JUST switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead? Sitting at home watching TV, turn it off it’s no good for you!

Do you remember Why Don’t You? The programme that encouraged kids to get off their bums and do something!

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What kind of things were the kids encouraged to do? Arts, Crafts, outdoor games, making sandwiches, creating an indoor puppet show, making things out of Matches and Staples … health and safety rules not allowed! Switch off your television set and do something more dangerous instead maybe?

To be totally honest, I was more entertained by the opening theme. After 40 years the opening theme is still stuck in my head. I don’t usually remember the opening theme to a programme I’d watched the night  before so the peeps behind the Why Don’t You opening deserve a huge pat on the back.

Simplicity is key. You don’t need Bells, Whistles or a Parade. Just keep things simple. The peeps behind the opening theme did just that. Get a guy with a huge eyes and stick him a in a huge armchair. Make his eyes look like he’s completely Spaced-Out and wanting someone to put his misery to an abrupt end. Make his skin tone slightly Green … a warning that this Spaced-Out kid is about to turn into the mini version of the Incredible Hulk. He’s watching TV but sadly the programme he’s watching is not really cutting it. Still he continues watching … getting more spaced-out as his body sinks further into the huge armchair. His eyes spins faster and the poor spaced-out kid wants it all to end now. Suddenly he’s decided enough is enough and puts his Sized 8 Boot through the screen of the television. In fact it’s not just the the television screen that’s been damaged … his Sized 8 Boots has sent the entire television set flying! You were warned … his dire situation had been getting to him. Now that our spaced-out friend has kicked in the television set, what will he do instead? Maybe grabbing some Matches and finishing the demolition job by setting fire to the house.

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Were you motivated by the Why Don’t You gang? You can spot the ones who’d watched Why Don’t You in their younger years … they are the ones who are always making weird and wonderful things (mobile phone covers made out of scorched oven gloves, replacing the sole of their slippers with a bit of leftover carpet and making Sweetened Condensed Milk and Tuna sandwiches). This group can be described as the Innovators.

If you weren’t a fan of Why Don’t You then no doubt you just can’t be bothered faffing around with leftover bits of carpet, burnt out oven gloves and you’d rather nip into Subway for a decent sandwich. This group can be described as … well … ‘Can’t be Arsed’.

Which group do you fall into? I proudly fall into the latter group.

Next time you’re stuck in front of the television and feeling a fed up and spaced-out, you know what to do … get up and give that 50 Inch Flat Screen a good kicking! You’ll feel better afterwards. Remember … don’t turn it off but mash it up … it’s no good for you.

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