10 pence coins everywhere

After months of throwing every 10p coin I received into a tin today the tin reached its capacity and it could take no more. It was time to see how much I had saved over what feels like an eternity.

So out came the tin opener and I hit a first world problem that I should have expected… the tin opener wouldnt open the tin! Here I am with a can full of money and no way in. Not being one to be so easily defeated I busted out the junior hacksaw and with a evil little chuckle I start cutting thinking to myself soon my precious soon. Then ping and the hacksaw blade snaps. Tin 2 Jim 0.

Not detered by the losses already received I decide time to take the man approach, Hit it till it works so screw driver and hammer in hand I set to beating it open. 5 minutes later and I have reached my gial and even feel a bit better about the whole situation given I got to smash something.

After much counting I found I had saved nearly £50, not to shabby, and as a slight bonus ghere was a rarish 1lcoin which is currently £4 on ebay!

Rare coin

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August 2016 Loot Crate

I’ve just received this months Loot Crate and as per the unusual I thought I’d post a couple of pictures and my thoughts on the contents of this months crate.

The theme this month was Anti Hero and when this was announced it was revealed that there would be something from Archer, Hell boy, Kill Bill and Suicide Squad/Harley Quinn.

Other than Archer I knew all about these franchises and while Hell Boy and Kill Bill weren’t really something I think I would have gone out and spent money on Harley Quinn has to be one of my favourite DC characters and having just seen the Suicide Squad film a couple of weeks ago I was really looking forward to seeing what they had in store for me.

Every loot crate comes with a t-shirt now and this months was an Archer t-shirt, whilst I am don’t think it’s particularly bad shirt I don’t know much/anything about Archer and so wasn’t overly taken with it. I’ll probably wear it but all in all not a good start.

Next came the Kill Bill item, a pair of socks. I have plenty of socks but who can ever have too many… right? Again these are OK but not something I’d spend money on and feel a bit like something you’d see on the market for a couple of quid.

Next up Hell Boy, this was kind of cool, it is a Hell Boy fist money box, unforunately it isn’t very big so unless you put large value coins in there you aren’t going to get more than a few pounds in there but it looks good.

Finally the item that I had been looking forward too, the Harley Quinn figure, this was another Q-Fig of which I now own 5 of. As usual the quality of these is very good although Harleys mallet feels a little flimsy. The best part of this though is like my Batman Q-Fig it comes with a white board speech bubble where you can write your own messages! This I like very much and for me justified the entire £20 and would have paid that for this figure alone.

The other thing that I got for buying the crate, but was completely useless to me, is was a free month with all current expansions for World of Warcraft, as I said though this was useless as I already subscribe to Warcraft but I can see why Blizzard put that in there given their new expansion launches next week so this may attract new players to the franchise.

All in all very happy with the crate. 5/5 for Harley 2.5/5 for the rest.

Archer t-shirt

Kill Bill Socks

Hell Boy Money Box

Harley Quinn Q-Fig

How my first Geo caching experience almost became my last

So for a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of going geo caching, for those that aren’t familiar with the geo caching this is where someone has left a container/cache in a hidden location and then you have to go out and find said cache.

So I installed the application and off I went thinking to myself this could be awesome. That was until i found you need an account to start geo caching… ok i can deal with that, so i registered, with my spam email, and off I went again.

Looking at the map in front of me I could see maybe 6 caches within a mile and more beyond that, this left me thinking that it may be a great way to get myself out walking. So I decide to start small and head to the nearest cache… until that is I try to view the cache info, at this point I was told that to get an exact location and information about the cache I would have to pay £25 for a 12 month subscription!

OK I know that £25 isn’t a great deal but why, these caches are placed and paid for by members, the only thing the site does is list them and make them available in an app. After looking a bit deeper into this i find that the reason for this is because people were going to these caches and stealing them so by making people pay they are less likely to do so. At this point I am thinking “in for a penny, in for a pound” so I subscribe.

Now I am installed, registered and paid up so I can finally head out to the cache! Woooooo. Phone in one hand, umbrella in the other I head out to the cache located by my local church. When I get to the church I re read the description on the cache and find a couple of terms I am not familiar with, muggling being my favorite, and decipher that the cache is located somewhere near the bottom of the road behind the church.

15 minutes later, I have searched every bush, rock and other possible hiding place I can think of to find this cache and I am stood there scratching my head, has someone stolen the cache? There are signs someone has recently trimmed the bushes in the area maybe it was found/destroyed when they did that, maybe another read of the post. At this point I spot the clue on the post which is a string of random characters that don’t mean anything to me. It is at this point I decide to go home and do some research and figure it out when a police car pulls up next to me and two police officers approach me.

One of the people who live on the street had apparently seen me in the bushes looking suspect and had called them out to deal with me. Thankfully when I explained what I was actually doing and showed then the app with the cache location they were very understanding and let me go on my way.

All of this aside I did some more research on Geo Caching today and figured out how the hint had been encrypted, I then headed to the location this evening and found the cache and then went on to find a second one.

I’m not sure if I will keep doing this for a long time but it certainly was fun anx even a little gratifying finding that tiny cache that very few other people know is there.

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