As we get to the end of 2012 we thought it was worth taking a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of the year. We will keep some great memories of the past year not least being the London hosting of the Olympic Games which were such a huge success. Like every year there will be some sad memories we will also have to keep. 2012 will be the year we remember the deaths of people like Neil Armstrong and Eric Sykes.
As we approach the end of the year there is only one thing I can do to celebrate. So for my drawing this month I thought I would just say it like it is. Here at Jammy Toast we are looking forward to 2013 and so I wanted to draw something that would show just how exciting this time of year is. Who could I think of to convey this excitement in a way that could make everyone smile? I could only think of one gang…
Usually as we approach the end of the year here at Jammy Toast we start thinking about plans for the future. A new theme, redesign or new articles for the New Year – if you look back you will see we obviously get itchy feet around this time of year and want to try new things. This year, however, we are going to have a go at doing it the other way around. We want you all to have a think and tell us a couple of things. First of all, which things do you like on the blog and secondly; is there anything you would like to see on the blog in the future?
As a special tribute to Gerry Anderson, who died yesterday, Edward has been hard at work developing a special slider for Jammy Toast. We all felt we wanted to do something to mark the passing of a man who has entertained us with some of the most entertaining Science-Fiction television over the years. From the puppets of Fireball XL-5, Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds to the live action series UFO and Space: 1999; we have followed them all. This is our own small tribute to the man who brought us so many hours of escapism…
Every year here at Jammy Toast we tend to hold our breath. Although we do love Christmas it always seems that someone we love dies and so it has proven again this year. Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Stingray and Captain Scarlet, the puppet superhero TV shows, has died at the age of 83. Although he has been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a couple of years, his condition had worsened during the last six months.
By now Father Christmas will be back at the North Pole and hopefully enjoying a good rest after what must be the most hectic of nights work imaginable. No one works harder than Father Christmas or travels further in the name of work. We set Einstein the task of working out some of the figures involved and the results are quite startling. If you assume that Santa visits all the homes of all the Christian children in the world and that the average household has three children and that all the houses are evenly distributed around the world then Santa travels 212million miles.
We never like putting our tree up too early here at Jammy Toast. Many people put their tree up at the beginning of December but we always think that if you do that you are fed up of looking at it by the time Christmas Day arrives. Here at Jammy Toast, this year we have decided to put our tree up on Christmas Eve and so add to the excitement of the festive time. This way, when we get up in the morning it will still be a nice refreshing surprise to see our tree all lit-up.
Ithought I would use today’s post to let everyone know what has been going on here at Jammy Toast recently. A great deal of work goes on behind the scenes to keep Jammy Toast up to date and ticking over nicely. We have only this past week upgraded the backend to the newly released WordPress 3.5. Nicknamed “Elvin”, the new release is chock-full of goodies; the most dramatic of which is the new way of working with the media and graphics galleries. It’s a great upgrade that you, as visitors to Jammy Toast, will not really notice. This is because most of the new features are designed at making it easier to manage our site and posts. None-the-less, it is a really great upgrade and is a typical example of the work that goes on behind the scenes which no one really notices.
We were all up good and early today at Jammy Toast to witness the end of the world – unfortunately, it never happened. We didn’t know whether to be relieved or disappointed as the ancient Mayan prophecy that the world would end today failed to materialise. However, elsewhere people gathered at ancient sites in Central America in anticipation of what we all believed would be the end of the world. The date – 21st December 2012 – is, so some believe, the end of the “long count” calendar of the Mayan civilisation. Others didn’t believe the prophecy after a new reading of the ancient calendar shows that it did not predict the apocalypse.
One of the most exciting times I can remember from when I was a young bear was when man first walked on the moon. It is unbelievable that those events took place over 40 years ago now but at the time they were so exciting, the whole world held its breath listening to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. This has come to mind because the other night I was listening to the Kennedy Library audio feed between the Apollo 11 and Houston during their flight in July 1969.