May 17th, 2012

Bagpuss - fiddlesticks and flapdoodle

Writer's Block: Toy Story

What was your favorite toy as a child? Do you still have it, or did it get lost (or sold/donated) somewhere along the way?

His name was Shoer. Pronounced SHOO-er. He was a little robin (as in the bird, not as in Batman's friend). I called him Shoer because I was incredibly young and I thought he was a fish and I couldn't say the word "fish" and all I could manage was "shoer".

He was made of a cardboard tube, with some brown and red furry material stuck on to it. I think he had pipecleaners for legs, and he must have had a beak and some sort of face but I can't remember what they looked like. The cardboard tube was just the right size for my finger, so he was basically a little finger puppet.

And no, sadly, he doesn't still exist. I suspect he either went missing or possibly the materials from which he was constructed didn't survive. If he'd survived I'd have kept him because he was rather a wonderful little thing and I loved him. :-)

(OTOH, I do still have my teddy bear. That's lasted about as long as my sister has, IIRC, so he's about 40.)
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Don't know much about history...

This was on my Amazon recommended list, probably 'cos I recently bought the book of She-Wolves by Helen Castor for Sarah. Looks rather interesting. There are whole swathes of English history about which I'm largely ignorant, and I think when I've made a substantial dent in my "pile of books to be read", that's something I might try to put right...