The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Oliver Postgate dead at 83

News arrived yesterday that Oliver Postgate, co-creator of some of the most popular Children's television in the UK has died, aged 83. Here, Oliver is photographed with Bagpuss in 1997.

Read the BBC story here.
For the uninitiated go here or here.

1 comment :

swac said...

Thanks for posting this, Richard! I watched Bagpuss on the CBC way back when, and recently revisited the show on DVD and was taken with how charming, and yet creepy, the program was. I think I had nightmares involving that bird with the scissor head.

We certainly don't see much vision like Postgate's in today's children's television environment.