Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Oliver Postgate 12/04/1925 - 08/12/2008



I'm always dropping clangers...
Life is busy at the moment. I think it's something to do with trying to get everything done before Christmas. You'd have thought I'd be used to it by now. Anyhow I will be waffling on about adverts again very soon . . .

*Update* Oh sod it... I only have one fag left... how am I going to make it through the night? Anybody out there willing to drop off a packet of fags?? No I thought not. Sigh. I will cope.

52 comments:

Gorilla Bananas said...

A rabbi once said that there noses were uncircumcised. Just as well they weren't Jewish.

MJ said...

We didn't have The Clangers in Canada.

My childhood could have SO much different.

scarlet-blue said...

They have perfect noses, Mr GB. People shouldn't fiddle with themselves.
Sx

scarlet-blue said...

MJ: I love the Clangers. I used to speak 'clanger' all the time. Actually I have a pair of Clangers in my bedroom... more useful than a spaceship I find.

PI said...

Thanks for that Scarlet- I've been wondering all day who he and they were.

Gadjo Dilo said...

I am doing a Clanger impersonation right now as write this - Baby Clanger, to be precise - and I was going to write down a transcription here but have realised that like all great art it is untranslatable. I loved those guys. Our domestic science teacher at skool was called The Soup Dragon.

BEAST said...

scarlet-blue said...
People shouldn't fiddle with themselves.
How true Miss S , Especially when thinking about my duvet.

I love the clangers , do you think that poor Miss MJ's childhood Clanger deprevation has led directly to 'Filthy Fridays ' I will have to consult with my psycologist

Dave said...

I loved his voice.

Treat your fag-shortness as the opportunity to give up one filthy habit.

Famulus said...

I have all the Clanger videos. I was never into Bagpuss himself but Prof. Yaffle was wonderful.

Yes, Scarls, give it up. You know you want to... ;-)

However, there is no way on this planet that I'm going to stop fiddling with myself. Not until I've got someone to fiddle with me in my stead.

Humph.

The Dotterel said...

Soup Dragon, anyone?

KAZ said...

I preferred 'Noggin the Nog' myself - in every sense.

scarlet-blue said...

Pat: A life is not complete without Clangers.

Gadj: I was also a big fan of Micheal Bentine's Potty time - also untranslatable... The Tellytub generation don't know what they're missing.

Beastie: I am starting MJ on a 5 step programme. Next week I will give her Potty time. This should save her.
I think you're duvet revelations have caused far too much excitement and much fiddling. I dread to think what Friday will bring...

Dave: I know Dave. I am a disgrace. I stopped smoking for 3 years and started again when my dog died. I will sort it out and go through the painful process of giving up all over again.
My Dad did something similar, he gave up for three years and started again when I was born...

Fammy: How did this post get to be about fiddling? I blame Mr GB... he has a way of turning things! I love the Clangers and the soup dragon!

Mr Dotts: Yes please. I'll have a soup dragon...

Sx

scarlet-blue said...

Kaz: How about Potty time? It was much underrated..
But I do enjoy a good Noggin...
Sx

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Ivor the engine used to scare me when I was a kid. I think it was the accents. (Cue rant from Boyo ....)

Famulus said...

Yes, Potty Time was great too. Along with Hectors House, The Herb Garden and a little later on Vision On (with Morph).

Thouse were the days...

CyberPete said...

I can't see the video at work. I think they blocked youtube. Hmmmm.

Anyway I'm slightly concerned that my feet are way too sweaty in my shoes and my trousers way too tight. Oh and the boss is arriving in 15 minutes.

Hello humiliation, nice to see you again.

scarlet-blue said...

Daphne: Erm.. I think I scare Mr Boyo.. but Welsh rants are welcome here. I'm very fond of mountains and sheep.

Fammy: Hectors House.. not dissimilar to Big Brother. There are parallels to be drawn.

Pete: You're sounding most uncomfortable and you need to be loosened and hosed down.

Sx

fairyhedgehog said...

People shouldn't fiddle with themselves.
Whyever not?

I loved Ivor the Engine. It was gentle and slightly melancholy.

CyberPete said...

I will be taking a long shower when I get home. It's just not going as planned today.

At least I wasn't sacked. Hah!

Famulus said...

No, today does seem to have that air-of-gloom about it. I'm hoping that it's just a winter thing and nothing more. My boss is being a grumpy bugger today and that seems to have spread.

I still have fingers crossed though for my apartment hunting this evening...

scarlet-blue said...

Fairy: Hello Fairy H! Actually I think fiddling is fine. And it's free! I've had a change of heart...

Pete and Fammy: I have been Christmas shopping today and can officially state that this Christmas is a gloom-fest. I didn't hear even one Christmas tune.
I'm very pleased you weren't sacked Pete... Erm... what have you been up to?
Good luck with the appartment hunt Fammy. About time you got a roof over your head.

Sx

WV: entabar - look this isn't Mrs P's you know... Goodness me...

CyberPete said...

I've voiced concerns that I am not getting enough help and then I applied for a new job. My boss wasn't too happy with the latter.

Love the Clanger movie. They are so cute. Why don't we have those here dammit.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Imagine leaving the world improved by just one thing as loved as the Clangers - wasn't there a dragon or blue spaghetti?

You can do it Miss Scarlet (had to earlier this year - again). Torture. Ever seen Frasier's agent Bebe's soliloquy on the seductive qualities of cigarettes? Don't get me started. (Who writes these WVs - aching sh....)

Donn Coppens said...

Gadzooks Woman!
I very nearly lost control of my senses watching this terrifying, nonliturgical, morality play cleverly set in outer space.

Damn those eerie tinwhistles...
all that half-holing and cross-fingering had me teetering on the edge of my seat!

GULP...
what if those frightful beasts finally do acquire the technology to wipe us off of the face of the planet?

Should that dreadful day eventually arrive, you are more than welcome to hide under my Buzz Lightyear duvet.

You can take the first watch as I shall selfishly seek refuge in the warm glowing glow of deliriant pharmacological agents. When the coast is clear, use the paddles on my crash cart to re-start my heart.

scarlet-blue said...

Pete: Danish Clangers would be even cuter. I have two toy Clangers in my bedroom. And they talk. I'll put them in my packing case...

Kate: Yes, there was indeed a soup dragoon, and blue cheese rings a bell... all very hallucinogenic if you ask me...
Smoking: I'm a fool. The pain of giving up is a shouty nightmare and I'm going to put myself through it again!

Mr Coppens: Oh I'm sure being ruled by Clangers wouldn't be too bad... They are sweet. We will be fine... They are easy to understand and what's this? A tempting offer to share a duvet? How could I refuse...?

Sx

Kevin Musgrove said...

Ah, what they could do with wool and swannee whistles... Ta for this Scarlet.

MJ needs Potty Time, The Magic Roundabout and Henry's Cat...

...and perhaps even Uncle Mac reading Larry the Lamb.

CyberPete said...

That would be great!

I've just been out looking at shoes for the party tomorrow at MJs. So if you feel up for it you can see if there is anything you want to wear. Or you think I should put on.

scarlet-blue said...

Kev: MJ needs Dougal! I've just realised this! They'd get on like a house on fire.
I'm going to go on a hunt for Potty time as well...

Pete: I will be at the party and I'm bringing bananas, and perhaps a few apples.. and of course pink Moet and Chandon Champagne... Shoes? have you posted on shoes? I will be over shortly...

Sx

MJ said...

I have NO idea what you and KEV are on about!

Eryl Shields said...

I've been meaning to come and say hello for ages, keep seeing you at friend's places, and I'm so glad I did now: The Clangers have been out of my life for too long.

CyberPete said...

Hah! MJ doesn't know The Magic Roundabout, come to think of it that's quite sad. Everyone should know of Dougal and Florence and the rest of the gang.

I did! Had a blast browsing too.

Ellis Nadler said...

it's the vernon elliott that makes it

Grump said...

Never met the clangers before, When were they around post beatles I'd say.
I'm also prone to drop clangers, creating red faces all round.
Mark x

scarlet-blue said...

MJ: Next week you will be treated to a clip of the Magic Roundabout and all will be crystal clear...

Eryl: Hello and welcome! I've had sneaky peeks at your blog too! I will be over at some point today!

Pete: I think MJ will have her own Dougal by this time next week...

Mr Ellis: Hello and welcome! I've had sneaky peeks at your blog to and I am an admirer.
A compilation album of Vernon Elliott's work for Clangers was released in 2001. One for the Christmas present list I think...

Grump: Oh Grumpy! Another deprived soul! The Clangers were lovely. Watch this space for Dougal...

Sx

Gyppo Byard said...

Bagpuss. Major Clanger. Jones the Steam. Plant from Pogles' Wood. All gone....

A part of my treasured childhood memories has died with him. Still, the work survives, soon to be shared with Baby Guthlac. It's what Postgate would have wanted, I'm sure.

Wordver: prophrop, a type of Thai mono-filament vegetable fibre, worn as underwear in certain Bangkok clubs.

Frobisher said...

I loved Hectors House - I recently bought a DVD of all the old episodes.

When I was young I had no idea it was made in France - ignorance is bliss.

Glamourpuss said...

I was sad to hear of his demise. My childhood was enriched immeasurably by his work.

Puss

Mrs Pouncer said...

The Clangers NOT Jewish? Rubbish. Granny Clanger and Mother Clanger were in charge of everything - Major, Small and Tiny just schlepped around doing their bidding. The Soup Dragon was obviously based on my dear old Oma (soup! the universal panacea! Vy take Tetracycline?) and they had their own vernacular. And they were kosher. And I don't think they were ever on on Fridays.

Famulus said...

Obviously I can't comment on the validity of this small section of the interweb, but this comment proves interesting...

Especially the part...

"According to Oliver Postgate, the voices are created by speaking the script through a slide whistle as it was played. The BBC insisted on script changes because the original version of the text was just too rude and sweary. That said, the squeezable talking clanger dolls do say, 'Oh, bugger. The bloody door's stuck again.' Allegedly."

I would very much like to believe this. I can see An Interview With A Clanger being a great hit on TV now with the right interpreter. Rowan Atkinson maybe.

scarlet-blue said...

Mr Gyppo:Prophrop indeed? Are you going to tell us about your visits to local Bangkok hotspots in a future post? Natural fibres work best in sweaty places I hear.

Frobi: Oh but Kikki the frog had something of the French maid about her, don't you think?

Puss: Yes, I think we had better telly than the kids these days. We were lucky.. we could have been stuck with Bratz and Hollyoaks.

Mrs P: Where've you been?!
Goodness me, the Clangers were only on Wednesdays and they didn't eat pork products, but then again, nor did they wear sheared beaver...

Fammy: Sounds like Mrs P wrote the original script.... I mean, what was really in that soup?

Sx

Famulus said...

Well Mrs P, were you in on the team at the beginning? Was it you that made the friendly little buggers swear? Sounds plausable... ;-)

I don't have one as it didn't get on with my dalek. :-(

scarlet-blue said...

Fammy: Did the Clanger beat up the Dalek?
Have you been to MJ's today? I think it's time for gatecrashers.
Sx

Famulus said...

Scarls: No, the Dalek kept running over clangers foot. Then they'd argue and eventually both sit and brood.

I'm already in the hottub at MJ's. Come in, the waters fine. :-)

scarlet-blue said...

I think I've disgraced myself at MJ's.
Sx

CyberPete said...

A drug addicted dog?

MJ said...

I think I've disgraced myself at MJ's.

Well you might want to put some knickers on.

I have lots of fags over at my place.

Oh, those kind of fags.

scarlet-blue said...

Pete: The drug addiction was all lies I tell you! Dougal was lovely... It was the blue cat who was the drug pusher...

MJ: I'm not fussy... and I've tidied myself up and put on a clean pair of knicks...
I'm ready to start again...

Sx

Famulus said...

You mean that I missed Scarls disgracing herself??? Why do I always miss the good bits?

Did anyone video it?

scarlet-blue said...

Fammy: Video???
Sx

CyberPete said...

You never know with those French people.

mutleythedog said...

He also made early 70s porno!

scarlet-blue said...

Pete: You never can tell!

Mutts: Trust you to know that. Poor Clangers, they need sheared beavers...

Sx