Thursday 26 June 2014

Tin Hat and Tales Compo 2014

My 2010 model aerodynamic tin foil Hat

 I'm sure you'll all be pleased to hear that I've finally come up with a theme for the Tin Hat and Tales Competition 2014. After days of thinking really hard, accosting Tim in Norwich for inspiration, thinking some more (well, Tim was useless - all sweaty and exhausted*, and I hadn't even accosted him that much, either), I finally resorted to picking a submissions gallery premier date then looking at good old Wikipedia to find out what happened on said date throughout the years.
 The date in question is 13th July. While scrolling through the various events, I happened upon this:
  1919 – The British airship R34 lands in Norfolk, England, completing the first airship return journey across the Atlantic in 182 hours of flight.

 And that was when inspiration struck! The airship landing in Norfolk reminded me of my recent aerial adventures, so I decided pretty quickly on a theme of flight. Further scrolling down the births segment revealed these specimens of fictional flight-related fortitude:
1940 – Patrick Stewart, AKA Captain Jean Luc Picard,
commander of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D & E

1942 – Harrison Ford, AKA Han Solo, captain of the Millenium Falcon

1988 – Colton Haynes, AKA Speedy in the TV series Arrow
in which he uses arrows which fly through the ai-
Oh, OK, I'm grasping at straws and just wanted an excuse to look at
his naked wet torso and scowly face...

 So, without further ado, may I present the Tin Hat and Tales Competition 2014: 

Foil Flights of Fancy!

The rules:
 To enter, you must fashion a tin foil hat that somehow involves the theme of flight, take a photo of yourself wearing said chapeau (or, if you are camera-shy, put it on a melon or other head-sized object) and send me the photo (email address is in my profile) along with a short technical description of the hat's flight-related functions, and/or a tale of fancy to go with it.
 The winner will be chosen by any/all of myselves, and displayed on this here blog. There will also be a (yet to be determined, but you can guarantee it'll be cheap) prize, or prizes.
 And "when do we have to get these photos sent in by?", I hear you ask? Why, by midnight Saturday 12th July (GMT) ready for Foil Flights of Fancy day on Sunday 13th..

 So, there you have it. You have just over two weeks to design and build your tin foil hat(s - multiple entries will be considered) and email your photo of it/them in. You will then have a week to vote for your favourite hat and I will declare the winner/s (and losers) the following Sunday. Or possibly on the Monday depending how lazy/busy I am on the Sunday. I may even make another hat myself as I can't find my original creation (I think it may have been unceremoniously despatched during a move?).

 Oh, if you're wondering what this is all about, click here for the original compo's submissions gallery.

 Good luck and godspeed!


* OK, so he was sweaty and exhausted because he'd been teaching Bikram Yoga in the Fine City of Norwich over the past three days, and not due to my accosting. He took my accosting rather well, though - encouraged it, even. Twice!


  1. I like the story of R 34.
    "Hot food was provided by cooking on a plate welded to an engine exhaust pipe."
    They had Balantyne an Whoopsie aboard.

  2. Oh lord now the competition is here I have stage fright.
    Will buy my foil tomorrow and fashion it into a thinking cap.

  3. I hope the prize isn't a bag of pork scratchings.

  4. Mago: One wonders what they did with the whoopsie? I hope it didn't get cooked on the hotplate, too.

    Ms Scarlet: Stage fright? Perhpas you could fashion a full face mask as well as a hat?

    Cripes! My own stocks of tin foil are low - Best get some tomorrow!

    MJ: Ugh, no. There's no way I'm being caught dead buying pork scratchings, so you're safe for now!

  5. I bet he encouraged you, the cheeky chappy!

  6. Sweet! Here I thought you were going for something soccer related--then again, it was before England was knocked out--or maybe Wimbledon. But I like the flight idea! Though I'm a little clueless at the moment, I'm excited and no doubt by the end of the week, I'll come up with some great ideas for something suitably fancy!

  7. 'Petra: He did! He wore one of those low cut V-neck T-shirts that he favours and exposed his cleavage at me! I didn't know where to look.

    Eros: Iggy Azalea? I'm Clueless, too!

  8. Oh my! That's why I'm too afraid to meet him. That and his bizarre fascination with bendy poses and hot rooms.

    Eros: Iggy Azalea - is that a flower?

  9. CP: She's a flower from Down Under, and I'd sniff her...

    That Iggy Azalea music video is an awesome tribute to Clueless. Also, I like how she sounds on Ariana Grande's Problem song...


Tickle my fancy, why don't you?