'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

Monday, 12 November 2012

The Merry Men At The Stair

Perhaps the most memorable tea-time television viewing for the boys at The Stair was the Robin Hood series starring Richard Greene as Robin. Rather like the distinctive Fireball XL5 theme tune it featured the very haunting song below-for the younger followers of The Stair check it out at the link underneath the opening lyrics. 

Richard Greene is brilliant as Robin Hood. He combines authority and nobility and is athletic, swashbuckling and a bonny fechter. Similarly, Alan Wheatley plays a wonderful part as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham, indeed he would have made a wonderful Dick Dastardly in Wacky Races!; and Friar Tuck is a lovely mix of affability and irritability and is a cantankerous, beer swilling, deer guzzling oaf! 

As soon as our tea, toast and beans were over and the theme tune sounded its last bars, Michael Hanlon; Boo-Boo Hanlon; Iain Hoffmann; Ali Douglas et al were oot the back of The Stair playing with their bows and arrows!

ps Mrs Anne Duncan (Hoffmann) to the rescue!-I may be wrong on this but I think we had an unusual link to Richard Greene-a friend of the family, Patrick Hogg, Director Tourist Information, St Andrews, girlfriend was Patricia Medina, the actress, who was previously married to Richard Greene-she later married the famous American actor Joseph Cotten-whew!

'Robin Hood, Robin Hood, 
Riding through the glen, 
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, 
With his band of men, 
Feared by the bad, loved by the good, 
Robin Hood! Robin Hood! Robin Hood!'

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