Having looked at a list of several hundred (alleged) celebrities who share my birthday today and recognising very few of them, Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac and Julius Caesar excepted, it was a big relief to find the attached story on the Daily Telegraph website! Click HERE to read the article.
I used to be a big fan of Andy Pandy and it has come as a big shock to discover he was attached to strings . . . Didn't he have two companions - Teddy and Looby Lou? And what about the Woodentops with Spotty Dog and the third Watch with Mother star - Muffin the Mule? and the creme de la creme of children's shows - Rag, Tag and Bobtail?
Andy Pandy, so the story goes, was first broadcast in England in July 1950 just as I was being born in Cyrenaica. Then two years later when my parents returned to England and were housed by the local council - like hundreds of others - in an estate formed from old wartime Army nissen huts - they got a television. Oh Joy! Those were the days, my friends. Ah, nostalgia - a powerful thing.
Right - LISTEN UP! - and enjoy!
THE WOODEN TOPS
RAG, TAG AND BOBTAIL
MUFFIN THE MULE