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The first episode of Captain Pugwash aired on 22 October 1957. The children's animation was written, illustrated and produced by John Ryan. The bumbling Captain was brought to life by Peter Hawkins, who provided all the voices. The simple but beautifully crafted cartoon, with cut-out figures moved by cardboard levers, contributed to the overall charm of the programme, which is still fondly remembered years after it was last shown.

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Is the Cadbury Smash Mashed Potatoes TV commercial from the 1970s the best ad of the era???

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Many girls could juggle 2 or 3 balls at a time against a wall. Their complex games involved high speed bouncing moves and when that became too tame they would toss the ball between their legs or twirl around before catching the ball. All of this was accompanied by singing of various rhymes.

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The Goodies - Bill Oddie did a moving Who Do You Think You Are? UK episope.. (you can find it on youtube)

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Watch With Mother - The Woodentops (Horseshoe) : BBC : Free Download & Streaming

The Woodentops ran concurrently with Andy Pandy in the Watch With Mother slot. I remember nothing of the show, other than I liked Spot the dog. It's perhaps not surprising I remember do little: I was probably only three when I watched these shows.

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Brighton Swimming Club, 1853. Intriguing photo. The hats and poses, especially the one doing what looks like a yoga move.

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The 100 greatest novels of all time: The list

Entrance to Moria ~ Vintage copies of "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy by J.R.R…

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