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county_lady



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: N Worcs.

PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 9:23 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
I didn't realise your children were so old, Caro!   Wink

The Thomas books were written from the 40s onwards - the last one was late 60s or early 70s, I forget, though Rev. Audry's son has written some since then.  But I only know them through reading them to other people's children many years ago as a babysitter, and wouldn't have known which number was which - used to be better on the colours, but very rusty now.


Yes my brother certainly had some Thomas books in the 50s and of course I read them too.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have guessed Thomas from the colour.  When my son was young we did a Thomas the Tank train ride on the Watercress Line.  About a third of the people there weren't families with children but trainspotting anoraks, who pushed the children out of the way to take photos of Thomas as it (he?) was arriving at the station.


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing Thomas & Co may have taken a while to filter through to NZ; or at least the TV phenomenon that revived their reputation from the 1980s here may have happened later in NZ.

The quiz questions I hate most are the "kick yourself" ones. I remember being totally stumped by the question "what was the Anglo-Saxon word for 'spider'?". When the answer came back - "Cob" - I felt really stupid that it had never occurred to me to wonder why we call spiders' webs "cobwebs".



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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't get involved with quiz nights I'm too competitive, especially pub quizzes when I know the answers I have given are correct and have been told they are wrong that and the fact I have probably had a few by that point - its not a good combination!!  Wink



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