Saturday, 18 June 2016

Recent-ish Pick Ups (Part 2)

Okay, finally got another weekend where I'm not doing stuff, so here's the next lot of recent-ish pick ups! Remember to click the pics to make them go big!

Been finding lots of cool old books in charity shops lately! First up we have The Golden Turkey Awards!

I picked this up purely because it reminded me of Michael Medved's Worst Of Hollywood series that aired back in 1983, where he'd come on a talk about whatever movie he was about to show and why it was one of the worst movies ever...I couldn't find it anywhere online for years, and then I noticed some guy on Youtube posting ads from the middle of one of the episodes, so I asked him if he had the intro..and lo and behold, he posted it to Youtube for me, so here it is to start a flood of memories for anyone else who used to watch it...

So yeah, before that came the here's a few more pages from it! It's a great resource if you're looking for brilliantly-bad films to watch!

I've been trying to catch up with the X-files due to the new series appearing from nowhere, so I also picked up Seasons 1-3 on DVD....

...but I actually managed to get up to Season 6 by watching them online! Only another 3 seasons to go till I get to the new stuff, so I should be caught up by the time they make Season 11...

I found these books in a charity shop recently too. They're basically just short adaptations of different episodes, but as I've seen them all now I'll probably just stick these up on Ebay at some point...

Next up are some PS2 games I found, again in various charity shops....

Star Wars Super Bombad Racing is actually a fairly decent Kart-racer, Fur Fighters is a re-pick-up for me after I stupidly sold my original copy a while back...great wee plattformy shooter! Smarties Meltdown is quite possibly one of the crappiest and weirdly-licenced games I've ever seen, so that might get a look at some later point in the blog...and Eve Of Extinction is a pretty rubbishy action adventure that seems to have nicked the lightsabers from the cast of Bombad Racing while they were faffing about in their super-deformed spaceships... 

Another cool thing I picked up was The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper's Feast, which is a brilliantly illustrated book, loosely based on the 1802 poem by William Roscoe! The illustrator of the book is Alan Aldridge, who worked with the Beatles and Elton John, and did a lot of stuff for Penguin Books!

The poem and book also influenced a concept album and subsequent rock opera by Roger Glover which featured a huge cast of rock and other entertainment legends, including David Bowie, Twiggy & Vincent Price! The cover of the album was the same as the book, and a single sung by Ronnie James Dio was released from the album, and had a rather groovy video, which I've stuck below for you to watch!

I found another cool set of books in an Oxfam that I remember wanting to buy from the Book Club when I was in school, mainly because they were Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style things.....

I was actually a bit undecided on picking them up when I saw them in the shop...until I looked inside them and saw the picture below of a robot-clone Maggie Thatcher! That made them a must buy!!

Anyway, that should be enough for now I reckon....I do have loads more stuff to show you, so there'll be some more pick-up posts soon-ish (you know the drill..give me a month or two!)...but before that, there's some more scans I need to put up of stuff I've found in random boxes! ;-) 


  1. Always loved the Butterfly Ball film, never occurred to me to seek out the book though - Aldridge is king!

    That Smarties game, I got it several years ago in a 4 for £10 deal at Game, but I still haven't played it (like most of the PS2 games on my shelf). I chose that one purely because it features the voice talents of Dave Benson Phillips, ha!

    1. Hehe...You won't be missing much if you never play the Smarties game! Still, you never know, it might become rare, expensive or something in the coming years, and we'll be glad we picked it up! ;-)