Wednesday, December 23, 2020
A look at the Swedish Felt minigolf course at the Vasaparken in Vasastan, Stockholm.
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 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.
What have you been watching during lockdown?
I managed to find these nice Blockbuster Entertainment postcards by Boomerang earlier this year. I think they sum up 2020 nicely.
A look at an old minigolf course postcard from Blackpool.
|The postcard is likely to be from the late 1970s|
Date for your diary - Miniature Golf Day 2021.
Miniature Golf Day always takes place on the 21st September. Next year that will be a Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
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.
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.
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A bit of retail archaeology in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
|A new Londis, Ellie D's Tattoo Studio and Grainey's Barbers on Holden Road in Leigh - but what did it used to be?|
|The QuikDrop box is still in place at the old store location in Prescot, Merseyside|
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.
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
A look at the Jurassic Putt Crazy Golf course at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade, Norwich.
On a recent return visit he sent me this snap of the sanitisation station outside the entrance to the course.
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 in Leigh|
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.
I've been blogging for 14 years today.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
We saw our first Mask Vending Machine at the Spinning Gate shopping centre in Leigh, Greater Manchester on Saturday.
|A #maskbox PPE vending machine|
What a time we're living through!
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This old minigolf postcard by Photo Precision Limited shows the South Shore Baths and Promenade in Blackpool.
|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.
We spotted this interesting shop while in Leigh, Greater Manchester on Saturday.
It's the best shop name I've seen during the pandemic.
COVID-19 Buster sells PPE to businesses and individuals.
A look at a shopping centre bench in the time of social distancing.
|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.
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 company went into administration in 2012 with stores closing in October and was dissolved in November that year.
|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.
Old shops and lost brands
Friday, December 18, 2020
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.
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.