Don’t ask me what set me down nostalgia trail the other evening; I found myself on youtube looking for videos of Muffin the Mule. Television was in its infancy in the post-war years in Britain, and I suspect I was fortunate in living in London at the time. Innovations came our way first. Even if it was by way of a 9 inch black and white set on the sideboard.
But did I really watch Muffin and Sooty when I was ten or eleven years old? Can you imagine it nowadays? Young people are more interested in High School Musical, technology or the environment.
However if you happen to need a five minute break, this little video will hopefully give you a lift and make you smile. If you have got the time to look, do let me know what you think. Oh and by the way, it is a useful lesson on how to use puppets with children. Charlie the raccoon was my puppet of choice when I did Children’s talks, and I know it would have been useful to have some some lessons on puppetry and story-telling. He used to sleep on the communion table and pop up at appropriate moments in a Service. He also went down quite well with the younger children at school.