Sunday, 21 December 2014
41 For Schools and Colleges : Watch !
First watched : Uncertain
I now think I made a mistake with an earlier post. I think it was this one rather than Merry-go-round that we watched in Infant One ( aka Reception ). It was the name of Brian Cant on the latter that misled me.
The reason I think that is that on Tuesday 16th June 1970 the subject of the programme is listed as " The Willow Pattern Plate" and I remember watching that one which explained the story behind the images on the plate. It held my attention because we had one at home. That's the beauty of Genome, the sudden startling shaft of light into long-undisturbed recesses of memory; the anchor of certainty that at 11am, 44 and a half years ago I was sat watching this programme with Pat Brennan, John Durkin, Martin McCormick et al.
The one I remember the most wasn't that one though . It was the episode on "Prehistoric Animals" broadcast at 11 am on Tuesday 11th May 1971 which I watched at home during my enforced absence from school following surgery on my damaged eye. It was my first introduction to dinosaurs and I was awestruck. Thanks BBC for sparking a lifelong interest and providing such a diversion in an unpleasant time when I had to endure twice daily application of uncomfortable ointments. When I was able to return to school my new fascination sparked much amusement , the teacher Mrs Hayhurst recalling, years afterwards, an instance when she asked for a word beginning with S - this is today's Year One , mind - and I volunteered "Stegosaurus".