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Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
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DIDDILYDEEDOT'S DREAMLAND INVITES YOU TO

DIONNE'S RAINBOW
also to be known as a Titian Beauty of that I am sure!

The Rainbow Group

Goodness me Dionne,
I have just spent ages trying to find video clips that where open to the public. As with Button Moon and Sooty etc. a few of
the uploaders block there contributions on Youtube from the public, whereby making it impossible for others to enjoy them without going to youtube or the uploaders websites. Thank goodness it is only the odd one or two, but I managed to find a few and although they are the early ones, that have the very strange Bungle in them, I still hope you enjoy them

 

Hugs Diddilydeedot

Rainbow is a British children's television series, created by Pamela Lonsdale, which ran twice weekly at 12:10 on Tuesdays and Fridays on the ITV network, from 16 October 1972 to 6 March 1992. It was intended to develop language and number skills for pre-school children, and went on to win the Society of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Children's Programme in 1975.

The programme was originally conceived as a British equivalent of long-running American educational puppet series Sesame Street. The British series would be developed in house by Thames Television, and had no input from the Sesame Workshop.

After more than 1000 episodes, the series came to an abrupt end when Thames Television lost its ITV franchise at the end of 1992. Since then, it has gained cult status and continues to get frequent mentions on radio and television.

Each episode of Rainbow revolved around a particular activity or situation that would arise in the Rainbow House, where the main characters lived. Usually it would involve some kind of squabble or dispute between the puppet characters of Zippy, George and Bungle, and Geoffrey's attempts to calm them down and keep the peace. The main story would be interspersed with songs (usually from Rod, Jane and Freddy, although guest singers would occasionally take their place), animations, and stories read from the Rainbow storybook, usually by Geoffrey. Some episodes would focus on a particular theme, such as sounds or opposites, and would consist mainly of short sketches or exchanges between the main characters, rather than a consistent storyline.

http://www.charactershop.co.uk/Pages/rainbowpage.htm The Rainbow Group


Rainbow featured the following characters, each with their own character style:

  • The presenter - first David Cook, then the best known presenter Geoffrey Hayes, who brought the other members of the Rainbow household to order or gave them something to do.
  • Bungle - a brown furry bear with a squashed face, who is inquisitive but also clumsy and complained a lot about the other characters especially zippy's antics (a costume; played by John Leeson, Stanley Bates, Malcolm Lord and Paul Cullinan). The question regarding why Bungle always wrapped a towel around his waist to protect his modesty after a shower, in spite of the fact that he walked around nude for the rest of time, has never been addressed. (He also donned pyjamas at bed time.)
  • Zippy - loud and domineering, but usually very funny (albeit not to the other characters in the show) who was actually a rugby ball (though with a body attached). (puppet; originally voiced and operated by Peter Hawkins, then voiced by Roy Skelton - both well known for voicing Daleks and Cybermen in Doctor Who) - and operated by Ronnie Le Drew. Zippy's mouth was a zip, and when he became too bossy or irritating this would be zipped shut to prevent him from continuing: on at least one occasion he unzipped himself, though he appeared unable to do so on other occasions.
  • George - a shy, pink and slightly camp hippo. (puppet; voiced by Roy Skelton and operated by Malcolm Lord, Tony Holtham and later Craig Crane)
  • Sunshine and Moony - optimistic Sunshine (yellow with a red hat) and her more gloomy friend Moony (brown with a tuft of yellow hair) were the original 'stars' of the programme, but soon became little more than foils to the more popular Zippy; they were phased out by 1973, in favour of greater roles for Bungle and (especially) George.
  • Rod, Jane and Freddy - a group of musicians who regularly featured on the programme. Originally known as Rod, Jane and Matt when they debuted on the show in 1974. Matt's position being held by Matthew Corbett (of The Sooty Show fame) and from 1977 by Roger Walker, before Freddy Marks took over in 1981.
  • Telltale - a six-piece group who provided the music in the early days of the show being replaced by Charlie Dore and Julian Littman and then Rod, Matt and Jane.
  • Zippo - Zippy's cousin, identical in appearance to Zippy but slightly darker in colour, who would make the occasional guest appearance. Originally portrayed as an eloquent Frenchman, but a later episode depicted him as an American-accented rapper with loud, flashy clothing.
  • Georgina (a.k.a Georgie), a cousin of George. Georgina was physically identical to George, except for her long eyelashes and floppy hat.
  • Dawn - the next-door neighbour, played by Dawn Bowden, who was introduced in the show's later years, first appearing in 1990.
  • Aunty - played by numerous actresses, was the aunt of one of the characters, probably Geoffrey.

A few episodes also include some sort of a Geoffrey-type figure for Zippo called Vince. He seemed to be some sort of a brother to Geoffrey.

Generally speaking, George and Zippy represented two 'types' of child, George being the quiet and shy type, while Zippy represented the hyperactive and destructive type. George was usually vindicated, but Zippy got his comeuppance. While they were apparently young 'children', Bungle was an older 'child', and differed from them in being a costume, rather than a hand puppet. Geoffrey's relationship to them was unclear, other than being a kind of father figure (although he is referred to as 'Uncle' Geoffrey in at least one episode) . Apart from Jane and (in the early days) Sunshine, females rarely appeared on the programme, despite some ambiguity concerning the often effeminate (and permanently pink) George.

Rainbow

In 1989, Rod, Jane and Freddy left the show to concentrate on touring, pantomime appearances and their own separate TV show (which had run parallel with Rainbow since 1981). This meant that Dawn Bowden was introduced as a regular female character in place of Jane, while the songs were generally provided by guest singers, notably Christopher Lillicrap. The show would also often include guest stars, to make a change from Geoffrey telling all the lessons - this way, the characters would be told stories and lessons by a fresh face

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The theme song for the show was actually a small part of the full version, also called 'Rainbow' and written by Hugh Portnow, Hugh Fraser and Tim Thomas of the band Telltale, who regularly appeared in the first series of the show. This was released by Music For Pleasure in 1973 with the B-side "Windy Day".

There have been several dance versions of the theme tune which have been released as singles. The dance act Solo had a minor hit in 1991 with a sample-free instrumental version of the Rainbow theme, while Eurobop released a dance version in 1993 featuring samples taken directly from the original theme as well as voice samples of the main characters, who appeared on several music TV shows to promote the single; a hardcore version entitled 'Rainbow Vibes' by the Sonz of Bungle circulated on 12" vinyl in 1992 which sampled the theme tune over a chopped up breakbeat and featuring rave stabs. The most recent dance version, titled "It's A Rainbow" and featuring the vocals of Zippy and George, reached the UK top 20 in 2002.




                               











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How to Decorate a Rainbow Bedroom Theme

Rainbow Wall Hanging
When you think of a rainbow, most often it is with a smile and a sense of calmness. Rainbows signify a place of beauty and respite during a storm. A girl's room that is decorated in rainbows can be just that. Here are some ideas for make a great rainbow bedroom.

ThereRainbow Wall Hanging are beautiful rainbow murals that are available in several sizes. This is a terrific idea to brighten up the room and lay the groundwork for the rest of bedroom. These murals are easy to apply, as they come in sections and are

usually pre-glued. You will need to carefully measure the room and the pieces, the draw a few lines so that each piece has its place. Be careful not to get the placement of the pieces mixed up because you may difficulty removing a piece once it's on the wall.

For the other walls, you might choose to paint the three remaining walls each a specific colour of the rainbow. Try to match the colours to the colours of the rainbow in mural. You might also consider a strip of a different colour of the rainbow at the tops or the middle of the wall.

You can find rainbow bedding at almost every major department store, but you might also consider a patchwork type bedspread that has all the colours of the rainbow. Try to find three of four sets of sheets that are also these same colours. Mix and match the sheets to create new, colourful looks.

You will be surprised once you start looking at the availability of brightly coloured furniture. Consider a small, brightly coloured love seat. Place this love seat against a wall of a different colour. You can also find small, unique tables that you can paint in a matching colour. A brightly coloured footstool can complete the look for the love-seat. There are a terrific selection of bean bags, and some of these often feature rainbows. Don't forget a small desk. Add a beautiful picture of a rainbow on the work area and seal.

Pillows, pillows, pillows.

Find pillows of every shape and size in different colours of the rainbow. They needn't be just for the bed. Place them on the window sills as well.

You can also find rainbow pictures for the wall and arrange them in an arc like a rainbow. Don't forget to find a lamp with a brightly coloured lampshade. There are also beautifully coloured blankets and sheets, candles (for the older child)

 There are also beautifully coloured light switch covers as well, Just keep a look out for some snazzy items you might find at the car boot sale.

Rainbow Room

I found all these wonderful ideas at "eHow.com ", there address is below.

A STORY WITH ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW IN IT
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Long ago, at the beginning of time, the colours of the world quarrelled. Each claimed that it was the best, the most beautiful, the most important, the most useful, and the favourite colour.

Green said,

"Look at the grass and the leaves and the trees. Clearly, you can see that I am the most important colour. I am the colour of life and of hope. Look around and you see that I am everywhere."

Then Blue interrupted and exclaimed,

"Consider the sky and the sea. Water is the basis of all life and without me there would be no blue skies. Without me, there would be nothing."

Yellow laughed!

"I am bright and warm and you are all so serious. Every time you look at a yellow daffodil or a big sunflower, you smile. The sun, the moon, and the stars are all yellow. The day starts and ends with me and without me you would have no fun."

Orange started to boast.

"I am the colour of good food that brings health and strength. Carrots, oranges, and pumpkins have valuable vitamins. An when orange fills the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that all who see me gasp in awe."

Well, Red started shouting.

"I am the ruler of all life. Blood is red and blood is life. I am the colour of passion and of love as you see in the red rose, the poinsettia, and the beautiful poppies."

Violet stood up and was very tall. He spoke with great importance in his voice.

"I am the colour of royalty and kings. Powerful people have always chosen me for I am the colour of authority and wisdom."

At last, in a very quiet voice,

Indigo spoke.

"You hardly notice me, but although I am quiet, without me you are all nothing. You need me for balance and contrast, and for inner peace."

The arguing continued, each colour boasting and bragging and quarrelling and squabbling. Each was certain that his or her colour was the absolute best. As their fighting became louder, a flash of lightning flew through the sky. Thunder cracked and boomed and rain started to pour down in buckets. The colours shook with fear and started to huddle together for comfort.

Then the rain began to speak:

"You colours are so foolish. You are fighting about who is best, each trying to outdo the rest. Don't you understand that you were each made for a special purpose? Each is unique and different? Join hands and follow me."

Doing as the rain told them, the colours came together and joined hands. "From now on,"

the rain said,

"when it rains, each of you will stretch out across the sky in a great arch of colour. The rainbow will be a sign of peace and hope for tomorrow."

So, boys and girls, whenever rain washes the world, look for a rainbow to appear in the sky. When it appears, remember that every one of you is special. Let the colours of the rainbow remind you to appreciate yourself and one another. Hold hands with a friend and remember that together we make a rainbow of peace and hope that stretches across the world.


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              (Adapted by Jeanette Larson from “How the Rainbow Came to Be,” a traditional Native American legend.)

Here is a Beautiful Rainbow Story all the way from Poland

little flowersThe Legend of the Goldfinch

          When God made our world and covered the ground with lovely carpets of flowers, and made trees to grow into the wonderful temples of forests. He wanted the temples to be filled with music, so He made the birds.

          He made them big and small and gave them different shapes,  and when they were all finished He told them to get into a long line so that they could be painted. So all the big birds stood  first and all the little ones were at the end. Phew, it was such a long line. And there, among the small birds, was one that was very lively - we call him a Goldfinch today. He chirped and hopped and moved to and fro, and could not keep in the line. There was still such a long line of birds to be painted before his turn came.

"I must try my wings for a while; it is so tiring to stand and wait, " thought the little bird; and he spread his wings When God made our world, He made it so Beautiful.and up he flew, up to the little clouds that looked so white and fluffy against the deep blue background of the sky.

      He looked down; how beautiful the world was in its new, fresh loveliness! He flew from tree to tree and meadow to meadow and hill to hill, singing with joy and fluttering in the sunshine. He was so happy in this wonderful world. Suddenly he remembered his coat had not been painted and that he had been away for such a long time. He must hurry back. So he flew as fast as he could, and at last he could see the meadow where the long line of birds had been. But now there were no birds to be seen at all.

          God had finished his work, and He had packed away his paints and brushes and was washing his hands. The little Goldfinch sat on a tree and sobbed. God heard him weeping and asked what was the matter. So the Goldfinch told how he had flown away to see the beautiful world, and how he was too late to have his coat painted.

     "God saw that he was really sorry, so He said "Come, and I will see what I can do." 

So, joyfully, the Goldfinch flew to Him.  The colours had all been put away, but there were still many little bits of paint on the palette; so God took all the many little scraps and made of them the wonderful coat of many colours that the Goldfinch wears to this day...
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How to Make Rainbow Bubbles

          These days, you can equip yourself with all types of fancy gadgets in order to create rainbow bubbles: Apart from electric bubble machines, you can purchase special solutions that enhance the rainbow effect or others that allow you to create burst-resistant bubbles. However, there is still the old-fashioned method, which saves you money and the trip to the store; all you need to do is gather a couple of items from your kitchen to create some simple outdoor fun for everyone and bring back childhood memories with a modern twist.
Things You'll Need:

 4 teaspoons washing up liquid/dish soap
1 cup water
2 teaspoons light corn syrup or glycerine (optional)
Liquid food colouring (red, blue, green)
Plastic cups
Straw
Tape (optional)

Add 4 teaspoons of dish soap to a cup of water; stir well until both liquids are combined. In order to make the bubbles, add 2 teaspoons light corn syrup or glycerine (the latter is available at your local pharmacy). Divide the solution equally into plastic cups.

Add 3 to 4 drops of different food colourings into each cup and stir until the colour is evenly blended. Create a bubble wand. An easy way is to bend a straw carefully into a loop, taping both ends together and wrapping the tape several times to create a grip. The bigger the loop, the bigger the bubble. You can skip this step if you prefer to use a simple straw.

Find a nice spot outside and dip your bubble wand or your straw into the homemade bubble solution. A thin liquid film should coat the opening of your straw or stretch in the loop of your wand. Blow your bubbles using a gentle, persistent stream of air, allowing them to grow; too much force will result in the bubble expanding too quickly, causing it to burst. Tips ; Warnings Handle your bubble solution with care, because food colouring may stain clothes and certain surfaces. Make sure bubbles do not burst too close to the faces of younger children, since bubble solution may irritate their eyes and turn the fun into tears. Don't forget to clean up when you are done. Extensive bubble blowing can make smooth surfaces slippery, potentially causing falls.


A few more songs from Rainbow Island, don't forget to bring along a picnic.

RAINBOW LAND
I found these wonderful little stories on a website that has since closed down,
they were all written by the pupils of

 
Mrs Vaage 1st Grade in March/April 2003, Canada
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 Castle Under The Rainbow



Juliana's Rainbow



Juliana is walking under a magical rainbow.

She sees the hot sun shining on the rainbow

Juliana is wearing a beautiful rainbow dress

She sees stars in the sky too! She is very happy.

By Juliana

the little bears are wearing rainbow stripes.Rainbow Colours

Jocelyn's rainbow castle is pretty and colourful.  It has red, blue, purple and yellow flags.

The sun has many different colours too. It is shining on the flowers so they will grow bigger. The beautiful rainbow has lots of colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet

By Jocelyn


The Witch and the Rainbow

Once there was a kingdom under a rainbow.  There were rainbow flowers and Princesses too!  There was a witch living in a cottage nearby the castle.  One day the witch took the magic rainbow to the magic water and she put it into the magic water.  Everything went white.  The Prince rode over to the sea and saw a glitter in the water.  He went down to the sea to get the rainbow but it was too heavy to carry back to the castle.  He called the carriage driver to help him move the rainbow back to the kingdom.  They put it into the carriage and brought it to the kingdom.  They lived happily ever after, except for the witch.  She was very angry

The End.  By Olivia


Under a Rainbow

Under a rainbow grows a rainbow tree.  The rainbow tree has red and green chocolate berries.  It has orange and yellow chocolate berries and purple candy pieces.  Beside the rainbow tree grows a rainbow ice-cream cone.  Under the rainbow ice-cream cone grows rainbowgrass with chocolate flavoured licorice.  To grow the rainbow treat garden we need rainbow coloured grass seeds and a magical rainbow sun.  Add some rainbow water to help the garden grow.  The rainbow over the garden is so beautiful you can jump on it like a trampoline!

By Cassie

The Brave Knight
Once upon a time the dragon was trying to blow fire at the fish.
The flying, magical unicorn pony was eating grass until the mean dragon scared her away.  The armoured
knight tried to fight the dragon.  He couldn't get across the pond that went around the castle.  The unicorn came to help him.  They flew over the castle.  The knight dropped a canyon ball on the dragon's head.  The dragon then knew that he shouldn't hurt the fish.  He went back to his cave in the dark mountain
s.

By Matthew

Brent's Rainbow

A fire truck is beside Brent's rainbow.  The leaves on the tree are falling down.  There are lots of colors in Brent's rainbow, red, blue, green, orange, gray and purple.  The blue ocean is in the middle of the rainbow.

By Brent



The Leprechaun's Trick in Rainbowland

Once upon a time there was a King, a Queen and the children Sally and

Kootch in a faraway place named Rainbowland.  There were a lot of  leprechauns, gold and happy children in Rainbowland.  

The King and Queen liked to stay in the castle to count the gold. The children liked to climb the magical rainbow.  They played tag on the rainbow and slid down the rainbow to the pool.  A tricky leprechaun pretending to be a shark grabbed Sally in the pool.  Her brother Kootch ran to get a lifesaver.  He dived in and saved Sally.  The leprechaun never played the shark trick again.  They all went inside for lunch

They lived happily ever after but Kootch pretended to be the shark the next day.

By Macey


The Rainbow Castle

Once upon a time under a Magical Rainbow was a Magical Castle.  Chloe and her Mom and Dad live in the magical castle.  They love their home because it is so beautiful and has orange, pink, blue, green, red and purple rooms.  They slept at night and in the day walked in the Magical Kingdom.  They decorated their castle and lived happily ever after.

By Chloe

Rainbow Rain

       A princess lived in a rainbow coloured castle.  One day it started to rain and there were so many different colors the Princess couldn't see where she was going.  After the rain stopped she decided to play in her backyard.  Then she heard thunder and it started to rain different colours again.  There was lightening but right in the middle of the lightening the rain stopped.  She went out again to play in her backyard.  Her friend came to play ball but the sky turned pitch black and it rained again.

 By Victoria C.

The Rainbow's Gold

Under the rainbow is Carly's Rainbow Castle.  Carly is inside her castle.  She plays hide and seek in her castle with her friends.  Sometimes she hides under the rainbow and she sometimes finds gold.  She shares the gold with her friends.

By Carly

The Magic Castle

Once upon a time a King and a Queen lived in a castle surrounded by an ocean filled with fish.  The fish were trying to jump into the castle through the windows because they were hungry.  The Queen and the King went out the door.  They stood on top of the highest tower and fed all the fish some fish food.  The Queen and King went to sleep but the fish were trying to get in the door because they needed a drink.  They had a drink of milk.  They went back to the ocean and fell fast asleep.  The next day the King and Queen fed the fish again.  They lived happily ever after.

By Billie


Rainbowland

In Hanna's special Rainbow place there is a rainbow sun.  The Rainbow Mountains are under the rainbow.  Tall flowers protect the mountains like guards.  They are "Snap Dragons."  Hanna would like to go swimming in a Rainbow lake in Rainbowland.  It's a really nice place and very magical, full of shiny  rainbow jewels.  It always shines in the sunlight. 

 By Hanna


The Two Knights

Once upon a time two knights on horses were about to start a fight.  They both fell off their horses at the same time so nobody won the fight.  The unicorn flew down and picked up the knights and took them over the rainbow to a New Kingdom.  They met the king.  The king invited them to live in his castle.  They said, "Yes".  They all lived happily ever after.   

The End

By Christopher M



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