Monday 20th September 1976

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I watched loads of puppet shows as a kid but the best by far was The Muppets, a staple throughout my childhood. The Muppet Show first aired in the UK on 5th September of this year. I was clearly entertained by it, waving my clubbed hands above my head. I think this was our first colour television. The previous one was an old black and white whose speaker I destroyed trying to free ‘the little people’ stuck inside it.

Monday 6th September 1976

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OK, this needs an explanation. I remember this day quite well, especially the divers who were diving in an old pit to retrieve a submerged car. Possibly it was an army/police/forces show-off day at a barracks near Colchester. Dad used to teach archery, something that figured a lot in my childhood. I remember the rolly-pollys too, which is quite impressive, though clearly not as impressed as my teacher was.

Wednesday 1st September 1976

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According to Mum this was in the Isle of Wight. My folks had a tent but for one evening I was allowed to stay in my grandparents’ caravan. Apparently Nanna burnt the toast, something I told Mum at the time but have since forgotten. I have no recollection of this holiday at all. It was clearly thrilling.