Jinty 12 May 1979 – birthday issue

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  • Alice in a Strange Land (artist Terry Aspin)
  • Bizzie Bet and the Easies (artist Richard Neillands)
  • The Forbidden Garden (artist Jim Baikie)
  • A Girl Called Gulliver – first episode (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • I’ll Make Up for Mary (artist Guy Peeters)
  • Daughter of Dreams
  • The Four-Footed Friends (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Children of Edenford (artist Phil Townsend)

This was Jinty‘s one and only birthday issue, and how did she celebrate? A birthday cover, a birthday competition with prizes up to £350.00, and a page telling us the things that happened on 11 May in history. The same page also featured another competition, based on Jinty‘s star sign, Taurus. Readers were invited to send short letters or poems describing how they best fitted their own star sign, and the best ones would receive £5. As an example, Jinty composed one for herself:

“Jinty is a Taurean,

Exciting, strong and true,

Packed with goodies you all love,

It’s best for me and you!”

Yes, Jinty saw herself as having the characteristics of a real Taurean – “strong, determined, confident, interesting, dominant and unbeatable!”

But of course Jinty has to carry on with her usual business too. Things get stranger for “Alice in a Strange Land” when she is rescued by a man who claims to be from Victorian times. And it gets even more strange when Alice discovers that his daughter is the masked High Priestess – who claims to have discovered a Spring of Life and is out to build a new Incan empire!

Laika finally finds her own source of water for her “Forbidden Garden” and can get things going without her water wages from Gladvis’ father. But she is still being blackmailed by Gladvis. Then comes a hope of freeing herself when she finds Gladvis’ wall safe. But how to get into it?

A new story, “A Girl Called Gulliver” starts. Gwen does not know she is a descendant of Lemuel Gulliver until the last of the Lilliputians come into her life. Their home was destroyed by airport construction, so now it’s up to Gwen to take care of them.

Ann Ridley has vowed “I’ll Make Up for Mary”, but her latest bid has turned to disaster once more thanks to nasty Beryl. Mary’s last present to her mother has been broken, and Ann runs off when she is wrongly blamed for it. The vicar sorts things out, but Ann still ends up feeling inadequate in comparison to Mary. Things are not much better for shy Sally Carter when “Daughter of Dreams” tries more attempts to instil assertion into her.

In “The Four-Footed Friends”, poor Riley is threatened with euthanasia again when he causes some breakages. His arch-enemy Mrs Marshall is delighted. Josie needs to find a way to pay, but how?

The powers of Miss Goodfellow are showing how strong they can really be when “Children of Edenford” go into a trance that freezes them like statues, and then all the parents start succumbing to the power as well. However, Patti and Jilly at last figure out how it works and start working out temporary measures against it. But they have not figured out how to break in to destroy it.

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