Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Famous Five

Not done with Christmas yet, here are couple of late gifts. Sister gave me this book. Is she trying to tell me something?  I have read a little of the book. It began with the now adult Famous Five who are in a shared household going to what they thought would be a tame New Year's Eve party. The party was forecast to be boring, so they decided in advance to leave just after midnight. Next morning they all woke up with massive hangovers and little memory of what happened the night before. Apparently Julian signed up to join a choir but had no memory of it until a follow up phone call. A pretty girl was involved.  Remember the tomboy girl named George? I quote,  "For her part, George was also grappling with shame at having snogged someone. Also a boy, which filled her with shame for different reasons.


Tradie Brother asked Mother what he should buy Little Jo for Christmas. Mother consulted with R, who has a list of Little Jo's wants. R suggested a Pokemon poster. Mother did not pass this on to Tradie Brother and decided it was a good gift for herself to buy for Little Jo. Mother asked us to track down a poster. I called several likely places but no poster seemed to be available. We looked online. Bingo, plenty available for about $15 including postage. We ordered it on the 12th of December, with a suggested delivery date of the 22nd of December. No parcel tracking. I did not know where it was coming from. Apparently the US, as it did not arrived until 6th of January. So, this is a gift we bought for Little Jo that was to come from Mother. In the meantime Bone Doctor somehow managed to procure a different Pokemon poster, and whispered to Mother that she should give it to Little Jo from herself. Mother, rightly confused, asked how Andrew and R got the poster from us to Bone Doctor. Much confusion. The upshot is Little Jo will have two Pokemon posters to adorn her bedroom walls. This is just a photo. The posters are terrifically vivid and bright.


23 comments:

  1. I had no idea the Famous Five had an adult series, although given the amount of time they spent together as children I shouldn't be surprised at them still being together in a share house. But it disappoints me somehow.
    I like the Pokemon posters, they're cheerful. So what did Tradie Brother end up giving Little Jo?

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    1. River, nor did I I. I was very amused when I saw it. Your good memories of FF have been sullied. Sorry. I don't know what TB ended up giving her.

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  2. I do like the posters. River is right - they are bright and cheerful.
    I have seen the adult Famous Five series around, but not picked them up. Yet. I wonder what Edith would make of them.

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    1. EC, I reckon she would have done a bit of grave turning.

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  3. I suspect Enid would probably be fond of an eccy or 3 before attending Lord and Lady Whatsits Anniversary Fete; I can see her now getting jiggy with the 3 piece string ensemble or in the mosh pit for the brass band.

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    1. Jayne, the mind boggles.

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  4. As we entered into adulthood, it appeared more and more that Enid Blyton was a snot. But I must admit that "Secret Seven" and "Famous Five" were my favourite birthday presents in primary school.

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    1. They were among my favourites too, Hels.

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    2. I read both series, but preferred "The Naughtiest Girl In the School", "What Katy did" and The Chalet School" series.

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  5. Enid Blyton, once her books were banned! Used to read them years ago.
    Nothing like a bright poster for children, they do looks good if you like that sort of thing.

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    1. Margaret, I haven't seen it for a while but Mother said she could hardly get into Little Jo's room for toys, games and books. Space will be found on the wall, I am sure.

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  6. My grand daughter is fascinated with Pokemon too, and scored quite a few gifts tied to this. The posters are surely fun, colorful and festive. Never heard of that book, but my goodness, it sure looks interesting! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, I have little understanding of Pokemon, but children certainly do find it fascinating. Someone made a lot of money.

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  7. Ha. Funny about the poster or should I say posters:)
    A couple of my Christmas gifts arrived last week. One a button from the HH that you can press for applause or boos. I think the HH thought it would keep my grumbling down when I watch the political news, which is about 24/7:)

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    1. Sandra, if I guess correctly, the boos will wear out from overuse. Perhaps there should be a WTF button too.

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  8. Coincidentally, I mentioned the "Famous Five" in my blog post today!!!

    I, too, had no idea there was an adult version! I think I might leave that one on the shelf. :)

    I read all of Enid Blyton's books when I was a kid...I loved her stories.

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    1. Lee, the new books will take you back to the interpersonal relationships between the Five, but some memories are best left untainted.

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  9. When I saw your book title and the writer I nearly fell off my chair ! I have read all Famous Five books when I was in my 10th, but that now they are adult I didn't know. Must absolutely see if I can get it here. What a story with the poster, lol !

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    1. Gattina, yes, I too was shocked when I saw the book. It is written in the style of Blyton books.

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  10. I get flea meds from Australia. Takes sometimes 3 weeks to get here. Nice cheery poster!

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    1. Strayer, as it all goes by air, it should not take that long. Btw, the flea meds don't irritate your skin? :-P

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  11. Sacre bleu! Enid Blyton will be turning in her grave 😀 I loved the Adventures of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven! I ordered a childs camera for my granddaughter from America, couldn't believe it arrived within three days!

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    1. Grace, three days is amazing. It must have been some priority postage or courier. PS Dog Timmy in FF is still alive too.

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