Monday, 15 September 2014

THE VALLEY - A FIREBALL XL5 ADVENTURE...



From the pages of the FIREBALL XL5 Annual, copyright dated
1966, comes a nice little tale for your enjoyment.  This was the last of
four Annuals published by COLLINS, and each of them is considered
a collectors' item classic which would set you back a pretty penny
these days.  Guess what?  I've got all four.  Nnyaaahhh!



13 comments:

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I've just been reading your item about the ha'penny on the bridge so I just thought I'd mention that I've got a mint condition ha'penny from 1967 with the ship on the front - I think 1967 was the final year they were issued. I know decimalisation was in 1971 but the new decimal coins were issued from 1968 onwards I believe. My apologies for hijacking the topic.

Kid said...

Don't worry about that, Col - I'm not so rigid about topics on this blog as some others are. Having said that 'though, had you left your comment on the relevant post, I'd still have received a copy of it in my email inbox so there's no chance I'd have missed it, if that's what you were worried about.

Although the last ha'penny issued for circulation was the 1967 one, there was a 1970 dated ha'penny included in the Royal Mint proof set for that year, as well as the other pre-decimal coins. (I've got that set, plus others.)

Colin Jones said...

Actually Kid, I had wondered if you'd know about new comments made on an old post. The only problem with doing that is I wouldn't be able to read your reply until the little window/widget thing popped up again (and I've been reading your blog for nearly a year without seeing that ha'penny post). Well, just use the search box I hear you cry but for some reason your search box won't work for me - I just tried it by typing in "halfpenny", "babeoftheday" and "ursulaandress" and all three times it came back as "no results found". By the way how do you think the locals would have reacted if they'd known back in 1996 that it was you who'd taken the ha'penny ? It didn't actually belong to anybody so you weren't stealing it but ,as you said, it was regarded a a local landmark.

Kid said...

Col, I just typed ha'penny in the Blogger search box and it took me right to the post. Did the same with the other two, same result. Are you sure you're typing into the actual Blogger searh box (with the Blogger sign next to it) and not the Google one? You've got to type in the right word, not an approximation (ha'penny, not halfpenny). Spaces between each word seem to help as well.

As for what the locals thought of me taking the coin, they're probably kicking themselves that they didn't think of it. And now it's MINE! Cackle!

Colin Jones said...

Kid, problem solved !! I've just been trying your suggestions of leaving gaps between the words and I also put a capital letter at the beginning of each word which seems to work perfectly - each search came up straight away. By the way, your original post said "halfpenny" not "ha'penny" so I typed in halfpenny and the post appeared. Just one final thing about the ha'penny on the bridge - a few years ago somebody glued a two pence piece to a bench in my town centre but it was only there for a few months so either somebody took it or the Council removed it. When I was a kid we used to go looking for coins in the local pub car-park and sometimes we'd strike gold and find a 50p piece (then the highest value coin of course). Whenever I think of that I wish I'd kept a 50p coin as a memento - the original, heavier "50 New Pence" coins went out of circulation around 1985.

Kid said...

As far as I'm aware, CJ, my original post about the bridge has always said ha'penny, unless I changed it early on. However, if so, as you've only just read it recently, you wouldn't know that. In fact, I originally called the post something like The Curious Case of the Disappearing Coin. Also, when I type in halfpenny, no matching posts come up. Have you mixed up ha-penny and halfpenny perhaps?

Colin Jones said...

Oops Kid, it does say "The Curious Case Of The Vanishing Ha'penny" - I just checked, but I definitely typed in "halfpenny" and was taken to the post which was from July 1st 2013.

John Pitt said...

Col, when I revisit Kid's old posts and make a new comment, I tick the " notify me " box and Kid's reply also comes into my emails.
Kid, who's the artist? I always appreciate the use of different shaped panels and how difficult itust be to incorporate them.

Kid said...

I've typed in halfpenny with and without a cap, CJ, but mo cigar. Must've been ha'penny that brought you a result, because you say in your second comment that halfpenny didn't work.

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Not sure who the artist is, JP, It's one of these three: T. Hurst, R. Hamilton or H. Turner. Looks like art found in comics for girls.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I first typed in "halfpenny" and got no results then "Half Penny" (two separate words with a capital letter at the beginning of each word) and the post appeared.

Kid said...

Aha! So you definitely weren't taken to the post when you typed in halfpenny - only when you typed in Half Penny. These caps are important, eh? Incidentally, Col, I've got a few of the original 50p pieces - but they're all mine!

Dunsade Dave said...

Words cannot express how much I want one of those wee floaty bike things on the second page.

Kid said...

I've got one - honest.

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