Nothing. Nil. Nada.
N is throwing out few nostalgic memories in the TV variety. In fact, there’s just one. But it was an institution in the world of teatime TV back in the day, and still holds its own now – although I no longer watch it.
I do have another N though, resorting once again to a film of my youth, so all is not lost.
Let’s get on with this tale then…so that it doesn’t go on forever 😉
Neighbours. Everybody needs good neighbours. So said the theme tune of the Australian soap, yet not everything was rosy in Ramsey Street!
Before Neighbours came along, my knowledge of Australia consisted of knowing it was in a different hemisphere, somewhere a distant aunt and uncle lived and home to kangaroos, corked hats and cricketers that were usually better than us!
But all that changed when a daily dose of rivalry between the Robinsons and the Ramseys hit our screens. Kick starting or assisting the careers of sooo many actors from Down Under, from Alan Dale and Guy Pierce to Natalie Imbruglia and erm…Holly Valance (Sam INSISTED I include her. Something about a visually appealing calendar he once owned…), Neighbours made household names of its characters across the globe.
Other great characters were Harold Bishop and Australia’s answer to Dot Cotton – Mrs. Mangel (who I never knew was actually called Mrs. Worthington!), sticking her nose in everything and being a massive pain in the proverbial!
However, it was the power couple that made headlines way before Kim and Kanye or Brangelina existed. Every teenage girl I knew was in love with Jason Donovan (who played Scott). And most boys were in love with Kylie (the original, not the Jenner girl!), who played Charlene Mitchell. No wonder their wedding remains one of the top episodes on the show.
Those were the days, coming home from school, catching Grange Hill, being informed by Newsround (ooh…an ‘N‘ I forgot – sorry John Craven!), then settling down to watch Neighbours before tea.
For my other N, we have to travel to a fantasy world (yes, yes…I know we’ve visited many now – what can I say? I LOVE fantasy realms!), jump aboard essentially a floating cloud with a mouth and ears and save the world from The Nothing.
The Neverending Story was a magical adventure about a boy (Bastian) who, when hiding from bullies in a book store, gets drawn into the tale of heroic adventurer Atreyu, the luckdragon (Falkor) and the Childlike Empress, as they try to stop Fantasia dying.
Obviously, none of this can be achieved without the help of Bastian, who in return gets to chase down the bullies on the back of Falkor back in the real world.
I loved it and would wear a necklace on my head, in an attempt to be the Empress. But, if this Buzzfeed article is anything to go by, perhaps I should leave the DVD collecting dust on the shelf!
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