Ah yes, the Christmas woppery continues tonight with this special ghost story read and presented by Neville Cheestring. 'The Orphanage'' is a spooky tale adapted from the novel ''Nectarine Theft'' by E Baigum.
Nothing like a bit of fear to get you in the Christmas mood!
Well.....Christmas wouldn't be Christmas unless our Nev' has covered an eighties classic would it? It seems his recent musical success (relatively speaking) with Dizzee Donut and his Christmas single has left him wanting more. He decided to do a cover of Bonnie Tyler's ''Holding Out For A Hero''
We tried to point out that this is a song probably best sung from a females perspective given the lyrics and that, but he just chuckled ''I like it and that's all that matters really. I did this to honour the unsung heroes that need the recognition they sorely deserve. With my head on them because I look better.''
Right then - enjoy!
''Holding Out For A Hero'' Written by Dean Steinman and Dean Pitchford. CBS Music 1984.
Yes - he's back! After a very long absence, Eric Kiaora returns to our screens for this extra special Christmas erm...special. So what has Eric been up to in 2010? Eric told us ''I've been mostly involved in graffiti removal with my brother Brian who runs his own sanitation business. It's money innit?''
So the recession has been felt all over. But does Eric think there is a recession in the afterlife? ''No idea, but there is a huge shortfall of mortality!'' He giggled.
Thanks Eric, we were hoping for something wittier.
Well it's been quite a week or so here at WOP Archives, we've unearthed some vintage recordings with 'At Home With Neville' and now we've come across this classic tv soap opera from the 1960's; 'Grim Up North'.
This was considered quite ground breaking in it's day for its depiction of harsh northern stereotypes. So let's travel back in time a bit and soak up the smoke filled snugs of the pubs and the corner shop gossiping as we take a look at this classic episode.
We caught up with N.C (Neville Cheestring) and Dizzee Donut (real name unknown) after their recent chart success with their hit single 'WOP Groovez'. They were preparing for a T- Shirt signing in Oxford Street (Lipchester).
Our reporter posed the questions to the duo.....
Q: How did you get on when recording 'WOP Groovez'?
DD: Well it went fine but N.C's obsession with da studio toilet rolls made things well sad ya' know. That said, for a sad stylee - he did okay...considering this sort of sound isn't really his bag. What tunez are? Best not to lose da shut eye over dat innit. N.C: Donut is right, I'm not really into this kind of music, or any really - but I thought this would be a good way to reach out to the youth. I like to reach out and touch 'em, you see.
Q: Neville, would you consider going to America for inspiration for the next single?
N.C: Is there going to be a follow up single then? Seriously, I don't know. We did okay with this one, I don't think we should push our luck. As my father said to me once ''Quit while you're alive, son'. I couldn't consider going abroad though - all that foreign food plays merry havoc with the you know what. DD: I don't fink you'd go down too fly in da hood Nev!
Q: Dizzee, would you like to do another single with Neville?
DD: No. The guy is whack, man.
Q: What words of advice do you have for budding musicians out there who would like to be where you are?
N.C: Well, I think you should always eat your greens and wear a sensible pullover. Anything else is a bonus. DD: You gotta reach into your soul and get da inspiration from your innermost feelings and emotions, then pour them out in your soundz. I grew up in the ghetto in SkitwickFerrers, and I had to grow up fast. If you didn't have a gun or knife when you were 6, you'd be dead. I opted for a knife and I got shot. Retrospect is a gift. Bo!
Q: Finally boys, what are you working on now? N.C: I am preparing my Christmas Story soon to be shown here on WOP, I'm getting quite tea towel set about it. I won't spoil anything but needless to say it'll be a story about Christmas. DD: I am signing on next week. Whack....
Following on from our recent discovery of a vintage recording of 'At Home With Neville', we have unearthed another episode! This is somewhat more amazing, as this slice of life with Neville called 'A Date With Disappointment' stars our other WOP regulars, Art Bear and Kevin Ketley. Incredible...! They all have aged so well, especially Bear it has to said.
In this one Neville agrees to meet Art Bear and Kevin in the pub, he seems estranged in these surroundings as he has only been in the pub once for some peanuts and a Babycham years ago! Events unfold as he meets Anna, a young girl from Latvia....... What will happen?
Tune in and see!
Are these the only two survivng episodes of the series? Who knows.....*
While I was travelling on the omnibus today, I happened to spot this rather bizarre example of wrong signage. Who to sack? The sign writer/ company who supplied this erroneous banner, or the business owners for not noticing it??!
Either way - this is another one to add to the pile.
Apologies for the quality of the image (as well as the spelling on the sign) the bus was just moving off and I only had my WOP 45t7 SLR camera on me. Incidentally there are plenty of these left in the warehouse - so if you're looking for a cheap stocking filler ;)
It seems there is even more to our Nev than meets the bad eye - he starred in his very own radio series on WOP RADIO* back in 1959 ( I know that would make him older than he is - but try not to think about it too much, just go with it) called 'At Home With Neville'.
With characters like Mrs Thompson played by Patty EggGrinder and the vicar played by Edwin Frumps (uncredited because he physically assaulted the studio goldfish), we get a glimpse of 1950's suburban life with our Nev. This was the series which gave rise to some of his famous catchphrases like 'It's bitter out!' and 'I've cut his leg off!'
In many ways this was a groundbreaking programme. Not our words - but Neville's.
We managed to track down this vintage episode called 'A Snowy Day' first aired December 2 1959, exactly 51 years ago!!
Doesn't he hide his age well? Really well actually.
Anyway, as I said, don't dwell - simply enjoy this classic radio gem!
*WOP RADIO became defunct in 1977 and was then merged with POOTSOUND.
Well..... it seems that our Nev' has gone all 'street' lately and has teamed up with his Stateside pen pal to come up with this erm, 'homage' to World Of Poot. So introducing WOP newbie - Dizzee Donut with the vocal assistance of Neville...er.....N.C., with their single ''WOP GROOVEZ''
After the successful launch of the first WOP AID, we decided to show you the stuff you're not meant to see. You know, the deleted scenes (some of which might have worked out better if left in) and bloopers and the like.....
Stay tuned for forthcoming seasonal specials...plus the return of an old favourite! However, it seems we won't have any input from Kevin Ketley for a while - he is enjoying a sabbatical in Frinklehampton indexing his collection of sporting mishaps and memories videos!
Christmas is a time for fun, drinking your head off and over eating for sure - but also it's a time to think about those that are less fortunate...those that for Christmas, it's just another day of suffering.
That said, don't let it get you down too much. You have to enjoy it don't you?
Neville Cheestring decided to help children that can't afford simple things in life - by that he means trainers and decent shoes. Yes, more and more children are living without any fashionable clogs, and Neville has decided to step in (pardon the pun).
Neville says ''I couldn't just sit there seeing all these children going about with naff trainers - I had to look away. But then I thought no! I will do something....!''
So WOP AID is born!
Here he is with the first appeal - please give generously or not at all - it doesn't matter for that matter.
He's back! The furry artist returns for our viewing pleasure after a brief spell away (at Her Majesty's Pleasure) with this seasonal special. His off - screen assistant Simon is back too with the trademark shaky camera...
In this episode, the Bear tries to get a group of amateurs designing some Christmas Cards with odd results.
Special thanks to Felicity Thornbush for her vocal skills in the announcement!
Warning: This video may offend those with a sensitive disposition.
Our very own toothed buffoon heard that there was a Plastic Exhibition at the community centre in Riddingspoon Vale, so armed with a WOP Starter Camera and a fork - he went along to see what they had to show....
Nev was so impressed with the wealth of plastic tat on display, he noted in particular two of the exhibits.
''Look at this beauty! Plastic Man!!!! The ultimate superhero - imagine having the powers to bend yourself into the shape of a chair or something. She's in great condition, such a lovely cover. I'd love to get my hands on her and bend the pages tee hee!''
''I am not sure what these are, they look like some kind of rain hat. Perhaps an item of head wear for canaries in wet weather? It doesn't matter - they look nice and practical too!''
Nev is now getting quite tea towel set about an exhibition of eggcups coming in the New Year.
''You could say I am quite egg - happy about it. Excited. Egg - cited. Doesn't matter.''
As everyone braces themselves for the run up to Christmas and especially the shopping, we here at the WOP SHOP have put together some amazing deals for those looking for that 'special' gift for someone. We think we've outdone ourselves this season! Just look at these terrific offers!!!!!
Cat No: 345ty Hi Fi Recordagram. Only £999, includes a plug and a copy of 'Babbington SingsBawdy Songs' to get you up and running!
Cat No: 4ft677g. Video Cassette - o -gram. This state of the art machine simply fits under your television set (jack and hoists not supplied). Comes with a video of 'Nev's Workout Wonders'. Only £899.
Well........he's at it yet again! Now he's started, there's no stopping him although we've tried.
With the help of the unsuspecting bearded ladies of the Church Choir of St Dairylea On The Mold, our Nev has produced this - his Christmas single (emphasis on the word single.....) Every copy that's sold, Neville promises 2p will go to charity, which this year is the NPHSE (National Protection of Heritage Steam Engines)
So drink your egg nog, unwrap your chestnut and sit back 'Val Doonican' style and enjoy ''Neville Noel''.
How will Neville top this??! Quite probably - he won't. It doesn't matter.....
Finally, the WOP production team are back! We promised you something big..well....this IS big. Epic one might say. Grandiose even.
To celebrate the return of WOP and I suppose Christmas should get a mention too - WOP proudly present 'A Christmas Carol' starring our very own Neville Cheestring as Ebeneezer Cheestring and narrated by Kevin Ketley.
Pooters, it doesn't get any bigger or better than this - and for that, we're sorry.
So let us rejoice in the return of WOP and Nev, and kick start the countdown to Christmas.
Crank the play button, let it stream a little and enjoy :)
We here at WOP humbly apologise, there hasn't been any posts since February! What can we say? 'Bananas'. Oh and 'hampton'.
In other words, we have been rather busy with....ahem...real life commitments. But rest assured, normal business will be resolved very soon.....
I heard that Nev is planning something but he isn't letting on. He simply said ''It's going to be...something''.
As for the rest of the posse? Well, I'm afraid disarray has set in! Kevin Ketley was sent off to Malaga to report on the Tortilla Flinging Championships but has not checked in. Des Silverfish is looking at opening a used car lot in Bending, and even the other half of the WOP squad Babbington has announced that he would like to join the Mongolian Circus and their travelling fragrant monkeys.
So it's up to Nev to hold things together with his string vest!
As the title suggests, this is Neville's new craze - water hydrant spotting! He got into it during a countryside ramble over Christmas and decided to document the types of hydrants and locations across the country.
''To be fair, I've only seen these three, but I am on the look out for many more!'' The goof stuttered. ''I want to get a folio together of all the hydrants in the country - I think the black 'h' on the yellow plaque is a wonderful design and it makes me tingle''.
As ever Nev, you know what you're doing.......
I think World Of Poot fans would like to know when your first video for 2010 is going to be!