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Acorn User rock on sale

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Jul 2005, 01:43:22 | Permalink | Printable

Nobody said it was silly season

A stick of Acorn User rockWhilst all sorts of old Acorn memorabilia pop up from time to time on ebay, rarely are they as weird as this: up for grabs this time on the online auction house is a decade old stick of Acorn User rock. Put up for sale by ex-Cerilica boss Nick van der Walle, who says he has "resisted having a nibble", the sweet was handed out as part of the Acorn User Spring Show 1995.

We're also reminded that this "unique", "most sought-after" item is not Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac compatible. It also looks like it has more E numbers than an Edinburgh phone book. Happy bidding.


Acorn User rock on ebay

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E123 - cool. That one is banned in the USA IIRC.

I am still waiting for the right moment to sell my large working illuminated Acorn sign I snarfed from Beebug many years ago. Perhaps I shall cuddle it some more first.

 is a RISC OS Userdansguardian on 24/7/05 9:44AM
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I'm envious of that big stick! I didn't know that whole sticks of rock were made available at the show. What I got (and still have!) was a pair of individually-wrapped slices, about 1cm thick. Same rock as that pictured here (with 'ACORN USER' written down it in two colours), but in pieces.

I've also got a packet of Acorn-branded mints. They're in a silver-foil tube, wrapped round with a white piece of paper with the Acorn logo on it. I can't remember where they came from, unless it was the Clan goodie-bag.

Oh, and I've also got an Xemplar gingerbread man (1st anniversary celebration issue) in a preservative plastic box, complete with commemorative card, which I photographed for RISC User magazine in 1997 (see news pages, issue 10:6). Bet that's worth a mint! (Pardon the pun...)

 is a RISC OS UserRichardHallas on 24/7/05 1:12PM
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Just out of scientific curiousity - what's the "best before" date on that stick ?

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 24/7/05 3:11PM
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Condition depends quite substantially on storage conditions but, unless great care has been taken to ensure a continuous cool and dry atmosphere, it's well past its best! ;-) Last time I purchased a batch we were advised to sell within 12 months - or expect complaints.

 is a RISC OS Userjc on 24/7/05 3:34PM
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Come on now, no one is going to buy it to eat it are they? Like a vintage wine it should be stored in the cellar, only to be brought out on special occations by the proud owner wearing white gloves, then returned to continue appreciating for another hundred years or so.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 25/7/05 9:42AM
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I'd imagine that stick would be quite crusty after a hundered years.

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 25/7/05 12:11PM
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It might be crusty, but it will probly be worth 150,000 (37p in todays money).

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 25/7/05 12:25PM
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Anything that's 10 years out of date seems to appeal to Acorn users, so this will surely sell for a huge sum :)

 is a RISC OS Usercbcbcb on 25/7/05 1:53PM
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cbcbcb: LOL, but we not allowed to call ourselves Acorn Users anymore, are we? ;-) Presumably the rock is bright yellow in the middle.

 is a RISC OS UserXemik on 23/8/05 7:02PM
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