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Dear John Hamblin

Dear John,

I saw your book in the store a long time ago, but as usual had no money. I often thought I must read that book, but it disappeared from the shelf and unfortunately I haven’t read it till now.

I am halfway through your story and what an interesting life you have lead. I only know you from Play School, so to read about all your earlier endeavours is wonderful.  I am loving the book so far.

When I saw Play School was bringing out a 45 year anniversary DVD I knew I had to have it. I needed to introduce my kids to the fantastic funny John I remember as a kid, and let me tell you they loved it.

I listened as the presenters talked on ABC radio about their job, and especially listening for Benita, talk about her wonderful time with you.

When I went to our local bookstore to buy the DVD the older gentleman behind the counter fondly recalled he had a big crush on Benita, and I told him I was buying the DVD because I loved John.

My Nan’s fondest memory of me as a child is singing “Open Wide, come inside, it’s Play School”. It also runs in the family, all my children have loved Play School and I was lucky enough to go to a Play School concert when Benita was still doing them.

Just last year I gave my daughter the day off school just to go watch a playschool concert (her last show) before she grows out of the Play School stage.

My third child who is almost two also loves Play School, and the first thing he does in the morning, after eating of course, is bring me the remote and ask for “Cool Cool”.

I can’t help but compare every new presenter to you. I look at the new ones, judging their awkwardness, (they usually settle down after a couple of years) but no one has yet lived up to you or the likes of Noni, Benita, George and Don.

So why am I sharing all this with you? I am not sure, I am reading your life story and perhaps wanted to share a piece of mine, perhaps it’s the re living the childhood memories, making me feel young again. Those blissful moments of being a child without a care in the world.

I hear you live in Tasmania now, and are an artist. I also live in Tasmania, and if I ever get the chance I would love to meet you, and see some of your wonderful art work.

I read in your book that you still get fan mail as the ABC still pass them on to you, so I hope this letter finds you well.

Kind Regards,


I was not asked to post this but as I have missed several Play School concerts just beacuse I didn’t know they were on, I wanted to tell you all that PlaySchool are touring Tasmania again so be sure to get to a concert. I know I will be going!

Details can be found at

Also to read about John’s life you can find the book here

Blast from the past

The other week I was having a bit of a clean out (if you follow me on Twitter you would have seen me congratulating myself on clearing out a whole shelf in a cupboard) and I came across some old story cassette tapes. Being the hoarder that I am (not as bad as that show hoarders though) I still also had the books.

What I didn’t have was a cassette deck.  Fortunately a family member had one they could lend me.
Cassette Deck
The collection of books and tapes


First I had to teach my daughter how to use it…

Press Eject and insert tape

Close the door
Close the door

Press Play
Press Play

You know it’s time to turn the page when you hear a sound like this…


Thumbelina doesn’t wear much


Books and Tapes


The funny thing was, as soon as those songs started up I remembered it all. I haven’t heard them for about 20 years, yet i knew every, single, word. I wonder what other repressed memories I have hidden in there.

Take Me Back

Take Me Back, originally uploaded by astrogirl529.

So I am doing a little reminiscing this week as on Wednesday I turn….30! GASP. I can’t believe it, how can it be? It was only yesterday I was in High School, wasn’t it? I kind of forget I am getting older, yes I have three children and it’s been a long time since high school, but I still don’t feel any older. I also am not a good judge of peoples age when I meet them, I said to one lady the other day, you don’t look old enough to have grown up children, but wait I’m *almost* 30 and technically I could have grown up children so that is a little scary.

So I borrowed a few flickr photos and mashed them together in a little memory board, things I loved and still do, because you are never to old 😉

Full copyright to those who took the pictures, please check the links.

1. Baby-Sitters Club books, 2. flying astro boy, 3. Rainbow Brite & Patty O’ Green having Mini breakfast, 4. My Lego House, 5. JONATHAN BRANDIS SEAQUEST, 6. Polly Pocket, 7. Not available, 8. Inspector Gadget, 9. MY LITTLE PONY “25th Birthday Celebration”