Antiquities & Oddities

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  • In 1957 Odhams Press lost the rights to use any and all Disney characters, meaning that their incredibly popular and long-running title Mickey Mouse Weekly was forced to close. Not every character in the comic was owned by Disney though, and Odhams used everything they still owned in a new weekly called Zip. There were two Zip annuals produced. The first came out in 1958 and is known as the 1959 annual, followed by a second one dated 1959 but known as the 1960 annual. These are the only two Zip annuals; for unknown reasons Odhams decided not to continue the series. This is a very high quality children's annual: Stories include: Nigel Tawny, Explorer - The Adventure Of The Lazy Lobster; Skippy: The Capture; Brett Brand - The Golliwog Mystery; Kid Brother; Touchdown - Operation Bowman; Nigel Tawny - The Windmill; The Kellaway Touch; Brett Brand - Monkey Business; Skippy and the Road Hog; Killer Cuda; Touchdown - The Big Illusion; Nigel Tawny - Obi; The Story of Samuel Plimsoll. There are also comic strips, games, puzzles and things to make. Fabulous artwork - see gallery pictures for examples. Verso front and back boards and endpapers are two different 'board' games. Some cartoons in full colour, others in monochrome.
  • A riotous account of Aussie Army tactics.
  • Covers a wide selection of well-known and lesser-known mysteries:  The Moving Coffins of Barbados; The Bermuda Triangle; The Disappearance of Agatha Christie; The Devil's Footprints; Was Dillinger Shot? The Mystery of Eilean Mor (The Island Of Disappearing Men); Joan of Arc - Did She Return From The Dead? The Loch Ness Monster; The Mystery of the Mary Celeste; Where Is Mona Lisa? Orffyreus and the Perpetual Motion Machine; Psychometry - A Telescope Into The Past; Did Robin Hood Really Exist? Synchronicity or Mere Coincidence? Spontaneous Human Combustion; The Great Tunguska Explosion;  Velikovsky's Comet; The Most Mysterious Manuscript In The World - The Voynich Manuscript; Crop Circles - Whirlwinds, UFO's or Hoaxers?
  • Australian insults, invective, ridicule and abuse as only Australians could invent!  From lords and ladies, governors and generals and even Ned Kelly - on all topics from Explosive Explorers to Royalty Rebuked.  Here is some of the real Australian history, some of it in satirical verse, such as Wowsers by Anon, 1911: For six days long they lie and cheat...And on the seventh at Church they meet...To render to the Lord their God...A threepenny bit, with a holy nod; And then they part with unctuous smile - and a prayer to prosper the next weeks guile. Or this, spotted on the headstone of an old-time Murray River settler's grave: He revelled 'neath the moon; He slept beneath the sun; He lives a life of going-to-do - And died with nothing done.
  • Into this quiet Old country castle on its rounded hill-top there came, one April day in the year 1533, a baby boy - quite an ordinary mite in every way. No one guessed then all that the helpless little one would do when he came to manhood, or that centuries after his death his name would be held in loving reverence by a nation living far from quiet Dillenburg. The story of William, eldest son of Count William of Nassau and the beginnings of the Protestant Church.
  • Somerset Maugham -  husband, father, bi-sexual; homosexual; playwright, author, thorough-going agnostic and - spy, recruited to the network of British agents who operated against the Berlin Committee during World War 1. Published in 1937, the aim of this book - which, according to the author, makes no attempt to be biographical in the strict sense - is to trace the developments of Maugham's style, technique and choice of subject matter in his novels, plays and short stories. There is also speculation of the the thought and philosophy of which Maugham's work is his eloquent expression.
  • A fascinating history of Christmas carols and their meanings. Who was Good King Wenceslas? What are the pagan origins of  The Holly And The Ivy? And - of course - what was the partridge doing in the pear tree? Carols first appeared in the Middle Ages, when a carol was any song sung with the singer standing in a circle; they were banned under Puritan law and united the soldiers on both sides on the Western front; and they are the longest running tradition of Christmas.
  • We often use expressions without thinking about it, but why do we use them and what are their origins?  Such as cheesed off to denote irritation; and what does it mean to cock a snook?  Why a kangaroo court?  All these and so much more, great potential for trivia nights. A great little volume to browse now and then.
  • Welcome to St. Kustards  and your tour guide, Nigel Molesworth and his 'grate frend' Peason.  This is the boys' version of St Trinians and from the same creators.  Illustrated lavishly by the irrepresible Ronald Searle.  Chapters include How to Be a Young Elizabethan and How to Survive in the Atommic Age - with a 'guide to gurls'.