Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Scorecard from the Adventure Golf course at Bowling Brno

A look at a minigolf scorecard from Bowling Brno in the Czech Republic.


A big thank you to my friend and minigolf rival Lavdim Zylfiu for sending me a scorecard from the Adventure Golf course at Bowling Brno in the Czech Republic. It's a very nice addition to my minigolf collection.

Scorecard from the Adventure Golf course at Bowling Brno

Scorecard from the Adventure Golf course at Bowling Brno

Scorecard from the Adventure Golf course at Bowling Brno

Visit the Bowling Brno website for more information.

Minigolf at the Vasaparken in Vasastan, Stockholm

A look at the Swedish Felt minigolf course at the Vasaparken in Vasastan, Stockholm.


Minigolf at the Vasaparken in Vasastan, Stockholm


One of those was the Swedish Felt minigolf course at the Vasaparken in Vasastan, Stockholm.

Minigolf at the Vasaparken in Vasastan, Stockholm

It became the 802nd course visited overall on our tour, and the 33rd overseas. It's a nice looking Swedish Felt minigolf course, but was unplayable because of the snowy conditions at the time of our visit.

Minigolf at the Vasaparken in Vasastan, Stockholm

The Carphone Warehouse in Leigh

A look at a lost shop in Leigh.

The Carphone Warehouse on Bradshawgate in Leigh, Greater Manchester - one of the 531 standalone shops closed by the brand in April of this year.

The Carphone Warehouse on Bradshawgate in Leigh, Greater Manchester

The Carphone Warehouse was founded in 1989 and while the brand still exists, products and services are now offered within Currys PC World stores.

Back in 1999 The Carphone Warehouse purchased Tandy's operations in the UK. My first job was at a Tandy franchise in 1995 and I've found traces of that brand in Hitchin and Saint Annes on the Sea on my travels.

Been up to much this year?

What have you been watching during lockdown?


Blockbuster Entertainment postcard by Boomerang

I managed to find these nice Blockbuster Entertainment postcards by Boomerang earlier this year. I think they sum up 2020 nicely.

Blockbuster Entertainment postcard by Boomerang

Blockbuster Entertainment postcard by Boomerang

I've enjoyed researching the lost brand and seeking out remnants of old Blockbuster stores in the limited time we've been allowed outdoors during the pandemic.

Blockbuster Entertainment postcard by Boomerang

Check out my guest post about Blockbuster Video on the Picture Postcard Magic blog from Reflections of a Bygone Age.


Picture Postcard Magic 31st October 2020 with Richard Gottfried What have you been watching during lockdown? With 2020...

Posted by Reflections of a Bygone Age on Saturday, 31 October 2020

A crazy golf course postcard from Blackpool

A look at an old minigolf course postcard from Blackpool.


The unposted postcard shows the Crazy Golf course that was located right outside the Pleasure Beach. It was removed in 2008 and replaced by an Adventure Golf layout. I won the Pleasure Beach Open tournament on that course in 2009.

South Shore and Promenade, Blackpool. PT18828. Unposted
The postcard is likely to be from the late 1970s

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A Weetabix Crazy Golf postcard

Until recently I hadn't had a Weetabix Crazy Golf postcard in my collection.

This advertising postcard from 1983 shows the Weetabix Gang playing a game of minigolf and is one of a set. Other activities the gang get up to include playing cricket on the beach, building a sandcastle, playing a test-of-strength machine and fishing on a pier.

A Weetabix Gang Crazy Mini Golf Weeta-Card postcard from 1983

The Weeta-Card was used to enter a Golf Video Giveaway and posted from Reading, Berkshire to Leatherhead, Surrey. Unfortunately the postmark cancellation is too feint to make out the date of posting.

The Weetabix Gang consisted of Brian, Bixie, Brains, Crunch and Dunc. The Crazy Golf Weeta-Card shows Bixie playing the minigolf hole, Brian as her opponent, with Dunc and Crunch looking on. I don't know what Brains was up to as he's nowhere to be seen.

Related blog posts:

- Postcards

- Advertising

- Crazy Golf

- Minigolf

- Breakfast

- Cereals

Link:

- Weetabix

What did this building used to be?

A bit of retail archaeology in Leigh, Greater Manchester.


Londis, Ellie D's Tattoo Studio and Grainey's Barbers on Holden Road in Leigh
A new Londis, Ellie D's Tattoo Studio and Grainey's Barbers on Holden Road in Leigh - but what did it used to be?

It's interesting to see how the world of retail and buying behaviour changes over time.

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It was once a Blockbuster Video Express.

After it was a Blockbuster store the unit on Holden Road became a Best-One shop. It is currently home to three businesses, with one section vacant.

Londis on Holden Road in Leigh

Lost Blockbusters

Blockbuster Video ceased operations in the UK in December 2013. At the start of that year there were 528 Blockbuster locations in the UK. The number dwindled until October when only 264 shops remained. The remaining stores closed on the 16th December.

The first Blockbuster Video store had opened in Dallas, Texas, USA on the 19th October 1985.

Blockbuster Video entered the UK video rental market in 1989 following the purchase of Ritz Video.

Old Blockbuster Video store in Prescot, Merseyside
The QuikDrop box is still in place at the old store location in Prescot, Merseyside

We've found a few empty Blockbuster stores on our travels, including the shops in Fallowfield, Manchester and Colne, Lancashire. We've also seen remnants of signage and QuikDrop boxes in a number of locations.

An old Putting Green postcard from Blackpool

A look at an old miniature golf postcard from Blackpool.

This old postcard showing the Putting Green at the North Shore in Blackpool was posted on the 10th of October 1938.

The Putting Green, North Shore, Blackpool. Posted 10 October 1938

We've visited the course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Unfortunately the kiosk was closed so we couldn't get a game. At that time in 2009 there was also a Crazy Golf layout next to the grass Putting Course.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf in Lenwade, Norwich

A look at the Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf course at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich.

My brother and his family visited Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich in February of this year and while there spotted the Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf course.

On a recent return visit he sent me this snap of the sanitisation station outside the entrance to the course.

Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich

Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf is an 8-hole layout and play on the course is included with entry to the park.

Visit the Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure website for more information.

Pound £ Fever

What a shop name. Apt for 2020.

Pound £ Fever shop in Leigh
Pound £ Fever in Leigh

I reckon Pound £ Fever and COVID-19 Buster at the opposite end of Bradshawgate in Leigh are big rivals.

National Miniature Golf Day 2021

Date for your diary - National Miniature Golf Day 2021.

National Miniature Golf Day is always on the second Saturday in May. In 2021 that will be on Saturday, 8th May.

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Blogiversary of the Ham and Egger Files

I've been blogging for 14 years today.


Blogiversary of the Ham and Egger Files

I'm often asked me how a blog that is mostly about miniature golf has the name the 'Ham and Egger Files'? The answer is that it didn't initially start out life as a minigolf blog.

I published my first post about how I planned to participate in as many obscure and minority sports as I could and see what would happen with the limited sporting ability I have!

The term 'ham and egger' has connotations ranging from that of 'ordinary person' to that of 'loser'. The origin of the term comes from prize fighters whose modest skills wouldn’t let them win large purses. Therefore, the fighter or their manager - who received a percentage of purses won - were never able to afford to eat better than ham and eggs.

Since that first post I published more than 4,000 posts! Admittedly a large number of them have been about minigolf.

Our interest in minigolf and what would soon become our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour had actually begun on the 30th September 2006, but I didn't publish a post about the sport until the 29th January 2007 when I announced that I had joined the British Minigolf Association - a competition circuit I made my actual debut on in Southend-on-Sea on the 28th April 2007.

Since then we've visited 956 miniature golf courses. 917 of those have been in the British Isles, while 39 have been in eleven overseas countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

If you're wondering what happened to the quest to play lots of different sports, that has continued and I've certainly participated in some interesting events over the years!

A huge thank you goes to everyone who has ever read one of my posts, commented, shared, or guest blogged on the site, it is very much appreciated.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

A Mask Vending Machine

We saw our first Mask Vending Machine at the Spinning Gate shopping centre in Leigh, Greater Manchester on Saturday.

A Mask Vending Machine at the Spinning Gate shopping centre in Leigh
A #maskbox PPE vending machine

What a time we're living through!

I've been documenting the Covid-19 and social distancing signs I've seen during the pandemic here on my blog as well as on my Instagram account.

Related blog posts:

- Vending

- Leigh

- Shopping

An old crazy golf postcard from Blackpool

This old minigolf postcard by Photo Precision Limited shows the South Shore Baths and Promenade in Blackpool.

South Shore Baths and Promenade, Blackpool. PLX18827. Photo Precision Limited. Posted 17 Sep 1980
I'd say the prominent feature on the card is the crazy golf course in the foreground

It was posted on the 17th September 1980. A month before I was born.

Last year I had my family's cinefilm converted and was amazed to see my parents playing crazy golf in Blackpool in August 1980. That round was on the course at Princess Parade on the North Shore.

The South Shore Crazy Golf course was located right outside the Pleasure Beach. It was removed in 2008 and replaced by an Adventure Golf layout. I won the Pleasure Beach Open tournament on that course in 2009.

COVID-19 Buster in Leigh

We spotted this interesting shop while in Leigh, Greater Manchester on Saturday.

COVID-19 Buster in Leigh

It's the best shop name I've seen during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Buster in Leigh

COVID-19 Buster sells PPE to businesses and individuals.

No sitting

A look at a shopping centre bench in the time of social distancing.


Bench in the Spinning Gate shopping centre in Leigh
A bench in the Spinning Gate shopping centre in Leigh

We've seen a few other benches with social distancing signs and rules about sitting down during the pandemic, including a pair of socially distanced benches in Spinningfields, Manchester and these two in Colne, Lancashire.

I've been documenting the Covid-19 and social distancing signs I've seen during the pandemic here on the blog as well as on my Instagram account.

JJB Sports in Leigh

A look at an old JJB Sports shop in Leigh.

The shopfront of the old JJB Sports shop on Bradshawgate in Leigh, Greater Manchester is still visible.

The old JJB Sports shop in Leigh, Greater Manchester. December 2020

The company went into administration in 2012 with stores closing in October and was dissolved in November that year.

The old JJB Sports shop in Leigh, Greater Manchester. December 2020
The retail space occupies the ground floor of the Leigh Friendly Co-operative Society building that was designed in 1897 and opened in 1899.

The JJB brand is now owned by Sports Direct.

This shopfront on the town's main shopping street retains the pre-2010 branding on the signage.

The old JJB Sports shop in Leigh, Greater Manchester. December 2020

Old shops and lost brands

One of my areas of interest is in old retail brands - I'm a marketer by profession and two of my first jobs in the 1990's and the year 2000 were at Tandy and Toys R Us. It's been fascinating to find remnants of a number of lost, dead and defunct brands on the high street and at retail parks. Some of them include Blockbuster Video, Woolworths and RadioShack, as well as examples of previous brand iterations such as Happy Shopper.

2020 is Out of Order

If 2020 was a sanitising station in a shop.

Covid-19 hand sanitiser at a charity shop in Leigh

Friday, December 18, 2020

Boom: Battle Bar opening in Liverpool

A new Boom: Battle Bar with minigolf and more is planned to open in Liverpool next year.


A new Boom: Battle Bar with minigolf and more is planned to open in Liverpool next year

Boom: Battle Bar Liverpool will be the third venue from the brand.

As well as a minigolf course - known as 'Crazier Golf' - the Liverpool venue will be home to axe throwing, shuffleboard and a number of other sports and games.

Boom: Battle Bar Liverpool will be located inside a former Poundland shop in St Johns shopping centre.

My friend and minigolf rival Simon Brown played the Boom: Battle Bar 'Crazier Golf' course at the Brewery Quarter venue in Cardiff last month.

The first Boom: Battle Bar opened at the Castle Quarter shopping and entertainment centre in Norwich in July this year.

Visit the Boom: Battle Bar website for more information.

Boom: Battle Bars are a relatively new entrant to the world of competitive socialising and retailtainment. A number of shopping malls, town centres and retail parks are adding minigolf, crazy golf, adventure golf and other experiential entertainment and activity leisure offerings to their sites to attract and retain customers.