'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Friday, 7 September 2012

Let Me Tell You A Story...

In the Great Hall (Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin)
"Listen to me and I will tell you the story of Noggin the Nog, as it was told in the days of old", or sometimes "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 ... and those tales they tell are the stories of a kind and wise king and his people; they are the Sagas of Noggin." 

Graculus; Noggin; Olaf the Lofty; and Thor Nogson (Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin)
Sunday tea-times with Noggin of the Nogs were magical. Oliver Postgate’s hypnotic voice drew us in as he introduced each episode. One could see the Nogs sitting on the edge of their seats in the great hall by the log fire-side to hear and tell tales of the Northlands. On a Sunday we were only occasionally at Oxgangs, more usually at my grandparents. In the darker months Postgate's mesmeric tone drew me in so much that he almost had me sitting in the fire, indeed Oliver had me so much in the zone that I might as well have been in the Great Hall itself! Aye, I was hooked.

The Flying Machine (Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin)

Will and Tom were similarly brought up on Noggin-the videos and the books. The Flying Machine was my favourite featuring a prominent role for Graculus the bird with his crackly voice-brilliant. Noggin’s boat could fly-different!  Then there was the scary little turbaned thief from Baghdad who had hidden in a large Chinese vase-of a sudden the vase cracked open and he came scuttling out-boy,there was something very powerful about that image which registers deep in the psyche-definitely a recipe for bad dreams the nicht!

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