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The Daily Waffle: Episode Forty One


MARVEL SETS OUT REASONS FOR "MEASURED RELEASE" STRATEGY.

You can read all about it over on Newsarama, but essentially, beginning May 27th they're phasing back in slowly to give Diamond time to sort itself out and retailers to get back into the swing of things. I prefer their approach to DCs, but we'll see how things pan out.

WATCH TISWAS!

In the late seventies, early eighties, there were two Saturday Morning kids' shows in the UK. The BBC had "Swap Shop" - a rambling two hours or so featuring cartoons, live bands, celebrity interviews, news, games and the centrepiece swapping. Kids would write in to say, "I've got a load of lego and want a Scalextric" or whatever, and host Noel Edmunds would read that out on air and try to match the kid with a kid who was done with their Scalextric but wanted some lego.

On the other side, there was TISWAS! (Today Is Saturday - Wear A Smile). Chaotic, anarchic and frequently silly, it offered the same mix of music, cartoons, interviews and games, but with a very different attitude. Featuring The Phantom Flan Flinger who would custard pie everyone, a very young Lenny Henry telling some truly awful jokes, Chris Tarrant, Sally James and comedic puppeteer Bob Carolgees.

Here we present, in all it's problematic (there's some seriously racist and sexist material here, so be advised - this is what we were like in 1980), nostalgic glory, the Easter 1980 edition - complete with adverts. Old folk like me, enjoy the nostalgia. Young folk, well. This is what we used to watch. Make of it what you will.

PREVIEWS AVAILABLE FOR FREE ONLINE

Click HERE for the main catalogue, HERE for the UK pages and HERE for Marvel, Image and DC.

COMIC CONTEST STILL ONGOING

Click HERE to go to the contest page.

GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Click HERE to purchase, remember to select "Free in store pick up" at checkout.

PODCAST RECOMMENDATION

The Kitchen Cabinet

From the BBC, we have the "Gardeners' Question Time of food" - Host Jay Rayner and his rotating band of culinary experts travel the country (except obviously now they're all doing it from their respective houses) answering questions about cooking.

It's a lot more entertaining that that sounds. (And as with "The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry" recommended recently, the podcast version is better than the one that goes out on the radio...

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