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Greebled Union Jack

I was asked to build a gift for my Lego User Group (LUG), The Brickish Association, to present to the CEE Team during a visit to Billund. The Union Jack is the British flag and I thought I could use a technique called ‘greebling’ to add some very ‘British’ detail. Greebling is a technique used give texture and complexity to a build through the use of intricate, detailed parts – it is fun but can be fiddly at times.

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The umbrella was a central point as we are naturally obsessed with the weather and is a common conversational subject if you are lost for words. I wanted to highlight some very British inventions such as the vacuum cleaner and the telephone but also give some nods to our culture, the Tardis of Dr Who fame, the picnic, Robin Hood and his quiver full of arrows, a guitar representing our musical heritage and lots of cups of tea.
The flag even has a mapping effect for the UK. London in the South East of the flag has a red bus and a London Eye whilst Cornwall over in the South West has beaches famous for their surfing and life guard requirements. The north has a more industrial feel in the blue area with a bike placed over Yorkshire where the Tour De France held their Grand Depart in 2014.
If you can see the croissant, that’s where you head to take the Channel Tunnel over to France…
Take a closer look and see just how many different parts you can spot…


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#Piggate – Lego Style 22 Sept 15

The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron is not impressed with tonight’s starter of “Pork Stuffed with Sausage”.

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My own take on the current teasing going on as Lord Ashcroft (a Tory with a large chip on his shoulder at the moment) told some stories allegedly from Cameron’s past.

Having been on numerous rugby tours and worked as a doc in the Army for over 10 years, this certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing I’ve ever heard of/seen. In fact, I am more disappointed that someone broke the “what goes on tour, stays on tour” rules.

Then again, I do vote Tory 😉

Custom David Cameron by Minifigures.com www.minifigures.com/david-cameron.html


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Greeble Union Jack 02 May 15

Greebles: Pseudo-technical detail added to a LEGO creation to enhance its appearance. Frequently seen in LEGO space and mecha creations.

The Flag of Great Britain with the three colours of the Union…Red, White and Blue. (places right hand on heart in a dramatic fashion ). Note the cup of tea central to being British!

Greeble Challenge Union Jack

Legohaulic has started Greeble de Mayo Challenge here:

www.flickr.com/groups/2868896@N22/discuss/72157649948096154/

” Week 1 Challenge May 1st – May 10th

– Your greebles must be comprised of 3 different colors

– Your greebles may not use any gray colors.

– Your greeble must fit within an 8x8x8 area. You are free to build a 1 stud ‘frame’ around you greebled area.”


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Round 5 Giant Jenga on the Lawn

UK General Election Alternative – The Lego Political Party Games

It’s General Election time here in the UK with Voting in a couple of weeks time.

After watching the Election Live debates, don’t you think that it would be more fun if we could pick a series of Challenges instead of debating??

Round 5. Ding. Ding. It’s Giant JENGA time on the lawn behind Number 10, that’s 10 Downing Street of course. Ed is meant to be holding the ladder for David but he’s looking a bit shifty! Natalie Bennett from the Green Party is very concerned about the Begonias looking rather dry!!

What do you mean you don’t know what Giant Jenga is????

Round 5 Giant Jenga on the Lawn

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Ed Milliband – Labour

David Cameron – Conservatives

Natalie Bennett – Green Party


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Downing Street Racing Track 27 April 15

UK General Election Alternative – The Lego Election Games!

It’s Election time here in the UK with Voting in a couple of weeks time.

After watching the Election Live debates, don’t you think that it would be more fun if we could pick a series of Challenges instead of debating??

Round 4. Ding. Ding. It’s Race Day…100m Drag Fabuland Scooter Race. Natalie Bennett (The Green Party) insists on her ‘Carbon-Free’ Alternative ride. Meanwhile, Farage gets distracted by the ‘Frisky Bird’ beside him.

Round 4 Downing Street Track Race

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Ed Milliband – Labour

David Cameron – Conservatives

Nigel Farage – UKIP

Natalie Bennett – Green Party


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Downing Street Boxing Club 21 APR 15

After watching the Election Live debates, don’t you think that it would be more fun if we could pick a series of Challenges instead of debating??
Ding Ding. Round 1 at the Westminster Boxing Club. It’s Election time here in the UK with Voting in a couple of weeks time. Ed the Red in…erm…Labour Red and David Cameron in Conservative Blue. (don’t take my political persuasions from this, perhaps Ed is better at Hungry Hippos in Round 2). Downing Street Boxing Club

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Gloves courtesy of CMF Boxer and GB Boxer 🙂