SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Brighton

It’s the penultimate day of SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017, and my final overnight stay, as I pay a visit to the Brighton LEGO store. Interesting things about the city. Brighton is famous for its beaches and the pier, and is a magnet for the LGBT community. Most people visiting would probably not venture far from […]

under Miscellaneous / 14 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Watford

The next store on SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017 is Watford, on the outskirts of London. A small mishap occurred when two completely different train services left Milton Keynes to go to London Euston. One was a high-speed Virgin train; the other was a slower London Midland (make that make sense) commuter train. Both trains left the […]

under Miscellaneous / 12 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Milton Keynes

The next stop on SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017 is the infamous Milton Keynes. Oh how I’ve been looking forward to this one, I lied. Interesting things about the city. Milton Keynes fills me with both animosity and wonder, but I can’t determine why. It’s a disturbing blend of office blocks and shopping centres, and a magnet […]

under Miscellaneous / 11 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Cardiff

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017 goes into uncharted territory for the last time, as our next encounter is in Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff is by far the most horrible LEGO store to get to, as the nearest store in either direction takes over three hours to get to. As mentioned before, the store’s closing times on a Sunday […]

under Miscellaneous / 11 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Liverpool

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017 continues with probably the most stressful leg today, as it’s time to visit the Liverpool store. What made this a particular challenge was the Liverpool visit falling on a Sunday. Not only are all the UK stores open from 11am to 5pm, but the trains are in extra lazy mode. As it […]

under Miscellaneous / 10 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Manchester

We are now halfway into SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017, but we’ve only visited five of the UK’s 14 stores! After a brief stop in Nottingham, today was the turn of the Manchester store. Having been to Manchester a few times before, starting with the first ever LEGO Show (now BRICK LIVE), this was my first dip into […]

under Miscellaneous / 09 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Sheffield

Here we are, at the end of the first “double” of SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017. I’m about ready to go to bed, but not before recapping my visit to the Sheffield LEGO store. At this point I’ve reached one of those “why am I doing this?” stages. Despite the videos and Flickr images, the Store Crawl […]

under Miscellaneous / 08 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Leeds

It’s the third day of SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017, and it’s also the first of three “doubles”. My first stop was Leeds, which is another city I hadn’t visited before. Lessons were learned from the previous day, as I’d booked my train ticket in advance and made sure I knew which train I was catching. […]

under Miscellaneous / 08 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Newcastle

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017 reaches its second day, as I made the next bold step into Newcastle. Like Glasgow, I had never visited Newcastle before now. Unfortunately I’d made a rather expensive mistake today. I ended up having to buy two (non-refundable) Advance train tickets, because I was confused about which train to catch. The confusion came […]

under Miscellaneous / 07 September 2017

SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Glasgow

After months of talking, the SilentMode Store Crawl 2017 is finally underway. I took a sleeper train to the first city on my itinerary, and it was a heck of an uncomfortable journey. A word of advice: if you are going to catch a sleeper train, it’s likely worth paying for a private (or even […]

under Miscellaneous / 06 September 2017