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Who are Brian, Heston, Zippy, George, and Freddy?
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 and Luminessa (Jenny/Jennifer Club #487, FFU) wrote2 weeks, 2 days ago

The default snail names have always intrigued me.  Are they a bit of pop culture I've missed?  The names of Mike's childhood pets?  What?
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 and Cobweb wrote2 weeks, 2 days ago

I have always assumed that Heston was after Heston Blumenthal (because of his recipe for snail porridge).

Brian the Snail from the Magic Roundabout.

Zippy - irony because snails are not fast.

No idea about Freddy though ...
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 and Christine wrote2 weeks, 2 days ago

There was a kid's show on in the 70's/80s' in the uk called Rainbow,  zippy was a frog with a zip for his mouth, george was a loveable pink hippo  (also bungle who was a teddy bear was a teddy bear. (not sure about brian and heston, tracey could be right). they made an adult version as well, full of innuendoes-available on youtube- very funny lol
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 and Cobweb wrote2 weeks, 2 days ago

Freddy was one of the singers on Rainbow so there may be something in that, Graham!
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 and Luminessa (Jenny/Jennifer Club #487, FFU) wrote2 weeks, 1 day ago

Thanks, guys. I grew up with Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street here in the states. I never would have known. It's like when I watched BBC's Vicar of Dibley from the nineties - - laughed my head off, but I had to go look up a few things afterwards.
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 and Pinkbell wrote2 weeks, 1 day ago

Zippy wasn't a frog, he was a yellow/orange puppet with head the shape of a rugby ball with a Zip for a mouth. The tv show the muppets had a green frog called kermit.
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 and Christine wrote2 weeks, 1 day ago

My sons called him zippy the frog, but strictly speaking I suppose you're correct.
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 and Begonia wrote2 weeks ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aBMn1NfXdc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_U996f25fU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T1GI84lDXA

These last 2 are just to complete the set - they came after FL snails.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx1gGGJUoNE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w16RgyvpFo

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 and Betty wrote1 week, 6 days ago

Freddy Goes to France - the Snail Farms of Burgundy is a book by Steve Harris.  Could that be the connection to Freddy the Snail?
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 and The Amazing Imp wrote6 days, 6 hours ago

I love those names and have kept them, as soon as I saw them I thought it was the characters from Rainbow.
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