Noggin (was: State evolution and cricket)

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Tue Jul 4 03:08:48 EDT 2000

On Wed, 28 Jun 2000, Erica Sadun wrote:

> >On Fri, 23 Jun 2000, Ven wrote:
> >off to read "Noggin and the Money" again

That was me, not Ven.

> What is "Noggin and the Money"?

It is a tale from the Saga of Noggin the Nog, created by Peter Firmin
and Oliver Postgate (see also Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, The Clangers,
Basil Brush...).


In the tale of Noggin and the Money, the inventor Olaf the Lofty
invents money, and uses it to buy some onions from the warrior Thor
Nogson. Thor Nogson then has a tough day trying to find somebody else
who will accept weird little bits of metal as payment. In the end, he
finds a fisherman who needs some fishing weights, buys some fish, and,
now that he possesses something of actual value, is able finally to
get his shopping done. Then he goes to have a serious talk with Olaf.
"And Olaf never invented money again." 

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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