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Spiffing days gone but not forgotten - Oh, no!
cerdo (email@example.com) from Tasmania
30 January 2001
"The Flaxton Boys" was a perennial presence throughout my childhood in the
'eighties with unfortunately not endless repeats making many a rainy day
more Spiffing, as the lads of Flaxton Hall and their mates went gallavanting
across the cold, wet, it's-grim-up-north countryside on their way to defeat
the Cunning Plans of smugglers and such like fiends. Each generation (1854,
1890, 1928 and 1945) had its own historical setting and colourful fashions
from which to draw for inspiration, so that the Victorian series had their
false moustachios, bad wigs and imperial clobber, while the WWII series had
its chocolate rations, gas-masks and black-out curtains. Perhaps most
Thrilling of all was the opening sequence, where the Flaxton Boys galloped
to the strains of Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony - an inspired choice,
containing both the ebullience of the lads and the elegance of spooky old
Flaxton Hall (Ripley Castle). The dear old boys are fading into dusky
memory now, and, as they are not available on video, are likely to remain
there, alas (and alack). Three cheers for the "days when kiddies'
television had a bit of Spunk about it" ! Comparing "the Flaxton Boys" and
other Ripping Yarns of the past with today's beige, politically-correct pap,
it's no wonder kiddies watch "South Park".
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