Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Peas in a pod

When I was a kid I had a favourite book that recounted the world's greatest mysteries. Aside from the obvious Big Foots, Loch Ness Monsters and Tunguska Events there was a chapter on The Green Children Of Woolpit: a mysterious brother and sister who emerged from a hole in the ground in Suffolk in the Middle Ages and were, as you might guess, green.

The mass market paperback book was light on evidence, simply presenting the story as historical fact, before finally concluding that there were only two explanations for the children's sudden arrival, strange attire and skin tone, and their odd behaviour and impenetrable language: they were either from outside of this world, or from inside it, which blew my seven year old mind.

885 years on from their arrival, and 35 years from first reading about them, I was pleased to catch this short, meandering but extremely interesting programme about it on Radio 4. It reminded me that the BBC still make thought provoking and off-beat programmes and broadcast them on a regular basis, just not on TV.

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