Continuing on from last week and thinking about last months Fortean times in particular. Not this months edition which is 70 years of flying saucers but last month where they discussed Scarfolk and such.
More specifically a look at the nebulous world of 1970's TV looking at things like Penda's Fen and the Apaches Pif / nightmare fuel source. My own nightmare fuel source was the Dark Towers serial from listen and learn from the early 80's.
The thing that they underline time and again is that it was pretty much undocumented, no real home videoing and such so you rely on archives and faulty memories. Its pretty much the same business for Sky stuff back in the mid to late 80's. There are tapes of stuff from DJ Kat show and The Children's Channel back then but even though video ownership crept up back then probably not much has survived. Would like to see some stuff from the adult channel back then as well as HVC the home video channel its direct to video film showing ancestor. Would even like to see the cable vision magazine that we got every month that covered cable stuff but I guess that's long gone.
We had cable, as I've mentioned before, because our tv reception is utter shite. They had a set top box that looked like a small safe that you could turn to show various channels like Premiere (19), The Box (02) and Superchannel. You could see German / Dutch ads for Pro Grainen (pro grain) cereal with a macaw that said pro grainen and Frolic on MTV or was it Sat 1.
That's the problem, we had a video then (a Ferguson from my Grandad.) but no one knew how to use it, generally it was a bastard to program back then no on demand streaming and no hard drives big enough for Sky Plus to be viable for another 15 years.
I'll leave you on a happy note with a german Netto Advert (now no longer with us in the UK) from last year mixing two of my favourite things cats and synths. Check out that feline version of Magic Fly.