This has got to be the worst day of my life after a weekend
that was one of the best. I get in to Tallahassee not having
slept since waking up Sunday morning due to an awful cold...only
to find out I have an all day meeting today at a client site.
10 hours of the antithesis of Storyville--profit, lawyers,
automating human positions, etc.
Anyway, I haven't read any of the accounts yet because I'm
working on my account and don't want to be influenced.
However, I did want to post the Clanger update before I
totally lose it.
THEY FRISKED MY CLANGER AT THE AIRPORT, GUV: In going through
my bags, they came upon my clanger and seemed none-too-impressed.
I tried to tell them it was actually a large, malformed hamster,
of the type commonly plucked around Scarborough--not a subversive
non-knitted TV character, but they didn't believe me and actually
felt its chest to see if maybe it was concealing some kind
of weapon...whereupon its ghostly song wafted out into the
terminal. Apparently, harboring a clanger is not the most
manly of things--the guy in front of me got a standing ovation
for revealing that his carry on held only beer--tons of it.
THE WEIRD COINCIDENCE ON THE PLANE. So I get on the plane
and pull out my copy of Mojo and the VERY FIRST page I turn
to has this review on it: "Spacemen Twee: Celestial Sounds
from Kid's TV's Golden Era: The Clangers Original TV Soundtrack."
I couldn't believe it. There's a clanger playing the French
horn to a soup dragon?!? And here are a couple of quotes from
the review of the soundtrack: "Most prominent and memorable
of soundtracks from children's shows were Pogle's Wood, Noggin
the Nog, Ivor the Engine, and the Clangers, an eco-parable
starring woolly pink creatures that sent sales of swannee
whistles through the roof...The music was recorded in a village
hall with the windows open. Vernon Elliot was a keen sailor
and bee-keeper. Listening to his music from the soundrack,
all of this seems somehow obvious...the vinyl edition comes
in a pink knitted sleeve."
All right--I ABSOLUTELY MUST MUST MUST have this soundtrack.
The damn song was echoing through my head all through this
Loved this, Jeff - just the idea of a stern-faced customs
official squeezing the Clanger, listening to its piteous cries
and being (I imagine) completely unmoved!
I prefer to imagine the customs officer being instantly
transported back to his/her childhood, breaking down in tears
and giving Jeff a massive hug. Unlikely I admit, but hey,
it's my imagination I can do what I want!
>Loved this, Jeff - just the idea of a stern-faced customs
official >squeezing the Clanger, listening to its piteous
cries and being (I >imagine) completely unmoved!
"Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of any communist
"Wheeeee wooo wheeeeeeeeee wooo wooooooooo."
laughed till I cried - just have the whole scene in my head
(in black and white, of course) the intolerant faces of the
comittee, their bullying questions, the lights bright on the
face of the accused, the clanger who sits there, unable to
make itself understood, guilt implied - tragic it is. Tragic.
Yes, a bit like that scene in 'Shrek' where the gingerbread
man gets interrogated ("You're a MONSTER!"). Wow. How I Caused
Jeff Terminal Embarrassment.