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Cheering news for a Monday morning.

Eddie Mair | 05:44 UK time, Monday, 18 August 2008

bananastogether.png They're back.


  • 1. At 06:05am on 18 Aug 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Ah. I thought it was going to be the *other* banana-related cultural icon...

    "This is the PM studio. And this is Eric, the mild-mannered presenter who leads an exciting double life. For when Eric eats a banana, an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is Bananaman. Ever alert for the call to action. With the presenting ability of twenty men..."
    "Twenty *big* men!"

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  • 2. At 06:11am on 18 Aug 2008, eddiemair wrote:

    Have you been reading the secret memo about the programme's development?

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  • 3. At 07:13am on 18 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    All together now.....

    "tra la la, Tra lala la, Tra la la Tra lala laaaaaa
    One banana two banana three banana four...."

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  • 4. At 08:47am on 18 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Good morning, Bananaman, and fellow froggers. What an excellent way to start the day (and I hear bananas have other benefits!)

    Cat: "As if ......"

    Eric: Happy un-Blogday!

    Fearless: You're sounding demob happy. This is Monday, I repeat, Monday! Whatever are you thinking, being so jolly? ;)

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  • 5. At 09:02am on 18 Aug 2008, eddiemair wrote:

    I know. Two years. And STILL rubbish.

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  • 6. At 09:05am on 18 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Bingo, Drooper, Fleegle and Snorky’s Web presence is targeted at 45 to 75 year-olds?

    Now that's more like it!

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  • 7. At 09:10am on 18 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    But, Dr. Muir, we all take our cue from you -

    *****GRIN! *****

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  • 8. At 09:18am on 18 Aug 2008, mygloriousleader wrote:

    Tra la la

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  • 9. At 09:42am on 18 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Good grief - I don't remember them at all. Does that make me too old or too young?

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  • 10. At 09:49am on 18 Aug 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    ValP (9):

    It just means that during your youthful summer holidays, you would have been out and about playing, rather than staying in first thing in the morning and watching TV; Flash Gordon, The Flashing Blade, White Horses, Champion the Wonder Horse, Whirlybirds and Why Don't You?

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  • 11. At 09:56am on 18 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Not sure if we had daytime tv during my youthful summer holidays SCat, unless you count Watch With Mother!

    Whatever happened to zooming out the door straight after breakfast and playing Red Rover in the street, or scrounging bits and pieces to build a Gang Hut in the overgrown orchard? No, I'm not really a character from Enid Blyton, that's what we did. Well that and building dolls' furniture out of matchboxes and making clothes for trolls (that must have been in the wintertime).

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  • 12. At 09:58am on 18 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    ValP/SteelCat: That'll explain why, for me, they're only a name (though I do remember Champion and Flash Gordon, though from evening TV).

    Do you know? I cannot abide daytime TV, and I know I'm in the minority here, but for me the button never gets pushed pre-8 p.m. (unless there's something extra special to watch). Does that mean I'm not an addict? ;o)

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  • 13. At 10:15am on 18 Aug 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    I can olny remember the school yard rather dodgy version of the lyrics with rocks and cannonballs. :-)

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  • 14. At 10:21am on 18 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Well one show that probably won't be reincarnated featured this:

    The word association game where you mustn't pause, you mustn't hesitate or you get a bonk on the head like this...or like this...say "Bleugh!"..."Bleugh!"...say "Bleugh!"..."Bleugh!"...

    Not forgetting the theme tune with the memorable couplet:
    It's WACADAY, no school today, here's what you got to do.
    Forget the post, put down your toast, and tune in to the show!


    Or how about the TV show which bizzarely suggested you turn off your TV set and do something less boring instead? I wonder if its cancellation was due to being (quite literally) a victim of its own success? :)

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  • 15. At 11:23am on 18 Aug 2008, MarcusAureliusII wrote:

    Ever on the lookout to improve its service to match our audience's needs, preferences, and culture, BBC has replaced its former staff. Meet our new and improved reporters, correspondents, and presenters. Britain, we've heard your complaints and this is our answer. Now just sit back and enjoy them.

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  • 16. At 11:38am on 18 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    I was always rather taken by Muffin the Mule.

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  • 17. At 12:05pm on 18 Aug 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    DIY (16):

    Careful now!

    Double entendres aside, it's interesting to look at the differences between children's programs in USA and Britain about that time.

    Psychadelic slapstick with the Banana Splits compared to wholesome, family values of The Woodentops and Andy Pandy over here. Bill and Ben of course had a Little Weed and were a bit out of it.

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  • 18. At 12:15pm on 18 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Well, I for one was always a bit worried about Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo got up to in that basket.

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  • 19. At 12:16pm on 18 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    There should be a 'what' in there somewhere!

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  • 20. At 12:22pm on 18 Aug 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Muffin The Horse (18):

    But it was only Andy and Teddy in the basket wasn't it? I'm sure Looby Loo slept elsewhere.

    Wonkypaedia says you're right though...

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  • 21. At 12:40pm on 18 Aug 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    TSSC (10) you have brought it all back.

    Thank you

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  • 22. At 1:02pm on 18 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    My mother-in-law was genuinely puzzled by the laughter she caused with her assertion "You can go all day on a banana".

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  • 23. At 2:33pm on 18 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Ap (22) - Your mother-in-law might be right. Maybe we should ask Big Sis (4) to tell us why she asserts that "bananas have other benefits!"

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  • 24. At 2:39pm on 18 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Now now, Horse, I was thinking of all that potassium contained in a banana, not in some other uses to which I've heard they can be put ;o)

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  • 25. At 2:41pm on 18 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    TiH, re Andy Pandy, I wondered why he was always in his jim-jams!

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  • 26. At 2:43pm on 18 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    TssC (17), are you not forgetting The Magic Roundabout?

    Most of characters in that seemed well out of it most of the time. Especially Dylan!

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  • 27. At 2:46pm on 18 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Nor should we forget those two gay flowerpots, who relied upon a little weed .....

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  • 28. At 3:04pm on 18 Aug 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Big Sister (24):

    Talking of potassium, can I recommend to all froggers and to the PM team the following site at Nottingham Uni:

    periodicvideos dot com (with the wubbleyous at the start of course)

    It has a video for each of the elements in the periodic table combining a short chat about what the element is like, plus a practical demo of e.g. what happens when you dump a lump of potassium into a bucket of water.

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  • 29. At 3:56pm on 18 Aug 2008, Hugh_Z_Hackenbach wrote:

    SSC(28) Just watched the 'uranium' video.
    Charming chap explained that 'depleted uranium' contains less than 0.2% of the radioactive uranium isotope... A manageable risk in the laboratory. He mentioned that the more serious risk was its toxicity and damage caused to the liver (half a gram could kill you). Oh yes, and it shatters easily.
    His chum, the guy with the ‘wild’ hair, then goes on to explain that because the depleted uranium is so heavy, it’s a useful counterweight in balancing things, like aircraft!! Oh yes, and it shatters easily.
    Does it seem that these two chaps need to talk to each other?
    (Not just the in-flight sandwiches that could end curled up!)
    .. and the good advice, "if you have a flask of uranium ... don't let it out". Sound!

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  • 30. At 4:15pm on 18 Aug 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    DI_W 16, Yeah, that Muffin was a real conman.

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  • 31. At 4:55pm on 18 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Cat: That's a wicked website - thanks for the recommendation! Only thing is, I tried it once and my 'puter crashed, then tried it again and had difficulties extracting myself.

    But - there's a morale in that potassium video, and I think it's a good reminder not to eat bunches of bananas followed by glasses of water. Am I right? ;o)

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  • 32. At 5:51pm on 18 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh blimey, just spotted the typo. There may indeed be morale up there, but I did mean moral. Of course.

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  • 33. At 6:03pm on 18 Aug 2008, Deepthought wrote:


    At some point today, the Blog had an update, and now Eric's entries are highlighted (on a white, boardered background, not the grey)....

    Dr Hack (29)

    Depleated Uranium has the *useful* (for power stations, bombs) radioactive isotope removed. What remains is still radioactive, but with a very long half-life.

    Yes, it is used as counterweights, for example in some Boeing aircraft. This is because it is one of the most dense materials available (much more so than lead). These two facts explain the fuss when one hit a building near Schopol airport a few years ago.

    Because it's so dense, it's also used as the tip of anti-tank missiles (which then blow up), and that's why all the fuss about Uranium in Iraq, the Balkans...

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  • 34. At 12:15pm on 19 Aug 2008, Hugh_Z_Hackenbach wrote:

    Oooh yes, but it isn't the lack of radioactivity the chap was warning about.. it's the fact that Uranium, as a material, is very toxic. ie like lead (Pb) is toxic.
    Still, if you've just hit the earth rather quickly from 20,000 feet, why worry about the toxic uranium dust from the shattered 'counter-weight', eh?

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