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Archive for November, 2019

Colour photograph of a Very Heath Robinson book and a pack of six Winter Joys Christmas cards, surrounded by blue and red Christmas crackers.

Winter Joys

When the days are drawing in, it’s easier to feel winter blues than winter joys, but we can change all that. Give your friends a copy of Very Heath Robinson, send out Heath Robinson Christmas Cards and you’ll banish all woes. We will help you make it happen.

Photograph of Castellúccio Monte Vettore, overlaid with text announcing the winner's wild not to say shattering story.

Wild Not To Say Shattering

Congratulations to Neville Denson from St Bees in Cumbria, who has won the Wildest Travel Story Competition with his account of a wild, not to say shattering experience in the USA. He receives a copy of Tim Jepson’s Wild Italy: A Traveller’s Guide.

In a photograph taken by the US Geographical Survey a house destroyed by the Loma Prieta earthquake of 17th October 1989 keels over at a drunken angle.

USA – An Earth-Shattering Experience

This house north of Santa Cruz, California, was destroyed by the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, as photographed by the US Geological Survey. Neville Denson from St Bees in Cumbria was driving nearby when the earthquake struck. He recalls how it felt in the following piece, which won our Wildest Travel Story Competition.

Photograph of a coaster, illustrated with the Super-De-Luxe Coffee Maker black and white line drawing and set against a red background.

Liven Up Your Coffee Break

In the imaginative world of Heath Robinson you can pour a cup of coffee with your eyes closed. Just pull on a cord and the Super-De-Luxe Coffee Maker does it all for you. What could be easier? This and other inventive ideas will liven up your coffee break when you use the set of six Heath Robinson coasters we launch today.

Photograph of Exeter’s 17th-century Custom House by the quay.

A Festival By The Quay

Adam Hart-Davis, author of Very Heath Robinson, will be speaking at Exeter’s second Literary Festival at 3.30 p.m. this Sunday, 10th November. You will find him at the magnificent 17th-century Custom House by the quay, where Adam will take you on a journey through the Weird and Wacky World of Heath Robinson.

A Heath Robinson illustration in colour of men working on a production line at a Christmas cracker factory, inspiration for our cracking joke competition.

Think of a Cracking Joke

To celebrate our 40th Christmas, we are holding our biggest competition yet. We would like you to think of an original joke to go inside a Christmas cracker – something so dry and witty that it would have impressed Heath Robinson himself. The winner gets a limited-edition book worth £300.