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Customer Review

on 18 January 2004
If you are interested enough to look at this listing then you won't be disappointed. If you're considering it as a gift for a person of a certain age the only issue is whether they already have it. This disc is almost worth buying a player for.
Do you know the only way that it's acceptable to mix cross-plies and radials? Why you shouldn't gloss paint polystyrene tiles? The wrong way to plug an electric drill into the mains? Where the phrase "do you want to see some puppies" originates from? How to use a Pelican crossing? What Pelican stands for (PEdestrian LIght CONtrolled. Incidentally the ones with the bike symbol are called Toucan cos TWO CAN cross. True)
There are numerous appearances from celebrities of the day including Jimmy Saville and the cast of Dads' Army. Slightly more interesting, to me at any rate, are the appearances by future celebrities. Half the adult cast of Eastenders is there including Gillian Taylforth in a drink driving ad she seems not to have heeded. You also get to see Roy Evans being creamed by a Mk2 Cortina.
It's a Mecca for 1960s and 70s car spotters, you could be forgiven for thinking you're safe as long as you stay away from Austin 1100s and Ford Cortinas. The street scenes and fashions will jog a few memories too.
The tone of these films is patronising at times, it's a good demonstration of how attitudes have changed. I think perhaps a few patronising messages on Stranger Danger, road safety etc might be appropriate today. You can actually see the tone changing over the couple of decades covered by the films.
My children both love these films, they also love the 1970s cartoons like Paddington, Roobarb etc that I bought "for them". Maybe these simpler images are more suited to children's tastes. I was a little taken aback when one of them asked why you were supposed to label the dead bodies you leave outside your nuclear shelter but I suppose it's a reasonable question.
If you're buying this you should buy SHUT IT!- The Music of The Sweeney which will bump the order up to free postage levels. The Sweeney CD is another thing that won't disappoint you if you like the look of it.
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