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Now then, anyone who was a child in the 1950's or 1960's will well remember Big Chief I-Spy and those little books which sold in their hundreds of thousands. There was even a bit of a revival when Michelin started churning them out when my girls were growing up. I think the I spy Classic Cars actually has a Morris Marina in it now! (edit-not quite but it does have a Ford Sierra/ Austin Maxi and Austin Allegro in it :!: )

If you fancy joining in this thread is "I-Spy Citroen H Vans" Claim your own 50 points

So I am claiming 50 points for an unusual spot

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This is Dumbo, the Soup Van of the "Union of Genius" Soup Café , Forest Road, Edinburgh.

Read the review of the black pudding, chorizo, butterbeans and tomato soup :)

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I know of one in Oxford, just outside the Westgate shopping centre, for hot dogs, sandwiches, etc. Maroon and Cream in colour.
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James I think 50 points can only be awarded for a bit of photographic evidence! :)

In the old days at the end of the I-Spy book when you had finally scored your 1000 points there was a verification process to be gone through:-

"Each book had pictures of items to spot and a box to record the time, date and place. Sometimes there would be a supplementary question to verify that the little Redskin {this is what the I-Spy tribe were known as} hadn't been "economical with the truth". Each spotted item also gained them a number of points: generally five or ten points for something common (a fire engine, say), but 20 or 30 points for valued rarities (perhaps a particular design of Gothic bootscraper found only within the lychgates of 15th Century Northamptonshire churches).

When the book had finally been completed, it had to be countersigned by a parent or teacher beneath the following sworn affidavit:

I certify I have examined the record in this book, and as far as I can judge, the entries are genuine.

The book was then mailed to Big Chief I-Spy, c/o the Wigwam-by-the-Water (later Wigwam-by-the-Green), London EC4. By return of post, the Brave would receive a coloured feather and an order-of-merit certificate franked with the chief's personal seal."

I only ever got my 1000 points for "I-Spy Birds"....

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In Christmas my wife take me to shopping in Reading. I eat very nice sausage from H-van parked by river in shopping centre. Somewhere I have picture. I will post for 50p :-p

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Thanks Miguel

It may even be the same one that James has seen in Oxford! The picture gets you 50 points when it arrives! :)

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IIRC the Reading one was pale blue. I had forgotten about that one (and I don't have a picture of it either)!
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I love H Vans to bits. They are just so special :P The coolest Citroen ever...

I claim my 50 points as I see one regularly near Mere in Wiltshire parked in a layby on the A303 advertising a local wine shop. A blue one..

I'm sure others who regularly traverse the A303 in this area have seen it many times too..

I have a picture of it somewhere...
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As with James (Hell-Razor), and Miguel I am afraid that your claim for 50 points Jim can only be authorised with a picture, unless you get a sworn affidavit

"I certify I have examined the record in this forum post from _______________ (member name), and as far as I can judge, the entries are genuine."

This would have to be another forum member of substantial standing............

We owe it to Big Chief I-Spy to keep the standards up :-D

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This is the type of thing I am looking for!
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^^^ :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Excellent!

Neil, I shall dig out that picture and post it up.. I really do want my 50 points!
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Glad you are going down the genuine picture route rather than the "sworn affidavit from another forum member of substantial standing" route :-D

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there were 2 in the Runners village for the Bath Half Marathon in early March, One especially awesome for me as twas a Cornish plate on it And it was serving Pancakes!!!!!!
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the Coffee camper was pretty cool, Everyone Needs Coffee!!!


there is a H van resto saving place down here, Letubestation .something, occasionally have a look, Love the quirkyness of them!!
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NewcastleFalcon wrote:Glad you are going down the genuine picture route rather than the "sworn affidavit from another forum member of substantial standing" route :-D
And here it is Neil, I apologise for the poor quality. Phone camera on a grotty old day...

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Timmo, lovely ones from Bath. Very excellent :-D
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Timmo,

Thats top quality Citroen H I-Spying. If I was the sole arbiter of points awarding that would be 2 X 50. Both active "H's", and a bit of nice background with the Cornish plates. Being originally a Durham lad our old reg's used to be "UP" and "PT". I remember being on holiday in London for the first time in 1968 seeing several "OO" number plates. Hilarious when combined with a "P" or "L" :-D

Had the H been serving pasties or cream teas or cornish ice cream maybe even a few more bonus points would be merited.

Jim

I think you have gone for the added authenticity with the phone and the duff weather and possibly a left handed shot. I presume your right hand was on the steering wheel at the time! A well deserved 50 points. Maybe you should call in at Yapp wines just for pure randomness and select a nice chablis for pure pleasure :-D

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Wk and WL are our New deciphered reg's! Westcountry Kernow and Westcountry Left! (the first Is true, the second what we made up in the garages! ;-))
Old ones were AV - I think,AF CV RL, I did like the tow rope addition! ;-)
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Timmo

Didn't notice the "Tow Rope addittion" until you mentioned it. Maybe it looks good but is not a go-er......... maybe a token point should be deducted how does 99 sound?

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