Six Degrees of Separation and LEGO Star Wars

Six degrees of separation is the theory that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The concept of six degrees of separation is often represented by a graph database, a type of NoSQL database that uses graph theory to store, map and query relationships.Real-world applications of the theory include power grid mapping and analysis, disease transmission mapping and analysis, computer circuitry design and search engine ranking.

The six degrees of separation theory was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called “Chains.” In the 1950s, Ithiel de Sola Pool (MIT) and Manfred Kochen (IBM) set out to prove the theory mathematically. Although they were able to phrase the question mathematically (given a set N of people, what is the probability that each member of N is connected to another member via k_1, k_2, k_3…k_n links?), after twenty years they were still unable to solve the problem to their satisfaction.

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So what has this got to do with “LEGO Star Wars Episode 8, The Last Jedi” I hear you ask?

Well, not much really. Only LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 is on nationwide release today, 15th December 2017 and it is also the blog author’s birthday. A few days ago we were contacted on our amazingly popular Facebook page by a chap who comes from the same town as the blog author, Chichester in West Sussex, and also went to the same school as the blog author! Quite incredible really. The chap who contacted us is a big LEGO Fan and he asked us to promote his very interesting LEGO blog in which he discusses various LEGO sets, here is the latest post on LEGO Star Wars 2018 Sets from his blog.

This little tale in turn falls into the six degrees of separation idea that was presented initially above, a cool connection ?

Don’t forget we still have some Amazing LEGO Star Wars Sets here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, though stocks are becoming low with the inevitable Christmas rush, only 9 days of Shopping left until Christmas 2017 at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop !!

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Christmas Competition Winner 2017

And the Winner is:

Rebecca Coyle, from nearby Todmorden.

So, VERY WELL DONE and Congratulations to Rebecca.

We are very happy to see a local Winner emerge from this Competition and it was a Credit to our Social Media Manager and blog author, Robert A Williams, that the post on Facebook achieved a massive 400 shares and a reach of over 20,000 people on Facebook. If you are looking for such reach on Social Media then contact Robert.
This massive Christmas Competition was the biggest value Competition that we have held at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and after it’s huge success and impact we will hold a similarly big Facebook Competition next year. We used an application called WooBox to pick the Winner and below is the screenshot from the pick.
Christmas Competition 2017 WINNER

Christmas appears to be happening quite late this year although in reality there are only 14 More Shopping Days until Christmas 2017. Schools are breaking up extraordinarily late for the Winter Break on Friday 22nd December 2017. Silly Billy’s will be open until 1730 Christmas Eve, and you can view Silly Billy’s opening hours over the Christmas 2017 period on the image below:

Christmas Opening 2017

Silly Billy’s are on target to surpass the 3,000 Page Likes on Facebook as well which is a target Robert A Williams had set to reach prior to Christmas Day 2017, at the time of writing Silly Billy’s Facebook Page likes stand at 2,995 – so if you would like the Silly Billy’s Facebook Page and ask your friends to like it as well that would be great.

Other News

Coming up this week on Friday 15th December is Stubbings School Christmas Fayre

If you are a local school or organisation, and you wish us to mention any event that you have happening at any time of year then please message us through our Facebook Page and we will endeavour to list your event on our amazingly popular Facebook page and perhaps on this fantastic blog as well ! Simply contact Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.

We have sledges at Silly Billy’s and it is snowing today and expected to snow more overnight so please come and get your sledges from us. If you have children at Calder High School then don’t forget to check Calder High School’s website here for details of whether the school will be open in the snowy conditions that may be around tomorrow (Monday 11th December 2017)
Sledges

 

 

 

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Festive Fandango 2017 and More News

The Festive Fandango 2017 sees a wider geographical area coming into play with Mytholmroyd
retail shops and restaurants taking part in the glory that is the Festive Fandango.

So what’s it all about?

Well, The Festive Fandango is an Annual event in Hebden Bridge and now Mytholmroyd, encouraging folk to shop local via a superb incentive of exciting vouchers and entry into a competition to Win a Massive hamper of goodies. So all you have to do is collect a sticker at Participating Outlets including both Homely At Hebden and Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Old Gate, this can be done all through December 2017 from this Friday December 1st. You need to collect Five different stickers from five different outlets and then you can submit your completed card for entry into the Prize Draw and also collect a voucher book from the Visitor Centre in Hebden Bridge.

So on the 1st December is Festive Fandango and then on Saturday 2nd December, we have Small Business Saturday.
Festive Fandango

Come to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop from Friday to Collect your Festive Fandango Stickers and get a Festive Fandango 2017 card should you need one.
Also we would like to give a shout out for Blazing Saddles Bicycle Shop just round the corner from us on West End who have bicycles for children of all ages, please see their flyer below for more information.
On Sunday 3rd December there is a Fund-Raising Event in Heywood being organised by one of our LEGO officanados, see the flyer below.

This will be their 1st LEGO show that they  have done.Raising money for Bury Cancer Support. Fairy Bricks. And St Luke’s School.
Fairy_Bricks

Lastly we were told of some upsetting news about a break in at Fairybricks HQ so this event is now more important then ever !!!!
LEGO masters Nate and Ste are there all day as well as AFOL from around the UK!!
With some fantastic displays. Hopefully this will be the 1st of many !
Next time more schools involved and we can make something truly special happen !

 

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Why The Pyramids Were Built by Ben Carson

Footage has actually emerged of governmental confident, Ben Carson, stating he thought the Biblical figure Joseph developed the pyramids to save grain. He likewise stated that researchers can just describe the pyramids with over-the-top theories of super-intelligent aliens, in spite of the substantial quantities of written proof the Ancient Egyptians left behind to discuss why they constructed the pyramids as they were burial places.

Carson provided the speech in 1998 as the keynote speaker for graduates at Andrews University, the flagship university of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Carson, a previous neurosurgeon, has actually delighted in a current increase in appeal throughout the continuous Republican management projects. The newest study, by NBC News, puts his assistance at 29 percent, 6 points up on the previous front-runner, Donald Trump.

The speech emerged after a current Buzzfeed News short article released a video recording of it. Last Wednesday, CBS News asked Carson whether his views have actually altered because 1998, to which he responded: Its still my belief, yes.

In the speech he stated:

My own individual theory is that Joseph constructed the pyramids to keep grain. Now all the archeologists believe that they were produced the pharaohs graves. You understand, it would have to be something terribly huge if you believe and stop about it. And I do not believe it’d simply vanish during time to keep that much grain.

And when you take a look at the manner in which the pyramids are made, with numerous chambers that are hermetically sealed, they’d need to be that method for numerous factors, Carson stated. And numerous of researchers have actually stated, Well, you understand there were alien beings that boiled down and they have unique understanding which how you understand, it does not need an alien being when God is with you.

People might not even have the ability to discuss exactly what it is that you’re accomplishing, however they do not need to have the ability to discuss it when God exists.

In the speech, he likewise stated, they [researchers] never ever have a response for these example. That’s the terrific thing about having a relationship with God. God has actually currently informed us exactly what took place.

The remarks have actually been met ridicule and shock, such as the Twitter hashtag #bencarsonwikipedia , which spoofs the remarks.

 

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Black Friday 2017 – BLACK FRIDAY

Black Friday 2017 – BLACK FRIDAY

Whoooa, hold the phone and what’s all this Black Friday hype some may ask?

Black Friday is a US economic invention that has become firmly entrenched in the UK and is like the old (the author is old) January Sales used to be? Remember them? So now it’s like the January sales have arrived pre-Christmas with the advent of the Black Friday sales.
Initially it was a sale on Black Friday, the one day, though due to breakages and server outages from too much online traffic the likes of the corporate identities such as amazon.co.uk and Currys are now starting Black Friday a whole week before the actual Black Friday day which is, this year anyway, tomorrow, (Black) Friday 24th November 2017.
The other factor that is important to consider is that Black Friday was originally more of an online phenomenon it has now made it to the bricks and mortar high street.

So what are Silly Billy’s Toy Shop doing for Black Friday? Answer: absolutely nothing apart from writing this blog post and a little bit of graphic design.
We would be very Happy for you to visit our resplendent Toy Shop this Black Friday to take a look at all the stock we have for Christmas 2017, from Stocking Fillers to LEGO Ninjago, Playmobil How to Train Your Dragon, Sylvanian Families, Schleich and so much more besides. We still have a limited supply of Playmobil and LEGO Advent Calendars in stock as well.kids Advent Calendar

This post is part of one of many, a blog post each day until Christmas Eve, to increase visibility of Silly Billy’s Toy Shop online and in turn also increase our Retail Shop visibility. It is interesting that we are still having people come into our shop realising for the first time that we have moved premises after the events of Boxing Day 2015 !

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A 13-year-old girl invented a bandage to help wounds heal faster

Anushka Naiknaware might just be 13 years of ages, however she simply developed a plaster that might assist patients with persistent injuries recover much faster.

The eighth-grader from Portland, Oregon, developed a plaster that senses moisture in an injury dressing. “A great deal of individuals do not instantly relate wetness to injuries,” she described, “however the reality is that wetness is among the crucial identifying consider how quickly a persistent injury heals.”

Why does wetness matter? Well, numerous open injuries have to be kept damp to promote recovery; however if an injury is too damp, that can be an indication of infection. Put simply: Keeping the injury in a healthy wetness variety assists it recover much faster.

Naiknaware’s plaster permits a physician to keep track of the status of the injury (without needing to unwrap the dressing) and address concerns appropriately. The plaster is planned to be utilized on clients with persistent injuries, which prevail in senior clients and folks with diabetes and typically take 3 months or longer to recover.

Ravleen Kaur from the Beaverton Valley Times reported that the plaster might even have ramifications for the military, “assisting hurt soldiers in an affordable and quick way.”

Naiknaware’s creation won the Lego Education Builder Award at the 2016 Google Science Fair.

That’s a prestigious prize to Win. It’s a reward that includes $15,000, a journey to Denmark, and a 1 year mentorship with Lego to assist get the job into production.

.When Naiknaware was 3 or 4 years old and her moms and dads would take her to a regional science museum, #ppppp> The job all began. She enjoyed all the exhibitions there (especially chemistry) and for many years her interest in science progressed.

” There’s a natural development from one field to another,” she stated. “After you discover mathematics and chemistry, you can do biology, physics, computer technology, anything. It simply keeps structure and theres no genuine end to it.”

Naiknaware’s love of the science museum sustained an interest in nano particles (which she started looking into in 4th grade). Ultimately, this research study ended up being the structure of her submission to the Google Science Fair.

” I in fact produced an ink from nano particles and filled that into a regular inkjet cartridge,” Naiknaware discussed. “This permitted me to print out a conductive circuit.” After hooking that circuit as much as a little battery and passing a current through it, she might determine the resistance and get a reading of the wetness material.

The success of Naiknaware’s development is substantial. Throughout her procedure, she was no complete stranger to failure.

She had specific trouble improving the ink circuit. “How lots of times did my ink stop working? 40 times? 50 times? Several.” She likewise pointed out a couple of jammed up printers in the garage.

On top of that, Naiknaware experienced her reasonable share of frustration from grownups. “When I began doing things with nano particles,” she remembered, “a great deal of individuals moms and dads, judges informed me, ‘What you’re doing is difficult. It’s not going to work.’”

But she understood that her theory dealt with paper. She believed in her own concept and a couple of motivating coaches on her side including her 6th grade science instructor, Ms. Svenson.

After her experience with the plaster, Naiknaware’s recommendations to other enthusiastic kids thinking about science is easy: “Just because people say your idea won’t work, doesn’t mean you can’t prove them wrong..”

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/a-13-year-old-girl-invented-a-bandage-to-help-wounds-heal-faster

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s Theramore Isle in Lego

WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s Theramore Island Redone in Legendary Lego Style with 55,600 Bricks!

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In the popular Enormous Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Video Game, World of Warcraft, there is a location called Theramore. In accordance with the lore, Theramore was a port town and was “thought about the Alliance’s most martial existence in Kalimdor.” Regrettably, the town was damaged and left in ruin.
Now, Mark Erickson, or Mark of Falworth, has actually restored Theramore in LEGO Bricks. Over 55,600 LEGO bricks were used in the construction of the port town and it looks incredible!
This is an outstanding accomplishment and took approximately six months for Erickson to build.
theramore

Theramore Isle, the capital of the Dustwallow Marsh, was the Alliance’s only human stronghold in Kalimdor. With a population of 9,500 people, it was the home and sanctuary of Jaina Proudmoore.

Theramore is a rocky island east of Dustwallow; the city, which bears the same name as the island, is alternatively known as Theramore Keep. It was originally settled with the sole purpose of survival. Lead by Jaina Proudmoore, a small contingent of the Kul Tiras navy, with what few survivors they could bring, had fled the Eastern Kingdoms during the great Scourge of Lordaeron.

Built primarily as a military fortress, Theramore served as the Alliance’s base of operations against the Burning Legion during the latter part of the Third War. Their bravery and sacrifice during the final battle earned the respect of Warchief Thrall, who decreed that Jaina and her kin would have a home in Kalimdor for evermore. It has since grown into a splendid little town, and serves as a safe harbor and trading port. Approach from the sea is extremely difficult due to the jagged rocks jutting out of Dustwallow Bay, pirates, and ancient beasts that live in the murky depths of the ancient sea.

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Here at Silly Billy’s we stock plenty of LEGO, though no World of Warcraft type products, aside from the occasional poster from GB Eye. The best bet to check our current Poster Stocks and lines would be to come into the Toy Shop and see us.

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Star Wars 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 is due for UK release on the Author of this blog’s birthday. Although the author also expects to be working on his birthday. So what does the next, the eighth Star Wars Movie in the series have in store for us. No doubt there will be some amazing special effects and a story line to follow on from Star Wars Episode 7. Lego are on board again with the Star Wars Franchise and Silly Billy’s received their delivery of Star Wars Episode 8 products from the Danish Toy Company earlier than most, August in fact, prompting one very keen Star Wars and LEGO fan to drive from London to purchase a Resistance Bomber 75188.

It is mentioned that Princes Harry and William have cameo roles in the latest Star Wars movie, the royal pair visited the set of The Last Jedi in April 2016 and were rumoured to have filmed a scene in disguise. Now lead actor John Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn, has confirmed that he shared a scene with the royal duo  “wrapped in stormtroopers costumes”

So another date for your diary will be December 15th 2017, not only to buy the author of this blog a birthday present, but also to get to the Cinema and watch the opening of Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi
Official Trailer Below

Star Wars The Force Awakens 2015, scored a pretty reasonable 8.1 on IMDB and personally I though the return of  Star Wars was pretty impressive. Rogue One (2016), on the other hand slipped a couple of notches at only 7.9 on IMDB and again released on the author’s birthday, 15/12/2016.
As far as the new  Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi goes it is anyone’s guess as to whether it will be a hit or get massively slated by the critics. A Customer today said of Star Wars Episode 8, “I’m not holding out much hope..”

Personally, as the Film is being released on one of the most auspicious days of the year (the author’s birthday) then we believe it will be a great hit, however only time will tell.

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Kaloo Plush for Christmas 2017

Kaloo Plush at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

Silly Billy’s has been trading in Hebden Bridge for twenty years and for many of those years we have been a stockist of Plush Kaloo cuddly gifts suitable from birth upwards. These specially crafted and very plush teddies and rabbits are lovingly made in France to a super high standard and make for suitable gifts for new-borns, toddlers and even older children.

We would like it if you would come and visit Silly Billy’s to view our amazing range of Kaloo suitable for new borns as birth gifts or christening gifts, suitable for older children as well due to their very plush nature. Kaloo are not the only range we stock of toys or gifts suitable for new borns, we also are a stockist of the amazing Sophie la Girafe, as endorsed by many celebrities and also some members of the author’s own family.

We are very proud to say that we have in fact been stocking Kaloo at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop since Kaloo started their business in 1998, Silly Billy’s Toy Shop starting up in Hebden Bridge one year before.
Kaloo plush

Once upon a time…
A father’s dream to invent different soft toys for his little boy. A little bear, an emotional symbol for all toddlers, was then chosen as the brand’s emblematic animal. Because dreams can come true, Kaloo came to life one beautiful morning in late 1998.

2001 was the next milestone for Kaloo Plush

2001
Kaloo around the world
After a successful launch in the European market with high quality products, Kaloo became a reference brand for upscale birth gifts. The rapid development of the brand was supported by the creation of Kaloo North America in 2001.
Kaloo 123
The range Kaloo 123 was launched in 2001 with the aim of making childhood a little more of a dream. Colorful and mischievous, it was created to awaken baby’s senses.

Kaloo perfumes (please note we do not stock perfumes at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop)
« Kaloo Parfums » was launched in spring 2001, composed of four alcohol free fragrances specially made to stimulate baby’s sense of smell.

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Shop Small 2017 – Small Business Saturday

Shop Small 2017 and Small Business Saturday 2017

This year Small Business Saturday is on the 2nd December 2017, and Silly Billy’s will happily take AMEX Card payments on that day, or any other day for that matter. Small Business Saturday sees the commencement of AMEX UK’s Shop Small Campaign which means that you just spend £10 or more on your Card in a single transaction at a participating small business, and you’ll get a £5 credit on your statement. Offer runs from 2 – 17 December 2017. There’s no limit to the number of £5 credits you can receive, but you can only claim it once at each small business. To take part, just register your Card – or Supplementary Card – and you’re ready to Shop Small once the offer is live.
For full details click here

So Small Business Saturday is on 2nd December 2017 and you can find Silly Billy’s and many other businesses on the Small Business Finder here

Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small and this is also our message to you, to maintain the high street diversity and have as many businesses open to shop at it is vital that people shop local and Silly Billy’s is immeasurably grateful to the amazing support they have received in their twenty years of trading in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

So put the dates in your diary for Small Business Saturday, of 2nd December 2017, and do your best to support your own local small businesses wherever you may be in the United Kingdom and Shop Small.
To read about the funders behind Small Business Saturday please click on this link.

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Have you seen our amazing Christmas 2017 Competition

 

 

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