Monday, 30 September 2013

Giveaway #324 : Win 3 copies of Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual - closed - winners Maya Russell, Beverley Derbyshire, Annabelle Higgins


Wallace and Gromit’s famous ‘Bed Launcher’ has come out on top in a recent survey to find Britain ’s most loved cracking contraption.

With over 25 per cent of the overall vote, the wonderfully wacky and highly technical invention beat the likes of Techno Trousers, Rocket and Bun Vac 6000 to the top spot.

Merlin Crossingham, the Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit said: “Wallace would be incredibly pleased with the result. It is the perfect contraption for those early morning starts, especially if you’re not keen on getting out of bed or don’t have time for a hearty breakfast. With the help of his trusted sidekick Gromit, the whole process is over in seconds, meaning Wallace can get on with a busy day of inventing.”



Carried out by Aardman Animations, the online survey was launched to coincide with the release of Haynes’ most recent title, Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual, which combines both previous volumes in one handy tome.

Answering questions like how the Techno Trousers work, what’s inside the Rocket and how Wallace rebuilt Preston the Cyber Dog, this is a book no Wallace & Gromit fan should be without.

From the Austin A35 Van and the Bun Vac 6000 to the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic and the Turbo Diner, this is the complete technical guide to the inventions of Wallace & Gromit.

See what’s inside each contraption and find out exactly how it works with fantastic cutaway drawings by Graham Bleathman, photographs and full technical descriptions.


Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual, by Derek Smith and Graham Bleathman (published by Haynes) available from www.haynes.co.uk priced £16.99.

Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual
Published by Haynes
Published on 3rd October 2013
Written by Derek Smith and Graham Bleathman, Illustrator
ISBN: 9780857334114
RRP: £16.99



The publishers have kindly offered to send a copy of the book to 3 lucky Madhouse Family Reviews readers. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

UK only. Closing date : 14/10/13

T & C's : Entries close at midnight on the closing date. Winners will be selected with a random number generator and announced on facebook, twitter and in the giveaway post subject line. Please note, you will be contacted by email and/or twitter and if I haven't heard from you after a week, I'll have to pick another winner. Prizes will be sent out by the companies or their PR directly to winners.


90 comments:

  1. a self tidying machine so my son might actually keep his room tidy

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  2. A life-like robotic Mr Perfect who could tend to my every needs with no bad typical man-habits eg letting off wind, burping, peeing on the toilet seat, picking toe-nails etc, A Matt Goss look-a-like who would be nice too!

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  4. Re-programme hubby to have the ability to put things back in the kitchen cupboards where they have been for the past thirty years, I know, I know, I'm asking for the impossible!

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  5. commented on Jane Asher Creations Choco Bean Cookie Mix review

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  6. Commented on 'Jane Asher Creations Choco Bean Cookie Mix review'.

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  7. I'd make a contraption that could massage my feet.

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  8. a contraption which would clean my oven and defrost my freezer

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  9. a contraption that helps me move dawdling people out oif the way on pavements

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  10. A heated toilet seat my husband reckons its already been invented but i have never found one lol

    @Segga86

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  11. a transporter that flashes you to where you need to be in an instant :)

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  12. A baby sitting contraption would be useful

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  13. Its gotta be the Ironing machine, if it worked it would make life so much easier. :)

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  14. commented on your Kid friendly recipe : Swirly Whirly Cheesecake post. yummy x

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  15. a contraption to sprint round teh garden catching weed seeds before they fall

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  16. A robot duster to dust all my ornaments.

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  17. a robot to help around the house

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  18. Some sort of tea making robot - get sick of making cups of tea!

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  19. A robot to get my beer and papers from the shops
    Spencer Broadley
    s.broad@hotmail.co.uk

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  20. A putting the kids to bed machine.

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  21. A contraption to clean the oven!!

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  22. A Shirt Smoother and Storer, that irons shirts free from creases. Then stores them away safely and neatly, ready for use.

    Rachel Craig

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  23. a contraption that puts your make-up on perfectly for you.

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  24. I love fresh pears, especially comice pears but they've got to be ripe enough for the sweetness but not going mouldy from the centre. So I'd like something to alert me when, what sometimes feels like, that optimum 5 minutes happens!

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  25. I'd love something which would tell me which queue to get in at the supermarket, I never pick the fastest one !!

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  26. Duvet and pillowcase changer.

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  27. I'd like something that will go round the garden and pick up the dog poop before i cut the grass

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  28. Automatic clothes cleaner and ironer, so I don't have to do the family's laundry every week

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  29. A film that coats glasses and stops dirt of any kind sticking to the lenses, then I wouldn't have to constantly take them off to wipe them.

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  30. Pam Francis Gregory11 October 2013 at 16:25

    An automatic mattress flipper

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  31. Pam Francis Gregory11 October 2013 at 16:37

    I commented on Kid-friendly recipe : Smiley Spiral Apple tarts

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  32. A Robot Ironer to do all the clothes

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  33. It has to be a contraption that can sober you up after a heavy nights drinking - 'the wideawaker' or something like that - a good dunking in some water, plenty of doses of coffee, and of course a full english breakfast!

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  34. It has to be something that cleans, drys, irons and neatly folds clothes recognizing who they all belong to and sorting into piles.

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  35. a robot that cooks and cleans so dont have to ever do it again as housework so boring

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  36. A robo maid that irons and cleans :)

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  37. a machine that makes packed lunches

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  38. A machine that you put your washing into and it comes out clean,dry and ironed

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  39. An automatic budget maker that ensures you stay on track

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  40. A doppelganger robot

    @NickHopkins1234

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  41. I've commented on Jane Asher Creations Choco Bean Cookie Mix review.

    @NickHopkins1234

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  42. ooh an automatic putting clothes away after ironing gadget

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  43. A machine that washes, dries AND irons all laundry!

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  44. A bed changing machine

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  45. a make up applier - would save so much time in the morning!!

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  47. id love a toilet cleaning machine

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  48. Automatic Glasses washer/wind screen wipers - anything to automatically remove my thumbprints so that I can see out of my glasses!

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  49. I thought I came up with the idea of heated slippers, but I found out they already exist!

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  50. I would have said a housework machine to give my wife a rest but she'd only follow it around re-doing all its work.

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  51. Something that makes my bed for me each morning!

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  52. A teleporter - @MAMASITA_JAINE

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  53. With the amount of washing I have, having a busy family, I would love a special contraption that could load the washing machine, hang it on the line, iron it and then fold it for me! It would give me hours a day free to carry out all the rest of the tasks I never seem to get done!

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  54. I have commented on your Nioxin Diaboost Review x

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  55. A good invention would be a scanner which told you what was wrong (illness) with you :)

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  56. A good invention would be a scanner which told you what was wrong (illness) with you :)

    @oneisjamie

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  57. a collect the dirty washing machine, then wash it , dry it and put it away, MACHINE

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  58. an automatic ironing machine

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  59. Either something that helps clean the house on a regular basis, or something to change the duvet with as its such a hassle with having bad shoulders.

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  60. pot hole filler

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  61. I'd like an auto energy saving device that runs round turning off lights, plugs and gadgets on standby, and closing doors to keep heat in!

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  62. an alarm clock that knows when i am properly awake.

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  63. A bathroom cleaner lol worst job in the house hee hee

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