Weird. I just started this blog today and already the world on screen (in the form of perennial kids’ favourite ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’) and the world of Jaguar collide (or rather, thankfully, don’t), in the case of a veteran actor Dick Van Dyke – who I actually thought was dead – escaping from a ball of four-wheeled flames on the LA freeway.
Why a Jaguar caught fire is still a mystery. I thought that only happened to Ferraris.
Although, interestingly, fans of the 1968 movie will remember that in it’s pre-Chitty life, the titular car did burst into flames in the opening credit sequence, before being repaired (with the help of a metal chimney piece and a wooden row boat) by Dyke’s character, the inexplicably cheerful hitherto failed inventor Caractacus Potts.
Which brings to mind some words of wisdom from one of the lesser-known songs from the film:
“From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success.”
If children’s movies have anything to teach us, it’s that while a flaming car is not a good thing, on balance, it could be worse.