While doing my morning jerks in the flat (the street is too cold for a jog these days) I usually watch the BBC Entertainment channel – namely, CBeebies which is broadcast at this time. The programme is aimed at children 6 years and under, but, as I have understood, it very well fits the age group of 60 and over. You dance and listen to the Story Time on the Tweenies, run away with Prairie Dogs from prairie foxes, pamper little Lola – as her elder brother Charlie does, do all sorts of rounds (“missing word round”, “picture round”, “numbers round”, etc) with the quizmaster Walter Flipstick in Tell-and-Buzz, visit houses of different colours with Miss Hoolie (whatever the weather in “Balamory today”), live through all sorts of funny episodes in The Large Family of elephants, who are no elephants at all but just parents and children who you may see every day in any corner of the world. You start watching CBeebies at 6:10 Kyiv Time, and when the programme comes to an end in about an hour you feel you have not only become more energetic physically, but also kinder, more sensitive, considerate and loving. You watch television as a child does.

My favourite is Nina and the Neurons. This part of CBeebies teaches 6-year-olds basic science: the neuroscientist Nina is helped by five animated characters representing the senses to answer a scientific question. One of the last episodes was about “goosebumps” – tiny elevations of the skin on a human body which appear whenever the body feels cold. The physiological phenomenon is similar to that also observed in animals: in the cold their skin instinctively contracts, the hair on the skin rises and the layer of the air, which serves as insulation, expands – thus making the animals’ hair coat warmer.

When I was waving my dumb-bells in front of the television, I thought that many more “animal-like” features are inherent in a human being. How about anger, greed, hostility, envy, animosity, jealousy, mistrust, unwillingness to compromise, etc? No, you can hardly watch a children’s programme with the eyes of a child when you are over 60.


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