I’ve named my squirrel

June 2, 2014 • 6:50 am

I didn’t imagine I’d get nearly 100 comments when I asked readers to name my baby squirrel.  There were many good suggestions, and I’ve picked a name.

Or rather, I’ve given him two names. Reader Craig Gallagher suggested “Tufty”, after the squirrel in the videos below, while the linguistically inclined Diana MacPherson suggested “Jerry Eichcoynechen” (in Germany, the word for “squirrel” is “Eichhörnchen”).  After due consideration, I’ve decided to give him both names: Tufty Eichcoynechen, or “Tufty E.” for short.

Tufty was not a gray squirrel, but a British red squirrel who featured in television lessons on traffic safety in the 1970s. All five Tufty episodes are on YouTube, and you can see the entire series by clicking on the screenshot below.

Don’t miss episode 2, in which Willie the Weasel doesn’t take his Mummy with him to the ice cream van, and suffers the dire consequences of his disobedience.

God bless the Brits!

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32 thoughts on “I’ve named my squirrel

        1. Umm…Jerry just said A Man and His D*g was one of his favourite shows…and no one has picked up on it?? This is a shocking revelation people! 🙂

          1. Nah.
            It just shows d*gs chasing round after sheep while someone whistles at them,something cats are far too intelligent to do. It reinforces cats inate superiority.

      1. Morse, Taggart, Midsomer murders, Waking the dead, A touch of Frost, Bergerac, …oh well you guessed what I’m a sucker for.

        I even know the British caution by heart now.

        1. same here… Foyle’s War, Call the Midwife, Heartbeat, Downton Abbey etc, all kinds of BBC nature and science shows and history tv … I’m so glad we get a lot of them here in Canada.

  1. If you like Tufty you should check out the “Charley Says” information films. It was quite weird growing up in England in the 70s

    1. I noticed from other 70s Public Interest videos on Youtube a certain obsession with warning kids crossing the road or just playing in the street. The incentive to do something about the car problem, or warning drivers to be careful, hadn’t been born yet.

      1. A lot of those PI films sprang allegedly from the Heath government buying up significant blocks of ITV advertising time in anticipation of major propaganda battles with the miners. Having made a block purchase, they had to fill the slots with stuff – cheap and uncontroversial – if there wasn’t a ready political crisis to propagandise about.

        1. Sorry, that’s wrong. Public Information films were shown in unsold advertising slots completely at the discretion of the TV company. There was a strict demarcation between government purchased advertising and PI films. The PI films were also shown on the BBC, something that could not happen with paid for advertising.

          I used to work for the government department that made them and for a while one of my jobs was ordering the film prints to be sent to the TV companies.

          1. Hmm, well that’s the story that was going around at the time. And in PR, the story is the reality, even if it’s not true.
            You do see the same effect in satellite TV : the more adverts you see for $new service$ from your satellite provider, the more certain you are that they can’t sell all their advertising slots. (not that I watch the adverts anyway – that’s what the fast-forward is for).

  2. Missed the post yesterday. Tufty would have been my suggestion. I (like many others) was a member of the Tufty Club as a child. I might even have the badge somewhere … 


  3. Fun fact – Tufty, and The Tufty Club, was created by Pierre Picton, who also owned the original car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  4. Good ol’ Tufty. Between him and The Green Cross Man (David Prowse of Darth Vader fame) – well, I’ve never been run over once.

    Good luck to Tufty E. May his tail be bushy and his eyes bright for years to come.

  5. Call him Edward Tufte – for those who aren’t Information Design nerds, he’s the father of that discipline. (See ‘The Visual Display of Quantitative Information’ book)

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