Monday, December 15, 2008

Oliver Postgate

Recently Oliver Postgate, children's animator in the 1970's has died, such classics as Noggin the Nog, The Clangers, Ivor the Engine and my all time favourite Bagpuss. Postgate's and Firmin's animations must have coincided with my daughter's childhood because I remember them well.
Also a couple of years ago, there was a time when I hosted a great many language students, one of these students came from Peru. On the day this tall and fit looking boy arrived, he complained of his little finger tingling and he thought he might be heading for a heart attack after the very long air flight he had undertaken. I was a bit sceptical about this, but late evening he phoned back to his insurance company in Peru, who then arranged a London doctor to find someone for him, who then found a doctor over at our hospital in Bath (5 minutes from the house) Whilst all this was happening late into the night I sat and watched Bagpuss on tv wondering what sort of surreal world I had wandered into.... the sequel to the story was of course he was fine....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/dec/09/oliver-postgate-bagpuss


The intro to Bagpuss;
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga23iSxyXO4

The Clangers;
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HArUmqqiL0s&NR=1

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