Andrew McFall

Facebook Groups

I’ve joined too many groups, I should really go and get a life. I am in around fifty Facebook groups, some I use regularly others I wonder why I joined.

Firstly,  I have a few connected to my interest in Diecast Car Collecting: 

  1. Pinoy Hot Wheels Collectors Club (PHWCC). This is a Filipino group with over 1000 members dedicated to collecting Hot Wheels. I often post pictures of my new acquisitions, and am inspired to look for what other members post.
  2. Hot Wheels Club (Philippines). Very similar to Pinoy group.
  3. Diecast Collectors Forum. A group of hardcore diecast collectors, who delight in showing photos of exquisite models in 1:18, often by AutoArt or Kyosho, where any model found under $100 is considered a bargain, as often they spend a lot more. My presence in the group posting much smaller cheaper models seems to be tolerated….update got kicked out of the group for posting a link to my blog… :/
  4. Matchbox e Majorette. Portuguese group for Matchbox and Majorette. Two of my favourite maunfacturers of diecast cars.
  5. MCCH-The Matchbox Collectors’ Community Hall. A group for collectors of old pre-Superfast (1970) Matchbox cars.
  6. Diecast Model Cars, Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox and More. Focusing on the British manufacturers of diecast models.
  7. Diecast Autoworld
  8. Diecast Collectors
  9. Matchbox Toys

I often share my diecast blog posts to these groups.

Then there are other groups…lots of other groups…

The Virtual Muser

This is a philosophy group, I was added by a friend and erstwhile colleague, Jim Cook, even though I have never studied philosophy and don’t know my Kant from my Nietzsche . This is a very active group with over a thousand members of different political and philosophical persuasions. I now have 40 Facebook friends in this group, of which only about 4 I have ever met in real life.

Some of the posts discussed now are:

Is medical intervention in the long term interests of a species?
Is it predictable that heavy reliance on such processes may lead to a specialised form of human being that requires a synthesised environment in order to survive?
Or has this already started to happen?” (Roland Mann)

Greed: Human nature or nurture?” (Mason Macleod)

Should happiness be our ultimate goal?” (Telegraph-reading admin, Ronald Green)

My favourite group is possibly The Forest of Serendipity, which is for artists sharing ideas and images on a theme. Currently they are sharing artistic images of chairs.

Autoshite, I joined recently. It is a large group over 2000 members devoted to crap cars…

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like this Pontiac Aztek. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

Chez Pantalon Rouge created by serial Facebook Group creator Andrew McFall, is a strange group, which I’ve posted about before. Members post photos taken of folk wearing red trousers…it can be quite addictive…trying to capture our quarry can be quite a task and might even bring out our inner creep.

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Les Crimes Fashionnel, this is similar to Chez Pantalon Rouge,for posting images of fashion crimes…created by Sue Cowley, Andrew McFall is an admin, bringing out the Gok Wan in all of us.

Tbilisi English Book Swap, this actually is practical and relates to a group of us who meet once a month in a cafe in Tbilisi to swap English books.

The Marquee Club, Wardour Street a nostalgic group for a club I visited many times in the eighties to see bands like Fields of the Nephilim, The Wonderstuff, Twelfth Night and Magnum.

Lada UK Another group I can share my photos with, there being many more Ladas here than in the UK.

Best Medicine I am actually an administrator of this group. It is for jokes and funny things. Or “For stuck-up middle-aged men with no sense of humour…
and the women who loathe them.”

Gay Classic Car Group I’m neither gay nor do I own a classic car (or any car), but I do like the pictures they post of some lovely sixties and seventies cars.

Read All Abaht it and Weep Funny headlines and juxtapositions of images and titles in newspapers. An Andrew McFall creation.

Jim’s Cafe. Not my cafe, but Jim Cook’s for posts relating to motorcycling.

Pop Trash For trashy popular culture especially music.

The Club “Group created to be a place where people could post links to introduce people to different music, movies, books, and all other types of ART.
(Originally for the sole purpose of supplying me with a single place to look rather than having to search the internet for new and interesting stuff. Basically I’ve become sick of how much effort needs to be put in to find AWESOME things. lol.)” I had to check the description because I so rarely use the group.

MuseSick-al Mutants Another group sharing music like The Cure and Frank Zappa.

Andrew’s Irritating Earworm Emporium. For those tunes you can’t get out of your head like “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo. Andrew? Need you ask? Andrew McFall, again.

The Haringey Poetry Society. A group for stand up comedians. I’m not sure if I qualify, having performed only seven times.

I Saw a Classic Car Today 🙂 For posting pics of classic cars, although someone seems to be just posting images they find on the Internet, which seems to be cheating.

The Government is doing a jolly good job...A satircal site.  An Andrew McFall creation.

Kitapkokusu This is a Turkish group, I don’t know Turkish, but they do have some nice images and clips.

Eurovision Banter and Mischievous Malarkey 2013. Another Andrew McFall group. I seem to get dragged into all of them. About Eurovision Song Contest.

Slough 1980’s Nostalgia. This also makes me glad to have left Slough.

 Unknown A group about art and conspiracy theories.

HOT RODS TO HELL About cool cars.

Students of TESOL and Applied Linguistics Relates to my job as an English teacher.

Thursday Night is Music Night – Virtual Album Listening Club. Group members choose an album to listen to together on a Thursday night. The album is usually Heavy Metal or Prog Rock.

Castleview Scool Langley 1960s-1970s Nostalgia for old school :/

Signs that Fascinate and Intrigue. Odd signs

Is There a DFS Sale on at the Moment? Yes (there always seems to be a sale at DFS).  An Andrew McFall creation.

ANi’mUS ANIMALS! cute..weird, whatever..
with some kind of photographic elegance if possible.

Super Snobby Film Snobs about films

The following I haven’t used recently and know little about:

Musers Talk

Yamaha Enduro Appreciation Group

Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Caucasus

Cyclepaths

BM Photo

Comedians’ Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith

60s, 70s and  80s COMEDY CLASSIC CLIPS

Items for sale in Worcester

Laughing Cows Comedy – Manchester

and finally my own group:

Special Friends of Iago Created for myself and some very special friends. Iago was the name of my avatar in Second Life. This group is not very active.

The Hunt for Red Trousers

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One of my Facebook friends, Andrew McFall, set up a group “Chez Pantalon Rouge“, the purpose of which was to post pictures of people wearing red trousers. What started as a bit of fun took off, lots of us became quasi-obsessed, taking and posting photos. The intended target was middle aged men wearing the offending article, but photos were posted of all kinds of people wearing red trousers. The group now has 710 members. Rich pickings can be found in Canterbury, Germany, Edinburgh and other sartorially-challenged locales. Here in Tbilisi men wearing red trousers are rare but women wearing red trousers are quite common.

The photos can be a bit blurry, snapped quickly, as I don’t want to be caught and having to explain this strange obsession. More embarrassing is when the flash goes off, having inadvertently forgotten to turn it off. Candid street photography has a long and esteemed history (many great French photographers like Doisneau and Brassai took memorable images but being in black and white, we couldn t enjoy their shots of le pantalon rouge). Now, however, street photography is coming under scrutiny in this increasingly litigious age. In theory there should be no restrictions taking members of the public in a public place. Privacy laws, however, vary from country to country. I sometimes worry about this being an excuse for my inner creep.

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