Monday, 28 May 2012

1980's Children's TV

Do you remember the following children's television programes from the 1980's?

Chocablock (presenter driving around in a little yellow car)
Bricabrack (presented by Brian Cant)
Button Moon (if memory serves, rather old-fashioned)
Mr Benn (absolute classic)
King Rolo (I think this featured a little cartoon king – the rest is a blurry haze)
Bagpuss (no further explanation necessary)
Rub A Dub Tub (the best of the lot – Sunday morning cartoons and programs as part of TVAM)
Wide Awake Club (a mid-eighties successor to the above)
Postman Pat (still going, though sacked from the Royal Mail)
The Mr Men (nod to Arthur Lowe)
The Moomins (Eerie)
Pigeon Street (Long Distance Clara)
Super Ted (strangely depressing, though compelling)
Banana Man (as before…though nod to Bill Oddie)
Paddington Bear (gentle and reassuring)
Danger Mouse (the opposite of the above)
Thundercats (now we’re in broader territory)
He-Man (see above)
Inspector gadget (and again)

We then inevitable fall into the realm of “Grange Hill”, “Jim’ll fix it” and “Why Don’t You” and I’ll be one step away from nostalgic insanity.

I think I might try and create a Channel Four documentary on eighties children’s TV. I wouldn’t bother with a survey as it would only bring in other people’s rubbish (as you will be aware from my other blogs, I live in a world where I am a benevolent dictator and “know best”). Just a thought…

That said, feel free to comment with your own memories from this period…

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Trigger’s Broom – the deconstructed house

In the Only Fools and Horses episode Heroes and Villains, the simpleton Trigger wins an award for owning the same broom for 20 years. He reveals that it has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles, but insists it is still the same broom. This has given rise to the expression "Trigger's broom", or more properly known as the “Ship of Theseus” paradox); a paradox that raises the question of whether an object which has had all its component parts replaced remains fundamentally the same object.

I would apply that to our house. Fundamentally, we paid a substantial amount of money for a building that comprised of more than just bricks and mortar – it contained the collected sum of over fifty years of amended construction, improvement and DIY (though the latter could be questioned under the Trades Description Act). Over the last three years we have systematically ripped out, gutted and replaced certain elements and this process is set to continue for several more years until it is completed to our satisfaction. To date, we have a completely new dining room, lounge and soon-to-be bathroom. We have re-decorated the kitchen and two bedrooms. We have transformed the garage. We have re-sect the roof tiles, insulated and boarded the loft and had cavity wall insulation. The garden has been completely revamped and every door in the house has been replaced. There are plans to overhaul another bedroom, turn the loft into a den, decorate the hall and stairs, build a cloakroom, add a front canopy and replace the driveway. Will it be the same house?

One wonders what we would have paid for the piece of land and what we would have saved by just building the entire thing ourselves?