Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in our own way, by going to the shopping centre or online store of our choice!
If I were a philosopher, I would write a philosophic piece about toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive; but as most you reading this are doing so because you already have an interest in model railways you probably know that already. Sometimes however the opportunity, or should that be excuse, to play with children’s toys (in my case Lego) should not be missed!
There are some that say that there are three phrases that sum up Christmas: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not included. On the basis of this perhaps I should give my nephews a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included!
Novelist Oren Arnold once wrote: Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to all, charity; to every child, a good example; to yourself, respect.
Getting back to model railways, for the last few years Hornby have made their announcement about their new range of models to be issued during the following year (well that is always the intent) on Christmas Eve, their announcement about their 2012 range will be now be made on the 3rd January, They have promised that there is to be no letup in the development of new models and, despite previous supply issues they expect there to be no carryover of new models into 2013.
I am sure the announcement will include some green coloured items for the Southern or Southern Region modeller and I will post information about their release plans when I am able to.
To all who have read my ramblings during the year my compliments of the season to you and very best wishes for 2012!