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Last of the Summer Wine (1973)
Growing old with the Summer Wine
When we first started to watch this show we were in our 30's which put the actors at around 50 years of age, As I am sure most of you "younguns" out there of 30 or under will testify, 50 is an age you yourselves will never be, just as we thought then, how wrong we were, Time shoots by so very quickly that here we are 30 odd years later and still avid fans. Last of the Summer Wine was and still is wonderful viewing if you prefer your television to not be peppered with unnecessary expletives nor have endless closeups of moving bed-clothes and sundry body parts. This was a story of 3 middle-aged men who still had their wits and humour about them and most of all loved to laugh. The fact that you knew in advance the slide down the hill on a tray or running with a kite being pulled by Wesleys "jeep" would always end in disaster for one or the other of the trio was part of the attraction and still is. Viewing the programme now with many new actors in the cast, due mainly to the demise of the original cast members, is just a reflection of life and death but the humour, fun and sheer joy of living is still there despite the fact that Norman Clegg still professes to find it difficult to talk to women or for that matter anyone except his close compatriots. Now in our mid 60's my husband and I still love this programme and will always watch the repeats which are, fortunately for us, now running on cable TV. A toast to the Summer Wine-- Long may it Last-.
Song of the South (1946)
Zippy childhood memories
I saw this film in 1947 shortly after World War 11 had ended when living in Great Britain was still difficult and for a child extremely gloomy.The characters, the storyline and the music were inspirational to a generation of children and Zipadee doodah could be heard ringing through school playgrounds for many months after the film had gone from the screens.The film had everything to enchant the viewer as well as a story line that made you reflect on life and how it was for others who were different to yourself. Viewing the film was and still is a source of great joy for "children" of all ages. I would be amongst the first to purchase a DVD should it ever be released. In my opinion song of the South is one of the very best films ever made by the Disney Organisation.