Monday, February 16, 2004

Not quite pop-ups, but plenty of Things to make and do, including a model of Neuschwanstein and a T-Rex. There's even a model of the World Trade Center though obviously don't go near it with aeroplanes or matches (apologies for the poor taste of that one!)

Neuschwanstein is one of the the castles built by Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria. One of Bavaria's top tourist attractions, ot is probably most well known as the castle of Baron Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which has the distinction of being the first film I ever remember seeing, way back in 1969. There is a production in the West End of London, which I haven't been to; mainly because the producers keep casting the most nausiating Z-List actors (and I use the term here in its loosest sense to mean some talentless bastard who continues to get work despite having all the charisma of haemorhoids) including Michael Ball, Gary Wilmot and, most recently, Jason Donovan. All of these people should be Google bombed with the words talentless bastards or derivative insulting curses that apply

You can hire the car from the film for Weddings, and all the usual celebratory nonsense; although there were, in fact, 4 different racing cars called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was built and raced in the 1920s by Count Zborowski, a wealthy English sportsman who also enjoyed building racing cars and playing with Model Railways.He seems to have been fabulously wealthy, living near Canterbury in Kent

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