Tag Archives: Lego

When reading was popular


Children of each generation will have their own totems from their childhood. You can date them by the toys and TV programmes they watched. Whereas my children had Barney and Teletubbies, I had Bill and Ben and the Herb Garden. … Continue reading

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Inanimate friends


There can be something very special in the tiniest of things. Sometimes the merest reference to something from our past can cause an explosion of memory, colour, texture and aroma. It seems to touch a nerve and unleash a wave … Continue reading

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Try Ashbourne First: #11 Lumbards – an old-fashioned toy shop with old-fashioned service


Lumbards is a great family-owned toy shop on Victoria Square. As I write this, Christmas is approaching and any right-minded parent will be dreading the trip into Derby en famille. Try Ashbourne First is about challenging the idea and looking … Continue reading

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