Friday, March 16, 2018

I think I can

I  am not sure if this delightful story was recorded when ABC Radio Kindergarten of the Air opened in 1943 or some time before, but I believe it is from about then. The sound effects are brilliant and at the end you can hear the clatter of the wheels of the little engine spinning furiously as the train loses grip.

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  1. The little coal truck? I suspect rather a lot of our current politicians grew up on this one.

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    1. Good comment EC. Yesterday in the salubrious middle class suburb of Camberwell was a group of about 30 very middle class looking locals protesting against Adani. One had a piano accordion and as they roamed the streets they were singing. Politicians should note; They had lots of signs for people to toot their horns in support and it was a cacophony of horn blowing.

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    2. Glad to hear it. The Adani mine really, really shouldn't proceed.

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  2. The great old steam trains...they were around when I was a kid and we loved hearing the chug along Apollonian Vale in Gympie - it was on a slight incline - en route to the station. The coal-fired engines would huff and puff as they battled the incline. We used to always laugh as we imagine they let out a huge sigh every time the conquered the grade.

    My late brother began his working life working for the railway and often was part of the crew on the wonderful old engines.

    We loved travelling by train when we were kids.

    I've not heard this one for a long, long time. :)

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    1. Lee, a wonderful memory, that I don't have. R remembers them running in the UK. I think it was pretty hard work, being part of a train crew. I just checked Apollonian Vale and there is still a train line there and quite a lot of train track and sidings at the station.

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    2. Oh, yes, of course Apollonian Vale is still in Gympie, Andrew, as is the train line. Apollonian Vale is a major roadway as it always has been.

      Gympie's old railway station that was in service when I was younger is now an Australian heritage-listed former railway station in Gympie, Queensland...now a historical reminder of the past and the glories of the past. It once was the primary railway station serving Gympie from 1881 until 1989.

      The newer Gympie North Railway station that came into use in 1989 is not as attractive as the old one.

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    3. Really interesting Lee. No, new railway stations are rarely very attractive. Maybe they function better.

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  3. Amazing the sound effects, it was done well back then.

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    1. Margaret, I agree. Very high production values for children's radio programme.

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  4. Good annunciation too. I was brought up on radio for children from the BBC. "Hello children, are you sitting comfortably?"

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    1. Cro, the BBC was our model for broadcasting back then. I am sure I remember hearing the same thing.

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  5. That high-pitched sugary sweet voice better not dominate my dreams tonight. I don't know why I kept listening. I think I need to play some Meatloaf, or Guns 'N' Roses.

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    1. Yes, funny you should say this...her voice got to me, too, River. lol It is very annoying. I hate those kinds of voices. :)

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    2. River, while she spoke well, her voice was terribly high pitched. Do you remember Maggie Thatcher had to have speech training to stop her voice sounding so high pitched.

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    3. Lee, although Bone Doctor is quite butch, she too has such a voice if she is annoyed or stressing something. It isn't great at all.

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    4. I hear far too many voices like that still, mostly older women about my age I suppose, talking to young babies and toddlers. Imagine it, "aren't you a sweet little thing? Aren't you such a good little boy?" and so on. It's sickening and I'm sure the kids don't appreciate it.

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  6. I like how this sounds, and brings back memories of the trains. Happy Friday and Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, America and trains, almost like America and apple pie. Of course you did not do clothes washing then and have it spoilt on the clothes line by soot from trains.

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  7. The narrative voice got to me.

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    1. Strayer, as others have said and I agree, but you must admit her diction was pretty well perfect. And don't forget, she was talking down to children.

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  8. ABC Radio recently launched this http://www.abc.net.au/kidslisten/ and they're actually running older episodes of Kindgergarten Of The Air every day. http://www.abc.net.au/kidslisten/lets-explore/lets-explore:-kindergarten-of-the-air/9517216

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    1. James, I remember Kindergarten of the Air back when I was very young. My parents normally listened to awful commercial radio back then but clearly the set was switched over to the ABC at some points. I remember lunching at a schoolmates place a few times and his parents always listened to the midday ABC radio news, complete with gongs between each story. I remember some kind of gong when 7:45am and 10:00pm news went to local news for the last five minutes. Amalgamating into one bulletin was something I found more pleasing as there wasn't the repetition that happened with the 10/5 and I think at times, a 5/5.

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    2. I remember listening to it, daily in my first year or so of school. Every classroom had radios on the wall.

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    3. As I remember it James. The school bell also went through the same speaker.

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    4. We were old school, it was an actual bell.

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