Good bye Grange Hill

When I think back to my childhood in England there are a small number of television programmes that I particularly remember.

One of these is “Grange Hill”, which I was surprised to learn today is still going after 30 years – well, just about as it has now been cancelled.

I belong to the generation that maybe just missed the first couple of seasons, but were otherwise with it from the end of the 1970s whilst still at primary school ourselves, progressing through the 1980s and finally leaving school at the beginning of the 1990s.

I can remember certain characters and issues, maybe not always the ones quoted in the media today, and I definitely remember the theme tune and the original opening titles (sausage included).

So whilst I may not have given it any further thought in the past years, I reminisced today by watching clips on-line, including said titles, and reading some interviews with the actors of bygone years.

Yes, that programme was a part of my tea-time viewing, and it’s a nice thought that generations after me enjoyed it as well.

That being the case, it’s a shame that it has to end.

Now, where did I put my keys?

This has to be one of my favourite stories today: a student who wanted to avoid being taken home from a party swallowed his room key. To make matters worse, the next morning he didn’t know anything about it and started looking for it.

Does it sound too unbelieveable? Well, he has the X-ray photo to prove it.

Don’t try this at home!

Why pancake races have problems

Today is Shrove Tuesday, so traditionally people throughout the United Kingdom make pancakes before the start of Lent – however much they actually will be observing the latter!

This great tradition is also known for one of the wackiest race ideas on the planet – the pancake race, in which you toss (that’s throw up in the air and catch again) a pancake in a frying pan, whilst running along the course.

Sounds simple – and probably used to be, but not any more, as this report shows. There are so many risks and costs involved, that this tradition seems to be falling fowl of modern bureaucracy as well as health and safety rules.

Perhaps someone can tell what exactly these rules and risks are?

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