Today we are continuing our series of articles on our favourite telly shows of the past. As you all know, the bears love their telly and there is nothing they love more than finding a character they can love to love… or even love to hate. The bears don’t usually go for the clean-cut, heroic types they are more likely to identify with the slackers of society, people like Frank Gallagher, Jim Royle or Homer Simpson. They like programmes which are “off the wall” although occasionally they will enjoy serious drama if it is interesting and well written. Today, we are featuring…
Here at Jammy Toast we have heard from the daughter of Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan and she has revealed how her father was traumatised by urban myths about rude character names that never existed. Isbael Ryan said her father’s childlike innocence was lost after student newspapers in the 1970s created malicious rumours about the supposed smutty names of the TV show’s characters. While it did feature a Master Mates and a Pirate Willy, characters like Seaman Staines, Roger the Cabin Boy and Master Bates just did not exist on board the Black Pig pirate ship. However, the myth endured for years, and even found their way into news reports.
Here at Jammy Toast, we were all very saddened this morning to learn of the death of former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes. John, who hosted the show in the 1960s and 1970s, was aged 83. He was the BBC children’s show’s longest-serving presenter, appearing for more than 12 years, and was often seen with his dog Shep by his side. A family statement said he had “endured and suffered from” Alzheimer’s disease. “Whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing,” it said.
This week, we told you the story of Tony Ashton including his collaboration with Ian Paice and Jon Lord in the group Paice Ashton Lord. Our friend Ray, stated he remembered watching Paice Ashton Lord (PAL) live in concert on the BBC and we hinted that we just might post it for him. The funny thing with Tony Ashton is that many people just don’t get him. A couple of you called him a Pub-Rocker or Mr Cabaret which I will not argue with but don’t you think that was his attraction – just like with Ian Dury. Tony Ashton wasn’t a singer full of natural talent but he was a singer full of soul.
Sometimes you read a story and you just have to giggle at it. However, this story had the whole of Jammy Toast in fits of laughter after reading it this morning. An 11-year-old girl has accused her school teacher of being guilty of a war crime and it has gone viral on Twitter after her dad tweeted it. Her father, Gavin Bell (also known as author Mason Cross), revealed that she had gone rogue on a pupil feedback form. She criticised the policy of punishing a whole class for one person’s bad behaviour – by citing the Geneva Conventions. “Not sure if I should ground her or buy her ice cream,” Mr Bell joked.
Today we are going to ask everyone who visits Jammy Toast to just “Talk Shit” for the day. We ask that anyone who visits Jammy Toast leaves a comment on just about any subject they choose. Funny or sad, true or false, real or fake; we don’t give a shit as long as it is entertaining and doesn’t really hurt anyone. We ask you to do this because we are too busy to think of anything else to post – hopefully everyone will like the freedom to whine and bitch. The rules are pretty simple to explain – basically, anything goes!
Here at Jammy Toast we are quite fond of eating junk-food. There is nothing the bears and I love more than to have a junk-food feast while having a slob-out in front of the telly. Binge-telly and junk-food – who could ask for more? McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Domino’s – whatever takes our fancy on the day. However, today we have discovered something that has made even us cringe to our very bones. We have always known that these junk foods are pretty high in calories and so we do only partake infrequently and as a special treat.
Here at Jammy Toast we tend to hero worship the more eccentric of people. The more peculiar the person the more we are likely to admire them. This is particularly true of Tony Ashton. “Who is Tony Ashton?” I hear you all shouting. Well Edward Anthony “Tony” Ashton was a rock pianist, keyboardist, singer, song-writer, producer and artist. He was born in Blackburn, Lancashire on 1st March 1946 and spent his formative years in the seaside town of Blackpool where his parents had an upright piano. When he was a child, his mother sent him for piano lessons which was the starting point of his career as a musician.
Here at Jammy Toast we have always had a fascination with the old railway lines and stations that abound around the Wirral. For example, did you know that the West Kirby line didn’t use to end at West Kirby but instead continued round and joined up with Hooton Station? There was also a line that continued on from Rock Ferry that went down to Monks Ferry and on to a station down at Woodside. We have recently been researching just where all these lines and stations were situated, when they opened and closed and also the state of any remaining sites today. The whole subject is a fascinating insight into a past age of steam which has interested people for many years…