The Sandman

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Let’s look this time not at sandboys but at the sandman. Traditionally, the sandman is a figure that comes to sprinkle dust into children’s eyes to bring on sleep and dreams. He appears in various folklores and was used by Hans Christian Andersen in his tales. More recently there has been a very successful comic book by Neil Gaiman with the usual spin-offs.

I don’t know if people still refer to him to persuade children to sleep. I can’t say I was ever convinced.

Children, lights out and eyes closed or the Sandman will get you!

Songs include Enter Sandman by Metallica and the catchy Mr Sandman sung by various artists including Bette Midler and Emmylou Harris.

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A movie based on the comic books has been in development for some years and seems to be plagued with delays and problems.

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