I’ll be lighting a thoughtful candle at home tonight alongside many other scouts and guides, ex scouts and ex guides worldwide as it’s World Thinking Day, 22 February 2020 a day to celebrate Scouting and Guiding, being the birthdays of both Robert Baden Powell and Olave Baden Powell – Happy Birthday BP!
Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures.
I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures.
Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules.
To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...
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2 thoughts on “World Thinking Day – Happy Birthday BP!”
Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts of America have just gone bankrupt due to their absolutely dreadful history of ignoring and hiding abuse issues. Not to mention paying out fines and judgements for said wrongdoing.
The Girl Scouts, interestingly, have never had such a problem…
Oddly, this BSA problem was mentioned to me yesterday by a family member when I explained what Games I was working on.
A great shame and muddle – hopefully out of the BSA wreckage, something positive can be saved but we are in some ways a different society from when and how Scouting started.
When I read the early handbooks, the ideas behind the Girls and Scouts are those of equity and inclusion, muddied by making it increasingly palatable to society (being suitably feminine and ladylike, colonial attitudes etc).
As you say, the Girl Scouts has not been so affected …