Whilst 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.
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...)
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.
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.