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Antiques/collecting: Collecting diary.

One of the Midlands' most popular fairs will be attracting several thousand enthusiasts from all parts of the country tomorrow when the National Vintage Communications Fair stages an antiques and collectors fair and exhibition at Birmingham NEC.

Enthusiasts of the old technology which uses valves, condensers and coils of yesteryear can meet like-minded people to inquire about technical problems, or hunt among the heaps of bits and pieces from boxes of spare parts. Open 10.30am--4pm, admission, pounds 5 with under 14s free.

Other popular fairs this weekend include the big one at Donington Park racing circuit, Leicestershire. Some 400 dealers fill the large exhibition centre alongside the racing track.

The fair, which is also on tomorrow, is open 9am--5pm each day. For further information contact the organisers, Four In One Promotions, on 0116 277 4396.Next Friday and Saturday (Oct 15/16) 35 exhibitors are selling antiquarian and secondhand books, maps and prints at the Birmingham Book Fair at The Medical Institute, Harborne Road, Edgbaston (opposite NatWest Bank). Free parking. Refreshments available. Admission pounds 1.

On Tuesday Royal Mail will issue six stamps showing British soldiers of yesteryear,commemorating regiments which fought the only European conflict between the Waterloo campaign of 1815 and the outbreak of the First World War of 1914--18. The stamps mark a two year bitter struggle in atrocious conditions which began when Russia challenged Turkey's increasing influence in the Black Sea area.
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Date:Oct 9, 2004
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