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Delight a Brit in the USA with the Beano Annual
The Beano Annual - available to buy online in the USA
Kids just can't get enough of the Beano. When my brother and sister and I were young, we'd read the comic every week. Then, at the end of the year, the fabulous Beano Annual was published - just in time to go into Santa's sack.
A British tradition
The Beano has been published since before the Second World War so generations of British children have been brought up being accustomed to reading about its cartoon characters every week. The first annual was published in the same year war broke out - 1939 - and has been published every year since then.
We British have our priorities right.
We still love it
I imagine that we're not alone. Every year before she died my mum would buy a Beano Annual for my brother every single year. Bear in mind that the last time she presented him with one he was in his late forties. And since childhood onwards, the annual would be read by every member of the family.
Yes, it's great for adults
When I titled this 'delight a Brit' I wasn't meaning children at all, although any British kids living in the USA would love to receive this as a gift. No, I meant for grown ups, big people. Just a few years ago I caught my dad (who recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday) reading a copy of the Beano and I know that my brother, in his fifties, has a huge collection of Beano Annuals here in the Florida. So you can imagine how delighted I was to discover that it can now be bought online from Amazon in the United States.
Part of our folklore
Everyone has a favorite character from the comic but I think that everyone has a soft spot for Dennis the Menace and his dog, Gnasher. (This is not to be confused with the America Dennis - they are not really similar at all). In fact, just before he came to live in the USA my brother found and rescued a stray dog - a little black shaggy haired thing. Mum adopted it. The dog's name? Gnasher, of course!
Dennis the Menace and Gnasher are always the most popular characters in the comic and ever since the seventies, they have been featured on the front cover of the annual.
There is something about this naughty little boy that seems to appeal to all of us.
Most of us are still kids at heart - even if we have to delve down deep to release our sillier side. The Beano Annual is bound to appeal to any British person and will make a fabulous gift, especially for those of us who are 'in exile' in other countries.
Scroll down to see a video of five sensible adults discussing this literary classic.
Oh, and see the products below. Every child's dream is to have a Beano themed bedroom. If these had been available when we were kids, my mum would have been pestered daily until we too could sleep with Dennis :)
For the hard core Dennis and Gnasher fans it doesn't get much better than this, does it?
Any fan of any age will appreciate this bedding. Yes, there is a time when we want our bedding to be a little more sophisticated than this but for other times, you can't beat going to bed with Dennis and his chums :)
How much are old copies of the Beano worth today?
As the presenter says in this video, why didn't we save our old comics?
These people try their best to have a sensible conversation about a copy of the Beano comic that was being put up for auction. The man from the auction house was speculating that it could fetch as much as £10,000.
This was the very first edition of the comic.
However, serious though they try to be, the conversions are perfectly hilarious. The male presenter in particular gets terribly excited.
I would really love to have the boots you see below! If I would, at my age, I imagine a child would be in paradise.
In the video above Judy, the female presenter says that (being a girl) she read the Bunty comic more than the Beano. I can understand this - the Bunty was brill.
Evidently, when Judy was a girl, and her mother decided that she should be told 'the female facts of life, her first words were:
"Judy, put that Bunty down..."
© 2013 Jackie Jackson