Thursday, 10 April 2008

10th April 1979

Tuesday 10
Got up at 9.30
Took Sam's Afgh
an out for a walk
Drew out £5.00 from the post office

Bought Sam's Mum
'Fungus the Bogeyman'
Met Sam at 12.45 and 5.00
Stayed in and played Scrabble


Ah good old Raymond Briggs! L
oved the stuff Briggs did and Fungus was one of my favourites. Written in 1977 Fungus was the fore runner (in my eyes) to Shrek in looks.

Fungus was an ordinary working-class bogeyman whose job was to scare us humans. He preferred muck to cleanliness, stinky pongy stuff to perfume and slimy, mouldy food to fresh. Us humans were referred to as 'Drycleaners' because of our obsession with cleanliness. (I tell you I have been in some houses that were far worse than Fungus's). He lives deep underground in the dark tunnels of Bogeydom (I believe that is South of Watford *snigger*)

I still have a copy of the book. I did used to have the 'Plop-up' version but goodness knows where that is now but I do believe it is quite rare these days (mmm maybe during the 'who's CD is who's' split that was something that the Raymond Briggs collection was divided up!!)

I also have Father Christmas, The Snowman & When the
Wind Blows.

Father Christmas (1973) is excellent. It portrays Father Christmas as a grumpy old git (mmm? who does that remind you of??)
The write up on Wiki even more sums up a GOG that we know and love (just replace cat & dog with llama & Uma) Just watch him moan ... f
abulous :-)

'While he bumbles and mumbles about his work and life, its clear he has a deep affection for his animals (he gives his cat and dog presents and refers to his reindeer as "m'deers") and enjoys his work. He comes across more in the book as a stereotypical old man who complains about everything but ultimately loves what he does.'
The Snowman(1978) needs no explanation. A delightful flight of fantasy. This clip is a good one to watch, chill and enjoy. Narrated by David Bowie.
'When the Wind Blows' (1982) had me in tears even now when I think of it it brings that solid lump in my stomach.

It tells the story of Jim and Hilda Bloggs
(well, well I bet he never envisaged Blogs!) a loving retired couple in rural Sussex.

They are going about their daily lives when there is announced the likelihood of a nuclear attack on Britain.
Hilda is more concerned about baking cakes & getting her washing dry on the line whilst Jim takes on the dads army approach and builds a shelter in the living room.

Jim listens to the public information given out on the radio and prepares as instructed. They whitewash the windows (to shield the radiation), stock up on supplies (a tin of Christmas pudding) and anticipate a Blitz-style scenario sipping Olvaltine in an Anderson shelter.


It is comical but with ever so much a dark side to it. They understand but not fully the effects of the aftermath, which is devastating and true to what would actually happen. It is such a brilliant observation of life and peoples perception of what is told to them by the powers that be at the time of the Cold War

25 comments:

Daddy Papersurfer said...

I've never come across "When the winds blows" - I better get a copy. I guess it isn't about flatulence ......

oh and thank you soooooo much for abusing me again ........ tsk

Anonymous said...

i don't remember that at all...i must of lead a very sheltered life.

70steen said...

DP you know you love it when I abuse you.... anyway Father Christmas is a nice guy ... it was this bit that reminded me of you
"stereotypical old man who complains about everything but ultimately loves what he does." :-)

p.s. oh do get a copy of the book ... i have to root mine out the loft now!! tsk

70steen said...

Wow Annie I thought you would done. The film version was released C1986 I think

Anonymous said...

oh god does that mean i have to tidy the loft of spiders before you go up to find the book..

Sugar Queens Dream said...

Hugs sweetie~~ I am just stopping by to leave love and of course SUGAR!

Daddy Papersurfer said...

Annie Mouse hasn't heard of it either - I reckon it's all in that pretty little head of yours ..... tee hee

Daddy Papersurfer said...

While you are 'studying'!!!!, do you get interrupted by a 'ping' every time an email arrives?

Daddy Papersurfer said...

........ just asking .........

Daddy Papersurfer said...

...... and do you get an email every time someone leaves a comment?

Daddy Papersurfer said...

...... just asking ......

Anonymous said...

how funny ...well done DP

70steen said...

Annie~ The loft spiders are there but can't see them for all the rubbish up there.... ooo that is so kind of you to volunteer that task hee hee

70steen said...

p.s. the shed is STILL tidy :-)

70steen said...

DP..... ermmmmm?? Haven't you got any knitting to do ?? or fluff to remove from your navel????
In answer to your Q's No & Yes
Tsk Tsk Tsk

70steen said...

Annie ~ don't encourage him pleeeeeeeease lol

70steen said...

oh looked on eeebygum for a copy of When the Wind Blows DVD ..... it's not cheap :-(

Daddy Papersurfer said...

........ unlike you.

[I am sooooo sorry, just couldn't resist it - you're very high class really ................ in a way]

70steen said...

You are such a cheeky Monkey Mr Papersufer!!!!!!

70steen said...

HI SQ and sorry I missed your lovely message in the sea of cheeky folk

Hugz dear friend :-)

Anonymous said...

70's sorry but DP is so funny winding you up.

70steen said...

lol as you know I give as good as I get .... it keeps the old git on his toes [it's been nearly 12 months now that he has been picking on me hee hee]

Anonymous said...

he's a glutton for punishment then...


can i ask.....why is it called when the wind blows?

70steen said...

He's a glutton for something ... but a lovable one though (I can say that now as he will be tucked up with his cocoa and slippers)

I guess it has that title as the nuclear blast is like a huge wind force (did you not watch the You Tube clip?? tsk!!

Anonymous said...

i did watch it.