Blogoversary giveaway!

Aha! July was NOT going to get away without a blogoversary giveaway. As always, I've got a pile of stuff that I think is cool to send to one lucky winner, to celebrate the blog making it through another year. I started it back in 2010, and it's kind of odd to think it's lasted six years. It's changed a bit, as indeed have I, but it's also still very much the same: I've tried to keep it non-commercial (if I ever lose my job, I'll probably take ads, but at the moment the Robot is run on a no-ads, no-freebies basis), and while I'll write about a variety of subjects, from SF to travel to food, I try to maintain a vintage angle on everything. And I've met so many brilliant people through blogging, it's been really wonderful. Whenever I think of giving up, I realise how much I'd miss them if they stopped blogging and wonder if they might also miss me, and so I keep on posting. Here's to another six years!

So, enough about the blog and blogging, what's in the box?

Crystal necklace
People seemed to like the crystal necklace I showed off for my contribution to #glamorousjuly's 'sparkle' day, so the winner will get one of their own, to wear themself or pass on to someone else who'll enjoy wearing it.

Earl Grey tea
I know the real Early Grey tea is from Twinings – they invented it – but this is from my local independent tea and coffee merchant. I love indie shops. They give a place a unique feel, and they're more likely to do business with other local businesses and pay proper taxes, so they support both the local community and the country better than many big chains.

If you're going to sit down with a cuppa, you might as well have a good book to read...

Murder on the Home Front 
Remember the TV version of Murder on the Home Front? I think back in 2013 when it was screened, there was some speculation about whether it would become a series. Well, it didn't, and to be honest it was all a bit over the top and silly. However, it was based on the memoirs of Molly Lefebure – this book, in fact – so you can read for yourself what it was like for a young woman to end up working in forensics during the Second World War.

Rosie the Riveter magnetic list pad
Rosie is my icon. I have one of these pads on my desk at work. This could well be the most appropriate to-do list pad ever. Can you do it? We Can Do It!

As Mr Robot observed, everyone loves Ludo. This little box is small enough to stick in the glovebox of your car for family trips, or to pop in a pocket to take to the pub, or a rucksack for camping or... you get the picture. Neat, petite, family fun, reproduced from a 1920s design.

1970s girls' comics cover postcards
Hehehe. These are cool. I've even included some from the creepy comic Misty, some of whose writers also worked on 2000AD.

That's the core of the box; as ever I'll probably add to it, if only to make sure it all fits in whatever box I post it in. If you fancy winning it, leave ONE comment and I'll draw the winner on the 15th of August by random number generator.


  1. You have such good taste Mim, and congratulations on another blogoversary!

  2. Congratulations on your blogoversary, here's to many more!

  3. Congratulations on six years of blogging, long may you continue as I enjoy reading your posts very much. What a great giveaway please put me in the hat.

  4. Blogging is the best. I've met so many wonderful people through mine (including you). Congratulations and count me in, please! I've got my eye on Ludo - my Travel Scrabble's missing a couple of tiles and I'm bored with Pass the Pigs! xxx

  5. So old i was a Bunty and Judy reader , Misty was a little strange , lovely gifts though

  6. I'm a new reader of your blog Mim and I would love to win your parcel of goodies - if only for the postcards from Minty which I loved and saved my pocket money for way back in 1978. My favourite possession at the time was a black cat bracelet - a freebie from one of the first issues.
    Unfortunately I live in the Antipodes which may exclude me(?) but I wanted to say hello anyway...
    So many lovely and interesting blogs I used to read have dropped off the radar (as a consequence I don't write my own as much as I used to...) so it's good to discover new (to me) ones.

    1. Not Minty! Why did I say Minty?! I've never even read Minty! I meant MISTY! (why would Minty have a black cat bracelet freebie?!)

  7. Ooooo look at all the pretties! I live in Nepal so thsat perobabl excludes me too- WAH!

  8. Oh what a lovely collection of goodies and congrats on another blogging anniversary

  9. I LOVED Misty! That was the bonus of working at the Bodleian I got to read a load of back issues and annuals. Wow was Murder on the Home Front that long ago? where does the time go??

  10. Wow, six years, that's quite an achievement! Happy blogoversary, Mim. I love reading your posts, and have learned quite a few things from them. Blogging is great, isn't it? xxx

  11. Sweet Mim!
    Your blog has given me quite some jolly times. I hope you manage to make it grow, make it last.. it' s one of those place on the Web where I know it's safe to come to, to see something interesting, to get the latest news on the upcoming series.. to see how you are doing.
    Great to have you around. :)


  12. Very grateful that you and others I follow keep blogging, especially when I can't sleep blogs are like having friends over at unsocial hours.

  13. Congrats on the blogiversary! I only found your blog through Twitter, but i always look forward to updates!!!

  14. Happy Blogoversary! I enjoy your book reviews as the are typically things I would never discover on my own.

    From a fellow fume-head and vintage lover, all the best for many, many more years of blogging.

  15. Congratulations on your blogoversary and a giveaway is always a great way to celebrate!

  16. Huge congratulations on six wonderful years of blogging, dear Mim. I really appreciate the diverse array of topics that you cover here, the active roll you take in the vintage blogging world, and the fact that you have't thrown in the towel (we would definitely miss you, too). It takes a great deal of work, time, effort and dedication to blog on a frequent basis for so many years and I hugely commend you on putting such into your splendid site. Thank you for doing so and for being a bright spot in our online community.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  17. Congratulations on six years! And yes, I'd definitely miss you if you disappeared. I don't always get the chance to read every post (especially right now as everything seems to be so chaotic!) but I do try to catch up with what you're up to when I can. Here's to many more years of fabulous blogging! xx

  18. Congratulations on six years of blogging, I really do hope you'll keep writing as I very much enjoy your posts. Every time they pop on in my Feedly it makes me happy. Sometimes I'll save them for a day or two as well, and know that they're there waiting to be read :)

  19. Six years? Wow, congratulations. That is a good long while. I can't even remember how long it is for me. I love to see how people's blogs develop over time, will have to go back and have a nosey at what a baby crinoline robot got up to! Xx

  20. Congratulations Mim on your blogging milestone, that's wonderful that you've kept it going and most importantly, enjoy it and what it brings into your life. That's a smashing prize bundle - so much so that I am going to opt out of entering, because I think there are more deserving people who would really love it. So, please don't count this as an entry!! x

  21. Happy belated blogiversary Mim!

    (I will catch up on all I've missed!)


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