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I used to have a bright yellow one of these AM radios which I found on The Old Robots.
His (or her, I never thought to ask) eyes lit up when people spoke or music played, as I listened to Radio Luxembourg beneath my bed sheets late into the night.
And thus began my love of radio. Now sometimes my eyes light up when people speak or music is played.
When I was a boy, growing up in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders (about 40 miles from the sea), I was given a Hang Ten t-shirt from my American cousin Charlotte in California. She grew up in Hawai’i and told me the significance of the name:
Hanging Ten is a surfing maneuver and is considered one of the most impressive and iconic stunts one can perform with a surfboard. Hanging ten is when the surfer positions the surfboard in such a way that the back of it is covered by the wave and the wave rider is free to walk to the front of the board and hang all ten toes over the nose of the board.
Perhaps in an ideal world I would then say that wearing my green and white striped Hang Ten t-shirt, as an eight year old, inspired me to learn to surf and I became one of Scotland’s finest surfers ever.
But it’s not. And I didn’t.
But isn’t that video just incredible, and beautiful and terrifying.
Things I like
- Paddington Bear
- Marmalade sandwiches
- Paddington Bear trying new fillings in his sandwiches
Things I don’t like
Looks like there is going to be a Paddington Bear film.
In a conversation with a work colleague, Andy, the other week we got talking about our memories of childhood TV.
One of my favourite shows was Rubovia, a Gordon Murray production before the glory days of the Trumptonshire stories. One of Andy’s was The Singing Ringing Tree.
While I had recollections of the name, the images of the show didn’t come readily to mind. That was until I looked it up on YouTube.
And I have to admit, as a children’s TV show it had everything:
- a princess
- a man in a scary-looking, poorly-constructed bear suit
- a dwarf who can freeze waterfalls
- a weird, giant fish
- a woman beating ice with a shoe
- and a terrible English translation
It certainly puts Pokémon in its rightful place in the history of children’s TV! You’d never find Pikachu beating ice with any form of ladies’ footwear. I think that stands as a testimony to itself.
And they say that it was in the 60s that they started taking drugs!!! Proof, perhaps, that some were dabbling at the end of the previous decade.