TAKE a closer look at the Christmas display at Frontline Hobbies and you’ll see hidden treasures.
Created by puppeteer David Poulton, the display harks back to tradition this year featuring Rudolph, Santa’s sleigh and the toy workshop.
However it also includes a display of a fat Santa not being able to fit down the chimney, the North Pole bakery cooking up a white mouse and Santa getting a mohawk in the North Pole Hair Salon.
Creator Poulton, who is also responsible for the window at David Jones’ flagship store in Sydney, has quite the quirky sense of humour.
And it pays him handsomely.
Frontline Hobbies coughed up $20,000 for him to create the latest window display and they are the only other store in NSW he has elected to work with.
This year marks the 35th Christmas at the store for Frontline Hobbies managing director Colin Scott.
‘‘It’s a big investment for us but the customers are very appreciative. The faces of the kids pressed up against the glass makes it all worthwhile,’’ Mr Scott said.
Lego has been the biggest seller for under 12-year-olds in the lead-up to Christmas, followed by Schleich Dinosaurs brand animals and Playmobil scenes.
The Christmas window display is lit up until 10 o’clock each night.
Sending bad message
JUST when you think your kids can get into enough trouble without assistance, along comes YouTube.
A Topics informant told us that his kids are obsessed with watching the YouTube clip Dumb Ways to Die.
While the video is supposed to send a safety message, Topics hopes kiddies aren’t taking the quirky tips from the cartoon characters too seriously.
The safety campaign for Metro Trains in Melbourne has become an international YouTube sensation and includes super ideas such as ‘‘set fire to your hair’’ and ‘‘sell both your kidneys on the internet’’.
Dumb Ways to Die has had nearly 12 million views on YouTube since it hit in November.
The video features animated characters killing themselves in a variety of ‘‘dumb’’ ways.
Metro spoke with their employees about dumb things they have witnessed in and around train stations prior to the video being made.
Check it out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qMykLW4AXs.
Hmm ... maybe wait until the kids have gone to bed.
Kind man revealed
THE caring nature of the man in the hat has been revealed.
Topics received several phone calls about horse handler Viv Cork (wearing the hat) after we ran a story about the former Store Bakery at Hamilton.
Mr Cork, who was 64 at the time, is pictured steering Peggy, one of the Store’s last bread horses.
Reg Coghlan from Mount Hutton wrapped up groceries to be packed on The Store carts from the 1950s to the late 1970s.
He said Viv Cork was in charge of about 60 horses at the time.
‘‘He was a nice man and he loved his horses. If they were sick he would stay with them in the stables overnight,’’ Mr Coghlan said.
Another reader, Marilyn, recalls as a child in Merewether waiting for the horses to arrive.
‘‘My whole family would fight over the crust of the bread because it was always so warm,’’ she said.
‘‘Then dad would follow the horse down the street with his shovel to get manure for the garden.’’