Sunday, 10 May 2009

Summer of '69: ZOOM!, SKY RAY,SEAJET AND ORBIT by WOTAN

Its an easy Sunday mornin' so what better time to hear from a nostalgically-minded WOTAN:
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The Summer of 'Sixty Nine, we never had it so good - men on the moon, space toys in every shop window, rockets in our cereal and apollo on our pyjamas - space was everywhere and on everything. Advertisers didn't hold back on any opportunity to cash in on the space race and food manufacturers weren't concerned about the effect the garish, fluorescent colourings they put into sweets and ice creams might have on young kids as those same kids were already showing similar signs of hyperactivity as youngsters today - but without chemical interference! Pure, simple excitement was coursing through our veins as we were bombarded with comics, tv, toys and sweets with new and different otherworldly ideas and the imagination ran riot! Feeding the need for both fast food and a cooling influence on the hot-headed kids trying to be indestructible Captain Scarlet and Neil Armstrong under the summer sun, Lyons Maid and Walls rolled out countless brightly coloured confections such as Zoom!, FAB, Sky Ray, Seajet and Orbit and alongside each hastily consumed lolly ran an ad campaign giving us wonderful goodies like collectors cards hidden in the wrapper, mailaway wallcharts and little toys and most of it was free! Don't you just wish someone would perfect time-travel ? I know when i'd go! Theres a backyard full of toys waiting for me back then and tinny music in the air as Mr Whippy rolls down a backstreet pursued by the slap of Thunderbirds slippers on pavement. Life was much simpler then! Ho hum...
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mmmmmm, I'm right with you Wote, lickin' my mivi over at Heysham Head! Where's the nearest time machine! Think you can still get Fab?

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