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When the Day Didn’t Arrive…

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

I enjoyed my walk into work this morning.

The Island was surrounded in a thick fog, giving everything an eery and ghostly appearance. Shapes looming in the grey almost beyond recognition. It reminded me of an episode of Roobarb and Custard called When the Day Didn’t Arrive… a day when the birds couldn’t fly because the sky hadn’t been coloured in…

This is a photo I took of Pepper Street bridge over Millwall Dock, looking towards a very watery sun (which oddly is not visible in the sky, but is clearly reflected in the water) and it does indeed look like nothing has been coloured in…


And this is the episode of Roobarb and Custard, an animated cartoon that used to be on every day after I got home from school. It was drawn in a scratchy, almost unfinished way so that all the outlines and colours of the characters were constantly moving around… Generally Roobarb (a green dog) was full of enthusiasm for the days adventures, whereas Custard (a pink cat) was more cynical and usually tried to spoil the fun…

This is also one of those lattice of coincidence things that I’ve touched on before, as Richard Briers the actor who sadly died yesterday, and who was such an intrinsic aspect of my childhood (i.e. 1970’s) TV, narrated all these Roobarb stories, using a variety of silly voices to describe the events of these even sillier stories…

Richard Briars

  1. Tim
    February 19, 2013 at 19:11

    There seems to be a new version of Roobard & Custard that was shown recently, much the same as the old though.

  2. Tim
    February 23, 2013 at 08:27

    Bob Godfrey, Roobarb animator, dies aged 91

    • February 23, 2013 at 15:02

      Hi Tim
      A double tragedy, first Richard Briers and now Bob Godfrey… a sad week indeed for my childhood.. The only positive is the possible re-runs that might now flood the telly for the next few weeks…
      thanks for following and taking the time to comment.

  1. March 22, 2013 at 20:31

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