Oh Golly!

February 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Learning Stuff | Leave a comment
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The ongoing controversy of the golly is discussed in this Radio 4 programme, Good Golly, Bad Golly’, broadcast today and available for seven days via the BBC iplayer. Henry Bonsu interviews golly enthusiasts; academic Carol Tulloch; writer Darryl Pinckney; Robert Opie, founder of the Museum of Brands; and John Carr of the Greater London Council, who campaigned to have the golly removed from Robertson’s jam jars in the early 1980s. As Bonsu shows, the golly is still both beloved and despised and has multiple, and often mixed, meanings for many people.


Christmas with the Famous Five: Gifts

December 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Anne, Aunt Fanny, Dick, George, Julian, Timmy, Uncle Quentin | 2 Comments
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Stuck for some last minute gift ideas? Take inspiration from the Kirrin family! Well, possibly…

Presents for Julian and Dick Knitted gifts from Aunt Fanny to keep them warm and stylish(?) during adventures

For George ‘”Who gave you that book about dogs, George?’ asked Julian, seeing a rather nice dog-book lying on George’s pile. “Mr Roland,” said George rather shortly.’

For Anne The Princess Doll’s House, a model of the Welsh cottage-style playhouse given to Princess Elizabeth on her 6th birthday in 1932. Read more here

For Timmy “Timothy! Look what Julian has given you – a collar with big brass studs all round. You will be grand!”

For Aunt Fanny
As a keen baker and gardener, Aunt Fanny might like this vintage Hovis tin for making bread or for using as a planter. Pedlars sell lots of great vintage items including this and Uncle Quentin’s calendar (below).

For Uncle Quentin Absent minded Uncle Quentin might benefit from a desk calendar like this (although Aunt Fanny might have to update it whenever she goes into his study)

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