Dec. 9th, 2008

angelophile: (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern)

Rest in peace Oliver Postgate, who died peacefully at the age of 83 yesterday. Probably not a name that means much to those outside the UK, but for me, the voice of my childhood.

We've lost another great talent, who entertained and educated generations of children. He worked at the BBC from the 1950s, creating, with artist and puppeteer Peter Firmin, many of the most memorable children's characters in a disused cow shed in Kent.

The creator of Ivor the Engine. Noggin the Nog. The Clangers. (Y'know, those knitted moon creatures, beloved by The Master on Doctor Who.) And my own beloved Bagpuss, sweet, whimsical and often heartbreaking Bagpuss. Emily's cat Bagpuss: the most important, the most beautiful, the most magical... saggy old cloth cat in the whole wide world. Voted the most popular children's programme of all time and the best TV animal of all-time.

A man who believed that wonderful stories were the thing that mattered over slick animation.

"In our time we had been able to found great kingdoms of mountains, ice and snow in our cowsheds. In Peter's big barn we commanded infinities of Outer Space, starred it with heavenly bodies made from old Christmas decorations and made a moon for the Clangers."

I loved the wonderful, whimsical strangeness of his characters and the warmth of his story-telling. His voice, for he narrated and voiced most of the characters in the stories he wrote, just makes me feel comfortable and safe every time I hear it.

Rest in peace, Mr. Postgate. I'm heartbroken to see you go.

Awesome +10

Dec. 9th, 2008 03:53 pm
angelophile: (Chamber - Power of 1000 exploding emos)

And to cheer myself up I've been catching up with Michael Bay's Twitter feed.

This week, such gems as:

"Making monday am list of items I would like to blow up this week in ranked order. Top: Mt Rushmore. Bottom: Frankie Muniz on a big wheel."

"People in glass houses shouldn't throw flaming mini coopers."

"Just got off the phone with Pamplona. It will now be called The Running Of The Bays."

"You're probably wondering what to get me for Christmas:"

"I gave the sermon this morning at the First Church of Awesome. BOOM. BACK ON TOP."

"You ever just feel so frustrated that you want to take a cruise ship and launch it into a Frank Lloyd Wright building? Because I do."

"When you have something this amazing to protect, kevlar boxer briefs just make sense."

Only the real deal could be this awesome. Bring it on!

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