" One of the imaginary exercises that all children grow up with since the very first moment they become acquainted with Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Superman, Batman and Spiderman etc is the image of being able to fly.
One of the nicest songs that we have had in recent years was, 'I believe I can fly;' the success of which was largely due to our childhood belief in the power of magic and the capability of making the impossible come true.
Being 'grown up', if it is ever to ever mean anything, ought to mean having one's feet planted firmly on the ground at all times; rooted in the soil of cold reality, whilst leaving 'flying with the fairies' to the fanciful imaginations of the innocent child along with those adults who have lost all manner of rational perspective and reasoning.
Yet, we know that there are some adults who just feel unable to leave their childhoods behind and who prefer to carry on with their lives today in the 21st century as though Looby Loo was Queen, Hovis Brown bread was still baked as scrumptious as in the 1950's and Elvis still lived.
When I think upon this, I have to conclude that whilst these loopy adults might be accurately regarded as being an 'odd bunch' , there's no denying that they still have fun and experience some sense of beneficial escapism at the end of the day. That being so in these uncertain times, makes them a bit less daft than they initially appear to be.
One is therefore obliged to ask, 'Why worry about a society filled with economic doom and social disaster hovering above our European heads when Mary Poppins and the Snowman of Raymond Briggs can take us away from all of this?' There are times, I'm sure, when each one of us wouldn't mind seeking a bit of refuge sitting alongside Alice in Wonderland down the rabbit hole. Hey, budge up there and make room for me. I believe I can fly!" William Forde: April 14th, 2013.