It’s no secret that I hardly ever throw anything away. But I have been trying to recently, honest. However, this lack of ability to throw our stuff means that I have an entire garage and a room in our house full of junk, including most of my childhood possessions. In recent years these have proved incredibly useful as local museums have genuinely started to ask me if they can borrow bits and bobs. Anyone remember George the Robot, Birthday Care Bear, the Get-a-long Gang, Roland Rat, Tiny Tears and Strawberry Shortcake? If you do, I know how old you are. If you don’t, I could provide you with the answers. It is, of course, the ultimate in meanness too. Toddler boy has my sisters old scooter and her push- along dog. With its dangerous sharp metal frame, the dog is a hit with all the kids. It did cross my mind recently to buy him a new scooter, but I probably won’t, as funds are short. So perhaps, if anyone has one they would like reviewed…. (hint, hint).
Anyway, yesterday I found my old school satchel (above) and inside was full of little treasures. Due to popular demand, I give you The Badge Collection, Part One. I like to keep my readers dangling a bit and really, you can’t have too much excitement. Here you can see the GLC Southbank music festival badge (c. 1980?), one which I presume marked the end of the Argentinian War and of course, the piece d’ resistance the launch of the Access Credit Card, no I mean, the badge that E.T gave me at Barnet Cinema.