Caught a prog(28 May) last night on BBC3. All about childrens TV from days gone by, mainly the 60's and 70's. Always nice to wallow in a bit of nostalgia(I'm still waiting for the re-runs of Poggles Wood). Anyway what really caught my eye was a half hour piece, narrated by John Noakes, looking back at his days with Blue Peter. It struck me that pretty much every challenging thing he did on Blue Peter, would be kiboshed today. I don't think for one second he would be allowed a 2 min freefall with the RAF Falcons(Are they still going?), H&S issues, insurance, defence cutbacks.....blah blah In this litigation world he would not get airtime now. It was greatly entertaining, quality TV, but nowadays for John Noakes it would be quick march to the nearest civil claims court. Outed as a danger to young people, and counseling offered to anyone who ever met him. Nelsons Column: He climbs up to the top, up set after set of rickety wooden ladders which are lashed together with rope. No safety rope, and includes a death defying overhang. A few H&S rules breached there methinks. But it gets worse, he then is persuaded to hang over the side on a Bosun's Chair, which looks likes it seen better days. He's then joined over the side by one of the guys cleaning it. Who begins to scoop piles of bird sh*t into a bucket.....My missus shouts out....look he's not wearing gloves ...My point exactly, I also noticed that while this bloke was dangling in the Bosuns chair...with no safety line, scooping sh*t, in his other hand HE WAS SMOKING!!!!!!, on primetime Childrens TV. Fcuk me there would be questions in the House of Commons these days. Great stuff. HMS Ganges: One disconcerting area , was his film about the Mast Climbing at HMS Ganges by Naval Cadets. For those too young, the 15yr old cadets climb a Rigged Mast to music. They shimmy along the yard arms, and one of them(The Button Boy), climbs the final few feet of this fcuking high mast pole, and balances on the very top of the mast(Can you imagine trying to get youngsters to do that today.....I'm thinking Child Protection Register issues for the Instructors). John Noakes tried to shimmy up, but couldn't, so his place was taken by a young cadet. It was clear on my digital TV, that this poor lad had pi88ed himself(and who can blame him).....He still made it to the top, character building or what. But when I looked at the programme, as a whole, it was normal life, and Noakes reflected it. It was the British as a nation, very eccentric, rugged and determined. I was a youngster during this period and am gratefull for that experience, it seems life for youngsters today is very more controlled, and possibly less fun. John Noakes I salute You.