Web of Wonder #9

Web of Wonder #9

Hello everyone! I did say at the end of last year that I would continue with these compilation posts, so I thought it was well overdue that I’ve left it this long and we’re already half way through March!

Therefore, without further ado, the ninth edition is actually the first Web of Wonder of 2017, featuring an entire collection of YouTube gems that have tickled my fancy. As I’ve said before, there are some incredibly talented people out there!

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Aloada Childhood Nostalgia 2: Stop-Motion Puppet Parade

Aloada Childhood Nostalgia 2: Stop-Motion Puppet Parade

So it seems it isn’t just me that fondly remembers (and still watches) the fabulous array of cartoons from the 80s and early 90s! My first trip down memory lane seemed to bring back ‘aloada’ happy memories for many of you, therefore I thought you’d like some more. 🙂

This flashback concentrates on what appeared to be the other dominant force for animation of the decade; Stop-motion.

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The technique, (where objects are physically moved a little at a time, photographed and then played back to form a moving image) was used for more than kids’ entertainment – both music videos and advertising campaigns utilised it before CGI weighed in and took over.

Tagging along for the ride are the puppets – you can’t do a nostalgia post about 80’s TV without a shout-out to Jim Henson and the F.A.B Tracy family! Not only do I have great memories of the shows themselves but I’ve continued to have an admiration for the methods used.

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Despite CGI being mind-blowingly awesome, it’s nice to see actual props and animatronics being used these days, as they can give weight and ground a scene – although I’m sure one day, you wont be able to tell the difference from CGI (it’s pretty close already!)

But enough about the intricacies of special effects, let’s check out the list. Have I missed any of your favourites? Let me know what you think of the choices!

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Aloada Childhood Nostalgia: The Cartoons

Aloada Childhood Nostalgia: The Cartoons

With only three weeks before I get older than old (if you’re older than me, this is not meant as an insult, my brain just can’t really compute that I’m entering a new decade!) I’ve decided to have a little look back at my childhood by way of the TV that defined it. Because, I’ll be honest, I watched A LOT.

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My days consisted of riding my bike, watching TV, re-enacting said episodes, balancing badly on rollerskates, (note ‘skates’… I actually started with those ones you attached to your shoes before progressing to ‘roller boots’. No blades here!) attempting to complete the Rubik’s cube (by peeling off the stickers, obviously!) and back to more TV.

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As an 80s child, I was spoiled for choice with excellent shows – yes I’m biased but I’ve seen kids cartoons these days and they are not a patch on what we had then.

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Have ‘animate-zing’ Christmas!

Have ‘animate-zing’ Christmas!

Had to share this little video with you all, it’s been around a while but I’ve only just seen it! So sweet in itself, it also is a wonderful reminder that there are some fabulously talented folk out there!

I might be back to a more regular posting schedule next week with some obligatory, end of year round-ups, although I do intend on posting somewhat differently in the new year.

So until then, I hope tomorrow, December 25th, turns out exactly as you want, whatever and wherever you’re celebrating.

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Must go, I’m sure I can hear hooves on rooves…

(It’s an Old English plural, shush now!)


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A slice of Tchaikovsky!

A slice of Tchaikovsky!

If you grew up in 80s Britain, chances are you remember the Cadbury’s advert for their raisin and almond chocolate bar. No? Well, I couldn’t tell you what happened in the ad either but what I do distinctly remember is the music and tag line. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s ‘Danse des mirlitons‘ from The Nutcracker,  I doubt very much it would be considered ‘p.c.’ these days, having the main line of ‘…everyone’s a fruit and nut case‘ – but it’s certainly something that stuck in my head!

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Except, it was never anything to do with chocolate because, as with everything else in my life, I had to change it about to suit myself. So my revised slogan became ‘everyone’s a fruit and nut CAKE’ and whenever I look at, eat, or as in the case of this week’s Monday Munchies, make a fruit cake I’ll happily hum the tune or have it skipping about in my brain!

Yes, as it’s nearly Christmas, the time has come around to create a slab of rich fruity goodness, doused in lashings of whiskey, ready for the big day. I always assumed making a fruit cake would be really hard work, but this boil and stir recipe from BBC Good Food is so simple and has worked well for the last couple of years. Okay, it takes about four days to bake (actually only 2 to 2 and a half hours but I’m impatient!) and it needs to mature so it’s best to organise making it at least a month before it’s needed. But as a self-confessed connoisseur of this type of cake, believe me, it’s sooo worth it!

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