Don’t Stay Away Too Long

“Don’t stay away too long”: one of the lines said by Bert at the end of the 1964 Mary Poppins film. To me, the way the film ends suggests the story continues, that Mary goes back to the Banks family one day… that there would be a second film. That was what I thought as a child anyway.

Saturday night was the Last Night of the Proms, which featured a medley of some of the songs from the film. I’ve not been able to get them out of my head since.

Mary Poppins is one  of those films which I love to watch over, and over again – perhaps because my grandparents used to have it on VHS, so for some reason it reminds me of my childhood visits to Blackheath.

The ending of Mary Poppins is very similar in some ways to the end of university.

A couple of months ago we [the radio students] all moved out of Cheltenham – we all went our separate ways to continue with the rest of our lives – but I think we all left with the hope that in the not too distant future we would all be back together as a group once more. I certainly did.

One does wonder though whether, the longer time goes on, the less likely this is to become a reality. It (hopefully) won’t be long before everyone’s in employment and settling in to a new daily routine.

With this in mind: Was moving out of my student house like the end of Mary Poppins, in that I left in the expectation that I would see all my old university friends at some point… but, like that second Mary Poppins film (which I am still waiting for), could this too be an unlikely event.

I hope not.

I was watching a Twitter conversation between several of the radio students earlier this evening, while at the same time talking to Johnny on Facebook. I’ve not really communicated with many of them since I left Cheltenham…and I’m sort of feeling guilty about that.

Mustn’t grumble though!

Freshers’ Week 2014 has started, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to pop in to uni on Thursday and see the Tone Radio lot at the Freshers’ Fayre. I might not see any of my lot…but I’ll still be able to see the 1st (now 2nd) and 2nd (now 3rd) years.

Bye for now.


Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer


  1. You can tell it’s serious because Fred made a reference to popular culture. I won’t stay away too long. I think its the total opposite… You’ll never he able to get rid of me.

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