Friday, 1 November 2013

BlogCon.....Givaways......and a prize!




Blog-Con is now only a week away, me and Fran both have a weekend passes made up, SWMBO readily agreed for me to go without any arguments. This, I've got to admit has got me a little worried, what the hell is she planning?? There's no way I'm saying a thing to her, otherwise the weekend pass may be provoked!!
Its too far to drive up for both days, so we've booked into a Premier Inn in the centre of Nottingham (Nottingham North Daybrook), Fran has very kindly has offered to buy anyone a drink after the show on Saturday night, he is quite rich after all???


Stefan from Monty's Caravan is celebrating 50k hits on his blog and has 2 givaway's, there's not long left so click the links below and sign up to win the prizes below.





Also doing a Giveaway is blog chum Loki aka Andy from Loki's Great Hall.
If you'd like to win the most excellent figure below, get on over and sign up quick!


Lastly I won the book pictured below at Gary's blog Happy Valley a few weeks ago. I didn't know what my prize would be at the time and neither did Gary come to think of it.

Sam over at Sam's Mini World is also having a Giveaway, celebrating a multitude of Milestones. he's not chosen the 5 Mithral figures that will make up the prizes yet. So get on over and sign up, you never know what you'll win!


  
Its not quite what you think at first, its called Wellington's Smallest Victory, then the subtitle slightly gives it away " The Duke, the Model maker and the Secret of Waterloo" Hmmm? I thought?

Peter Hofschröer (the Author), tells the remarkable story of William Siborne, a Lieutenant in the British Army and expert in topography, who was commissioned to make a vast scale model of Waterloo, incorporating seventy-five thousand tin-lead soldiers and stretching over four hundred square feet. Buy why - at a time when celebrations of England's finest hour at Waterloo were so in vogue, and Wellington's fame was at its peak - did this exquisite model gain Siborne the enmity of the Duke and ultimately lead to his own ruin? If history is always written by the victor, never was this more true than Waterloo. Now, to correct a long injustice, Peter Hofschröer reveals the truth of one man's all-consuming and ruinous passion for historical accuracy.

I’m intrigued???  but at least I know what the new Dan Brown books gonna be about!!!!


44 comments:

  1. Many thanks Ray! It's not provided by the rules to give bonus for the mention in your blog .... but I will think about that !

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  2. Lots of contests and prizes!
    You guys have fun at Blog-Con. Or at least cause trouble.

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  3. Thanks Ray, looking forward to catching up with you all at BC next week. My weekend pass has cost me dearly, I now have a list of household chores longer than my painting queue

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    1. Should be a blast, and yep me too on the list front!

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  4. Well, I thought the book would be more interesting than the ordinary Napoleonic history stuff. There's also the twist that Hofschroer, the famous wannabe German, HATES Wellington and Siborne's the only person I can think of that's painted nearly as many leads as you . . .

    It's a good read, but not as good as Hofschroer's 'Wellington Did Rude Things to Spiders' or maybe 'How the Germans Won the World Snooker Championship'

    ;O)

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    1. LOL! I'm looking forward to reading the book, I've got 20 odd books in the queue in front of it, but I'll be pushing it forward that's for sure!

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  5. No Boobies here I'm going back to Frans blog!

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  6. both you and Fran at the Blogocon? Should we alert the police? :P
    Congrats to Sam Wise!

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    1. He's gonna be a problem, I just know it!

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  7. I'm with Clint! There is much more to see on Fran's blog!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  8. After blog con!!! I hear they are serving sweet saperilla at the venue! Wot no boobies.

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  9. As I live on the doorstep I have an easy pass LOL

    Ian

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  10. If you are interested in alternative viewpoints on Waterloo you might also want to give this a read. Opinions vary but I found it quite a good read and it goes into great depth about Siborne, his model and how he funded it...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waterloo-Perspectives-Great-Battle-Reappraised/dp/1860199968/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383344060&sr=8-1&keywords=waterloo+new+perspectives

    Cheers,
    Millsy

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  11. Nice one, Ray - have a great time ;-)

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  12. I read Malcolm Balen's 'A Modl Victory' in the Waterloo modl. Really interesting and quite a sad story.

    You can see part of it in the National Army museum in London.

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    1. Sounds like I need to visit the museum and take a look.

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  13. Oh good Lord! A weekend pass and night out, now I'm real miffed that I'm missing the event. Toy soldiers, a curry and a few beers, with Fran in the chair - you lucky so and so !

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    1. Feck off with Fran in the chair, Ray still has his pocket money from the 80's!

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    2. Definitely no curry!! But if Fran's buying???? I'll give it a go!

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  14. You'll have to give us a post-read review of that book, Ray, sounds like fun.

    FMB

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  15. Looking forward to joining you two on the Sunday. Pity I'm driving because that offer of a free beer from Fran sounds good! LoL

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    1. Should be fun, shame you couldn't make it up for the whole weekend.

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  16. It is great to see the generosity of these fine blogger brethren. Best, Dean

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    1. It certainly is a great little community we have here on the blogs!

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  17. Wellington's Smallest Victory sounds intriguing.

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  18. Looking forward to meeting you at BC mate.

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