Billy’s Travels – A New Facebook Page

Billy’s Travels – A New Facebook Page

As Silly Billy’s have a large following on Facebook we have been approached by an Austrian Graduate Student, Andreas Wild, to help advertise and grow his project.
Silly Billy’s are a premier stockist of LEGO and as we do regularly post about LEGO and LEGO Minifigures, we still have some Ninjago Minifigures left in stock if you are looking to complete your collection, by the way. This is what Andreas writes about his new project, and we will be sharing posts from Billy’s Travel’s Facebook Page on our own Facebook Page as time goes on:

Billy’s Travels

Hello this is Billy!
Billy and his friends love to travel. Now we want to let them travel around the world to get to know the most wonderful places in the world. So help us and let Billy and his Friends travel around the globe! Under “community” you can see all the places, they have already visited!
What do you have to do?
– Like and share our Facebook site
– Get your favourite Lego Figure(s)
– Take a photo with them at any place in the world
– Share the picture on our Facebook site and describe in one or two sentences which adventure they have experienced there!
www.facebook.com/BillysTrip2017
#BillysTrip #Lego #BeLikeBilly #worldtravel
This is a Student’s Group Project at Johannes Kepler Universität – JKU in Linz/Austria. The goal is to reach as many people as possible in a short time. Therefore we choose this solution, because everybody of our group grew up with LEGO and the satisfaction is still great. So please help us, take a few minutes, make a picture and share it with us to support us, and to help Billy to travel the world!! Show us the power of the entire LEGO community. Thank you and best regards!

If you have not done so yet please follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook and why not have a look at Silly Billy’s Pinterest Profile too

Did you know Silly Billy’s is twenty years old this year ?

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WIN a Stay in the LEGO House !!

WIN a Stay in the LEGO House !!

WIN a Stay in the LEGO House !!

We have just noticed this and thought it worthy of a blog post…
You can WIN a free stay in the new LEGO house in Billund in Denmark for four people on 24th November 2017

This amazing competition from the LEGO House team closes at 11:59PM PST on November 16th which is equivalent to 19:59 GMT, so simply enter by that time to win.
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Brothers’ delight at their Playmobil pirate ship cruising to Scandinavia

Brothers’ delight at their Playmobil pirate ship cruising to Scandinavia

When brothers Ollie and Harry Ferguson launched their toy Playmobil pirate boat into the North Sea, onlookers might have anticipated it to sink without trace in the choppy grey waters.

Eight-year-old Ollie Ferguson and sibling Harry, five with their toy pirate ship prior to setting it on its way Credit: PA

Instead the plastic Playmobil vessel named Adventure has actually taken a trip hundreds of miles from Scotland to Scandinavia, taking in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. To the great delight of the 2 young boys, those who have actually discovered the boat have sent them a message letting them know the Pirate Ship’s newest location before setting it off on its trip again.The remarkable voyage has brought in interest in the Norwegian press and Adventure is now being taken aboard the Christian Radich, a Norwegian fully-rigged ship, which will transfer it down to Cape Verde to be then introduced throughout the vast Atlantic. The siblings’ daddy, stated:
“Everybody that has picked it up has been truly kind and sent us photos and looked after the ship. People are actually really getting into the spirit of the ship’s adventures.”

The boys have enjoyed it and every time we get a message telling us where it has landed we get on the computer and view where the Pirate Ship went, so they are tracking its development on the map and it provides them an understanding of how huge the world is and further Geographical knowledge. With the aid of their daddy, eight-year-old Ollie and Harry, 5, added a counterweight to assist it remain upright then filled it with polystyrene to assist the plastic Playmobil ship in staying afloat.

Playmobil

The Brothers working on the Ship’s Buoyancy

After the Pirate Ship passed trials in a swimming pool, they took it to the coast and released it into the waves. They then stowed on board a message asking anybody who finds the boat to send them a picture and launch Adventure back into the sea.

They launched the ship from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, at the end of May and it sailed about 390 miles to Denmark, where it was found by a household who sent it on its way.Its next stop was Sweden, where it ended up in a tree, but a lady who was sailing in her own boat discovered it and re-made its sails. The toy ship then travelled on to Norway, where it was discovered by nature authorities on a vessel, who sent out the young boys some “gorgeous pictures” of it. Mr Ferguson, 44, stated: “I was concerned that the currents along the coast would take it down the north-east coast of Scotland, so I was over the moon when it made a beeline for Scandinavia. ” A simple  toy Playmobil pirate ship which was sent out to sea by eight-year-old Ollie Ferguson and sibling Harry.

The kids introduced the pirate ship as part of their bucket-list of 500 adventures which they are working their way through, with their exploits charted on this Facebook page.They have performed over 207 up to this point, with one highlight being sending Lego figures  into space:-

” with a high-altitude weather balloon which took the characters 20 miles above the Moray Firth, while they have also been bouldering and made tea from snow.”

Parents MacNeill and Vicki Ferguson developed the concept to offer the boys with enjoyment and interesting alternatives to screen time.The couple, from Turriff, Aberdeenshire, have likewise established The Wonderful Experience Club which offers outdoor knowing experiences for grownups and children.

Source

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/04/brothers-delight-playmobil-pirate-ship-sailing-scandinavia/
 

We do not have any of those particular Pirate Ships at Silly Billy’s, though you could try to create a similar experience with a Playmobil Dragons 9244, Drago’s Ship, and if filled with Polystyrene balls or a similarly buoyant product (expanding foam, perhaps) could well sail just as well as the Playmobil Pirate Ship in this article

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How risky business bankrupted Toys ‘R’ Us

How risky business bankrupted Toys ‘R’ Us

(CNN)Toys “R” United States stated insolvency previously this month and stated it would rearrange its service to deal with a significantly tough retail environment.

The truth is that the renowned merchant went bust due to the fact that a group of personal equity companies utilized it as a toy in a video game of “Borrow, Overpay and Pray.” They lost the video game, broke the toy and have now moved onto other things while the little individuals (the providers and workers) are made to suffer, consultants make millions tidying up a mess that other advisors made millions producing, and PR-hacks work to deflect the blame by pinning it on Amazon (or is it Walmart?). It’s all quite ridiculous

in many ways.

But after we’ve had an excellent laugh and appreciated the schadenfreude that originates from the devastating financial investments of others, we must review exactly what this ordeal informs us about the damage done when financiers wander off from taking threat, the helpful work of personal equity, into making danger, its sinister doppelganger.
Risk taking happens when a financier presumes threats that currently exist worldwide. A financier taking threat generally does so by putting loan into a business that faces it.
Risk making takes place when a financier produces danger as part of an otherwise unappealing financial investment. A financier makes threat by taking loan from a business, leaving it more vulnerable however juicing the possible returns from owning it. (The most typical method to do this is by requiring business to handle extreme financial obligation to fund its own acquisition.) If anything) in return, the threat associated with the weakened business is mostly borne by its providers, workers and consumers who get little (.

Value of danger taking

Risk taking plays an essential function by enabling business to pursue activities that, while possibly gratifying, bring a great deal of associated functional, technological, market or monetary danger.
This supplies essential direct advantages– revenues for effective business, ingenious and brand-new items, work and understanding– while likewise offering people and organizations the chance to exercise their rights to purchase, offer and pursue their dreams. Start-ups require danger taking financiers, however so too do high-growth business, restructurings and turn-arounds.
By contrast, danger making includes absolutely nothing to our economy. It might be legal, it might be financially rewarding, however it’s a nasty thing to do and an outrageous method to make a living. (If I established an unsafe barrier course and force you to go through it so that I can bank on your time, I am a beast. If financial experts blather on about how these “high-powered rewards” are required to enhance your efficiency, they are fools.)
If threat is a bad thing, why do financiers make it? Due to the fact that in a from another location effective market without threat there’s no benefit. At any given minute, there is a limited quantity of danger out in the world owned by aspects beyond any financier’s control: the state of innovation, the actions and mindsets of big business, the level of entrepreneurial spirit, and so on. As well as when there are threats out there worth taking, some financiers might not have the abilities to discover and assess them.
By contrast, there’s an almost endless quantity of threat that can be produced by smart investors. When their supply of cash goes beyond the quantity of danger they can discover, restless investors can be lured to make more danger to soak up the excess: idle spreadsheets are the devil’s workshop.

Too much threat?

Private equity companies are especially vulnerable to run the risk of making considering that they raise “utilize it or lose it” funds; get 20% of the revenues however bear practically none of the losses; have actually engine spaces filled with young partners and others desperate to join their ranks, under pressure to “do offers”; and do not care if some business they purchase fail offered their portfolio pays as a whole. Provided this, it’s not a surprise that personal equity companies make a lot more threat than is reasonable to trouble those involuntarily along for the trip.
The Toys “R” United States fiasco started in 2005 when personal equity companies purchased the business for $7.5 billion.
Over the last 12 years, this initial “take personal” offer has actually most likely drawn more than $5 billion from the business: $470 million in “advisory” costs and interest to the personal equity companies and $4.8 billion ($ 400 million annually for 12 years) in interest on the acquisition financial obligation plus the 10s of countless dollars in legal charges Toys “R” United States will invest in insolvency. (It’s paradoxical that the financiers who bankrupted the business will not be paying any of these charges.).
Yet in spite of a hard retail environment, Toys “R” United States really made $460 million from offering toys in 2016 however that didn’t assist much because all of it– 100%– went to pay interest on the financial obligation.
A couple of things deserve keeping in mind in this story:
  • The monetary loss to the financiers is most likely rather little. Web of charges gotten from the dedication and the business costs made on the hidden capital, it’s most likely no greater than $800 countless which the companies themselves may just bear $160 million provided the basic 20%/ 80% split of earnings in between personal equity companies and their hidden financiers. Now $160 million looks like a great deal of cash to lose however offered the huge possession base of the financial investment groups, I ‘d think it’s less than a month or more of payment for the partners. Sure it’s humiliating and a couple of folks most likely got fired however economically it’s no huge offer for the financiers who have a portfolio of other financial investments to balance out the loss.
  • By contrast, the personal bankruptcy is a huge offer genuine individuals in spite of exactly what financing theory might state about “smooth recapitalizations.” Unlike the financiers, all their eggs remain in one basket. And the needless suffering of Toys “R” United States providers and staff members is just partly balanced out by the delight felt in Amazon’s head office in Seattle and Walmart’s in Fayetteville as an as soon as practical rival was given its knees.
  • The charges paid by the business given that 2005 have actually contributed to inequality. They were paid to attorneys, lenders and personal equity financiers all easily ensconced in the 1%. We cannot understand how this loan would otherwise have actually been utilized, it’s safe to presume that some of it would have discovered its method to the 65,000 workers and thousands of providers that “are” Toys “R” United States. None of these costs had anything to do with offering toys.
  • Since the interest paid on the acquisition financial obligation was tax deductible, all United States taxpayers were de facto partners in the offer. Why did we concur to do that? Exactly what remained in it for us?

Piling on the financial obligation

The most perverse component of this story is that the financiers had the ability to concern a business with financial obligation without themselves being on the hook. You are on the hook even if your loan provider likewise takes the vehicle as security if you purchase a cars and truck with obtained cash. If you purchase a business it’s various. It’s paradoxical however the restricted liability business structure established in the mid-19th century as a “business veil” to motivate financiers to put cash into business is exactly what enables financiers to take cash out without being on the hook.
The financiers would never ever have actually accepted pay $7.5 billion for Toys “R” United States if they ‘d needed to obtain the cash themselves. They were happy to make the business obtain it on their behalf while remaining securely outside the business veil.
While Toys “R” United States is an unfortunate story, some quantity of danger making is inevitable in an economy where financiers are totally free to take danger. And guidelines to avoid danger making would contravene other things we worth, such as the capability of a business to offer itself to the greatest bidder. Some easy modifications might at least make threat making a little more difficult and thus motivate more threat taking by financiers with money to spare. And the nation frantically requires more threat taking provided its paltry level of brand-n.w.organisation development and the worn out state of its facilities.
Rules versus “monetary support”– typical in some global jurisdictions– might be put in location to restrict the degree to which business can promise properties to money their own acquisition. (Companies might still be obtained with obtained cash however the financier would have to be the one loaning it.)
The tax code might be altered to minimize the tax-advantage of interest over dividends. Under the United States tax code, business can subtract interest paid on acquisition financial obligation as a cost, unlike dividends paid to investors, which can not be expensed. (The tax overhaul proposed by President Trump today would make this modification.)
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Laws might make it simpler to “pierce” the business veil or to bring fits for deceptive conveyance when financiers purposefully deciding that leave a business materially weaker in order to enhance themselves.
Since these modifications will not come at any time quickly, threat making will stay an ever present threat despite the excellent that personal equity might do taken as a whole. If a personal equity financier comes knocking on your business door singing sweet tunes of danger and benefit, be sure he actually is a risk-taker, and not the malicious doppelganger, prior to you let him in. And this Christmas, as you take pleasure in purchasing toys at “failing” costs, remember who to thank.

Original Article: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/28/opinions/toys-r-us-risk-making-macintosh-opinion/index.html

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‘Father Of Pac-Man’ Dies

‘Father Of Pac-Man’ Dies

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of an innovative Japanese entertainment company that invented the video game Pac-Man, has died. He was 91.

The Associated Press reported Monday that game maker Bandai Namco, which includes the company Nakamura founded in 1955, confirmed his death, which occurred Jan. 22 2017. Company officials did not reveal a cause, The New York Times reported.

Nakamuras company, Namco, introduced Pac-Man in 1980, as the video game industry was in its infancy.The game became an instant hit with arcade players, who enjoyed racking up points by moving a chomping, circular Pac-Man around a board with an insatiable appetite to eat gold balls and elude ghosts.

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Pac-Man characters eating gold power pills

Versions of Pac-Man were later made for home-gaming systems like Nintendo. Its popularity led to Pac-Man-themed merchandise and apparel, a short-lived animated television series, and spinoff games like Ms. Pac Man.

Nintendo, which worked with Namco for years, tweeted a tribute to Nakamura on Monday.

Nakamura Manufacturing originally operated mechanical rides at a Tokyo department store. The company, later renamed Namco, partnered with the retail chain that wanted childrens rides in all of its locations. In the 1970s, Namco delved into video games with Galaxian, a shooter game, and acquired Atari Japan.

Namco engineer Toru Iwatani invented Pac-Man, but it was reportedly Nakamura who came up with the name. Pac is short for pakku, which in Japanese denotes a munching sound.

The A.V. Club reported an alternate history of the games creation. It said Nakamura renamed the creation Pac-Man after recognizing that the original title, Puck Man, would inevitably lead vandals to deface the arcade game by replacing the P with an F.

In 2005, Namco merged with Bandai, forming a huge company specializing in toys, video games, and amusement facilities. It reported sales of 575.5 billion yen in 2016 more than $5 billion by the current exchange rate.

Nakamura held an honorary position with the company until his death, C-Net reported.

Nakamura, born in 1925, studied shipbulidng at the Yokahama Institute of Technology.

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Video game maker Namco President Masaya Nakamura speaks during the Asahi Shimbun interview at the company headquarters on June 27, 1992 in Tokyo, Japan

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So why are we talking about the demise of the Father of PacMan in an article written in January 2017, when it is in fact, October 2017.

The only reason is for this challenge the blog Author has set himself of a blog-post per day up until Christmas Eve 2017, which could be quite a challenge !

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‘Blade Runner’ falls below box office expectations to horror flick

‘Blade Runner’ falls below box office expectations to horror flick

‘ Blade Runner 2049’ takes goal at ticket office’s leading area.

Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford’s futuristic follow-up to the sci-fi classic leads today’s list of brand-new films and Blade Runner 2049 is out now at The Hebden Bridge Picture House, well until this coming Thursday 2nd November 2017, please take a look at the Program here for a full list of what is on there.

The box office may be struggling this year.

This weekend the” Groundhog Day”- like scary pic” Happy Death Day” scored a first-place surface, going beyond expectations and blowing the much more expensive and star-driven “Blade Runner 2049 “from the water.

Studio approximates Sunday reveal” Happy Death Day” took in$ 26.5 million from 3,149 North American theaters. With a$ 5million production price, “Happy Death Day” is currently a hit.

With a PG-13 ranking, the movie scored huge with more youthful audiences– 63 percent were under 25.

It’s the current success story from Blumhouse Productions, which previously — this year launched “Split “and” Get Out,” with the aid of Universal Pictures, which dispersed.

Jim Orr, executive vice president of domestic circulation for Universal, stated” Happy Death Day” is an initial movie that’s reimaging the category.

“It’s as much thriller as it is a scary movie. It’s frightening, its amusing, and it has an extremely smart script that is extremely well performed,” Orr stated.” Blumhouse owns this area no doubt about it, and they do this much better than anyone regularly.”

The movie likewise had the advantage of beginning the heels of the huge success of” It, “which has actually made$ 314.9 million locally to this day. The” Happy Death Day” trailer played in front of “It” at theaters, which” significantly increased “audience awareness, stated comScore senior media expert Paul Dergarabedian.

Horror continues to be among the intense areas throughout a roller-coaster year at package workplace.

” This is a scary gold rush at the theaters,” Dergarabedian stated.” It’s been maybe the most regularly favorable story this year.”

One movie that does not look predestined for a delighted ending is “Blade Runner 2049,” which fell 54 percent in its 2nd weekend in theaters, including$15.1 million to bring its domestic overall to$ 60.6 million.

The movie was a pricey undertaking with a production cost north of $150 million and was well-reviewed by critics. It could not handle to draw in considerable audiences beyond the fans of the 1982 initial, which was likewise a flop upon release.

Jackie Chan’s “The Foreigner” debuted in 3rd location with $12.8 million from 2,515 screens, while” It” landed in 4th location in its 6th weekend in theaters.

The Kate Winslet and Idris Elba catastrophe pic “The Mountain Between United States” completed the leading 5 with $5.7 million.

Other brand-new releases landed outside the leading ten. The Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall “took in an appealing$ 3 million from 821 theaters.

” Marshall is off to a strong start,” stated Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg in a declaration.” We anticipate Marshall to hold effectively and run well into the fall.”

But the Wonder Woman developer biopic” Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman “cannot capitalize from the huge success of” Wonder Woman” previously this year. The movie made just$ 737,000 from over 1,200 areas.

” Goodbye Christopher Robin,” about author A.A. Milne and the development of the precious kids’s characters and books, likewise left to a bad start with$ 56,000 from 9 theaters.

” October is off to a sluggish start,” Dergarabedian stated.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, inning accordance with comScore. Where readily available, the current worldwide numbers for Friday through Sunday are likewise consisted of. Last domestic figures will be launched Monday.

1. “Happy Death Day, “$ 26.5 million($ 5 million worldwide ).

2.” Blade Runner 2049,”$ 15.1 million($ 29.3 million global).

3.” The Foreigner,” $12.8 million ($ 5.2 million global).

4.” It,” $6.1 million ($ 10.4 million worldwide).

5.” The Mountain Between United States,”$ 5.7 million ($ 4.1 million worldwide).

6.” American Made,”$ 5.4 million($ 3.2million worldwide).

7.” Kingsman: The Golden Circle,”$ 5.3 million( $15.6 million global).

8.” The Lego Ninjago Movie,”$ 4.3 million ($ 9.5 million global).

9.” My Little Pony: The Movie,”$ 4 million($ 4.9 million worldwide ).

10.” Victoria and Abdul,”$ 3.1 million($ 1.9 million worldwide).

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