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Say Happy Father's Day with Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

One of my husbands favourite films is the iconic Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  This classic 80's film by the incredible John Hughes sees two unlikely strangers (played by Steve Martin and John Candy) put together by circumstances trying to get home for Thanksgiving.  Their three-day journey is met by a series of misadventures as they leave New York for Chicago.  Even though this is a fictional tale, how often are our plans changed and ruined by our own quest to make it to see our loved ones via planes, trains and automobiles.  As we thank our Dad's this Father's Day why not thank them for all the 'taxi' journeys, holidays and every other way they have made sure we have got to where we needed to be throughout our lives.  Say Happy Father's Day with Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Planes Does your Dad have a man cave?  If so this Dogfighters cushion would be a great accessory to brighten up his sofa, featuring an intrepid hound with scarf, goggles and bomber jacket it looks like he is about to set off on his own adventure. [caption id="attachment_5598" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Evans Lichfield Blue Dogfighters Cushion, Cotswold Trading £25.00 Evans Lichfield Blue Dogfighters Cushion, Cotswold Trading £25.00[/caption] Desk and office ornaments are a must have for any man today and with such an amazing range of vintage inspired and futuristic pieces, there is something for every man's taste.  One of the most instantly recognizable planes of all time is the Spitfire, this model is a dramatic and faithful reproduction in aircraft aluminum including a stunning fully detailed cockpit. [caption id="attachment_5601" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Aluminium Spitfire, Me and My Retail Ltd £550.00 Aluminium Spitfire, Me and My Retail Ltd £550.00[/caption] Not as well known, but the detail in this legendary Spad XIII replica plane is to be admired.  The Spad XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of WWI and this replica is would enhance any rooms decor. [caption id="attachment_5597" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Authentic Models SPAD XIII Model Plane, Pavilion Broadway £264.00 Authentic Models SPAD XIII Model Plane, Pavilion Broadway £264.00[/caption] Bold and striking, this incredible airplane shelf is unique and on trend.  With its distressed gold look and dominant jet engines, it would make the perfect unit for a rustic living design or just simply a fun home accessory. [caption id="attachment_5600" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Heaven Sends Gold Metal Airplane Shelf With Jet Engines, KiwiFunk £55.99 Heaven Sends Gold Metal Airplane Shelf With Jet Engines, KiwiFunk £55.99[/caption] Sometimes you come across a piece of home furniture that is just astonishing and fascinating at the same time, that is why I just had to include this Aircraft R.A.F MK1 Practice Cluster Bomb Drinks Cabinet.  Yes that is right, a drinks cabinet made from a bomb!  This breath-taking one of a kind drinks cabinet is a distinctively authentic Deco aesthetic piece steeped in history and stands at more than eight feet tall. [caption id="attachment_5605" align="aligncenter" width="405"]Aircraft R.A.F MK1 Practice Cluster Bomb Drinks Cabinet, Touched Interiors £60500.00 Aircraft R.A.F MK1 Practice Cluster Bomb Drinks Cabinet, Touched Interiors £60500.00[/caption] Trains There is something romantic and seductive about an old steam train, it is as though their part of history is acknowledged with every motion.  If you like a little nostalgia, you may like this quirky mug charting the history of locomotion. [caption id="attachment_5595" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Cath Kidston Trains Mug, John Lewis £6.50 Cath Kidston Trains Mug, John Lewis £6.50[/caption] Famously exhibited at the British Exhibition in 1924, the Flying Scotsman is an iconic train.  Now you can relax with this feat of the industrial revolution as it is celebrated on this wheel cushion exclusively designed for the National Railway Museum. [caption id="attachment_5594" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Flying Scotsman Wheel Cushion, National Railway Museum £35.00 Flying Scotsman Wheel Cushion, National Railway Museum £35.00[/caption] If soft furnishings are not for your Dad then maybe a fire bucket would make a better gift, well how many of your 'fires' have they put out over the years. [caption id="attachment_5593" align="aligncenter" width="411"]Red Enamel Fire Bucket, National Railway Museum £12.00 Red Enamel Fire Bucket, National Railway Museum £12.00[/caption] Romantically honouring today's train travel is this quirky print featuring a romantic quote about our journey through life.  A great gift no matter what the occasion. [caption id="attachment_5602" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Personalised Train Ticket Print, Of Life & Lemons £14.50 Personalised Train Ticket Print, Of Life & Lemons £14.50[/caption] Automobiles "Neal: He says we're going the wrong way... Del: Oh, he's drunk. How would he know where we're going?" Planes, Trains and Automobiles Your desk would be certainly going the right way, with this sleek model 1930s racing car. It would make the ideal addition to his home office where it will channel timeless and classic designer style. [caption id="attachment_5599" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Eichholtz Ethan Desk Accessory, Houseology £180.00 Eichholtz Ethan Desk Accessory, Houseology £180.00[/caption] Vehicles can often remind us of a time or place, such as the yellow taxi.  Although they are as common throughout the USA, to me they always make me think of New York.  This wallpaper mural perfectly depicts the vibrancy and fast paced living of this famous city. [caption id="attachment_5592" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Times Square - Cabs Colorsplash, Photowall Times Square - Cabs Colorsplash, Photowall[/caption] As yellow taxis do for New York, so Campervan's make you think of surfing. [caption id="attachment_5604" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Personalised T1 Campervan Cushion, Campervan Gift £24.95 Personalised T1 Campervan Cushion, Campervan Gift £24.95[/caption] We finish our adventure with another classic car, the Spindizzy / Bantam Midget.  This was build in an era when anyone could be the next Enzo Ferrari, there is no perfect piece to remind us that our Father's always made us believe anything is possible. [caption id="attachment_5596" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Authentic Models Bantam Midget Red, Pavillion Broadway £310.00 Authentic Models Bantam Midget Red, Pavillion Broadway £310.00[/caption]  


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