I have just watched 'Flog It' on BB2 over my tea. One of the items which was sold was an old Magic Lantern - I think it fetched over £200. But it certainly brought back such memories for me - I really think that maybe today's children do miss out on somethings because when I was a child in our village in Lincolnshire Saturday night was often Magic Lantern Night.
All of us kids gathered together in the Methodist Chapel Sunday Schoool Room and somebody put on a show for us.
First of all there would be 'stills' of places like India or Africa or perhaps the mountains of somewhere like Switzerland. These places were so remote and so foreign to us all that they seemed like another planet.
Then there would be 'real' films and the magic of a Pop-eye and Olive Oil film or a Mickey Mouse Film and we would be glued to the screen enjoying every single minute of it.
Now of course kids are glued to computer screens or to their own televisions and what they are missing is the interaction with others of their own age. And somehow it isn't the same.