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DIZZI Report 7 Oct 2012 14:03



DazedConfused Report 7 Oct 2012 12:10

I too am 58 (going on 13!) and still read and enjoy many of the books I read as a child and have no compunctions about buying and reading childrens books still. I love Eoin Colfer.

And I still have Salmon & Shrimp paste sarnies, never a great fan of potted meat. And a good bottle (now a can) of pop..

Oh happy days......



JustDinosaurJill Report 7 Oct 2012 11:50

Oh Good-Oh Jane.

Perhaps you could go off on your bicycle for a week with your mates and pop into any farms to buy provisions.

Make sure that you go with some boys too so that they can do the man-things and you can cook and wash up and put the dishes away.

Keep that ginger beer cool so it doesn't go pop on you.

I say Mayfield old thing. If you're up for scones and ginger beer..... Time to make some of both I think.

Anyone for a picnic?


Mayfield Report 6 Oct 2012 16:10

Bet you're looking forward to potted paste sandwiches, scones and lashings of ginger beer!

Woof Woof said Timmy!



Jane Report 6 Oct 2012 15:25

I don't know about Biggles ,but I reckon it will be a great surprise.
I bought myself a Famous Five book not long ago and I'm 58 :-D


JustDinosaurJill Report 6 Oct 2012 14:07

What-oh Mayfield old thing. Glad the old sortie with the balls worked out. I'm certain that old Bigglers is just as dog-housed as Famous Five. Re-read some of them recently and story included cousin who was a flyer and an all round jolly good chap.

I do sometimes think that we take pc just a little too far. I suppose we must think we're lucky not to have had so many more 'classics' sanitised.


PatinCyprus Report 6 Oct 2012 13:20

Look at Amazon under books, put Battle of Britain Flight in search, there are some great books all prices.

If he's keen on the RAF these books with the real history and some great pictures will be appreciated.

My son was given a book about the Spitfire, he was about 13. He's nearly 40 it's still in his bookcase and he still reads it occasionally.

Pat :-)


DazedConfused Report 6 Oct 2012 13:15

Which is why with the PC brigade I recommended buying old copies of these wonderful books.


Mayfield Report 6 Oct 2012 13:06

What-Ho chaps, just got back from a sortie, nearly copped a packet from Archie going
over our lines don’t y know!
It was pretty busy but I managed to bag one Albatross and a put a few rounds in
another before my guns jammed and some chap in a red Triplane shot my Camel full
of holes!

Now look what you’ve done got me all nostalgic!

I believe Biggles is in the dog house with the PC brigade rather like Enid Blyton’s Famous
five these days and reprints moderate his opinion of “foreigners” although in fact it’s a bit
unfair as often his adversaries are given credit for behaving in a chivalrous manner.

As others say they do give a good insight into the history of the time and are written at a pace that will keep a readers interest. As a lad I remember just one yucky bit in one of the early books where he gets a crush on would you believe it a girl of all things! Thankfully he’s soon over that and back to giving the baddies a good thrashing!



Phyll Report 6 Oct 2012 12:04

Good idea PigletsPal. Thanks


DazedConfused Report 6 Oct 2012 11:56

I would suggest that although at the time they were written your nephew would have been of the age they were aimed at, that today he would be too old for them.

However, as Dizzi has said, why not over the new few years buy some older copies and put them away and give them to him as a present for his 18th?

Good quality hardback editions (preferably with dust jackets) are to be found on Ebay and in charity shops. And can be seen as a long term investment. Good 1st editions may be a bit harder to find.

The odd thing is that by the time he is 18 he will appreciate them more. He is now of an age when they probably would not be 'cool' to own.


Phyll Report 6 Oct 2012 10:39

Hi all

Just want to say thanks for all your comments. Will have a look to see what's what, probably ask his Mum what she thinks.


JustDinosaurJill Report 6 Oct 2012 08:31

Morning all.

I didn't mean that the first editions would be more interesting from a historical point of view. I meant that that the earliest stories would be because they seemed to hold more resemblance of reality than much later ones.

Tally-Ho Chaps


maggiewinchester Report 6 Oct 2012 00:15

I agree with Dizzi - if they are old - not necessarily 1st editions though - there's also more of a historic view.

on further thought:

I suppose I don't really believe in the too old too young view.
I gave my (then) 3 year old grandson a book I'd picked up in a charity shop of the history of tractors -a bit of a 'nerd' book, but with photographs of tractors through the ages. it's still, a year later, his favourite book!

One of my nephews, never a good reader, decided, aged 25 to increase his reading. I suggested any John Wyndham and one book in particular, short stories by John Steinbeck - The Red Pony and other stories - all books I had read aged about 10.

He loved them, and said some interesting things, that, aged 10 I hadn't noticed. So, aged 40+ I read them again - and thoroughly enjoyed them once again from a different perspective

:-D :-D


DIZZI Report 5 Oct 2012 22:19


DIZZI Report 5 Oct 2012 22:09



SylviaInCanada Report 5 Oct 2012 21:47

I also read Biggles as a 10/11 year old girl :-D


JustDinosaurJill Report 5 Oct 2012 21:17

Oh I say Phyll. How spiffing that my reply helped. Sorry! Brought back some very pleasant memories thinking about old Bigglers (Tally-Ho) and reading aloud in some badly affected English voice and bringing back into play the severe lisp I had but was 'cured' of. The sort that you get in the old 40s and 50s English films where everyone speaks plummy. Just had an idea old thing. Took a look at Amazon what and would you believe it, you can do a 'look inside'. Anyway, here is the jolly old link to the page. Then if you click on the image of the book where it says 'Look inside' and scroll down a few pages to the story text. ie=UTF8&qid=1349467626&sr=8-1#_

If you want to look inside other Bigglers books, this is the link to the page with the books on.

Take a look. I might do the rounds of the charity shops at some point and see if I can pick up any old copies.



Phyll Report 5 Oct 2012 21:02

Well, thanks for that Jill. I will certainly have to have a look at them now.
I have to say he is still very much a boy even at this age.


~flying doctor~

~flying doctor~ Report 5 Oct 2012 21:01

I used to go to bed with Biggles (book) as a married wom an with childrten, loved them. :-D