diamond geezer

 Thursday, October 20, 2011

From reading the comments you wrote, it seems that yesterday's post was one of the most misunderstood I've written for ages.

• "Not sure what todays post is meant to say, but if it is to spark a discussion of old childrens programmes..." (no)
• "If this post is about kids shows in general then... (no, it isn't)
• "Great post. Hector's House? Alistair and Crystal Tips?" (no, they don't fit)
• "Oh, by the way, how could you have forgotten Rainbow?" (because it doesn't fit)

No, my list was a list of the children's programmes which appeared in the lunchtime BBC slot Watch With Mother. There was a clue in the title at the top of the list, "Watch With Mother", and in the link behind it. As for Hector's House and Crystal Tipps and Alistair, they were indeed BBC shows but appeared in the slot before the evening news. And as for Rainbow, that was indeed a lunchtime show but on ITV (see also Hickory House, Inigo Pipkin, Mr Trimble, all from 1972). The connection was Watch With Mother (and See Saw, which Watch With Mother evolved into in 1980). Simple. Victoria Coren would be so very disappointed.

• "What was on Watch with Mother in the late fifties? " (all of the above)
My list showed the year in which each Watch With Mother programme was first broadcast. They were then repeated, frequently, into forthcoming years. For example, Andy Pandy, The Flowerpot Men and The Woodentops continued ad nauseam throughout the late fifties, over and over and over again. Is it any wonder that many people of a certain age remember them so well?

• "eh? The person who loaded the first clip you link to says:"Andy Pandy..watch with mother..first aired on the 16th sept 1952"." (and I said 1950, didn't I?)
Everyone on the internet makes mistakes. I make plenty of mistakes, and get lots of appropriately probing comments telling me so (please, keep 'em coming). But in this case the person who uploaded the Andy Pandy video made the mistake, because Andy Pandy was definitely first broadcast in July 1950, not September 1952. On the internet, it's always a good idea to check more than one source.

• "Just had a thought could todays post be a test to see how many people comment on todays post that isn't saying much compared to yesterdays post that obviously a lot of work went into it. I seem to recall DG did this once before with a very short post about doughnuts ..." (no, it wasn't doughnut-related)
It is true that Monday's post took longer to write than Tuesday's. But Tuesday's actually took quite a while, what with all the researching and the formatting and the tracking down of YouTube clips. Not tough, but by no means trivial. If you want a genuinely good example of a post that not much effort went into, today's is much better.

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