Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Thank you, Mr Postgate

Oliver Postgate has just died. The man who brought us Bagpuss, The Clangers, Ivor the Engine...and Noggin the Nog!

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 "..In the lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale...."

OP was a descendant of those great story-tellers. He brought joy to countless children [and their parents] with his stories. Bob has suggested that at his funeral service, a tribute should be played on Swanee Whistles, in true Clanger-like style. I vividly remember watching the Noggin Sagas back in the 60's on my parents tiny, grainy black and white TV - and loving his voice, as he spun his tales. . My own girls were fond of Bagpuss - and by the 80's, 'pester -power' and 'merchandising' there were toys and pencil cases and other stuff for them to collect.

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Maybe the BBC will come to its senses and show some repeats in tribute. I know the animation techniques 50 years ago seem clunk and amateur in comparison to the CGI stuff today - but the language he used was glorious, his vocabulary and de#livery was so evocative. Iggle-Piggle in the Night Garden pales into insignificance beside such genius!!

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