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April 19, 2004

Hammy Hamster


This weekend I was reminded of Hammy Hamster... and a surreal moment living in England when a Brummie colleague broke into a rendition of the title theme for The Littlest Hobo. Now I wonder how far afield Hammy Hamster lore has travelled.

There is a sparkling, gurgling River, a soft and lovely woods, mysterious dark places, trees, flowers, tall grasses, a Great Scary Swamp, and all kinds of nooks and crannies where wonderful things can happen.

And then... Ok, that's enough with the hamster lore. You can let it out. Sing along now. You know you want to!

There's a voice that keeps on calling me.
Down the road. That's where I'll always be.
Oh, every stop I make, I make a new friend.
Can't stay for long. Just turn around, and I'm gone again.
Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down.
Until tomorrow, I'll just keep movin' on.
So, if you want to join me for awhile,
just grab your hat, and we'll travel light. That's hobo style.
Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down.
Until tomorrow, I'll just keep movin' on.
Until tomorrow, the whole world is my home.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 19, 2004 09:24 AM

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Back when I was a young I.T. jerk, probably just out of high school, I went to go work at this client site about 15-20 minutes from my house in Scarberia.

The guy's PC was in his basement, and as I started looking around I realized the whole basement was FULL of 'Tales of the Riverbank' memorabilia: photos, props from the show, framed news clippings, you name it. And that's when I realized that the client sounded *exactly* like the narrator from the show!

Turns out he was the producer/director/narrator/animal wrangler (and probably owner of said Hammy). He had a lot of fun stories about the old show. I wish I could remember his name, though. Back then (circa 1993-94) he was working on a newer version of the show. Very interesting guy.

Posted by: Chris Taylor at April 19, 2004 10:12 AM

I wonder how long hamsters live? You could have been in the same building as Hammy himself!

Posted by: Flea at April 19, 2004 10:14 AM

Next verse:

There's a world, that's waiting to unfold,
A Brand New Tale, No one has ever told,
We've journey'd far but, you know it won't be long,

We're almost there and we've paid our fare, with the Hobo Song.

Maybe tomorrow, I'll find what I call home,
Until tomorrow, you know I'm free to roam.

Posted by: Ray at April 19, 2004 11:29 AM

Such good memories of Hammy, the dude with the speedboat, the diving bell...I'd buy it on DVD if they sold it.

Posted by: Steven Martinovich at April 19, 2004 04:44 PM

It didn't even occur to me to ask if Hammy was in residence!

Yeah I'd buy the DVD, if it was offered. G.P. was my favourite, he had pretty good piloting abilities for a rodent. And he owned his own red piston-engined aircraft, which is more than most general aviation pilots can say these days. Renting from the local aero club seems to be the norm, now. It's also much cheaper.

Posted by: Chris Taylor at April 20, 2004 10:00 AM

I loved Hammy Hamster. Him and the gang from Fables of the Green Forest, another show on Canadian television. Was sad to hear that Hammy's creator passed away a couple weeks ago.

Posted by: Mark at May 28, 2004 12:25 AM

Hey Guys

DOnt forget about Jeremy the little bear, and Barbapopas!!!! oh and the hilarious house of freightenstein, all classics!!

Posted by: Rachel at September 28, 2004 01:38 AM