Monday, July 14, 2008


This spoon was awarded to me by Laura, 23, friend of kittens, from Sunderland, while on a visit to the home of her and Michael Sebastian Laverick, 24, this weekend just gone, yes, that one there just passed:

That handle does indeed say 'Property of Ramsay Street' in the traditional Neighbours typeface. Now I remember why I have friends. Incredible scenes. I am led to believe this is official Neighbours merchandise from the 1980s, and therefore bound to have been individually hand-crafted by evil's Stefan Dennis, 49. Never in all my life.

This has brought the memories of being a young Neighbours acolyte literally flooding back. Indeed, I'd go as far as to say that if I'd had this spoon fifteen years earlier, my childhood would have been something resembling a memorable experience. Instead it was a sorry tale of what might have been, but emphatically never was. I remember the time I took the revolutionary step of trying to introduce the Neighbours sticker album into the primary school playground culture in 1993, only to fail miserably. It turned out I was the only one in my school collecting the stickers, which naturally made 'swaps' a nightmare. If I tried shifting that spare Lou Carpenter 'foily' once, I must've done it a thousand times. In the end I had to make do with swapping it for a standard, non-foily sticker of Cobra from Gladiators (another album I was collecting at the time). This was a miserable chapter of failure in my life, and I can only think that having this Neighbours spoon back then would've provided some form of consolation. And by the way, if anyone's got the top half of Annalise Hartman for swaps, please let me know.


Anonymous Laura, 23, friend of kittens said...

I'm glad to hear this.

July 15, 2008 12:06 pm  
Blogger Gez said...

We had one of these. I shit you not. I recognised it instantly. I think it was from a PG Tips promotion.

July 16, 2008 9:47 pm  
Blogger Paddy said...

So it might not be official Neighbours "merch"? If this is true, I will be quite, quite disappointed. But at least I'll still have my spoon, and I'll be damned if anyone's going to take that away from me.

July 17, 2008 7:28 pm  
Anonymous laura, 23, friend of kittens said...

Hey hey hey..... would I let you down Pad? I was brought up with those spoons. I am sure they're official. I will also be saddened if they came from those bastard chimps.

July 19, 2008 5:53 pm  
Anonymous Top Boy (and that) said...

The East/West divide literally rears its ugly head once again: we called them "shinys" rather than "foilys". Would you refer to a barm cake, wrapped in aluminium sheet, as a "foily bun"?

July 21, 2008 12:36 pm  
Blogger Paddy said...

Yes, and I'd be right, obviously.

July 27, 2008 5:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Spoon Buddy!

I have one of these. I am not even sure where it came from! But it's mine now, mwahahaha, and is possibly my favourite spoon. I suspect it has magic powers.

February 15, 2011 12:11 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found one of these spoons in the dining room of a private hospital I work in. We had one at home when I was a kid in early 90s. I have claimed it. Who knows, it may be the same spoon.

I too failed to introduce the Neighbours sticker collection to school. Strangely only myself and one of the hardest boys at the school collected them. Swapping was always a little awkward. We used to meet in secret. I remember a nice sticker of Alan Dale (Jim Robinson) and a horse. Despite the paucity of swapping opportunities I did complete this album.

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