Why Everyone Should Embrace Their Inner Sloth

Why Everyone Should Embrace Their Inner Sloth

Each year there’s an autumn weekend which is anticipated with particular glee: the one in which the clocks go back. The prospect of an extra hour in bed is certainly enticing, and the Sunday has duly been labelled National Sleep In Day. But the fact that sleeping in is designated to this one particular day betrays something else that idleness is seen as wasteful, self-indulgent. A lie-in is only encouraged when time itself moves to accommodate it.

For some perspective on how the idea of laziness has changed over time, we could do a lot worse than consider the natural worlds undisputed champion of indolence the sloth. Because the one thing everyone knows about sloths is that they are slothful. The clue is in the name.

But its a name with a long and curious history. Sloth entered the English language in the early 12th century as a term for mental and physical sluggishness. It wasnt until the early 17th century that the word was applied by European explorers to tree-dwelling mammals in central and south America. Sloth, in other words, was the name of a human quality long before it was the name of a distinct species of animal.

And sloth is not any old human quality; it is along with envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride and wrath one of the seven deadly sins, a catalogue of depravity that has been circulating in one version or another since early Christian times.

Abraham Bloemaert, Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, 1624. The devil sows weeds in the field while lazy peasants sleep.

Deadly Torpor

Definitions of the sin of laziness have changed notably over the centuries. What we now call sloth was originally understood as an occupational hazard for the early Christians known as the Desert Fathers, the hermits and monks whose punishing regimes of piety, prayer and self-denial exposed them to the temptations of de-motivation and listlessness and a sorrowfully distracted state of torpor known as acedia.

In the medieval period, as sloth superseded acedia in the religious vocabulary of the time, the concept broadened to encompass all forms of sinful inactivity and work-shy idleness, from neglecting everyday chores to falling asleep in church. The particular danger of sloth, in the medieval imagination, was as a gateway sin. Anyone who is prone to idleness is, by definition, going to lack the energy to resist the temptations not just of sloth but of all the other sins. For this reason, popular tales of people who were victims of their own laziness too lazy to move as mice nibble away at their ears, too lazy to cut the noose from which they are about to be hanged had significant currency in the medieval imagination.

Sloth Mad

Its fair to say that the seven deadly sins don’t have quite the grip on the imagination that they once did. Images of sloth in the modern world have precious little to do with its origins in early Christian theology. For example, in recent years major UK furniture retailer Sofaworks has run a high-profile advertising campaign starring Neal the Sloth, who is every bit at home lounging on this firms various chairs and sofas as his fellow sloths are in their natural rainforest habitat.

 

A spin-off website, which sells Neal merchandise, excitedly announces that owing to the success of the sloth campaign the world has gone sloth mad. The arrival this summer of London Zoos latest baby sloth, Edward, would support this: he was greeted with widespread press coverage and thousands of YouTube viewings of the tiny nocturnal mammal clinging to a sloth-teddy from the Zoos gift shop.

What, we may ask, would a time-travelling visitor from the medieval period make of our fondness for sloths? They would probably be slightly perturbed to find a deadly sin as the stuff of soft furnishings and cuddly toys.

Unleash The Sloth!

We could reassure our sceptical visitor that its possible to learn a thing or two from sloths. They live a low energy lifestyle; they are generally peaceable; and they understand the virtues of taking your time. Any animal that takes two weeks to digest a meal could certainly teach us a valuable lesson in the virtues of mindfulness and contemplative patience. The sloth is the perfect mascot for a culture that is looking to cure itself of addiction to a hyperactive 24/7 work ethic. Now that we have rehabilitated sloths as the slacktivists of the animal kingdom, perhaps the time has come to formulate a laziness ethic as an alternative to the work ethic that has dominated our society for so long.

But a closer look at sloth merchandise reveals that work and laziness arent always quite so easy to separate. Take Rob Dirckss humorous self-help book, Unleash The Sloth!. The book promises to provide 75 ways to reach your maximum potential by doing less. Who wouldnt want to unleash their sloth? But do we really have to do so in 75 different ways? Unleashing the sloth is beginning to sound like hard work. Which is to say that even a tongue-in-cheek book, which is all about cutting corners and streamlining your life, is still part and parcel of the busybody culture of personal growth, self-improvement and enhanced productivity.

Even the most unapologetic attempt to champion inactivity call it sloth, laziness, idleness, rest does so in the name of activity and productivity. Laziness has a job to do whether its selling sofas, cuddly toys or books. And so sloth, despite our affection for the creature of that name, retains its place as one of the deadly sins of the 21st century.

I hope you enjoy that lie-in.

Michael Greaney, Senior Lecturer in English, Lancaster University

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/why-everyone-should-embrace-their-inner-sloth

Did you know Silly Billy’s Toy Shop stocks Schleich Sloths at only £4.49 ? You can see a Sloth relaxing at Homely at Hebden next door to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
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Guy Builds Amazing Lego Star Destroyer With Three-Level Interior

Guy Builds Amazing Lego Star Destroyer With Three-Level Interior

Imgur user doomhandle shared his recently completed Tyrant Imperial Star Destroyer and it’s awesome. Measuring 4 ft, 7 in (1.4 m) long and weighing over 70 pounds (32 kg); it also features a three-level interior with characters, ships and removable sections.

The design is based on the 2014 LEGO Star Destroyer Set (75055) and the custom-design was built entirely with readily available LEGO pieces. It’s about 20 times the size of the official LEGO Star Destroyer set which allows for a lot more customization inside.

I’ve included exterior and interior shots below, but be sure to check out the full 45-picture album on Imgur where doomhandle goes into far more detail about the build and components of the ship.

[via doomhandle on Imgur]

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2016/05/lego-star-destroyer-with-three-level-interior-by-doomhandle/

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Buy Schleich for Christmas 2017

Buy Schleich for Christmas 2017

We are happy to announce that we have even more Schleich Animals in store for this Christmas 2017 and a new line of Unicorns, which we hope will be very popular, Unicorns are trending as has been shown by the quick sales of our TY Unicorn range. (Unfortunately, we have no TY Unicorns left now). However you can buy these fantastic Bayala Schleich Unicorns at Silly Billy’s.

Schleich Unicorns

We have also started to receive our Schleich Prehistoric Dinosaurs for Christmas, at the moment we have four different sorts of dinosaur, although we are hoping that many more will be delivered soon

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex – £14.99

  • Brachiosaurus – £14.99

    Brachiosaurus translated means “arm lizard”. It acquired the name, because its front legs were significantly longer than its hind legs. As such, its long neck pointed automatically upwards and it could eat taller plants with less effort.
    Dinosaur Fun fact

    Brachiosaurus had a very flexible neck that could measure up to nine metres long.

  • Dunkleosteus – £14.99

    The Dunkleosteus was an armoured fish with a length of eight to ten metres, which was unusually large for the Devonian period. It was one of the first giants of the underwater world, together with the Titanichthys.

    The Dunkleosteus lived 130-150 million years before the first dinosaurs. It was a fearless hunter who could snap incredibly fast and ate large sharks, and even its own kind if no other prey was to be found. Fossils of fish, which were only half digested, have often been discovered alongside its skeleton. Scientists therefore believe that the armoured fish was not able to chew very well and swallowed it prey in large pieces. It was named after the palaeontologist David Dunkle. The word “osteos” is Greek for “bone”.
    Dinosaur Fun fact
    Instead of teeth, the Dunkleosteus had long, sharp bony plates in its strong jaw.

  • Velociraptor – £9.99

    schlecih dinosaurs

So increasing our range of Schleich animals meant we had to get another shelf from Schleich for our stand to house all our animals, I am not going to list all the animals we have in stock here in Hebden Bridge, although we have everything from Horses to Sharks and from Sloths Holstein Cows, the range of Schleich at Silly Billy’s is one of the best of any toy shop in the North of England. Hopefully you can see a lot of the Schleich Animals in the image below
schleich animals

 

Other larger schleich items include the Schleich Horse Club 42346, Pick Up with Horse Box
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This box set comes complete with horse, groom, driver and amazing accessories so that you can start playing straight away
Removable roof and two horses can fit in the horse-box.
There is space for saddle and bridle and also space for feed and drinking water.
Lots of moving parts Amazing stickers for decorating
Numerous amazing play functions.
Detailed modelling with many meticulously crafted elements for endless hours of entertainment.

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Buy Sylvanians for Christmas 2017

Buy Sylvanians for Christmas 2017

So many Sylvanians have been delivered to us at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop that it was impossible to get all the families out on the shelf space we have available.
A secret family remains hidden in our storage for revealing this Christmas 2017.

So here is the definitive list of Sylvanians and Sylvanian Accessories in Stock for Christmas 2017 at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

  • Toy Shop £19.99 (5050)
  • Cosy Cottage Starter Home £19.99 (5242)
  • Sky Ride Adventure £24.99 (5255)
  • Starry Point Lighthouse £59.99 (5267)
  • Family Saloon Car £19.99 (4611)
  • Master Bedroom Set £19.99 (5039)
  • Baby Bath Time £19.99 (5092)
  • Classic Furniture Set £19.99 (5220)
    SYLVANIAN FAMILIES
  • Monkey Family £14.99 (5214)
  • Chiffon Dog Family £17.99 (5000)
  • Bear Family £17.99 (5059)
  • Walnut Squirrel Family £17.99 (4172)
  • Toy Poodle  Family £17.99 (5259)
  • Cottontail Rabbit Family £17.99 (4030)
  • Yellow Labrador Family £17.99 (5182)
  • Striped Cat Family £17.99 (5180)
  • Milk Rabbit Family £17.99 (4108)
  • Silk Cat Family £17.99 (4175)
  • Chocolate Rabbit Family £17.99 (4150)
  • Hamster Family £17.99 (5121)
  • Kangaroo Family £17.99
  • Hedgehog Family £17.99
    SYLVANIAN TWINS
  • Hamster Twins £9.99 (5123)
  • Chiffon Dog Twins £9.99 (5083)
  • Walnut Squirrel  Twins £9.99 (5081)
  • Kangaroo Twins £9.99 (5087)
  • Hedgehog  Twins £9.99 (5218)
  • Yellow Labrador Twins £9.99 (5189)
  • Toy Poodle Twins £9.99 (5261)
  • White Mouse Twins £9.99 (5077)
  • Chocolate Rabbit Twins £9.99 (5080)
  • Striped Cat Twins £9.99 (5188)
    SYLVANIAN BABIES
  • White Mouse Baby £5.99 (5069)
  • Milk Rabbit Baby £5.99 (5063)
  • Cottontail Rabbit Baby £5.99 (5064)
  • Chihuahua Dog Baby £5.99 (5078)
  • Walnut Squirrel Baby £5.99 (5065)
  • Chocolate Rabbit Baby £5.99 (5062)
  • Silk Cat Baby £5.99 (5066)
  • Hedgehog Baby £5.99 (5068)
  • Toy Poodle Baby £5.99 (5260)
  • Striped Cat Baby £5.99 (5186)
  • Yellow Labrador Baby £5.99 (5187)
  • Assorted Baby Carry Cases £6.99 (4391)
    SYLVANIAN ACCESSORIES
  • Toilet Set £9.99 (5020)
  • Semi Double Bed Set £9.99 (5019)
  • Bath and Shower Set £9.99 (5022)
  • Baby Crib £6.99 (4462)
  • Children’s Bedroom Furniture £14.99 (4254)
  • Triple Bunk Beds £9.99 (4448)
  • Double Pushchair £6.99 (4533)
  • Baby High Chair £5.99 (5221)
  • Cupboard with Oven £7.99 (5023)
  • Pushchair £5.99 (4460)
  • Let’s Play Playpen £6.99 (4457)
  • Deluxe TV Set £9.99 (4264)
    READY TO PLAY SYLVANIANS
  • The New Arrival £14.99 (4333)
  • Cycling with Mother £14.99 (4281)
  • Babies Ride n Play £17.99 (5040)

So as you can see by the Amazing Selection of Sylvanian Families, Sylvanian Babies and Sylvanian Accessories that Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is the best place to buy Sylvanians in Yorkshire, maybe in fact, the best place to buy Sylvanians anywhere outside of the Sylvanian Shop itself in Islington, London, UK

We hope to be increasing our blog posting in the run-up to Christmas 2017 as we are getting more and more toys and games delivered each day. However, as quickly as we get deliveries images will usually appear on our Facebook page, so please like and follow Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Facebook page

The Sylvanians are sure to feature in our massive Toy Alphabet Page we have created for the toys and games that are stocked in Silly Billy’s, Hebden Bridge

 

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25 Parenting Hacks Every New Mom Or Dad Should Definitely Know

25 Parenting Hacks Every New Mom Or Dad Should Definitely Know

Just under 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year. That means that some 8 million parents welcome a new child into the world.

And as those parents know, raising a kid is not an easy job. There are sleepless nights, stressful days, diaper changes, crying…the list goes on. As your little ones grow up, new challenges arise. That’s why it’s so important to have an edge. There are some top tips in this post though it caters towards a more State-side Audience.

Take it from moms and dads who have been parents many times over — this insider knowledge is sure to make things easier on just about any new mother or father.

1. Prevent your kid’s toys from floating away in the tub with an old laundry basket.

2. Make a DIY sparkler hand protector out of a Solo cup.

3. Change the bottle game by enabling your tot to feed themselves.

4. Use a rubber band to teach your kids how to hold a pencil and write properly.

5. Use disposable coffee cup tops to prevent messy popsicle drips.

6. If your kids are afraid of monsters, spray their room with “Monster Spray.”

7. Turn cleanup time into a fun game.

8. Freeze Capri Sun overnight to make a delicious slushy.

9. Give your kid a sweet playpen by inflating a pool indoors.

10. Put padlocks on plugs so there’s no risk of your little tykes playing with them.

11. Once your baby learns to crawl, put them in this adorable onesie — they’ll mop while they explore.

12. Use a shoe organizer as a storage spot in your car.

13. All you need is a strong sheet and a table to make a baby-friendly indoor hammock.

14. An old camera bag can work as a new diaper bag.

15. Use an old phone to make a monitor for your baby’s crib.

16. Give your baby some shade and shield them from nasty bug bites by putting a crib sheet over their outdoor playpen.

17. Disposable sauce containers are a great place to store pacifiers.

18. Keep kids from making a mess while they eat in the car by bringing along shower totes.

19. Use an old lotion bottle to make an easy water balloon pump.

20. Fill a glove with beans to make it seem like you are holding your little one while they sleep.

21. Make an awesome faucet extender with an old shampoo or body wash bottle.

22. A large cardboard box can turn any stairway into a slide.

23. This little hat will prevent tears while you bathe your baby.

24. Let your kids know exactly how much toilet paper they should be using.

25. And finally, for when you’ve got teens…use this trick to alert you if they try to sneak in after curfew.

(via WooHome)

Hopefully, these hacks will make your transition into parenthood a bit smoother. But above all, just enjoy the ride!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/parenting-hacks/

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Playmobil Dragons at Silly Billys

Playmobil Dragons at Silly Billys

Hold the press, what’s all the hype ?
Toothless is here with All New Playmobil Dragons

Playmobil Dragons have arrived at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, in the biggest FSDU (Floor Standing Display Unit) we have had in the history of our new toy shop opening. Measuring a staggering 10 feet tall we feel Playmobil Dragons will be massive for Christmas 2017. We are getting more Playmobil Dragon Point of Sale materials in next week, though in the meantime we have what is shown below.
Playmobil Dragons

This is the range of Playmobil Dragons that we have at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop:

  • 9243 Berk
    Comes with Hiccup and Stoick. The torch LED light required 1x AAA battery. The fire LED light in the viking statue required 2x AAA batteries. Dimensions: 51 x 44 x 50 cm (LxWxH)
  • 9244 Drago’s Ship
    Comes with Drago Bludvist and dragon cage. The ship floats. Dimensions: 42 x 28 x 39 cm (LxWxH)
  • 9245 Gobber with Catapult
    Used to defend Berk.
  • 9246 Hiccup and Toothless
    with LED light and shooting mechanism. The light requires 1x AAA battery. Dimensions of Toothless: 38 x 49.5 x 20 cm (LxWxH)
  • 9247 Astrid and Stormfly
    with removable saddle. Dimensions of Stormfly: 30 x 25 x 18 cm (LxWxH)
  • 9248 Drago and Thunderclaw
    comes with detachable dragon armour. Dimensions of armored dragon: 33.5 x 29 x 15 cm (LXWXH)
  • 9249 Eret with four shot balista
    with shooting mechanism. Dimensions: 20 x 24 x 12 cm (LXWXH)

We are hoping that the Playmobil Dragons range will be a roaring success here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

“How To Train Your Dragon” is a massive film from Dreamworks which scores an amazing 8.1 on IMDB, both the author and his teenage children are fans and we are hoping that the Playmobil Dragons will appeal to an older fan base just as the Playmobil Ghostbusters range did.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” was released in 2014 and “How to Train Your Dragon 3” expected to be released in 2019.

Storyline of How to Train Your Dragon 2

It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. Written by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

DreamWorks Dragons © 2017 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 and More News

LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 and More News

This morning we received some of our exciting Christmas 2017 items here at Silly Billy’s. It seems that Christmas gets earlier every year and for us as the premier Toy Retailer in the North of England we have to put our Christmas orders in with the LEGO Group in the Spring !!

At the time of writing we have the very exciting LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 already on the shelf, ahead of the Competition. LEGO Star Wars is always a popular line here at Silly Billy’s so pop in and have a look at the all new LEGO Star Wars Episode 8.

LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 Facebook Post

Other News

We are approaching the last two weeks of the School Summer Holidays, the Summer hasn’t been very kind so far and as usual the weather in Hebden Bridge has been somewhat on the dire side.
We have been quite busy re-stocking and our Dolls Selection was hit quite hard though now we are back to the full compliment of Dolls including Mia at £9.99, and Isabella in her car seat. Yesterday Talking Tammy and Little Treasure from Doll’s World also made an appearance. We have some doll’s pushchairs in stock as well, we are probably the only supplier of Doll’s Pushchairs in the Calder Valley.
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TY

TY has been selling amazingly well this year and we are being assured that we will have a rare TY Teeny TY Chaser visiting the shop at some point, If you have no idea what a TY Chaser is then have a look around on the inter-web. We have both TY Beanies and Teeny TY in the shop. TY are also releasing some new lines later this year and we are hoping to be stocking those too so watch this space.

Sylvanians

Did you know that here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we are running the exciting Sylvanians Loyalty Promotion, simply spend over £15 on Sylvanian Families products with us at Silly Billy’s, the best place to buy Sylvanians in Yorkshire, and once you have acquired ten stamps you can receive a free white mouse family. (Closes December 31st 2017)
Sylvanians Promotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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