Saturday, 1 April 2017

Some souvenirs of my recent cruise

These days Sue and I tend to buy fewer souvenirs than we used to, and during our most recent one I bought very little ... but what I did buy was – in my opinion – rather interesting.

First and foremost I managed to buy a Moroccan fez.


These are shorter than their Egyptian counterpart, and therefore slightly more stable when worn.

I also managed to add two new flags to my collection, a Moroccan flag ...


... and a Madeiran flag.


Whilst dodging the torrential rain in Malaga I bought a small model of the fortress of the Castillo Sohail in Fuengirola.


Interestingly the label on the base of the model states that it is the Castillo de Conan, Fuengirola, Malaga. I know that filming often takes place in these ancient Spanish castles, but can find no record of this location being used for a Conan film.)

14 comments:

  1. Bob,
    Souvenirs are a great way of later bringing back memories of your travels. In 2015 I brought home only three items from a journey to the UK and Europe. From Bamberg- Germany I purchased two little 'Hummel' miniature figurines - a Boy with a Lamb and a Girl with a Rabbit...from Glastonberry- England I was very pleased to buy a Pewter and gold four inch statue of King Arthur...when I look at these items it brings back those places we visited and the journey remains very real in my memories- as if yesterday. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson,

      Sue and I used to buy loads of souvenirs, but nowadays we have cut right back. In my case I try to buy the flags of the countries and places we visit, and any small buildings that might have a wargaming use; Sue buys souvenir shot glasses ... and has three small display cases full of them.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    1. Stephen Briddon,

      Oh for the days when every gentleman worthy of that title had a fez to wear with his smoking jacket!

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. Agree, smoking jackets are from another time, sadly. A leopard dressing gown and a jade cigarette holder, topped off by a Moroccan fez got whilst in Morocco--now you're talking style worthy of the jacket of the next edition of The Portable Wargame book.

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    3. Ed M,

      Now that is really pushing the boat out!

      A few years back, when Paul Wright was spreading the word about FUNNY LITTLE WARS, he staged lawn wargames a la mode H G Wells ... and participants were expected to dress appropriately (i.e. blazers, shirts, ties/cravats, flannels, boaters). Perhaps I could make some suggestions as to a 'dress code' for PORTABLE WARGAME players in my next book? ;^)

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Money spent on hats, like time on reconnaissance, is seldom wasted.

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    1. Trebian,

      Absolutely right! All I need now is the opportunity to wear some of mine.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. I've got some like that, as well, I think.

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    3. Trebian,

      Looking through my collection, the only one that I haven't yet worn for a game is my Soviet-era Naval Officer's cap ... the sort that has a top that can double as a helicopter landing pad.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    4. I got a Baltic fleet Ratings Cap with the tassels down the back. We obviously need to work something out.

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    5. Trebain,

      Sounds like a great idea!

      Now where did I put my model armoured train ...

      All the best,

      Bob

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    6. I've got one of those too!!! Could this be the first game design based purely on the hats available?

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    7. Trebian,

      I think that would be a first ... even for WD!

      All the best,

      Bob

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