Re: [rumori] Re: don't go wombling in the nettle bed

From: D C (
Date: Mon Jun 24 2002 - 22:50:36 PDT

  Steev Hise <> wrote:
on Sun, 23 Jun 2002 told me:

>I do urge you (- non UKcitizens -) to check out The Wombles.

wow. looks super. really cute and great ahead-of-its-time ideas
about recycling. i wonder why it never made it over the
atlantic. not even to public television.

the wombles motto: 'Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish'. wow. i can see
how it may have been a big influence, vicki. :-) is their official website.

also see this page on mike batt's involvement:

The Wombles remind me of the sort of remotely simliar Fraggle
Rock which was an american (jim henderson?) production shown on
HBO in the 80s. Fraggles dont look anything like wombles, but i'm
still reminded. and there was a garbage connection there too: a
character that was a big pile of trash, I think its name was just
"Rubbish Pile" or something, and he functioned as a sort of
Delphic oracle to the Fraggles. he was always my favorite part
of that show.

My roommate is J.Henson's neice, oddly enough...

Yes, that show had an undercurrent of recycling thru-out. What was weird was that

the Fraggles ate these little buildings created by another (symbiotically linked) race called the

Doozers. The Doozers were these silent little engineer-geek people who built these elaborate girder

constructions/buildings (about the size of a doll house compared to an average Fraggle)... wait, there

must be a web page....




The center of the universe is, of course, that marvelous land known as Fraggle Rock...

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Through the hole and down the tunnel, hidden from everyday reality, are brightly lit caves filled with wonderful creatures. This land, bound together by Magic, is called Fraggle Rock. The most notable of the creatures who inhabit this beautiful place are the Fraggles.

Fraggles are furry, have tails, and come in all sorts of colors. The Fraggles spend their days laughing, splashing, running, singing, playing games, and telling jokes. They live by a simple care-free code:

"Dance your cares away,
worries for another day,
let the music play,
down at Fraggle Rock."

Note must also be taken by the Doozers. Doozers are hard-working, little green men, who spend their days building intricate Doozer constructions. The Doozers have built their towers to be pleasing to the Fraggles' taste buds. If the Fraggles didn't eat the buildings, the Doozers would quickly run out of building space and would have to move on.

On the other side of Fraggle Rock, there is a hole leading to the realm of the Gorgs. The Gorgs are large and hairy giants who think they rule the universe. Their garden; namely the Radishes, are the Fraggles' only source of food (aside from Doozer towers), so every day or so, the Fraggles must emerge from the Rock, and steal food from the Gorgs. This drives the Gorgs crazy, and whenever they see them, they try to catch or thump the elusive Fraggles.

Just beyond the Gorgs lies the all-knowing Marjorie, the Trash Heap. When the right ingredients of coffee grounds, banana peels, and tin cans came together, this pile of garbage suddenly came to life. The Gorgs don't know that she is alive, but the Fraggles make the dangerous journey across Gorg territory to recieve her wisdom.

Fraggle Rock was created by Jim Henson Productions (known now as The Jim Henson Company). Fraggle Rock made its television debut in 1983 and was a stunning success. When Jim Henson concieved Fraggle Rock, he wanted to create a show that could literally bring peace to the world. To do this, the creatures of Fraggle Rock have all been interconnected with nature and each other. If a piece of the chain is broken, the rest falls apart. This is the way of our world as well as the world of the Fraggles. Across the span of Fraggle Rock's 96 episodes, the world changes from a place with Fraggles, Doozers, Gorgs, and a dog at odds with each other, to a world in which peace and harmony have been established between all of them.

For those who have grown up with the show, and remember the lessons that it taught, Fraggle Rock holds the answers to many of the problems we face today. And its characters have a very special place within our hearts. We cannot leave the Magic; as if we would ever actually want to!

dj brokenwindow

>"Making the use of the things that we find,
>things that the every day folks leave behind,"

that's excellent.

thanx vicki!


Steev Hise, Recovering Jaded Hipster
*Recycled Culture:
*Watching power flow:
"You gotta have a dream, 'cause if you don't have a dream,
how ya gonna have a dream come true?"
-Daniel Johnston

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