Wednesday, 18 December 2013
I haven't added much to my blog in the last year but hope to write a lot more in 2014.
I've had lots of books to compile for various publishers over the last year so that's kept me very busy. Next year will see three books all about the First World War and one about the 1960s. I hope to write a lot more about Singapore sometime in the future.
Thanks to everyone for their support, it's been lovely to hear from you all. Best wishes for Christmas and for 2014!
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
April Dancer. Although the show is almost forgotten nowadays, hearing the theme or seeing clips from the programme instantly transports me back to my boyhood, staying in on a hot day, making sure I didn't miss it. Of course, we all really wanted to be Napoleon Solo or Ilya Kuryakin from The Man From Uncle and perhaps The Girl From Uncle wasn't quite as popular but it will always bring back happy memories for me.
Monday, 22 July 2013
I wonder how many toys people still have from their time in Singapore and Malaya in the 1960s? The only ones that I can think of are my Batmobile, Man From Uncle 'Thrushbuster' and Corgi James Bond DB5. I remember being taken to the Naval base cinema to see Goldfinger. I must have been about 4 years old back then. I never ever saw the end of a film because I always fell asleep! All kids had to have James Bond's car from the movie and I didn't know anyone who didn't have one. It was the same with the Batmobile. We all watched the show starring Adam West and Burt Ward and re-enacted the scenes in our garden. Anything featuring Batman was much sought after and everyone had to have a Batmobile. The spy show The Man From Uncle had the same following and everyone had to have their car, the 'Thrushbuster'. I remember being on holiday at Sandycroft in Penang and Alan and me hassled my parents for more pocket money so that we could buy the car from a small stall there. I've still got them all today although a bit knocked about and worse for wear. They were part of my childhood and a memory of our time in Singapore and Malaya and I would never get rid of them.