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Obit: Oliver Postgate (UK, 8 Dec 2008)

John J 09 Dec 08 - 03:34 AM
fat B****rd 09 Dec 08 - 03:35 AM
The Borchester Echo 09 Dec 08 - 03:39 AM
GUEST 09 Dec 08 - 03:40 AM
Splott Man 09 Dec 08 - 03:46 AM
Liz the Squeak 09 Dec 08 - 03:55 AM
Gervase 09 Dec 08 - 03:55 AM
Gervase 09 Dec 08 - 03:57 AM
Anne Lister 09 Dec 08 - 03:57 AM
GUEST,Howard Jones 09 Dec 08 - 04:04 AM
Splott Man 09 Dec 08 - 04:11 AM
Stu 09 Dec 08 - 04:18 AM
GUEST, Sminky 09 Dec 08 - 04:31 AM
goatfell 09 Dec 08 - 04:44 AM
Phot 09 Dec 08 - 04:57 AM
Geoff the Duck 09 Dec 08 - 05:18 AM
GUEST, Sminky 09 Dec 08 - 05:27 AM
Mo the caller 09 Dec 08 - 06:02 AM
Scooby Doo 09 Dec 08 - 06:22 AM
John J 09 Dec 08 - 06:22 AM
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Subject: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: John J
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:34 AM

This is sad news indeed: Oliver Postgate, who created Noggin of the Nogs amongst many other excellent programmes, dies yesterday aged 83.

Life will never be quite the same again.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: fat B****rd
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:35 AM

I was too old to watch most of his creations but my children loved them. RIP Mr. Postgate.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:39 AM

Oliver Postgate was creator of Bagpuss and Sandra Kerr was just on BBC R4 Today talking about the contribution she and John Faulkner made to the productions. In @ 8.25 on the iPlayer).

[To keep this in the music section . . . ]


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:40 AM

Even Bagpuss himself once he was asleep was just an old, saggy cloth cat
Baggy, and a bit loose at the seams
But Emily loved him

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Splott Man
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:46 AM

Pingwings, Pogles' Wood, Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine, The Clangers and Bagpuss,

a tremendous legacy. Mostly narrated in his own warm, comforting voice. His work was loved by 3 generations of my family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:55 AM

NOoooooooooo!!!

He was a huge part of my childhood and I made sure he was included in Limpit's too... Pogles Wood, Ivor the Engine and the Clangers being the favourites.

Small Films left a huge legacy, and the dross that is produced these days pales into insignificance. They fostered the idea that aliens on other planets are not humanoid or speak English, they encouraged imagination and flights of fantasy, generations of children wondering if their toys came alive and played folk music, or if there really was a red and white stripped squirrel living in the hedgerow with a family of pixies? The tales were simple, clear, inoffensive and moralistic without being preachy or pushy, the animation simple and effective.

A sad sad loss to children of all ages.

Pshtecooft, pshtecooft, psssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhft.


LTS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Gervase
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:55 AM

He had the most wonderful, comforting voice - the best in broadcasting I think, while his work had a charm and innocence that you just can't imagine being tolerated at the BBC these days. I feel as if one of my favourite childhood toys has gone.
I'm minded of Fred Small's lovely 'Everything's Possible:
And the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you're done


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Gervase
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:57 AM

...and there can't be many children's programmes to introduce youngsters to the art of the fugue, as in the mice song 'We will wash it'!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Anne Lister
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:57 AM

What a talent the man had ... what an imagination ...and how he sparked off the imagination of others.   
What a loss.

Anne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: GUEST,Howard Jones
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 04:04 AM

This is sad news ... but I had a smile on my face this morning after listening to his obituary on Radio 4, when they played a clip of a Clanger apparently saying "the bloody thing's broken again".


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Splott Man
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 04:11 AM

Apparently, the Clangers was fully scripted, then played on swanee whistles, that's why it made sense.

The full line you quoted was "sod it, the bloody thing's broken again!"

Brilliant!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Stu
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 04:18 AM

An exceptional talent - I always loved his gentle narration and his programmes always had a hint of subversion, just like any good kids TV show.

Sadly missed. The excellent label Trunk Records carries some of his work.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 04:31 AM

In the Lands of the North, where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale...

...and that was me utterly transfixed until the end credits.

The world seemed a safer place when he spoke. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: goatfell
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 04:44 AM

I loved his stuff, and I have the video/dvd of Bagpuss and a CD of the songs from it.

RIP Mr Postgate


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Phot
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 04:57 AM

Coming back from from Terri and Idris' place last weekend, Fiona and I were listening to the Bagpuss Cd in the car, it was great.

Such a shame he stopped making the films when he did. But what a legacy to leave behind.

Chris.

Ror, row, row your shoe over the bedroom floor..........


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 05:18 AM

His work was one of the things which proved to me that there REALLY IS MAGIC in this world.
Here is a web site which links to a lot of information about the man and his programmes - http://www.smallfilms.co.uk/.

Sadly missed.
Quack!
Geoff the (very small and entranced) Duck.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 05:27 AM

His personal website: http://www.oliverpostgate.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Mo the caller
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 06:02 AM

Which came first, the films or the books?
And do I remember Noggin the Nog on Childrens Hour (radio 4 or would that have been 'the Home Service')?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 06:22 AM

Its a sad day today when such a good narrator has passed away. I think he did the Moomins too but not absolutely sure.


Scooby


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: John J
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 06:22 AM

I only heard / saw Noggin on BBC TV, I didn't realise he'd aspired to the wireless - a sign of greatness indeed if he made it to the Home Service!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 06:23 AM

Preserve the body for a month & a half, take it to Lerwick and put it in the longship to be burnt at 'Up Helya'
Noggin would have approved.

Rest In Peace
Nigel


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 09:15 AM

'The Moomins' books were written by Tove Janssen, but later animated in a style very similar to that of Ivor the Engine.

On a different note.. I once met a bloke who'd slept with Emily, and he got to meet the real Bagpuss...

LTS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: goatfell
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 09:19 AM

there is the bagpuss website


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: GUEST,Working Radish
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 09:56 AM

I once met a bloke who'd slept with Emily

That is so too much information (I'm not even quoting the rest of the sentence).


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 10:24 AM

I'm glad I'm not the only person who thought that.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: GUEST,Nicholas Waller
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 10:57 AM

Emily speaks to the BBC here. She's still only 43. Actually, I never really knew Bagpuss, or indeed the Clangers, Ivor and Pogle's Wood, but I was a big fan of Noggin the Nog and its austere but magical northern saga feel.

@Gervase a charm and innocence that you just can't imagine being tolerated at the BBC these days.

I don't know, Wallace and Gromit and the like at least seem to be in the same line of work. Nick Park presented Postgate and Firmin with an award for their lasting contribution to Children's Entertainment made by the charity Action for Children's Arts only last year (well, Postgate was too ill to attend).
( www.dragons-friendly-society.co.uk/events.htm )

In an interview Oliver Postgate talks of visiting Aardman when there was talk of them doing a plasticine version of Noggin the Nog and says "Nick Park said that Ivor the Engine was the thing that set him off into animation, that I was his inspiration, which was very kind of him to say that."
( http://www.clivebanks.co.uk/Oliverpostgateinterview.htm )


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: nickp
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 11:42 AM

Ah memories. Must dig out my Bagpuss dvd. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 11:46 AM

I can't remember how we came upon our first Ivor tape, probably a lucky second-hand find, but we worked hard to find a second one.

I was just "pshtcoft"ing the other day...

and "budgerigars, Mr. Jones, not elephants" comes up under various circumstances.

I think we would have loved his other programs as well, if we'd had access to them.

~ Becky in Tucson
and Dan, now 13


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: G-Force
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 02:26 PM

Sandra Kerr has also been on BBC TV news, talking about her involvement with the programmes. She even got to play a bit of autoharp and concertina without anyone taking the piss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 02:47 PM

Mr Postgate was prime purveyor of lovely stuff.

Having loved his programmes as a boy, I've introduced my son to the Clangers and of course Bagpuss. He already knows the words to half the Bagpuss songs off by heart...

I saw a ship a-sailing,
A-sailing on the sea.
And, oh, but it was laden
With pretty things for thee.

There were comfits in the cabin,
And apples in the hold;
The sails were made of silk
And the masts were all of gold.

The four-and-twenty sailors
That stood between the decks,
Were four-and-twenty white mice
With chains about their necks.

The captain was a duck
With a packet on his back,
And when the ship began to move,
The captain said, "Quack! Quack!"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: bubblyrat
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:02 PM

I liked the peripheral characters----Nogbad The Bad ; The Soup Dragon.....We must not forget those either,you know !!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 02:02 AM

awwww

loved Pogle's Wood & Bagpuss, but you can't beat the Soup Dragon

RIP

alison


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate (UK, 8 Dec 2008)
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 03:03 AM

Clangers and Noggin for me - must be my age.

Sad news indeed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Oliver Postgate (UK, 8 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,Van
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 05:34 AM

The clangers were always my favourite.A few Chrismases ago my wife gave me a clanger mobile phone holder and Tiny Clanger swanee whistles away just before the phone rings. Best ring tone ever.


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