internet is not always up-to-date, and so Ted decided to invest in these magnificent volumes. It looks as though they were published (by Odham’s Press) in the 1940s, but unfortunately the date is not given. Each volume contains copious black and white line drawings and numerous brown spots.
The volumes are:
- The Book of Hints and Wrinkles – lots of tips on the housewife’s personal appearance, clothing hints for men, the family, running the home
- The Home Counsellor – all about landlords and tenants, motoring, marriage, law
- How to Write, Think and Speak Correctly
- The Practical Handyman
- The Practical Home Doctor
- Practical Information for All – Weights and measures, abbreviations, etc, etc, community services & insurance, social life, householder’s guide, commercial guide
- The Practical Way to Keep Fit – Fundamentals of healthy living, stages of life, hygiene of the body, supplemental questions of health
- Real Life Problems and their Solution – Childhood, adolescence, courtship, middle age, old age
- Secrets of Successful Gardening
- The Wonderful Story of the Human Body
‘Shan’ by Eric van Lustbader: 50p
If you haven’t read one of this author’s novels, do so. His descriptions of martial arts fights are second to none.
Small Yellow Box of K’Nex: £2
Once again Ted has succumbed to a K’Nex purchase. He has just completed his Whirligig Machine (Front, Back, Left-hand side, Right-hand side) and needs all the pieces he can get for future wacky models. This pointless device works from 12 volts (either from a transformer or from two of Ted’s 12V 5W photovoltaic panels) and sends balls in various directions, as well as counting on one of his 6-digit mechanical counters (which has been integrated into the machine).
Three Pairs of Everlasting Socks: 50p
Well, even if they’re not really everlasting, they can’t be bad for 50p – can they?