Tuesday, 11 March 2014


SLINKY it was called - and it was (slinky, that is).   It was
1969 and my family were holidaying in Largs for the second year
running.  If I recall correctly, we were in a shop with a display of this
particular toy in action and, being impressed, my brother immediately
bought one.  I still remember, holiday over and back home, observing
Slinky descending the hall stairs.  It really seemed like a thing alive,
so my delicate eardrums were grateful for the absence of COLIN
CLIVE's histrionics as this amazing toy performed its peram-
bulations for our entertainment and enjoyment.

Maybe one day Slinky will be able to make his way up the
stairs as well as down.  If that ever happens, I'll be sure to buy
another one.  In the meantime, here's the 'lad' himself.


Andrew May said...

Did you see this when it was viral on YouTube a couple of years ago? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCMmmEEyOO0

Kid said...

It's a bit like a cartoon character walking off a cliff without noticing, and only starting to fall once he sees what he's done. Ta, Andrew.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

I don't suppose the famous jingle heard here in the states was brought over to to the UK too?


Kid said...

I don't remember ever seeing Slinky advertised on U.K. telly, Chris. I'll get back to you on that one.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Sad. Not that your childhood was missing something we've had for decades (since those commercials ran endlessly).

Kid said...

It may well have been advertised on British telly, Chris, it's just that I've no particular recollection of it.