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Tom  Bozzo

Thanks for the link, Lance. My wife, parenting blog pals, and I often have mixed feelings (if that) about our sons' -- and, to some extent, also daughters' -- Thomas obsessions, so it's interesting to hear that we might look back on the Thomas days as you do.

I'll agree that Carlin vs. Starr is a toss-up. I might even like Michael Angelis, too, but for how he does Sir Topham Hatt.

Tom W.

Ringo - 'cos he's Ringo, and it's freaking British.

But I even missed the goofy Shining Time Station series they put around it in the States: underrated, but not by my (then) 3-year-old.


Lance honey, you need to go outside, take a big breathe of air and get perspective. Quick, run...



Violet Mannion

Ringo!!!!!!!! He's Ringo!!! Even so, I personally don't remember watching him on the show when I was little. I remember George Carlin, but not Ringo. Unfortunately.

David Parsons

As a house rule we don't read any of the post-Awdry Thomas stories; The Railway Series went downhill pretty quickly after creative control got out of the hands of the trainspotters (using a Stirling single for _freight_? Sheesh) and into the hands of the creative types who wouldn't know how to run a railway if their lives depended on it. Originally, I disapproved of the Railway Series, but that stopped about 30 seconds after being forced into reading one of the Reverend Awdry's books and realizing that he knew what he was talking about, and not only that but that I could identify some of the railways he was describing.

Mother Mannion

Nothing here some warm milk and cookies couldn't cure, son. But as you know I have always been partial to George. Harrison, not Carlin.


Mother! You promised you would never bring up the Hamilton incident in public! And I don't believe for a minute he's my real father! I don't! I don't! I don't!

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