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Children as tape recorders. Alma strikes again.
« on: January 24, 2016, 11:09:14 AM »
   Children as tape recorders.  Again.

   We were driving back from the nursing home the other evening when someone came up behind, sat on our tail, headlights on full beam, and dazzling us with the reflection in the internal mirror.  My daughter said something I didn't catch which sounded rude.

   Alma piped up from her kiddy seat in the back. "Is that Jack again, Mummy?"

   There was a wave of suppressed giggling from alongside me.

   "What's the story?"  I asked.

   "Last night someone else did the same and I called him a damned jack-off.  Now Alma thinks anyone behind us with bright lights is called Jack."

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   Alma and I were playing with her collection of toy trains last week, from the Thomas and Friends.  We were pushing ten of them around the top of a little table and after a few of them fell off accidentally they started being pushed off deliberately.  One fell down a mine, one fell into a puddle, one tipped over the side when backing up at the docks, and so on.

   The diesel train, as I recalled, was a thoroughly despicable character with a nasty oily purr instead of a fine healthy chuff like the steam trains.  So it came naturally to give him the voice of a Victorian stage villain.  "Ha!  Into the water with you, you pathetic bumbling little collection of valves and wheels.  Now the track is all mine!"

   But there are female trains as well now - a sign of sexual equality - such as Rosie (the red train), and Emily (who is a LNER green).  For some reason I gave Rosie an attitude, a Yorkshire accent, and a no-nonsense way of talking to the Evil Diesel.  "If I catch you oiling around in my siding again I'll give you such a shunt you won't stop rolling until you're miles away down South."

   Emily became more ladylike and naive, a trusting little engine who thinks the best of others despite the evidence.  "Oh, Diesel.  Would you mind doing me a favour?"

   Alma, being a natural mimic, has picked up on all this.  The other day my lass heard her playing in the living room.  Diesel, sounding very much like Michael Flanders performing Have some Madeira, M'Dear, was talking to Emily.  Obviously a little girl voice has a higher pitch, but my lass says the delivery and tone was spot-on.

   "Emily, My Dear, I must say you're looking well today.  I truly admire  your cheeky little funnel."

   "Oh thankyou, Diesel.  You're so kind."

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW_zi8n4HDQ



   

   
« Last Edit: January 24, 2016, 06:52:26 PM by Gyppo »
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Re: Children as tape recorders. Alma strikes again.
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2016, 12:47:52 PM »
They can be (and often are) like Memorex. Not only getting the words right, but the same tone and feeling of the original.  ;)



 
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Re: Children as tape recorders. Alma strikes again.
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2016, 01:16:25 PM »
It seems my son-in-law was quite bewildered to hear Alma playing a game where Evil Diesel pushed Emily over a cliff.   "I can't remember reading that one, or even seeing it on a video."

"She's been playing with Grandad."

"Ah, that explains a lot."

In my defence I will say that even in the original stories Thomas fell down a mine and one of the others ended up in a lake.

And as for the train that was bricked up in a tunnel to teach him a lesson because he kept hiding from the rain...  That genuine story still gives me the creeps, even though I know it ends well.  "We're going to pull up your rails and brick you up." said the Fat Controller.
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Re: Children as tape recorders. Alma strikes again.
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2016, 05:28:38 PM »
 :D :D

That Fat Controller, he is evil.

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Re: Children as tape recorders. Alma strikes again.
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2016, 02:23:26 AM »
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