Grave Concerns


Collectors worldwide will be delighted to learn of the latest series of stickers from specialist sticker company thrupini (a division of The Threadbone Press). Always "top of the swaps" as far as sticker collectors worldwide are concerned, thrupini collections are as eagerly anticipated prior to announcement as they are avidly collected when released.

Schools on the other hand are bracing themselves for the usual onslaught of "swaps"-related incidents. Last summer there were over 900 reported incidents of "bullying, violence and anti-social behaviour" arising from thrupini sticker collection based "collector rage" as pupils fought to complete their collections first and to diminish the chances of others doing so before them. Sticker No 216 (of which only 50 were printed) was alone responsible for three stabbings, a car-jacking and an alleged incident of witchcraft (Gussage All Saints Crown Court; Regina v Thaxted-Goujon minor, Kingston Russell School).


The latest series Famous Graves: Dorset 2018, features 240 collectable stickers of famous Dorset graves as authorised and approved by the Dorset Famous Graves Commission. Commission chair, Mrs Amanda J Threadbone, said today that she was delighted at the collaboration which would afford the thrupini sticker company the exclusive right to market stickers featuring famous Dorset graves for the foreseeable future. "I am delighted at the collaboration which will afford the thrupini sticker company the exclusive right to market stickers featuring famous Dorset graves for the foreseeable future", she announced.

As with all previous thrupini sticker collections, the lavishly illustrated Famous Graves: Dorset 2018 sticker album will be made available in large quantities free of charge and will come with the encouragement of three free stickers. All 240 collectable stickers will then be released at random in packages of 8 at the very reasonable price of £1.50 per pack. Anyone lucky enough to collect all 240 without duplication would find themselves only £45 out of pocket, though statisticians at Threadbone Logistics have calculated that obtaining all 240 unique stickers is more likely to require the purchase of approximately 240 packs making the total layout closer to £360 (not allowing for swaps). They further suggest that the common thrupini practice of issuing some stickers in very limited numbers will probably double that figure, suggesting that "most collectors will be lucky to get away with an outlay of less that £700".

So will that figure lessen the collection's appeal and diminish the appetite of famous graves enthusiasts worldwide. "That's not very likely", says famous graves enthusiast and best selling crime author Doug Graves. "For most of us it's an ingrained habit if not an addiction. Come the summer we are all itching to start collecting again and this latest thrupini series looks like a real stunner".

Free thrupini Famous Graves: Dorset 2018 stickers are available from most branches of Threadbone Extra, Edna's Newsagents and behind most school bicycle sheds (other abusable substances are also available).


An advertisement for thrupini's latest sticker collection Famous Graves: Dorset 2018 which is expected to excite collectors worldwide.

An advertisement for thrupini's latest sticker collection Famous Graves: Dorset 2018 which is expected to excite collectors worldwide. The free sticker album comes with a tempting starter pack of three stickers (not necessarily those illustrated). Demand is expected to be high and schools across the UK are already warning parents that they will have a zero tolerance policy to those pupils trying to arrange "swaps" during lessons. Most are expected to have a "playground only" swaps policy and a full suite of counsellors in place by December 2019.


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