Tick Tock Tuesday #8 (3 December 2019)

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts #TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.


Gosh, I am in my eighth week and this far, have only played tunes. That really wasn’t deliberate – it’s just how the ideas have trickled out. If anything, it shows the relative importance of music in my life, compared to other art forms, and I can’t be alone there. But this week I shall redress the balance a little – sort of – because I want to present a childhood movie. Movies from childhood are the best, because we’re not too grown up, because some of that magic might just be real. So even when I watch the movie as an adult, those feelings I felt as a child come flooding back.

I cried in 2016 when I heard about Gene Wilder’s death. Okay, I can get silly about things because of the stroke but I usually hold myself together. But, you see, Willy Wonka had died. By rights I suppose this could be a book, a film or a soundtrack, but I’m thinking specifically of the film. I saw the film a long time before I enjoyed the book.

Johnny Depp is a fine actor, and I like Tim Burton’s films, but there was only ever one Willy Wonka.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was made in 1971, when I was just three. At various times in my childhood, it would come on TV, and to a youngster this was fairy dust. I love that film, and still watch it whenever it is on. I don’t like musicals per se, but I love this one.

I bring you today a clip from the film. This also happens to be a song, I’m afraid – but hey, it is a musical!

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

Formerly, designed and developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged pre-50! I have returned to developing from home, but some of my time is also spent volunteering with the UK charities Age UK (www.ageuk.org.uk) and the [UK] Stroke Association (www.stroke.org.uk).

9 thoughts on “Tick Tock Tuesday #8 (3 December 2019)”

      1. Glad I’ve given you some inspiration 🙂 I’ve heard about Famous Five but never red it. I adored Roald Dahl and I also red The Babysitters Club and a lot of comics but they were mostly local like Tintin, Lucky Luke, Bob et Bobbette (I don’t know the English version but I guess there is one). Great topic!

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        1. There might have been andlicised versions where I never knew the link, but the only one which made it to the UK intact was Tintin. Funny, we happened across a TinTin exhibition in one of the Loire chateaux one time we were over. It meant nothing to my daughter, because not on tv any more, but my wife and I were enthralled. Had to look it up – Cheverny. Not sure whether there is some connection with Hergé.

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