Saddened to learn that actress Brigit Forsyth, who, among many other acclaimed roles, played Thelma Chambers/Ferris in classic BBC TV comedy show 'Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads' back in the early '70s, has died at the age of 83. Sincere condolences to her family, friends, and fans. For a Scots lass, she did a mean Geordie accent.
Sunday 3 December 2023
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Thursday 30 November 2023
Seen the latest? Just where do these people come from? A BBC Radio 5 Live presenter, one Nihal Arthanayake by name (nope, never heard of him before), has claimed that working in an "overwhelmingly white" environment is affecting his mental health. I'd venture that he clearly had issues in that department to start with if this is an example of the way he thinks. "It's really affecting me that I walk in and all I see is white people" he witters, in his best self-righteous, sense of entitlement, not to mention racist manner. Racist? Yes! Were I to say that my mental health is affected when I walk down the street (or anywhere else) and all I see is black people, I'd be accused of being a racist, so it's exactly the same thing in this case. He goes on... "The hardest thing is to walk into a room, look around and nobody looks like you." Presumably, he made the decision to work for the BBC, so if he objects to his working environment so much (i.e. too many white people), then maybe he should consider finding another job where the environment is more to his liking.
Don't know about you, but I'm fed up with this kind of thing. He'll have family and friends who are predominantly of the same ethnicity as himself, which should fulfil his seeming 'need' to be surrounded by his own kind - so what's the problem with working among 'whitey' for a few hours? There shouldn't be one. On the one hand, people such as him are always saying that colour shouldn't be an issue, and on the other, they're always trying to make colour an issue. It's double-standards, pure and simple. Perhaps he's just trying to increase his own promotion opportunities at the BBC by playing the race card, because given the woke culture which currently envelops society at the moment, there'll now be people falling over themselves to select only ethnic minorities for positions in various areas of employment. That's not how it should work; people should be chosen on merit, not the colour of their skin, but that's what Arthanayake is essentially calling for.
Give me strength. He should be identified as the racist he clearly is and told to give us all a break from this sort of 'anti-white' agenda that appears to be on the increase with each new passing day. Anyone brave enough to make a comment, or are you too scared in case someone calls you a racist for agreeing with me? And feel free to comment even if you disagree with me.
Tuesday 28 November 2023
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Monday 27 November 2023
|My very own, almost-pristine, FANTASTIC Annual for 1968|
Sunday 26 November 2023
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I find it strange (and sad) that many of the pastimes of childhood are now almost exclusively the pursuits of adult collectors. Take Corgi Toys as an example. Back in the '60s and '70s, Corgi (and Dinky, and Matchbox) were regularly churning out dozens of diecast models for kids to buy with their pocket-money (or Birthday and Christmas money for the more pricey items). However, nowadays it seems that such things (like Airfix model kits, etc.,) are primarily produced for the more 'mature' buyer.
Action Man, who, perhaps surprisingly, is still available, even has an advisory on the box saying that it's not for children, but for adult collectors. Eh? Did ol' AM suddenly become a health risk to kids after several decades of being perfectly safe and acceptable? Strike a light! Maybe it's just a manufacturer's ploy to charge more for things.
Anyway, I have a couple of official reproductions of Corgi catalogues (available from the Corgi Model Club) for 1966 and '69, so I thought I'd take you on a short journey back into the past to remind you of some of the great diecast toys that were once available to kids the length and breadth of Britain (and beyond). If only more toyshops still sold such playthings, perhaps children would be allowed to remain children for just a little bit longer than they do today.
Childhood - a time of enchantment that seems to get shorter with each new generation. Sad, isn't it? I'm glad that I'm still a big kid. Anyway, enjoy the pretty piccies and feel free to gleefully reminisce in the comments section about the toys that you once owned.
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Saturday 25 November 2023
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