Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Free the penguins!


Strange things happen in Paris: Ironing contests, firemen strikes... and now a penguin talking to the police. So much for global warming eh?! Don't ask me why but these penguins (there were at least 2 of them) were actually promoting a Post Office service (prepaid cards).

45 comments:

  1. With the popularity of "Happy Feet," penguins seem to be everywhere!

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  2. Yes, penguins do seem a strange choice as the mascot for a postal service, given that they move very slowly across the ground and can't fly.

    By the way, none of the clerks at my local post office are anywhere near as cute and cuddly as these furry amphibians: in fact, they always make me feel as if I am trying to smuggle some kind of contraband, or that saving on stamps by recycling ones from pre-loved envelopes is some kind of crime. Paying my bills on the day they are due, of course, is a clear - and deplorable - sign of being a shoddy manager of my household accounts!(Okay, I confess to reusing stamps, but I don't think that makes me a criminal.)

    Have a great week, everybody.

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  3. awwww louis ^_^ you're adorable

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  4. Curious! I notice the policemen are wearing bicycle clips on their ankles so the bikes belong to them? Or to the penguins? That would be a funny sight too, riding along on them. Why were the police there - then again i suppose penguins are known for causing riots... Great pic Eric! So many questions arise.

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  5. Anonymous: Unfortunately, it's congenital. The doctors have told me that - although I will probably live to a ripe old age - there is no known remedy for my condition and that I will simply have to learn to live with it as best I can. Some days are worse than others, but I try not to complain or mope. Secretly, however, I do hope to cured someday, so that people will no longer cruelly point me out in the street and humiliate me by whispering things like: "Look at that poor freak over there. Isn't he just adorable!"

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  6. Notice the man at the bus stop across the road. A slight smile of recognition; i think he spotted you Eric, never mind the penguins. Do you get recognised much? And did you ring the publisher? lol

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  7. Maybe it's one of the stars of the "March of the Penguins" being given police escort around the city? You know swellheaded they get;-)))
    Fun post, Eric.

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  8. :))
    haha...humourous morning post for me!!
    anyway, i like cute penguins!!!
    mmm..say hello to them.

    jing
    shagnhai daily photo

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  9. Eric, an interesting scene with very humorous commentary... ;-)

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  10. OMG! Does that cutie-patootie policeman have HANDCUFFS hanging out the back of his PANTS? EEEEEK! Guess I could commit an infraction like tickle that giant penguin's flipper and see if they'd cuff me & haul me off to the slammer?! Sorry...I'm afraid to admit I have a handcuff fetish! JUST HUMOR ME YOU GUYS...I've only had 2 hours of sleep and I'm bordering on loopy...so ARREST me! LOL! ;-) By the way Eric...thanks for fueling all our men-in-uniform fantasies!

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  11. ame,

    Look at:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handcuffs

    You don't neccesarily need to wear a chemise with handcuffs, unless you have the correct designer colour, i.e. stainless steel!

    Reading glasses and high heels could make an easier colour combination.

    Que pensez-vous ?

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  12. I'd love to know what kind of person really applies for a job walking around town dressed as a penguin? A student I guess?

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  13. Tanks for that M.Benaut...lots of variety...I think that was a great handcuff 101 lesson! And I also think I could go with a furry/furry combination! ;-)

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  14. Q: Why don´t you see Penguins in Britain?

    A: Because they´re afraid of Wales.


    Argghhh

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  15. Why is Ame laughing? Cuz Michael's LOOPY too! Anyone eat Froot Loops as a kid? Well they just made a better (read that "healthier") kind...Fruity CHEERIOS!!!...almost the same...just a little smaller and less sugar! YUM! Enjoying a bowl as we speak! ;-)

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  16. The weather must be beautiful in Paris. I'd love to see some of Paris covered with mystical white snow. I've had a miserable cold for two weeks. The ups and downs of the temperatures here has me whipped. Why, oh Why, can't I spend weekends in Paris. Peut-etre dans la vie prochaine. Ooops..I am over Penguins already. It has been months of Penguins since the movie started them on the run. Hear those happy feet.....on 42nd street..Ruby Keeler.

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  17. maybe the penguin is just lost, he's asking for directions :-)

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  18. Working Holiday Visa backpackers could do this sort of work I suppose.

    I thought being Paris maybe it was an eco-protest...

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  19. lol Michael and Louis! My view is that they're probably ALL in fancy dress. I mean, look at the cop on the right's label on the back. Kind of looks like someone's slapped it on with a fluffy bit of sellotape. Yep they're all waiting for their lift to a party. The handcuffs, Ame, are... for later.

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  20. Lynn, I've posted some photos of Alina for you at "Letters to Alina" (having sought permission from her parents, of course): and, when has her first birthday next year, I'll start adding photographs of myself at the same age. Following your suggestion, I'll also do the same with our artwork and writing.

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  21. That's lovely Louis, not sure about photos of little ones on the web personally (one has to be so careful nowadays), but her artwork when she starts to draw will be fabulous! Ahh, you seem a doting uncle for sure. Bet she'd like this penguin.

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  22. Yes, I thought about that too, which is why I hesitated before including them, but it seems to me that we are in danger of making the world a far scarier place in which to live by automatically giving in to our fears (which are by no means unjustified) about what someone might or might not do with our images. As far I'm concerned, some forms of self-censorship are worse than a total unwillingness to acknowledge that the world (in particular, the internet) is crawling with creepy people. I try to tread the path of moderation, leaving the perverse and the paranoid to work things out for themselves - but I do understand your point of view and I share your sense of caution when it comes to such delicate, and potentially dangerous, matters.

    As for liking penguins, if she's anything like me (and I'm told she is, poor thing) she will love them to bits. My first toy - which I still have, believe it or not - was a stuffed penguin, made for me by the woman in the bed next to my mother at the hospital where I was born. Over the years, he (or is it a she?) has lost an eye and a wing - which only makes me love him/her all the more, of course.

    Strangely, I never gave him/her a name, as I have done almost every other thing or animal I have ever owned. I wonder why that is?

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  23. lol. I knew someone would mention Linux! My very first real boyfriend was a Linux freak, so I always think of that right away when I see penguins.

    Nice joke Michael. It's been awhile since we've had good jokes. Semi-good poems (from you, not me. Mine were FAB! ;oP)

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  25. More than a post office service, it lokks to me as if they are trying to promote a newer version of linux...lol !!

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  26. haha penguins equal to promoting of Linux, LOL

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  27. Okay...off the topic as usual. I want to get a cd of great French Christmas songs sung by various French artists. I need it for the car and home. Can you suggest one? If I hear Bing singing "White Chistmas" one more time, I'll stop listening to the radio until next year.

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  28. This entry posted by Bourgogne today explains the penguins promoting the French postal service on the streets of Paris.

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  29. Louis i presume it's because you were waiting for Alina to arrive so that you could name her after her!
    Or, if it's a male, you could name him Eric. Sorted.

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  30. My..my, my...the things you stumble upon in Paris!! Je l'adore!! LOL!!!

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  31. The penguin is working undercover to lure the infamous Jamaican/Welsh thugs, who have gone underground since the death of Bob Marley.

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  32. What are those grassy ditches that penguins are afraid of? The ones governed by Prince Charles? Oh, yeah: 'swales.

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  33. Hi Johnny ! You might try Tino Rossi (CD "Tino Rossi chante Noël" that you could find through this link : http://www4.fnac.com/Shelf/article.aspx?PRID=1906194&OrderInSession=1&Mn=1&SID=dccab96b-734e-8b30-3e4f-fb3a892e49e3&TTL=061220061806&Origin=mail_376cadbe&Ra=-28&To=0&Nu=1&UID=194D67688-83F4-D93F-C263-8E122EA4ECB8&Fr=-1 ), but I'm afraid you'll very soon turn back to Bing !!!!

    ;o)

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  34. Before Elisabeth posted her comment, I was going to guess that they are for the North Pole!

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  35. ...except you wouldn't say that, Ruth, because of course you know that penguins are found...

    And, besides, why would the postal service favor mail to Gdansk over Krakow? (Check a map...)

    It's "Geography Day", and Michael started it!

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  36. Actually, I think this penguin is telling these two policeman how silly he (or is it she?) feels after misreading the tags on the back of their jackets: 'From a distance', he/she is saying, 'it looked like they read "pole ice", and I was hoping you might be able to tell me where I could get my hands - I mean flippers - on some, as I'm burning up in this above zero degree weather!'

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  37. Did I start a geography lesson Jeff? I can't imagine...

    Johnny, if you want to find some good music for Christmas, better not ask a penguin. You wanna know why? I'll tell you why...


    Q: Who is a Penguin´s favourite pop star?

    A: Seal.

    All together now..."grooooaaaaannnn"

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