Sure, with modern technology even the most technophobic teacher can knock up a perfectly attractive handout in moments, and print out hundreds of copies at the click of a mouse – but they don’t have the special charm of the hand-cranked copiers that allowed for a smelly, feely, felt-tipped copy to be distributed around the class. The most obvious use of the duplicator was creating worksheets to ensure the latest school trip wasn’t just going to be an opportunity to mess about, but instead a spirit-crushing dreary traipse in search of boring facts about each exhibit. Back when graduating from a pencil to a pen was a major watershed, the excitement of the duplicator from a pupil’s point of view was possibly the first experience for many of the ‘forbidden’ adult stationary product Tipp-Ex covering up a slip of the pen. Truly the duplicator inspired a generation of temps.
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Once as much a part of the festive season as Bond and Carry On, the Wackers were almost as famous on film as they were on record, so here’s another airing for the documentary that discusses their merits – including Magical Mystery Tour, even though that’s technically not a film – with pundits including the great Mark Lewisohn.
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Points of View
- In 'Emu’s Brand New Pink Windmill Show/World', Mick says: "That Grotbags just needed a damn good seeing-to, that’s all she needed."
- In 'Tomorrow’s World', Mick says: "Before boring my childish mind to tears with non-stop medicines, miracle cures and other trivia, I delighted at the robots, gadgets and jumble..."
- In 'Then Churchill Said To Me…', Mick says: "I wouldn’t say it was dreadful, as such. Though it didn’t have the body and sparkle of Up Pompeii, itself flogged to death,..."
- In 'Grumbleweeds Radio Show, The', Mick says: "There were also many funny sketches but I’m not sure they were willing or able to differentiate. I have a BBC album which is..."
- In '4) “Your tone is antagonistic and you’re making me very angry!”', Richard Davies says: "I recently rewatched The Day Today & this is one of the funnier moments,..."