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Monday, March 21, 2011

164 The Four Seasons and this is Spring !

Once more my friend blogger is tantalizing me ! it appears that the blog  has stopped going into google reader ! mmm  
   March on with Mad March Hares...


beautiful blooms... via  A gift wrapped Life


small pinks

More  Issey Myake lavender for Little augury

Local Florentines in bloom .....

and a little bird for Merlin x  

via A gift wrapped life
Sunday was an exquisite day. 
I decided to spend the afternoon with a book in the garden of The Four Seasons hotel .
I arrived at 1pm for brunch ,always a delightful experience, full of smiles and excellence.
I restricted myself to 3 " Georges"  in the morning and was therefore ready to enjoy a light lunch .
 The dining room , which is decorated in lilacs and silver grey  would have delighted Little Augury !
I hope that this has tickled your taste buds  because I have just stumbled on to another problem !!!

  When I return from Paris in one week I will continue the story of brunch at the four Seasons mmmm  hope that you can wait  ...

It will be worth it ! 

but in the mean time look at what someone stumbled on here  ,a real feast for the eyes.

Saved for the nation: The amazing haul of Roman jewellery and coins that will be preserved in Britain


Two hoards of Roman coins and Iron Age gold jewellery have been saved for the nation, with funding totalling almost £900,000.
The Frome hoard, the largest collection of Roman coins ever unearthed in a single container, will go to the Museum of Somerset thanks to a grant of almost £300,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
An intensive fundraising campaign for the hoard, which contains 52,503 coins dating between 253AD and 293AD, also benefited from a grant of more than £50,000 from the Art Fund, donations from various organisations and money raised by the public.
Scottish hoard: A museum curator stands over the hoard of Iron Age Gold torcs, unearthed on private land in Stirlingshire
Scottish hoard: A museum curator stands over the hoard of Iron Age Gold torcs, unearthed on private land in Stirlingshire
The hoard of silver and bronze coins found last year by metal detector user Dave Crisp contains 760 pieces which belong to the reign of Britain's 'pirate emperor' Marcus Aurelius Mauseus Valerius Carausius, who rebelled against the Roman Empire and declared himself Emperor of Britain and northern Gaul.
Funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund has also helped save the Iron Age gold hoard discovered near Stirling in Scotland for the nation.
The four gold neck ornaments known as torcs, which date from between the 3rd and 1st century BC, will go on display at the National Museum of Scotland.
The treasure consists of two pieces of jewellery made from twisted ribbons of gold, an ornate torc from southern France - the only one of its kind found in Britain - and a unique braided gold wire neck ornament.
In close up: Roman coins from the 3rd century AD showing the emperor Carausius which form part of a 52,000 coin hoard discovered by metal detector Dave Crisp near Frome
In close up: Roman coins from the 3rd century AD showing the emperor Carausius which form part of a 52,000 coin hoard discovered by metal detector Dave Crisp near Frome
It has been saved thanks to a £154,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) which exists to save outstanding parts of the country's heritage in memory of people who gave their lives for the UK, and £100,000 from the Art Fund.
The National Museums Scotland contributed £123,000 and the Scottish government put in £85,000 to purchase the hoard for the nation.
Dame Jenny Abramsky, chairwoman of the NHMF, said: 'These stunning hoards, which provide true insight into Britain's rich and diverse history, now join a magnificent collection of heritage treasures the National Heritage Memorial Fund has safeguarded for the nation over the last 31 years.'
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'Both the Roman coins in Somerset and torcs in Scotland are going to absolutely the right places where generations can learn, enjoy and be inspired by them, and experts can carry out vital research.'


I wish for all of my readers and blog friends a week of inspiration ,blue skies,peace and fun.Provoke,amuse and enjoy .
I will miss you .

Saturday, March 19, 2011

163 Libya is suffering............

 Dear Merlin ,
Another sad day,please let it end soon.

This morning I decided to rest a while and listen to BBC Radio 4 and very soon I was laughing out loud,whilst being transported back to my childhood-age 10 to be precise.Paul Gambacini  was interviewing Bob Newhart
 and the people around him who had launched his career in way back when ! 




One of them being in his 90s.Floating in and out of consciousness following a night of National fireworks and then  my blog disaster I suddenly heard the "Driving instructor"  and was taken back to sitting by the radio and laughing uncontrollably as children do . This was followed by his" Abraham Lincoln" sketch.  What a way to start the day !
And then my mind travelled a million miles in no time at all .Being 10 years old all manner of things stick , some good ,some bad but I had  a vivid picture of Chi Chi spring into mind!What  an excitement at London Zoo and from then Ive always been fond of Pandas.

Chi Chi was not London Zoo's first giant panda; Ming was one of four that arrived in 1938. However, it was Chi Chi who became the Zoo's star attraction and Britain's best-loved zoo animal.
She was born in 1957, caught in December 1957 in Sichuan and moved to Peking Zoo in January 1958. The Austrian animal broker Heini Demmer acquired Chi Chi in exchange for an impressive collection of African hoofstock in May 1958 and brought the animal to Moscow Zoo. After a rest of a week the panda went on journey to Tierpark Berlin, the zoo in the eastern part of the then divided city.TheZoological Society of London had stated that it would not encourage collection of wild pandas, but accepted Chi Chi since she had already been collected. Although Chi Chi's visit was originally planned to last for only three weeks, it would decided to buy her for the amount of GBP 12,000. Chi Chi became property of London Zoo on 26 September 1958. 
There were unsuccessful attempts to mate Chi Chi with Moscow Zoo's An An.




 a tummy tickle



Chi Chi died on 22 July 1972 and was mourned by the nation. Her remains, now a stuffed exhibit, sit in a glass case, adjacent to the cafe at London's Natural History Museum.


its been a busy day .....

does my bottom look big?

pe po.....

Im feeling a little bit sleepy ...

dreaming.....
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Roaming in a few isolated Sichuan basin mountain ranges in southwest China including the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces along the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, the Ailuropoda melanoleuca (literal translation: "black and white cat-footed") or giant panda is also referred to in Chinese as da xiongmao or "large bear-cat".
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These strikingly handsome creatures have been around for 600,000 years, dating as far back as the Pleistocene Era and according to fossil evidence, they used to cover territory as far south as Vietnam and Myanmar.  Today, there are just 290 pandas living in captivity and an estimated 1,600 TOTAL living in China's mountains.
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Although they DO sleep between 8 and 12 hours daily, pandas do not hibernate - they don't have enough body fat to do so.  Instead, they take to lower altitudes when temperatures drop and conversely climb back up to higher altitudes when the mercury rises.
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The giant panda - China's symbol of peace -- has been the poster child for endangered species everywhere...in fact it was officially added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Act in 1984. The London Zoo's sole panda resident Chi Chi was the inspiration the World Wildlife Fund's perennial logo, officially launched back in 1961.
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Newborns begin life completely blind and covered with fine white fur, weighing in at just 3.7 ounces. Their distinctive markings emerge around their 10th day of life, their eyes open at between 1 ½ to 2 months and by 25 days, a panda's coat takes on its fully recognizable appearance. Once they reach four months of age, they are able to walk and they ultimately spend the next 2+ years with their mother.
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The World Wildlife Fund says that perpetually low birth rates and high infant death rates have made panda reproduction efforts (while in captivity) very challenging and not yet sustainable. Between the ages of 4 - 10 years, they are finally able to procreate and yet females are only fertile once each year in the springtime. With a gestation period of between 97 and 163 days, pregnant bears give birth an average of every 2 - 3 years to a maximum of two cubs, one of which generally survives.
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Completely mature pandas average 225 pounds in weight -- a full 10 - 20% heavier than their female counterparts at 193 pounds - and measure from 4 - 6 feet long.   While certain pandas held in captivity have been known to reach the ripe old age of 35, their average lifespan in zoos and refuges is 30, while in the wild, they generally reach approximately 20 years of age. The oldest known panda was Wuhan Zoo's 37 year old female resident, named Dudu, who suffered from epilepsy in 1999.
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Subsisting on a largely herbivore diet of bamboo stems, leaves and shoots, their bodies aren't naturally designed to process fibrous cellulosic plant material  -- in fact, they actually possess carnivore-friendly digestive systems (which apparently accommodate the occasional rodent that they are known to eat). For this very reason, they tend to consume an average of 28 pounds of bamboo each day, which amounts to 10,000+ pounds annually. They also augment  their diets (when necessary) with other plants such as crocuses, irises and gentians.
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The panda's number one predator continues to be man rather than snow leopards (which tend to prey on panda cubs) or bamboo rats (which destroy their main food source by consuming the root structure, ultimately felling trees). Human beings have long been responsible for overdeveloping the bears' conventional habitat in favor of creating agricultural regions and cities, depleting their natural stomping grounds of its natural resources and taking out dense coniferous and broadleaf forests which offer them 99% of their main food source (in the form of bamboo).
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In the past, even though poachers found guilty of killing giant pandas could receive the death penalty, many acknowledge still being willing to taking their chances since the financial reward for a pelt was more than their potential lifetime earnings. The Criminal Law of China was finally revised in 1997, dictating that the maximum penalty for panda poaching be no more than 10 years.
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16 panda cubs posing with their keepers at Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province, Southwest China, taken February 2010.   via Nature blog.

As China gives Britain two pandas, will they produce this country's first ever cub

By Jane Fryer
12th January 2011


At some stage this year, two exceptionally important Chinese diplomatic envoys will be transported with great pomp and ceremony through the gates of Edinburgh Zoo.
Their arrival has been hoped for, discussed, negotiated and argued over by scores of very important people for more than five years.
A team of royals and top politicians including Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Gordon Brown and (the then) Foreign Secretary David Miliband worked tirelessly to entice them here.
Yangguang, one of two giant pandas heading for the UK
Yangguang, one of two giant pandas heading for the UK
Their arrival, on an as yet unconfirmed date, will be marked by national celebrations and jubilation, commemorative mugs, a huge security operation and blanket media coverage.
Oh yes, and the delivery of many tons of Chinese bamboo.
For these important visitors are neither statesmen nor businessmen, but a pair of seven-year-old giant pandas called Tian-Tian and Yangguang.
The pair — whose names translate as ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Sweetie’ — will have been dosed with travel sickness pills and sent thousands of miles from the Wolong Panda Breeding Centre in the Sichuan Province of China.
They will then settle into the old gorilla enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo for the next ­decade, making them the first giant pandas to reside in Britain for more than 17 years.
Ever since the purchase of Chi-Chi the giant panda in 1958 for £12,000, the British have adored pandas.
Chi-Chi fast became a national heroine. She provoked an explosion in zoo visitor ­numbers, was constantly in the news, became the ­symbol of the World Wildlife Fund and was fed on bamboo from the garden of Daphne du Maurier’s neighbour.
It is hoped that these latest panda imports will bring a little of Chi-Chi’s magic with them — and not least to Edinburgh Zoo, which has been struggling lately and has been forced to close its exotic bird enclosure after a drop in visitors. 
Tian-Tian is also on her way to Edinburgh Zoo after China's deputy leader visited the UK to boost relations
Tian-Tian is also on her way to Edinburgh Zoo after China's deputy leader visited the UK to boost relations
Indeed, such is the draw of a pair of pandas — the giant panda is one of the best-loved symbols in the world, and used to sell everything from electronic goods and fizzy drinks to chocolate and cigarettes — that not only are visitor numbers expected to double to more than a million a year, but research, tourism and sales of furry merchandise are all predicted to shoot up, too.
And, after nearly 80 years of dismal and embarrassing failure, every hope is pinned on Tian-Tian (the female) and Yangguang making history by producing Britain’s first ever panda cub.
Which all sounds wonderfully exciting, and doubtless the keepers (and accountants) at Edinburgh Zoo will be high-fiving in excitement. 

But there is more to this than a cuddly animal kingdom love-in. For these pandas were not a gift from one nature conservation group to another, or even a straightforward loan from one.
Edinburgh Zoo will have the pair for ten years and will have to pay handsomely — about £600,000 a year — for the privilege.
In actual fact, they form a key part of a £2.6billion trade deal signed this week by the UK and Chinese governments, witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, and including deals with Jaguar Land Rover and Scotland’s biggest mainland oil refinery.
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Chancellor George Osborne before a meeting at Mansion House in central London. As well as giving Britain a pair of giant pandas Li Keqiang signed trade deals worth an estimated £2.6billion
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Chancellor George Osborne before a meeting at Mansion House in central London. As well as giving Britain a pair of giant pandas Li Keqiang signed trade deals worth an estimated £2.6billion
So it is that the ‘Panda Deal’ marks a return to the days of international ‘Panda Diplomacy’ — an age-old tactic whereby China gave pairs of pandas (the country’s unofficial national emblem) to governments around world to sweeten foreign relations.
It all started back in the Tang Dynasty, when Empress Wu Zetian (625-705) despatched a pair of pandas to the Japanese emperor.
But ‘Panda Diplomacy’ really came into its own during the Cold War, with the Chinese government giving away 23 furry black and white ambassadors to nine different countries between 1958 and 1982 on a diplomatic charm offensive.
One of the most famous examples was Chairman Mao’s gift of Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling to U.S. President Richard Nixon, after Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972. (Nixon responded by sending back a pair of musk oxen.)
The pandas were hugely popular. More than 20,000 people visited them on their first day at the National Zoo in Washington DC, and Mao’s gift was seen as an ­enormous diplomatic success. So much so, in fact, that two years later, British Prime Minister Ted Heath, during his own visit to China, asked for a pair of pandas to fill the yawning gap left by Chi-Chi’s death in 1972. 
Chi-Chi, who became a national heroine, arrives at London Zoo in 1958
Chi-Chi, who became a national heroine, arrives at London Zoo in 1958
A few weeks later, to enormous excitement, Ching-Ching and Chia-Chia arrived, rather jet-lagged and with their own temporary supply of bamboo, at London Zoo.
Sadly, though, they never lived up to Chi-Chi’s popularity.
For starters, keeping them was an expensive business. Pandas eat 50kg of bamboo shoots a day (not something in easy supply in 1970s London), and the zoo was soon forced to launch a public appeal for funds to ­provide for food and a new shelter for them.
And breeding was a disaster — just as it had been with poor Chi-Chi, who’d refused point blank to mate with Moscow Zoo’s An-An, even though the public was gripped by her sex life and constantly egged her on.
So, again, there were no cubs. After 11 barren years, Ching-Ching died in 1985 and Chia-Chia was shipped off to Mexico Zoo to try (and fail) to mate with the resident panda there.
Meanwhile their replacements — Ming-Ming and Bao-Bao — fought savagely, yet again produced no cubs, and in 1994 were sent home in ‘disgrace’.
It seemed none of them wanted to have sex. Ever.
For many years, all sorts of bizarre methods were used to try (and invariably fail) to make them feel a bit more, er, revved up. They were given Viagra (yes, the real thing), put on special ‘aphrodisiac’ diets, subjected to panda ‘sexercise’ classes and even shown X-rated videos of other adult pandas.
The ins and outs of panda copulation have always been something of a mystery, but what experts didn’t know until recently was that, rather than just not being very into sex, female pandas are fertile for just two or three days of the year, sometime between March and April. 
Yangguang's name translates as 'Sweetie' - his partner's as 'Sunshine'
Yangguang's name translates as 'Sweetie' - his partner's as 'Sunshine'
The rest of the time, male and female giant pandas are far happier living in splendid isolation. Indeed, they fight if they’re housed together other than on the fertile days.
It’s not just when it comes to sex that pandas are contrary. While they spend up to 14 hours a day eating bamboo, they’re actually carnivores who’ve lost their taste for meat.
And while, on the face of it, their reproductive system seems utterly hopeless, and their tiny, blind 3oz babies often too vulnerable to live, they’ve somehow survived for millions of years — although they do remain seriously endangered, with fewer than 2,500 in the wild.
Which is perhaps why, in the 1980s, China stopped giving away its prize pandas and came up with a new scheme: lucrative ten-year loans to foreign zoos. (In recent years, ‘loans’ have been made to Taiwan and Japan.) 
This scheme was partly to promote international relations, but also to further the conservation of pandas at home in the wild, and to fund the extraordinarily high-tech Wolong Panda Breeding Centre.
That’s why today, nearly every zoo outside China with a pair of pandas (including Edinburgh) will be paying up to £700,000 a year for the privilege. And under the terms of the loan, any cub born will be the property of the Chinese government.
With such an outlay, Edinburgh Zoo will be relieved to know that neither Tian-Tian or Yangguang are blushing virgins.
Both have bred before — though not with each other — and everyone will be crossing their fingers that panda love just might be in the air on those two or three special days next year. And that, for once, Tian-Tian won’t cry off with a headache.

Thankyou Merlin XX


 Following on the journey, of course my mind was taken over by black and white.....


stretching.....

snuggling....

chatting...

listening ...

gliding ....

just being beautiful....
Diane de Poitiers mistress of Henri 11



her descendant Princess Michael of Kent


Princess Diana

Avedon

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh



Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Audrey Hepburn


Cartier- Bresson


Chihuly

The Beatles





Syon House

Charles Dance


Roman 18th century



Princess Diana
its quite a long journey Merlin !


and of course the programme which triggered off this journey was on the radio on Saturday mornings  .......Listening with Uncle mac !
I do hope that  this works wherever you are ,  it had me laughing and crying simultaneously ....
Children's Favourites
Derek McCulloch ("Uncle Mac)"
Derek McCulloch ("Uncle Mac")
From 1954, for generations of children, Saturday morning was one of the great highlights of the week. Although the weekday "Children's Hour" provided rich entertainment for those between the ages of potty and puberty , Uncle Mac's selection of record requests was something very special: you might even hear your name being read out! Sheer bliss!!! His opening words "Hello Children Everywhere!" and the string orchestra signature tune of 'Puffing Billy', became symbols of the Fifties every bit as evocative as Dan Dare, Meccano and grey flannel shorts.
Larry the Lamb and Norman and Henry Bones the Boy Detectives, were all very well in their way, but to have your spine chilled by the evil Troll in The Three Billy Goats Gruff or listen to The Runaway Train blowing its erratic way down the track - now that was a different thing entirely.
Why, you could even bear sitting through those ghastly, relentlessly cheerful Austrian children fal-da-reeing their way through The Happy Wanderer. Or "dear" little Christopher Robin kneeling down at the foot of his bed in order to say his prayers for the keenly anticipated pleasures of The Three little Fishes and Arthur Askey's Bee Song.
Derek McCulloch (Uncle Mac) was the presenter of choice. One of the old school BBC men, he was rather like a favourite elderly relation, firm but friendly; and a certain decorum was expected.
As spotty adolescents caused hormones to run riot and began to turn a young man's fancy to pursuits rather more visceral than logarithm tables or the county cricket averages, the tenor of the programme changed as well. While Nellie the Elephant continued to trundle back to the jungle, new presenters had taken over and faint stirrings of the embryonic "teenage revolution" could be detected as ultra-modernists like The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers began to invade the territory previously occupied by Sir Hamilton Harty and the Manchester Children's Choir. Requests for Terry Scott singing My Brother or any other old favourites were usually from conservative parents who disapproved of the cacophonous, electric-guitar-based sound that their easily deluded offspring liked to refer to as music.
When Cliff and Elvis started to replace teddy bear's picnics and runaway trains in the affections of the audience, the programme couldn't continue to be safe and square and it died with the Light Programme in 1967.
Here is a list of some of the recordings which were most popularly requested by the young listeners:
The Laughing Policeman : Charles Penrose (lyrics)
Twenty Tiny Fingers : Alma Cogan (lyrics)
Little Red Monkey : Rosemary Clooney (lyrics)
Buttons and Bows : Dinah Shore (lyrics)
Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie : Guy Mitchell (lyrics)
Run, Rabbit, Run : Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen (lyrics)
The Runaway Train : Vernon Dalhart (lyrics)
The Animals Went In Two-by-Two : (lyrics)
When you come to the end of a lollipop : Max Bygraves
(lyrics)
Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzellen Bogen by the sea : Max Bygraves (lyrics)
Swedish Rhapsody : Mantovani and his Orchestra
Nellie the Elephant : Mandy Miller (lyrics)
Poppa Piccolino : Petula Clark (lyrics)
I tawt I saw a puddy tat : Mel Blanc (lyrics)
The Bee Song : Arthur Askey (lyrics)
The Big Rock Candy Mountain : Burl Ives (lyrics)
How much is that doggy in the window : Patti Page (lyrics)
Hey Little Hen : Harry Roy
(lyrics)
Bimbo : Suzi Miller (lyrics)
The yellow rose of Texas : Stan Freburg (lyrics)
Inch Worm : Danny Kaye (lyrics)
The King's New Clothes : Danny Kaye (lyrics)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff : Frank Luther (lyrics) (listen)
The Ugly Duckling : Danny Kaye (lyrics)
The Three Little Fishes : Frankie Howerd (lyrics)
The Hippopotamus Song : Flanders and Swann (lyrics)
Little White Duck : Danny Kaye (lyrics)
A Four Legged Friend : Roy Rogers (lyrics)
The Deadwood Stage : Doris Day (lyrics)
The Black Hills of Dakota : Doris Day (lyrics)
Tubby the Tuba : Danny Kaye (lyrics)
Part 2
Sparky's Magic Piano : Henry Blair (link)
Mairzy doats and dozy doats : Johnny Dennis
(lyrics)
My Old Man's a Dustman : Lonnie Donegan
Old Macdonald had a Farm (lyrics)
There's a Hole in my Bucket!, Dear Liza : Harry Belafonte (lyrics)
The Owl and The Pussycat : Elton Hayes (lyrics)
Thumbelina : Danny Kaye (lyrics)
Little White Bull : Tommy Steele (lyrics)
She'll be Coming Round the Mountain, When she Comes : ? (lyrics)
Me and My Teddy Bear : Rosemary Clooney (lyrics)
Little boy fishing : Shirley Abicair (lyrics)
The Teddy Bear's Picnic : Henry Hall (lyrics)
I'm a Pink Toothbrush, you're a Blue Toothbrush : Max Bygraves (lyrics)
My Brother : Terry Scott (lyrics)
All I want for Christmas, is my Two Front Teeth : Spike Jones City Slickers (lyrics)
A Windmill in Old Amsterdam : Ronnie Hilton (lyrics)
Carbon the Copy Cat : Tex Ritter
Puff, The Magic Dragon : Peter, Paul and Mary (lyrics)
Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen : Danny Kaye (lyrics)
Buffalo Billy (Cowboys and Indians) : Roy Rogers
Beep Beep (The Bubble Car Song) : The Playmates (lyrics)
Ragtime Cowboy Joe :The Chipmunks (lyrics)
Barney the Bashful Bullfrog : Gene Autry
(lyrics)
This Ole House : Rosemary Clooney (lyrics)
Close the Door : Stargazers (lyrics)
Mommy, Gimme a Drinka Water : Danny Kaye (lyrics)
Christmas Alphabet : The McGuire Sisters (lyrics)
The Children's Marching Song (Nick Nack Paddy Whack) : Mitch Miller and His Orchestra (lyrics)
The Happy Wanderer : The Obenkirchen Children's Choir (lyrics)
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf : Henry Hall and his Orchestra (lyrics)
Michael Row the Boat Ashore : The Highwaymen (lyrics)
Three Wheels on My Wagon : The New Christy Minstrels (lyrics)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly : Burl Ives (lyrics)
The Whistling Gipsy Rover : Elton Hayes (lyrics)
The Blue-Tail Fly (Jimmy Crack Corn) : Burl Ives (lyrics)
In the Middle of the House : Alma Cogan (lyrics)
Que Sera, Sera : Doris Day (lyrics)
The Mama Doll Song : Patti Page (lyrics)
Kitty in a Basket : Diana Decker (lyrics)
They're Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace : Ann Stephens (lyrics,YouTube)
Pickin' a Chicken : Eve Boswell (lyrics)
I am a Mole and I live in a Hole : The Southlanders (lyrics)
Messing About on the River : Josh McCrae
(lyrics)
Troika Movement from the Lt. Kije Suite by Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf
The Hall of the Mountain King
O’Rafferty’s Motor Car : Val Doonican (lyrics)
The Marvellous Toy : Val Doonican (lyrics)
The Ugly Bug Ball : Burl Ives (lyrics)
Goodness Gracious Me : Peter Sellers/Sophie Loren (lyrics)
Flash, Bang Wallop! : Tommy Steele (lyrics)
Donald Where’s Your Troosers? : Andy Stewart (lyrics)
Delaware : Perry Como (lyrics)
Magic Moments : Perry Como (lyrics)
The Little Shoemaker : Petula Clark (lyrics)
Please feel free to let us know of any missing items and also, if anyone can remember the words to any of these songs, please let us know and we will publish them here!
Click Here!Signature Tune
The programme's signature tune was called Puffin' Billy by Edward White


I can hear you singing now,sweet dreams until we meet againxxxxx

 

my little brother used to hide behind a chair and sing Bimbo and the Black hills of Dakota  whilst I was becoming addicted to Jerry lee lewis !!