"The time has come," the Walrus said . . . .

Some of you may have noticed that I don’t post to a schedule and there’s not the greatest level of consistency in what I post about. That’s the kinda guy I am. However, lately I’ve been even more erratic than usual, principally because of the World Cup, but also for a variety of other reasons, domestic and otherwise. I’m still banging away at those bloody zouaves (just one batch to do now) and I’ve been side tracked by the D-Day stuff and consequent fiddling with rules, reading and re-reading books and the acquisition of some Peter Pig British Paras which, I fear, may lead to bad things.

Any road up, while I was searching out things in the Chamber of Secrets, O.K., the loft, I came across Flames of War/Battlefront boxed entitled ‘British Rifle Company’ as only they can. I say came across it, but it was more a case of repeatedly moving it out of the way, during which evolutions I became increasingly irritated by them. It’s funny how, like relatives, just one small thing can eventually cause frustration simply by being there. I thought I’d bought them in celebration of my mother-in-law’s demise, but Chris (son, not wife – it can get very confusing in our house) insists they’ve much more recent than that, so they no longer have even a sentimental attachment to save them from going west. And go west they will.

So, a propos (or that might be apropos, I’ve never bothered to work it out) of nowt really, I’m having a give-away. The ‘gizzit’ in question is this:

as mentioned above and the rules are dead simple:

1)     THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO EXISTING FOLLOWERS OF THIS BLOG ONLY – I know who you are. I don’t think it’s fair that anyone should troll around and opt in on this just for the chance of copping a freebie (that probably sounds rude, but I know what I mean). I know there are some of you who read this blog, but don’t formally follow it or do the circles thing, so you will be included if you can convince me that’s the case and write a sufficiently groveling reason why you should be included. Yes, I can be a right git when I want to be.

2)     You have to answer three questions:

a)   Although not everyone’s best friend, this officer’s sense of humour saved many lives on D-Day. Who was he?

b) Appropriate name for an Airborne commander? Who was he and who did he command?

c)     How did England manage to make such an arse of their World Cup effort? Answers should be kept to a maximum of 200 words.

O.K., just answer the first two . . . .

3)     Answers should be sent to: thx1131@live.co.uk and the email headed ‘Lead Bank’. Identify yourself properly, send a contact email address and confirm your blog details so I can double check. You don’t need to post anything on this blog, just send the email.

4)     Closing date is 23:59 BST on Monday 14 July 2014. The person with the correct answers will be notified by email shortly thereafter. If there’s more than one person with the correct answers, I’ll resort so some scientifically sound method of random selection like picking a name from a Sumo wrestler’s jock strap (no, not with my teeth and not while he’s still wearing it).

5)     If nobody wins (or, more likely, if nobody enters!) then I’ll return said box to the loft and leave’em to mature a bit longer, to be offered eventually to an ‘open’ comp.


Yes, I will ship abroad.

No, you don’t have to bribe me.

No, unlike Matt (Ubique) if  lady wins all well and good, but no favours. Anyway, what would a lady be doing reading a blog like this? Your mother would go daft!

Yes, you can use your fingers.

Yes, my parents were married.

This is the first of more of the same, but subsequent give-aways will celebrate something more than me falling over boxes.

Sean's having a give-away too!

I must be more depressed than I thought at watching England make complete arses of themselves because I almost missed the give-away at Sean's Wargames Corner.

In celebration of a lot of numbers (see the blog), he's offering some 15mm fantasy rodents  from Splintered Light Miniatures and a copy of a Two Hour Wargames scenario.

Closing date is 30th June and entry details are here.

These competitions are getting like buses!

Hot on the heels of my last post, here's another comp announcement.

Tony of Prometheus in Aspic is having:
It's a tricky one, but with some really good prizes, so get your skates on. You've got until 23:59Z four days after D-Day.

Another competition, but with very strict rules!

Matt at  the Ubique blog is having a very interesting competition. The prize is a medieval figure painted in you family's coat of arms. Pretty good eh?

This is obviously an example (cos he doesn't know who's won yet!), but it does serve to show the quality of his painting. Enviable is the word I'd use.

The entry rules and other details are here, though I think they're a bit strict - he's even barred their Barry! However, he has agreed to allow people from outside the Black Country to enter (Have you ever been to the Black Country? Mein Gott!), though there are some pretty strange caveats such as  women having an advantage because they smell better than men. I'm not sure what they're smelling, but they apparently do it better than we do.

Plenty of time before the closing date to improve your olfactory skills.

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