10th Dec 2008

Postgate reminiscences

My own little tribute to the late Oliver Postgate, who died the day before yesterday.

A few years ago I was at Landsdowne Road in Dublin, watching Ireland at a Six Nations rugby international against Italy.  Ireland had a scrum, or a ruck, or possibly a maul, one of those piles of bodies with the ball in the middle they have in rugby, near the goal line, and were trying to push over for a try.  “HEAVE!” went the crowd. “HEAVE!

And I couldn’t help adding, in my best squeaky falsetto,

The marvellous… mechanical… MOUSE organ!

And got the strangest looks from the people around me.  I don’t think they showed Bagpuss in the Free State.

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