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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No anti clockwise the video was not taken by me. In honesty I don't know who took it, but I suspect Shaun Brennan and/or Martin Holder were involved.

Shaun only attended several Hunts before going to live in the States and although Martin did a few more, he no longer attends the event. I know both were involved with making their own video product.

Some years ago there was a film crew who did some filming on the event, but this never saw light of day. This might partly be because the weather was atrocious for the actual treasure hunt. It was the only time we did it in a thunder storm. Thankfully I had an umbrella, but this did not prevent the instructions getting very wet.
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh that' interesting Mike. That is so awful to have it rain on your Dead man's Treasure Hunt! So glad you had a brollie!

Is there anyone else who has attended pretty regularly all these years?

you have a good memory to remember those 2 guys all these years later! it was a cool video they posted.
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is there anyone else who has attended pretty regularly all these years?


Yes - I've been going since it first started - and have been taking part in my 1965 Mini Moke in recent years. Here it is with Anneke Wills at the 25th anniversary event -

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh that is lovely Speed Six. i would love to join you! I just love your car. you definitely have the Avenger's style!!!! Very Happy

If you go this year or to anyone else going please do give us a report back with pictures, dead men you've collected, or whatever suits your fancy.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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From the 22 people who attened the first ever Dead Man's Treasure Hunt event, only 7 of them (including myself) were present last year, when the actual Treasure Hunt concluded in Aldbury (the location of Murdersville).

Some years ago I think the level was set at 50 and on several occasions this amount of people have attended the event. There is a lady from the States called Mary who has attened most of the hunts over the past 10 years, plus we did once have a couple from New York. There are several guys who are regulars from The Netherlands and once a guy made the trek from Belguim. So its not just Avengers enthusiats from the UK.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speed Six

This was the event I missed a couple of years ago and this is the actress Anneka Wills (as seen in The Bird Who Knew Too Much, Doctor Who and Strange Report) sat on your Moke.

Of course Steve McKay used attend and partake in the treasure hunt with his Mini Moke, a green example affectionatly called Morris.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Speed Six

This was the event I missed a couple of years ago and this is the actress Anneka Wills (as seen in The Bird Who Knew Too Much, Doctor Who and Strange Report) sat on your Moke.

Of course Steve McKay used attend and partake in the treasure hunt with his Mini Moke, a green example affectionatly called Morris.


Hi Mike

The 2011 event was memorable - though not entirely for good reasons ! The personal message from Patrick (which I indirectly helped arrange through notifying Paul Welsh of Elstree Screen Heritage) was a wonderful highlight. The organiser's inclusion of a certain stipulation in the treasure hunt which I have always found questionable was less welcome.

As mentioned above, yes, that is Anneke ('e' not 'a' at the end !), but her Avengers episode was 50,000 Breakfast (appropriately the theme of that year's event).

Steve McKay was of course the pioneer in Moking at the treasure hunt - and as we speak, should be driving his vehicle to Bristol from Sheffield with a large hand painted Gromit secured in the back !
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mini moke names Morris....
Dorothy I don't think we are in Kansas anymore. Cool

Speed six what kind of stipulation?

This is a great thread!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed it is Anneke with an e and not an a and it was The 50,000 Breakfast and not The Bird Who Knew Too Much, plus of course she also appeared in the Blackman episode Dressed to Kill, playing the role of Pussycat.

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And just as another explanation, Minis and Mini Mokes were made under the manufacturers names Austin and Morris (hence the nickname Morris), both of which have now gone out of business.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much for the explanation Mike! that makes it even more humorous to have the name Morris! LOL! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeR wrote:
From the 22 people who attened the first ever Dead Man's Treasure Hunt event, only 7 of them (including myself) were present last year, when the actual Treasure Hunt concluded in Aldbury (the location of Murdersville).

...and also used extensively as the village of Shillingbury in the later ITC productions The Shillingbury Blowers and Shillingbury Tales.

I was there too last year, it's hardly changed at all.



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice photograph there Ian showing The Greyhound public house.

Been there and the other pub in the village, where last year's Treasure Hunt finished, The Valiant Trooper.

On another point as a cost cutting measure local councils do not cut down the reeds on village ponds in the summer any longer and the one at Shenley near Borehamwood also suffers from this problem.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amazing how some things never change! Thank you again so much for sharing Mike!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Speed six what kind of stipulation?


Each team was required to display an A4 sized piece of paper in their vehicle to indicate they were part of the event (not that I would have thought you needed the aid of a piece of paper to recognise this kind of car anyway !). Obviously in the Moke there aren't that many places to do so apart from in the windscreen, and although I had done this on a previous occasion, I wasn't particularly happy with the idea (which they never needed to do in the episode either !), and having checked the British Highway Code, it does state that you should not obstruct your field of vision in such a way. When I saw this was in the rules again, I therefore felt we had good reason not to do so, but unfortunately didn't realise that the organiser had decided to impose penalty points for non-compliance. The organiser also didn't bother to ask a) if we'd seen that regulation, or b) if we had any reason for not displaying the piece of paper before he announced the results, so our team's reaction was not exactly joyous when he did, particularly as he made quite a point of saying that we would otherwise have won ! I would have tried to argue our case, but it came at the end of a particularly long hunt (normally they try to arrange a finishing pint for lunch, but this one went well into the afternoon), so we were all a bit beyond that. Bit of a shame after such an otherwise excellent weekend.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...normally they try to arrange a finishing pint for lunch...


Oops ! I meant 'point', but same difference !
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Speed Six wrote:
anti-clockwise wrote:
Speed six what kind of stipulation?


Each team was required to display an A4 sized piece of paper in their vehicle to indicate they were part of the event (not that I would have thought you needed the aid of a piece of paper to recognise this kind of car anyway !). Obviously in the Moke there aren't that many places to do so apart from in the windscreen, and although I had done this on a previous occasion, I wasn't particularly happy with the idea (which they never needed to do in the episode either !), and having checked the British Highway Code, it does state that you should not obstruct your field of vision in such a way. When I saw this was in the rules again, I therefore felt we had good reason not to do so, but unfortunately didn't realise that the organiser had decided to impose penalty points for non-compliance. The organiser also didn't bother to ask a) if we'd seen that regulation, or b) if we had any reason for not displaying the piece of paper before he announced the results, so our team's reaction was not exactly joyous when he did, particularly as he made quite a point of saying that we would otherwise have won ! I would have tried to argue our case, but it came at the end of a particularly long hunt (normally they try to arrange a finishing pint for lunch, but this one went well into the afternoon), so we were all a bit beyond that. Bit of a shame after such an otherwise excellent weekend.

I can completely understand speed six. How utterly frustrating and not to even be told the rules or penalty points. Well in my eyes you won. Your mini is a looker --no sign required. I'm afraid to ask but are they continuing that rule?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeR wrote:
The first Dead Man's Treasure Hunt event was held in June 1987 and I've missed about three of them.


Like Mike, I think I've only missed three so far, but as I won't be able to attend this year, I'll be up to four (I think there is possibly at least one team that has attended every year). This year's and last year's events have also been held in 'outer Avengerland' which doesn't hold the same attraction for me.

The event has changed to a certain extent over the years - at first arrangements were a bit more casual, and the location tours took place in your own cars. Now these are done on a coach, which doesn't appeal to me so much - being closer to the area I can visit locations quite easily anyway. Early events also featured more screenings of Avengers episodes and other productions shot in the area, which at the time were hard to see - now people can take a portable DVD player and watch episodes on the tour ! These were replaced by an evening of party style games, which again aren't really my particular cup of tea, but as Mike mentioned, we have also had guest speakers as well, which I've much preferred. With mobile phones it's also much easier to phone a friend for answers to questions on the treasure hunt, not that anyone would of course - that would be cheating !

The treasure hunt itself has changed very little though. Normally it consists of a trail around various locations used in the series with stops at various points to answer questions and collect items of 'treasure', although in recent years this has changed to taking digital photographs, as some 'competitors' would load up ther cars with possibly suitable items of treasure before the event ! Usually the hunt finishes in time for a pub lunch at a pre-arranged point. One year though when I organised a particularly notorious hunt (I thought I was in Murdersville by the look on everyone's faces when they got to the end!), I left the final location to be found by following clues, with an emergency envelope for those who couldn't work it out. Unfortunately one team had problems finding it even after they'd opened the envelope !

Hopefully next year the treasure hunt might be back in Avengerland proper (and organised by someone who doesn't need a piece of paper to recognise a Moke !)
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I can completely understand speed six. How utterly frustrating and not to even be told the rules or penalty points.


To be fair, the rules were in the instructions, but I did feel that complying with them should have been left to the driver's discretion.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeR wrote:
Nice photograph there Ian showing The Greyhound public house.

Been there and the other pub in the village, where last year's Treasure Hunt finished, The Valiant Trooper.

On another point as a cost cutting measure local councils do not cut down the reeds on village ponds in the summer any longer and the one at Shenley near Borehamwood also suffers from this problem.


Since the treasure hunt started one of the most noticeable changes is the number of pubs that have closed, and/or been boarded up. It makes quite a change to the character of the area.

We've also lost a number of locations through redevelopment - the older part of Elstree Studios being the most obvious example.
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anti-clockwise wrote:
Is that something you announce on this website or is there another site i should go on if i am able to go to the event. ....I had no idea there was any gatherings related to the Avengers still going on. That is marvelous!


Here we go:

http://www.deadmanstreasure.co.uk/

I knew I'd seen this of late. There used to be a larger site, but it seems to have vanished sadly.

Wiebke - a wonderfully enthusiastic attendee and organiser in recent years - has material about various years which can be found here:

http://home.arcor.de/avengers/enter.htm

Happy reading! Smile

All the best

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