Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Greatest Living Thanetian Dies

How sad to hear this morning that Our Greatest Living Thanetian has passed away. Oliver Postgate, creator of Noggin The Nog, Ivor the Engine, Bagpuss and The Clangers, all filmed in a converted cow shed somewhere near Canterbury, lived in Boredstares.

The search is now on for a replacement GLT. Ken Wills, Simon Moores, Dame Tracey Emin anyone? If you'd care to make some suggestions, I'll pop one of my seven day polls in the sidebar later today. If I can get enough Lemsip Max/single malt down me, that is.

Click here to read Oliver Postgate obit on BBC website.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think any of those qualify,
especially Biggles.
What about yourself, ECR??

'MR X'

Anonymous said...

I vote for Ms Emin.

Matt B said...

Iain Aitch? Author of a bunch of books and source of a freebe for Tony.

DrMoores said...

I vote for Ms Emin too unless Bagpuss is still alive somewhere on the Island!

I did see a couple of Clangers in Cecil Square recently!

Dan Bass said...

Oliver Postgate was a genius.

Anonymous said...

What about the bloke from Hawkwind? Wasn't he from Ramsgate?

Anonymous said...

Oliver Postgate was a gentleman, Ms Emin is certainly no lady!!

Anonymous said...

She (Ms Emin) is a first-rate, well-known, ambassador for Thanet/Margate, though, and there are not many others around of whom that can be said. She is proud of the area and her association with it, and is very willing to promote its good points.

Anonymous said...

Please don't mention Oliver Postgate in the same breath as Ms. Emin. 50 years after they were created, we stil remember Postgate's creations fondly. Who will remember the unwashed bed?

Eastcliff Richard said...

So far, then, we have the following candidates for Greatest Living Thanetian:

Me (natch)
Dame Tracey Emin
Ken Wills
Iain Aitch
That Bloke From Hawkwind

I think Simes has, for all intents and purposes, ruled himself out.

Any more before I put it to a vote?

Eastcliff Richard said...

BTW, I'd like to thank Lucy Mail for the tribute to moi on her blog. It perked me up no end during my recent near death experience (man flu), and will serve as a useful showreel for when I relaunch my career in the new year. Although I would like to point out that, far from being elfish, I'm actually quite a generous sort.

Unfortunately it's not possible to thank Lucy on her own blog at the moment as she seems to have disabled comments.

Anonymous said...

Brenda Blethyn?

Tom Hanks was born in Cliftonville.

Anonymous said...

You have all forgotten Buster Bloodvessel, once owner of a Margate hotel called Fatty Towers

Anonymous said...

That bloke from Hawkwind, the one wot wrote silver machine, is buried in Minster cemetery. (just inside the gate on the right, 3 rows back)

janewj said...

Tracey Emin - definitely.
Get well soon! :-)

Anonymous said...

It must have been painful for you to mourn a creative genius who lived in Broadstairs . I guess your neck of the woods would be more likely to have Hogarth or Bosch they would certainly be not short of inspiration

Eastcliff Richard said...

Let's be honest - not much has happened in Boredstares since Charlie D. Since when we've had Karl Marx, MIck Jagger and a bunch of other creative geniuses here in the Millionaires' Playground.

So, a liberal creative genius in Dickensville since the mid-1800s? Of course it's worth celebrating!

Dan Bass said...

Don't forget the Bruce Robinson / Broadstairs connection.

Anonymous said...

The council drop a lot of Clangers. Do they qualify.

RIP Oliver.
You woz great.

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know, the Boredstares wheels are grinding into motion re a fitting memorial to Oliver. I can just see a giant brass bagpuss snoozing on a pedastal over the seafront - how marvellous! Any bright ideas from anyone? By the way, I suggest that if anyone does have any sensible suggestions, they should make their voice heard, otherwise it will be the usual collection of po-faces and councillors who make the decision. As usual.

Nige said...

I remember Peter and Oliver showing the puppets off in an old frame tent at the Blean village fetes when i was a lad.

A bronze Bagpuss, what a wonderful idea :) Maybe Ms Emin could design something :o Although something that sounded out a 'shhhh-ti-cuff' every now and again might be fun....

Nige

Lucy Mail said...

Don't mention it, Dickie dear. And I'm sure you're enerous in both spirit and deed!
I turned comments off on my blog to cover the embarrassment of them being used about as much as (well, only slightly more than) (p)Rick O'Mortice's.
Perhaps I shouldn't be telling you that but hey, if it nets me a bit of sympathy...

Anyhow, didn't that bloke from Hawkwind top himself a number of years back?
In my book that makes him neither living nor particularly great!

Eastcliff Richard said...

Yes, Luce, I believe he pulled the plug on his Silver Machine some time back.

Shame about your comments. It's not a popularity contest, y'know. That said, I do get more than anyone else on the Ile de Thanet!

BTW, you left off odest in your tribute there.

Anonymous said...

If you vote for Tracy Emin she bears an uncanny resemblance to the soup dragon from ,The Clangers so neatly handing over the baton from Oliver Postgate to her maybe ?

Anonymous said...

Ha ha. Trace gets my vote.
Anon 4.17: She's more of a lady than you are.