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Bagpuss and the Clangers

I shall be in London on Saturday morning, and had been planning to do a historic walk - however, it looks like the weather will not be suitable. Instead I think I will go and see the Bagpuss and Clangers exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Would anyone like to join me? I'd want to get there promptly at 10, and leave in time for my 1pm train home.


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Sep. 8th, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
That sounds delightful! I wish I could hie myself thence, but it will be impossible…

When I was in the U.K. the second time (first was in Oxford for '96-'97; second was on many trips there in the 2000-2005 range when I was living in Ireland), I heard about both Bagpuss and The Clangers, and knew it was a cherished childhood fixture for many of my British friends. As an American, sadly, the titles/characters sounded to me like euphemisms for unfortunate genital or venereal ailments…and I was rebuked roundly for having suggested such (often through giggles and/or tears). Oh well…!?!

It still sounds great, and I have always enjoyed getting to know more about something by visiting a museum exhibit. So many good memories of that when I visited London...
Sep. 8th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)

Alas, committed elsewhere. Say hi to the soup dragon.

Sep. 9th, 2016 10:39 am (UTC)
We may well be up for joining you. Not least because we need structure to help us keep to our new school-friendly waking schedule.
Sep. 9th, 2016 05:40 pm (UTC)
Very welcome!
Sep. 10th, 2016 12:47 am (UTC)
I saw an excellent Smallfilms exhibition in Barnsley a few years back. No actual Bagpuss but the original Basil Brush (designed byPeter Firmin, I think) was there.I was mildly surprised to see that his tail was in fact an actual fox's brush.

Highlight for me was the Clangers - all the original puppets, including the music boat, froglets and the soup dragon, on a section of the original moon surface. I've seen plenty of toy clangers in various forms and sizes over the years, but I was so excited to see *real* Clangers, not imitations. These were definitely the real, living whistling clangers I'd seen on the telly.
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