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Dad's Army, Clive Dunn and Grandads
9/8/2011 12:50:31 AM
The importance of grandparents' stories

As a childin the UK, I grew up watching Dad's Army. I loved it and more than 30years since the series stopped, it is still being shown on TV! Thatis testament to its enduring legacy of wonderful writing, wonderful acting and wonderful humour. I was watching one of the reruns at theweekend and, as ever, was thoroughly enjoying it. 

One of my favourite characters is Lance Corporal Jones, played by Clive Dunn, whose stock phrase of "Don't panic, don't panic!" always brings a smile to myface. You can't help but like the elderly soldier - kind, gentle, loyal, bumbling but always well-meaning. So successful was he as an'old man' that he actually had a number one hit single "Grandad" in1971, where he sang with a children's choir. They couldn't have chosen a better person for the song - he looked every inch a loveable, wise, gentle grandpa! 

Many of us, perhaps, have not been fortunate enough to grow up with a grandfatheraround (both of mine died long before I was born), but we can still learn from them and be inspired by them as we look at old photos and listen to our parents talk about them. I have grown up listening to my mother talk of her father, whom she adored.... READ MORE



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More Blogs by Helena Harper
•  Dad's Army, Clive Dunn and Grandads - Thursday, September 08, 2011  
• "Family & More" now available on Kindle - Sunday, November 21, 2010
• In conversation with UK children's author, Judith Kerr - Wednesday, September 15, 2010
• I'm so excited! Advance copies of "Family & More" now available - Thursday, July 01, 2010
• Finding like-minded friends online - Monday, January 11, 2010
• A colleague and a dear friend - Friday, December 11, 2009
• Wonderful books being given away in November - Monday, November 09, 2009
• Getting to know more about Helena Harper - Monday, October 05, 2009
• Guest today on Marvin D. Wilson's blog - Thursday, October 01, 2009
• New revamped website! - Wednesday, September 23, 2009
• What's the most important part of a picture book? - Sunday, September 13, 2009
• Guest on Linda Asato's blog - Tuesday, September 01, 2009
• Interview with Helena Harper - Tuesday, August 18, 2009
• "Family and More - Enemies or Friends?" soon to be a paperback - Sunday, July 26, 2009
• Interview with Helena Harper on Nancy Famolari's blog - Wednesday, July 01, 2009
• Interview with me on Lea Schizas' blog - award winning writer and editor - Sunday, June 21, 2009
• Murder Takes the Cake - a delicious mystery by Gayle Trent - Wednesday, June 03, 2009
• Hosting mystery writer Gayle Trent on my blog today! - Monday, June 01, 2009
• Teacher Appreciation Week - Tuesday, May 05, 2009
• Rebekah Redeemed - a wonderfully moving, vividly descriptive story by Dianne Sagan - Monday, May 04, 2009
• Hosting Dianne Sagan on my blog today! - Friday, May 01, 2009
• Developed a new form of poetry? - Thursday, April 16, 2009
• First review of my ebook - Friday, April 10, 2009
• Life is full of surprises - Sunday, April 05, 2009


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