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GUEST,Petros Azul 10 May 04 - 04:07 AM
GUEST,earthling 10 May 04 - 05:26 AM
el ted 10 May 04 - 05:29 AM
Dead Horse 10 May 04 - 05:41 AM
Liz the Squeak 10 May 04 - 06:59 AM
GUEST,earthling 10 May 04 - 07:04 AM
Ross 10 May 04 - 11:42 AM
Amos 10 May 04 - 12:31 PM
Liz the Squeak 10 May 04 - 02:10 PM
Edain 10 May 04 - 05:00 PM
Edain 10 May 04 - 09:50 PM
TheBigPinkLad 11 May 04 - 03:43 PM
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Subject: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: GUEST,Petros Azul
Date: 10 May 04 - 04:07 AM

Blue Peter's George the Tortoise Laid to Rest


He relieved himself on a guest live on air, never uttered a word to camera and once went missing for a fortnight - but generations of devoted young fans will today mourn the death of one of TV's most popular faces.

George the tortoise, who succumbed to old age last week, firmly established himself in the affections of millions of Blue Peter viewers over 22 years and will be buried in the programme's famous garden during a special tribute show to be screened tonight.

The Mediterranean spur-thigh tortoise, who first appeared in 1982, worked alongside 20 presenters and consistently won more fan mail than any of his illustrious colleagues.

Originally called Pork Pie, viewers renamed him George after he was offered to the show by the then Blue Peter pet keeper Edith Menezes following changes to legislation governing the sale of the animals.

Whilst viewers will fondly recall the annual shows devoted to his hibernation, the tortoise will be best remembered for his part in two celebrated gaffes.

Host Mark Curry marked his first day in the role in 1986 by striding into the Blue Peter studio and stepping on the pet, sending him spinning across the floor.

Guest Kris Akabusi later had an unwelcome introduction to the animal, who urinated on the former 400m hurdler during a broadcast.

Blue Peter editor Richard Marson confirmed that the pet, thought to have been more than 80 years old, will be laid to rest by the current presenting team under a memorial plaque and shrub.

He said: "George was very popular with several generations of Blue Peter viewers and we will all really miss him.

"Requests for his photo card have often exceeded those for some presenters and we'll be sending them out to any viewer who wants a memento of a much-loved pet.''

The tortoise's career was almost cut short in 1988, when burglars let him out of his pen during a bungled robbery attempt at the home of his owner.

It was suspected George had been stolen, but it later emerged that the animal had simply strayed out of a garden, crawling three miles in 14 days.

As the production team feared the worst, a tribute film was broadcast about his life on Blue Peter - but the next day a woman walking her dog found him hidden in undergrowth.

George made his final TV appearance on April 14, alongside new tortoise Shelley, the fifth in the programme's 46-year-history.

Presenter Matt Baker said: "It is a real shock when a favourite pet dies but it is something all pet owners have to face.

"We hope that by having a share in our Blue Peter pets, children can be helped to deal with that sad fact.''

Tortoise lovers have also paid tribute to George and said his screen appearances have helped millions of children learn how to properly care for the animals.

Sandra Kay, chairwoman of the British Tortoise Society, said: "It's a terrible shame that George has died but without a doubt he has helped to get generations of children interested in tortoises.

"The best thing about him being on the programme has been that they have really shown kids how to care for the animals and how to properly bring them out of hibernation.

"We do roadshows across the country and every time we arrive with our tortoises, at least one child will always mention George. They all loved him and he definitely became a celebrity.''


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: GUEST,earthling
Date: 10 May 04 - 05:26 AM

Whatever happened to Fred/Freda? Time flies for sure. I belong to the days of Shep and a siamesey cat....Jason?
R.I.P George.


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: el ted
Date: 10 May 04 - 05:29 AM

Gas mark 6, 20 minutes a pound. Oh, sorry, wrong thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Dead Horse
Date: 10 May 04 - 05:41 AM

Sir Les said it all......
The turtle's role,I reason,
Is a humble one and meaner,
For I've always found a turtle
Makes a splendid ocarina.


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 May 04 - 06:59 AM

Yes, I too remember Fred (later renamed Freda when it was discoverd he was a she); Jason the stroppy siamese cat, who favoured Val's lap; Shep the dog who would insist on leaping up and never did walk the whole Penine Way; Petra and her son Patch, mourned with a public grief only outdone by the Princess of Wales.....

I remember George being introduced though.... I wasn't impressed... a walking meat pie that would never have the charisma and charm of Freda, with her white painted name on her shell.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: GUEST,earthling
Date: 10 May 04 - 07:04 AM

Oh no you've brought it all back....had forgotten about Petra and Patch, need a lie down now.

And the furore surrounding the vandalism of the BP garden! Someone 'famous' admitted to being the culprit on a chat show in the last few years, but I can't remember who?


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Ross
Date: 10 May 04 - 11:42 AM

It was a footballer - one of the Fashunu's I think


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Amos
Date: 10 May 04 - 12:31 PM

Universes of disappointed fantasy within universes of unreality within universes of immaterial irrelevance....riding on the back of a tortoise? This is modern British cosmology?

A


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 May 04 - 02:10 PM

Does anyone know what happened to the Blue Peter 'Baby'? - they followed a young baby called Daniel throughout his early years - mind you, this was late 60's early 70's..... he'd be 30something or 40 now....

Or am I imagining a whole Blue Peter Annual?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Edain
Date: 10 May 04 - 05:00 PM

RIP George, he was the only BP turtle I knew. This is almost as bad as when they lost Bonny.


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Edain
Date: 10 May 04 - 09:50 PM

err... s/turtle/tortoise


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 11 May 04 - 03:43 PM

Perhaps George could be mended with an empty Squeezy bottle and some sticky-back plastic?


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 12 May 04 - 04:38 AM

Or turned into a rather nice set of fruit bowl and platter for Mothering Sunday.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: GUEST,earthling
Date: 12 May 04 - 01:54 PM

You think they'd have another one that they'd made earlier.


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Subject: RE: BS: OBit: George, the turtle was unbroken
From: Dead Horse
Date: 12 May 04 - 05:52 PM

Plectrums?


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