Having arrived back in the UK we didn’t hang around too long before going on a little trip. After all, we’re seasoned travellers now aren’t we? Off we set Up North. Well, I say ‘Up North’ but really it was Stafford with Manchester thrown in, decidedly Midlands with a touch of North. However for our sensitive Southern souls this was definitely a trip Up North.
I love Blue Peter (for those that don’t know it’s a children’s program on CBBC every Thursday at 5pm GMT). This is a programme that formed a large part of my limited childhood TV viewing and today forms part of my own children’s TV schedule. In fact we have become bigger fans of the programme since we have been in Switzerland, it is almost as if it has become a kind of comfort blanket! Yes, it’s had its good years and bad years but when something runs for so long that’s only to be expected. I love the fact that the presenters are ever so slightly geeky yet still manage to be cool; that the jokes Barney tells are ones that Dads tell, that Lindsey takes on a challenge but gives an honest “this is so hard and I can’t do it” before she does it, that Radzi’s mother probably despairs over the state of his hair.