My niece and nephew have managed to get me hooked on watching Dr Ranj and his show, ‘Get Well Soon’. It is so informative and my niece loves it – she has a little girl crush on Dr Ranj! They use puppets in the programme and I didn’t have the heart to set my niece straight when she told me that they weren’t puppets but just people who come from a different country. Ahhh, to be four years old again!
When I was four, I had ‘Button Moon’ which I thought was excellent. So excellent in fact that I used to cry whenever it finished! I only discovered recently that the ship that travels to Button Moon was made out of a Heinz baked bean can. I wonder if, subliminally, this contributed towards my love of food? (I am clearly being sarcastic here!). My favourite character was Eggbert – you can watch his birthday celebration here if you would like to. Although it is great to reminisce, sometimes seeing a programme as a thirty one year old that you adored as a four year old kind of makes it lose a little bit of the magic…but I still get excited!
There was ‘The Flumps’ with Grandpa Flump and his Flumpet…it was all quite innocent…a Flumpet was his trumpet thingy!
And of course ‘The Magic Roundabout’ – which just reminds me of all things psychedelic. In fact, I read that there was an underlying drugs theme, with Dougal and his hippyish long hair, having ‘dreams’ after eating sugar cubes (LSD). That Brian, with his red nose, flighty attention span, aggressive personality and delusions of grandeur…and something about snails leaving white lines behind them, linked to Cocaine or Amphetamines. Ermintrude, who finds everything funny and is constantly hungry – and the fact that cows eat grass provides a link to Cannabis. Zebedee who was flushed red, constantly twitching, hyperactive and looked like a pill represented Uppers, Poppers or Amyl nitrite. And finally, that Dylan, who was dopey and unfocused; in ‘Dougal and the Blue Cat’ he utters the line “Hey man, I’m just watching these crazy mushrooms grow”…could possibly represent Magic Mushrooms. Bloody hell! I know I love watching kids animated stuff – like ‘Shrek’ as it has humour for the adults and the kids…so maybe there is something of a drugs culture on ‘The Magic Roundabout’?!
Then there was ‘Jamie and the Magic Torch’ with the opening credits that used to freak me out until the helter-skelter bit came on – see! I loved Wordsworth the dog and always wanted a dog that went wherever I did! They used to get up to all sorts but don’t, for the life of me, ask what…as I couldn’t figure it out then, and watching an episode now still leaves me puzzled! One of my favourite characters was a ragdoll called Nutmeg who had a pocket that reminds me of my handbag…it’s got all sorts of stuff in it!
I then progressed onto the really sophisticated stuff – like ‘SheRa’! She-Ra was the bomb as far as I was concerned and I thought that her and He-Man could take on the world. Although I did try and mate my He-Man and She-Ra dolls, so you can imagine my surprise today – at the grand-old age of thirty one – to find out that they were twins…oops! I obviously didn’t pay much attention to the plot. She was kick-ass perfect and I think she was probably my first girl-on-girl crush. I adored her horse, Spirit, who turned into a unicorn with rainbow wings…how can anyone fail not to love a unicorn with rainbow wings?! I actually had the Spirit / Swiftwind toy and loved it!
I bloody adored ‘Roland Rat’ too. I always felt sorry for Kevin – the number one Ratfan! He adored Roland and I used to always want to be the #1 friend too…but never was…sob! I can’t stand bloody rats now though and do not think that Roland would approve of my poison leaving habits at the stables. And just like the rats at the stables, Roland has stuck around longer than a bad smell too. He first appeared in 1983, yet in 2004 he was on Big Brother, in 2007 he was on the Weakest Link, and in 2010 he was on The One Show. He did make an appearance on Ashes to Ashes…but this was set in 1982, and as Roland wasn’t around until 1983 I don’t quite know what happened there! Poor TV research?! 😉
I can’t even think about finishing without mentioning ‘Rentaghost’, ‘Fingermouse’, ‘Grange Hill’, ‘Super Gran’ and ‘Trapdoor’. Trapdoor was ace and I still wonder how long it took them to make each episode. Those little clay figures were brilliant and the creepy crawlies that came out of the trapdoor looked so realistic in their movements – it was genius for the 80’s. “Don’t you open that trapdoor, You’re a fool if you dare…. Stay away from that trapdoor, ‘Cos there’s something down there…” so brilliant!
‘Simon and the Witch’ was also a quality production. It did cause me a few injuries though as I was always trying to do that bloody leg kick heel click thing they did!
And then of course there was the number one witch, ‘Grotbags’…I quite like misunderstood ladies, or ‘witches’, as they were once called! 😉
Anyway, I have had a lovely time reminiscing over my childhood TV programmes. Some of them, such as ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Home and Away’, have never left my side…and I now get the pleasure of the Braxton brothers!
So, today has been a good day…
I woke up nice and early and helped my other half with some work…although I had woken up in a foul mood. I was determined not to exercise and to eat rubbish food, but I decided just to crack on. So we then both exercised together – more about that soon – and then went to see the horses. It was the lunchtime rush at Asda, but I decided to brave it and went in there too! It was then home to collapse after the jam-packed morning. I don’t have any plans for the afternoon other than researching some bits and pieces for a wonderful charity – more about this another day! – and I am hoping to read some more of a great book I started reading yesterday.
Breakfast: HiFi bar (1 x HEB) and Alpen Light lemon (3 syns).
It has been a good food day. Breakfast wasn’t great, well it was nice, but a bit too sweet for me! I had run out of my usual bananas and so settled for the bars my consultant gave me yesterday, both of which were delicious. The HiFi bar gives a real chocolate hit and for me it was just a bit too much – my sweet tooth seems to have resigned! The lemon Alpen Light was lovely and I will definitely be seeing if I can find these. Lunch was just a quick affair – a box of stir fry from Asda with some extra mushrooms thrown in, and a packet of microwave rice – it couldn’t be simpler yet satisfies all of the superfree requirements…a ready meal at its best! Dinner was lovely. I was originally going to have salad, but spotted a bag of reduced veggies and thought that they would make a nice change, and they did – topped with cheese…yummy! I love Quorn stuff and the sticky fillets are great, syn free and smokey BBQ flavour…perfect with chips.
Exercise: 15 minutes treadmill, 15 minutes BodyPump and 10 minutes walk around Asda – woohoo! I was so pleased that I didn’t continue to be in the arsey mood that I woke up in! Exercising today did me the world of good as I could see how far I have progressed. Up until my lady issues kicked in back in March, I had been on the treadmill almost daily and had managed to build up from nothing to 15 minutes…which is a lot considering I couldn’t stand up for more than a few seconds last year. I was concerned about getting back on it, as I thought the break would have undone my hard work…but it hadn’t! I hit the target I had set for myself and so was really pleased – a real mental boost. I then did my BodyPump and added the extra section on there…so my Step Reebok got some work today too. And I even braved Asda during a really busy period. It can be hard not to be paranoid and to make yourself think that people are laughing at something other than you…but I have decided to just get on with things unless someone says something directly to me…at which point I will say, “well mate, you should have seen the state of me when I was nearly 13st heavier!”
Thank you for reading my lovelies – I hope my reminiscing has sparked some of your TV memories…we grew up on some strange stuff!
Weight Loss Bitch xxx