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Friday Fun – Tiswas Compost Corner

Tiswas was a Saturday morning children’s British TV show which ran from 5 January 1974 to 3 April 1982 and was produced for the ITV network by ATV Network Limited.

It was created by ATV continuity announcer Peter Tomlinson (later to become a regular presenter on the show) following a test period in 1973 when he tried out a few competitions and daft stuff between the programmes. It had a fanatical following among students and parents and was for me the ideal hangover cure when taken with lashings of Irn Bru!

The word ’tiswas’ means a state of confusion or commotion, but the show’s name ‘officially’ stood for “Today Is Saturday, Watch And Smile

Compost Corner was one of the regular sketches originally built around Lenny Henry’s impersonation of David Bellamy.

Sally James

For obvious reasons Sally James was by far the main reason for watching the show, here she is in Compost Corner with Roger Daltrey and Kenney Jones from The Who, note how Roger stands proudly with his meat and two veg plain to see whilst Kenney obviously believes his smaller portion needs hiding!

Of course we can’t post without the Phantom Fan Flinger now can we, especially when it features a not too happy Annie Lennox then of The Tourists.

For more great Tiswas fun click HERE

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Humour, Interesting Fact, The Who, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Fiona Friday – Serendipity


Over the holiday weekend past I watched “Serendipity” which was one of Fiona’s all time favourite movies.

Although a bit of a woman’s weepie the fact that it featured John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale who are two of my favourite actors gave me a man’s excuse to enjoy it just as much.

John Cusack & Kate Beckinsale

John Cusack & Kate Beckinsale

It is worth it’s weight in gold if only for the reason that it introduced Fiona to the music of Nick Drake with this song as featured in the movie going on to be one of her favourites.

“Northern Sky” – Nick Drake

Here are a couple of other songs from the soundtrack

“Waiting In Vain” – Annie Lennox


“Moonlight Kiss – Bap Kennedy


To buy “Serendipity” on DVD and the Soundtrack CD click HERE

May 29, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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