Monthly Archives: February 2016


Deadpool fans really want him to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

More than 25,000 people have signed a petitionasking for Deadpoolto host Saturday Night Live.

No, not the actor Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool, the fictional character.

This kind of petition is not exactly rare, and most of them have no impact whatsoever. But with Deadpoolwell, just think about it for a minute. He’s basically the perfect host. Reynolds has spent countless hours filming PSAs and tie-in videosas Deadpool, and the character’s fourth-wall-breaking antics would be perfect for SNL‘s studio audience. It’s a totally plausible idea.

When actors visit the SNL set, they usually do at least one sketch related to their most famous role. With Deadpool, you’d just have Deadpool playing every part, wearing a second costume over his regular Deadpool costume. A few months ago, this would have seemed like a ridiculously niche joke for Marvel fans, but after Deadpool‘s runaway success this week, who knows?

There’s a good chance that SNL showrunner Lorne Michaels will never see this petition, but if he does, he should read this section:

“I have not watched a full episode of SNL in years because I just haven’t been able to stomach an entire episode, but having Deadpool host, star, and be all over the episode would get the DVR set so I can watch it again and again!!!”

Deadpoolfamously did very, very well at the box office over its opening weekend. By capitalizing on its success,SNL could attract new viewerspeople who either never watch the show or only occasionally catch clips onYouTube.

Online petitions should always be taken with a pinch of salt, but this one is an undeniably great idea.

Photo via Deadpool/Fox Movies

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LEGO Caved to an Online Petition and Created One of Their Best Minifigs Yet

Lego Disabled Minifigure

1) Everyone’s Welcome!

It was a historic week for toy news last week!

Barbie got a new body (Well, bodies), and thenLEGO got on board with inclusiveness.

2) On The Go

LEGO will debut its first wheelchair-bound minifig in summer 2016 as part of the Fun at the Park set, and parents of disabled children couldn’t be more thrilled.

After an online petition from the #ToyLikeMe campaign gained over 20,000 signatures last year, LEGO heard its audience loud and clear.

The campaign was co-founded by journalist and mother Rebecca Atkinson, who was thrilled when she heard the news.

“LEGO we salute you! You’ve just made a 150 million children, their mums, dad, nans, grandads, teachers, carers, pet dogs and hamsters very VERY VERY happy!,” she wrote on the Toy Like Me Facebook page.

Via: YouTube

3) Fun in the Park

The entire Fun in the Park LEGO set showsall different kinds of people, including another groundbreaking figurine…

Via: YouTube

4) Oh, Baby!

The set even contains one of the first-ever baby minifigs, complete with a stroller.

Now all ages and walks of life are represented!

Via: YouTube

5) Check Out The Full Video

German news outlet Zusammengebaut got a full sneak peek of the new LEGO set.

Via: YouTube

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Billy’s Bargain Box

All New, Bargain Box at Silly Billy’s

We have a newly instated Bargain Box at our Pop Up Shop.
We will be putting different Toys in the bargain box whilst we remain in our Pop Up Shop at Welcome Independent Living, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge.

Some Bargains in the Box today are:

  • Orchard Toys from £3
  • Thunderbird Figures £2.50
  • Thunderbird One £5
  • A Top Model Book, price = secret
  • A Small Girl’s Handbag £3

If you are looking for a bargain then pop into Silly Billy’s Pop Up Shop Today !

Bargain Box
Billy’s Bargain Box

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Evolution Cartoons To Celebrate Darwin Day

February 12th was the birthday of Charles Darwin, and to celebrate Darwin Day, to promote science and highlight his contributions to the field. Darwin is best known for his groundbreaking book, On The Origin Of Species, published in 1859, that convincingly argued the theory of species evolution.

Evolution, however, can take many forms, and we at compiled this list to show it. Did we get better or did we get worse? Have we advanced technology, or become enslaved by it?

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J.K. Rowling just announced that she’s publishing this new Harry Potter book

For the many Harry Potter fans who were worried about missing J.K. Rowling‘s new stage play, help is at hand.

On July 31, Rowling will publish the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Childin print and ebook format, making the story accessible to everyone who can’t make it to the theatrical version in London’s West End.


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Pottermore announced Wednesday that Rowling will publish a “special rehearsal edition” of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which takes place nine years after the seventh Harry Potter book, and stars a new cast of adult actors as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The first edition comes out shortly after the play’s London premiere, and will later be updated with a “definitive collector’s edition.” (Like most new plays, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childmay go through some minor changes during its preview period, before its official opening.)

For obvious reasons, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childis a hot ticket, and many fans have no chance of seeing it liveat least, not until the play is licensed to be performed elsewhere. And while the London production does offer cheaper tickets for each performance, it’s still nowhere near as accessible as a book.

By publishing the script like this, especially with an ebook edition, Rowling is making sure that the new Harry Potter is available to every fan.

Photo via Pottermore

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Silly Billy’s New Shop

Silly Billy’s New Shop

We are very much aiming to open our new shop in Old Gate Before Easter 2016.  We will keep you updated as and when we know. For now we are Trading from Our Pop Up Shop in Albert Street at Welcome Independent Living:

Half Term Opening
Half Term Opening

The New and updated Silly Billy’s Toy Shop will be located pretty much opposite the Wavy Steps in the centre of Hebden Bridge, curiously on the opposite side of the River Calder to where we used to be:-

New Silly billys
Silly Billy’s New Shop

Obviously there is a lot of work that needs to go into the New Shop before we are open, we are very much hoping that the empty shell of a shop will be available to us next week, 21st Feb 2016 and then we can start shopfitting.
We are very busy one way and another and we really appreciate all the support we are receiving from near and far.  Thank-you all.

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Calderdale Rising An Update

Calderdale Rising An Update

Emails and tweets have been sent regarding Calderdale Rising, there are now under 24 hours to fund the campaign and there are still some great rewards available on the Crowdfunding page.
The logo has turned pink for Valentines day on the 14th, if you click it below then you will be taken to the Crowdfunding page for the campaign

Calderdale Risng Happy Valentines

Calderdale Risng Happy Valentines

The message below was sent by Kirsty McGregor who has been ardently campaigning for the 103 businesses affected for free.

Many, many thanks to you if you have supported the campaign, promoted it and shared it amongst your friends and family. There was a party on twitter tonight amongst many of the businesses, followed by facebook, texts emails and, no doubt, a large ‘real’ party in due course! They, along with many other volunteers, have worked very hard to build this campaign into this success, with days to spare!

This campaign has meant so much to these businesses, knowing they are supported. Emails and messages I’ve received tonight from some of our businesses say that they had been thinking of winding up, giving up, and walking away from their business, but this campaign and the positivity surrounding it, gave them the motivation to carry on and rebuild. And no amount of money can create that energy – it was the spirit that this campaign and this community gave them back.

So on behalf of all 103 businesses, their owners, their employees, their customers, their suppliers and the whole community – thank you!
We need these businesses to remain on our high streets, in our industrial estates and scattered throughout this valley. And as the constant rain brings worries again tonight, this will only be the start of a long road back for some of them.

And onwards and upwards!

The target has been raised – because we like a challenge! And we have beautiful gifts still to sell. So we will keep the page open until Friday 12th at 12.30pm. Anything we raise from now on will be guaranteed. Please do continue to share and join in our celebrations.

Look at Business for Calderdale Facebook Page
Search twitter for #CalderdaleRising and retweet the tweets

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Half-Term Opening At Silly Billy’s

Half-Term Opening 2016

With the roaring success of our Pop Up Shop in Welcome Independent Living at the bottom of Albert Street in Hebden Bridge.
Silly Billy’s has decided to open through  half-term week at the following times:

  • Saturday 13th February 10am til 4pm
  • Sunday 14th February 10am til 4pm
  • Monday 15th February 10am til 4pm
  • Tuesday 16th February 10am til 4pm
  • Wednesday 17th February 10am til 4pm
  • Thursday 18th February 10am til 4pm
  • Friday 19th February 10am til 4pm
  • Saturday 20th February 10am til 4pm
  • Sunday 21st February CLOSED

If you have younger children, then Flying Saucers is also open in the same location as Silly Billy’s 
WELCOME-INDPENDENT-LIVING-HEBDEN-BRIDGECome in and see us, help support our shop and Silly Billy’s move to a new location.
NB We can only take cash at Silly Billy’s, our card machine is non-operational.

The Calderdale Rising Campaign to support Flooded businesses is still going strong and ends this Friday 12th February at 12:30pm if you wish to support us and other businesses; plus pick up a tremendous reward, then [click here]

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