Wiffle Lever To Full!

Daleks, Death Stars and Dreamy Sci-Fi Nostalgia…

York Wifflage

Thanks and congratulations to Brad, who managed to snap this sterling bit of Wifflage in the York branch of Borders…

They’ve severely underestimated my cult TV credentials, mind you. I knew what THX-1138 and NCC-1701D were, but I had to have 4 8 15 16 23 42 explained to me.

Although now that I know, I’m quite proud of the fact that I didn’t know… 😉


  Dr. Giles Parcel wrote @

I have finished reading this book and I’m afraid I am seething with rage. There is barely a mention of levers within its 326 pages. There are thick, bound tomes to be written on the subjects of home and industrial leverage; on the ergonomics of levers ancient and modern, and on the perennial hot potato of assisted motion.
And yet you chose to fill your book with spacemen and crisps.

True lever enthusiasts are still waiting for the definitive work on the subject.

Dr. Giles Parcel,


  bobfischer wrote @

I’m afraid that Dr Parcel’s comments above are rather typical of old school leverage fandom. It is a shame that – in an era when many lever aficionados have happily moved with the times and embraced the modern phenomenon of the ‘Wiffle Lever’ – Dr Parcel seems resolutely stuck in some mythical leverage ‘golden age’, where humble industrial levers wore draped jackets and tapped their fulcrums to the crazy jive of Bill Haley and his Meteors. Or something.

And speaking of hot potatoes, his comments about crisps are – quite frankly – the thin end of the wedge. I contend that ‘Wiffle Lever To Full’ (Hodder & Stoughton 2008, RRP £12.99) contains nary a single reference to crisps. It does, of course, eulogise repeatedly the merits of Walkers’ Flamin’ Hot Monster Munch, however this particular comestible is clearly marketed as a corn-based snack. So not a crisp. At all. So there.

I would advise that in future Dr Parcel’s energies would be better spent attending to Tissington’s world-famous array of colourfully-dressed wells, which are a credit to the village.


  Jan wrote @

Just got a copy of your book from Amazon. It was highly recommended by my “petite & attractive” sister (see page 225). You caught the essence of Davina Dress so well!! BTW were you aware that the lad you saw watching the Adventure Game is their son?! SciFi/Fantasy addiction runs strongly through the whole family, as well as a touch of lunacy…

If you want to see the whole clan in action, we will all be at the ArmadaCon in Plymouth 7th, th & 9th Nov at the Royal Fleet Club.

  bobfischer wrote @

Wow, I’m honoured to be in the presence of an ambassador from the Dress family! Thanks so much… and please pass on my regards to Davina and clan (and tell them to drop by here themselves…!)

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