Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Elephant in the Room

I noticed the other day that one of my Facebook chums had changed his profile picture to this:

What was he up to I wondered? Then I saw his fabulous new video:


First Flight from mark stockdale hughes on Vimeo.

Things seem to have suddenly become proper 21st Century. Even our local Publican has got a drone, and so has the Chairman of our Parish Council (and its not one of the counsellors!) - it's going mainstream and I'm being left hovering like a late adopter!



It reminded me of one of my childhood heroes from the erudite weekly publication we used to feast on in Gravesend in the 1950's:


Yes, General Jumbo in the Beano commanded an entire remote controlled army, navy and airforce  from his wrist to fight wrong doers and n'eer do wells from 1953 to 1975 and was the envy of most boys my age. Alfie "Jumbo" Johnson remained 12 years old throughout and was supplied by the genius of Professor Carter (who one suspects may be now assisting the Police Yew Tree investigation)..

I wonder what the next childhood feature will be to become reality? I suppose we've already got Lord Snooty in the Cabinet and Bash Street Kids in several secondary schools.

9 comments:

Zig said...

Hover boards, but what I'd really like is Scotty to beam me up, or down for that matter. Matter! Hahaha oh dear I need a lie down.

Martin Hodges said...

We've also got Billy Whizz, but he's been coached by Alberto Salazar.

gabriellebryden said...

yes, the world is spinning fast at the moment - a lot of farmers are now using drones to get an eagle eye of their crops - I'm sure if we had one it would crash!

Rog said...

Zig: beaming would make the M25 less attractive. We could all have little hand held communicators as well ...hang on....

Martin : and Tough of The Track went on to run UK Olympics

Gabby: I thought all Oz farmers had Cessnas!

Rose Blackthorn said...

Dave has a quadrocopter and says it's the most fun a person can have with a flying machine and remote control...

Each to their own.

*goes off to slap watercolours on white paper*

Nota Bene said...

I have a feeling that many people will be droning on about these things...

sablonneuse said...

Wow, I used to read the Beano and the Dandy in the 50's. Can remember Lord Snooty and the Bash Street Kids but not General Jumbo.

Pat said...

Doesn't the music give it a professional edge? Hope I wasn't the only one who waved back:)

Crowbard said...

If that is Professor Carter with the goatee beard I suspect he may have been working under an alias as professor LumiƩre in 'Garth' of Daily Mirror fame rather than the real guy who dug up Egyptian Mummies.