“Nostalgia is a fragile thing, and its genuine form is getting rarer by the day. Blame the internet for making everything too accessible. Now that everyone can be reminded within a matter of seconds of the names of the Trumpton firemen and the precise measurements of a lime Spangle, it’s getting harder to find anything that produces that misty-eyed feeling- a pull at the heartstrings brought on by something forgotten but once-familiar. Auction sites such as eBay should take the rap for allowing us to reclaim our entire childhood, plus the bits of everyone else’s that we always felt denied, reinventing our toy cupboards in a shape they never really had […] In the cavalcade of easy memories, we might rightly feel nostalgic about the very concept of nostalgia. Do you remember when we used to be able to enjoy ‘Do you remember…?’ conversations in the pub?
Bollocks To Alton Towers, by Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris and Joel Morris
from the chapter on the Hamilton Toy Collection