|From Trish Burr Embroidery, found via Pinterest|
Following on from previous weeks of working through the second and third series of Blackadder on audiobook, I have now completed the fourth. I know the scripts like the back of my hand. Blackadder was something that was often playing in the background while I was growing up and being able to quote it verbatim is something I appreciate in friends and family. The final episode is as superb and poignant as ever - for those not familiar with the series (all 2 of you), the last episode sees Blackadder and his men go over the top. The setting was 1917 and we all know, with the hindsight of history, what happened there. I paused in my housework to focus on the words, and the fact that 100 years ago so many lives were wasted on both sides in the trenches.
Bagpuss, Clangers & Co
There are early drawings from which the various characters eventually sprang to life; an x-ray of a Clanger; Bagpuss and co all on display behind glass - and there's a room to the side playing the shows if you want to indulge in nostalgia and watch a couple of episodes. I caught part of an Ivor the Engine one where a local hunt was thwarted in their attempts to get one of Mrs Porty's foxes. Go, Ivor the Engine, go! There's information on the creators of these shows - did you know, for example, that Oliver Postgate was a conscientious objector during the second world war?
I've included a clip above for anyone who hasn't seen an episode of Bagpuss, though with all the merchandise still current in the world I imagine the majority are familiar with the main character.
Cute of the WeekHow cute is this idea? For full information including printables see Design Eat Repeat. I don't know if it's something you could give as a random gift to someone but I love the idea of this cute packaging for cake sprinkles.