Tuesday, 29 December 2009

''P...P...P...Pick Up a Penguin!"

X IS FOR?



X FACTOR AGAIN!
I'm afraid that the festive season and my almost annual Christmas cold have dulled the old grey matter so I am repeating myself. Back in June I posted about Flora the superlambanana with undoubted X factor - now it's the turn of some rather special penguins to take over the streets of Liverpool. Over one hundred individually designed penguins are decorating the streets of the city. They have been commissioned by the city council to round up their 2009 'Year of the Environment' campaign with a seasonal winter trail. Many of the penguins carry messages about climate change or give hints as to how we might all be a little bit greener.

The photo above features from left to right 'A Pengiun For All Seasons' and 'The Mab Lane Plantation Penguin'. Below you can see from left to right 'Yote' (Year Of The Environment) and 'Blizzard' who greet passengers arriving at Liverpool Lime Street railway station.




We only saw a handful of penguins on a trip into town yesterday but I am hoping to see a few more before they disappear on the 10th January. I would especially like to see the most attractive 'Grow Your Own' penguin as described by HappyMouffetard over at The Inelegant Gardener. You can find out more information about these creatures and their creators over at Go Penguins.

The title of this post was inspired by the song that accompanied adverts for Penguin biscuits - one of those annoyingly catchy little ditties that floats around in the recesses of the mind for years and years ~



Lot's more on the letter X over at ABC
Wednesday
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P.S. Monica from the Garden Faerie's Musings commented that the Penguin advert seemed rather 'retro' and wondered whether Pengiun biscuits are still being made. The advert comes from the dim and distant 1970s. As far as I know the biscuits disappeared from the national palate some years ago.

23 comments:

  1. Ooh, that *is* annoyingly catchy! I like the decorated penguins, too. The commercial looks a little retro... do they still make those biccies?

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  2. Fun post, cute and colorful penguins and I do hope you're feeling better soon! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Thanks as always for your visits and comments!

    Sylvia

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  3. That is great ... I have seen cows and bears and now penguins! Painted all about the towns. Mostly for fund raising in the end. Fun! Best Wishes Anna for the New Year! Carol

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  4. Anna, I so enjoyed the penguins in Liverpool and the video as well - what fun, but with a purpose. I'm going to send a link to your post to my daughter, Anna, because she absolutely loves penguins. Happy New Year!

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  5. Hi Anna, the penguins are great thanks for sharing the photo's. I hope you are feeling better and that you managed to have a good Christams dispite your cold.
    Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and prosperous New Year. x

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  6. I love penguins! These are charming, and I'm glad to find out about them. Your Liverpool is much more fun than the little town of horrors by the same name here in NS!

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  7. Bennington, Vermont, USA has a similar event - Moose Fest - that includes hundreds of moose statues all painted in different motifs. They sit along the streets and in front of businesses all over town during the fall. It's funny to see another event using penguins.

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  8. Hi Anna, The penquins are delightful! I wasn't sure if I should click on the video link given your warning how the ditty stayed in your head for years...but I did, so now I must go sing "Jingle Bells" immediately to push it out :)

    Happy New Year to you!

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  9. Though I did mention it in my post, X-Factor was one of the spinoff groups of the X-Men.

    WV: listomas- the holiday of making lists!

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  10. The penquin are really an X-factor they are well decorated and such..so lovely thanks for sharing!

    ABC Wednesday:Xerophyte

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  11. I absolutely love the fancy penguins. they are really an X-factor. Great choice and I hope your cold gets better quickly.

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  12. Hi Anna, I laughed at the little ditty - you are right - now it's stuck in my head! I hope you are feeling much better soon and have a very happy New Year!

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  13. Your "X" installment of ABC Wednesday reminds me of a quote from my favorite Deep Thinker:

    "IF I COULD be a bird, I think I'd be a penguin, because then I could walk around on two feet with a lot of other guys like me." --Jack Handey

    *offers box of tissues* Take care of those sniffles. The ahchoos are no way to herald in a new year. LOL! The best to you in 2010!

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  14. Maybe I ought to take a X-biscuit? :-)

    Happy New Year!

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  15. Loved the colourful penguins! I think every town needs a few. They make you smile!

    Happy 2010 from the Netherlands

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  16. The city I live in was full of horses for a while, some designed by local schools, and I've seen cows, lions, bears and other things in various towns, seems to be all the rage. But yours are the first penguins I've seen! Happy New Year!

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  17. Love the penguins! They remind me of the decorated cows that were placed all over the city of Chicago a few years ago. But I don't remember what their purpose was--nothing quite as noble as saving the environment, as I recall.

    Hope you are recovering from that nasty cold (I have one now, too) and have a very happy New Year, Anna!

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  18. Thanks for sharing the penguins they look great. I think penguin biscuits are still around, I'm sure I bought some recently for the boys

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  19. Lovely to see some more of the penguins, Anna! If it stopped raining/sleeting/snowing for more than 10 minutes, I'd like ot go to Liverpool and see some more.

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  20. Gosh, I remember the P-p-pick up a Penguin ads! I loved them, too!

    The ones in your photos are great, too. So colourful. :)

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  21. Clever post! And I don't remember the ad, but there is much I don't recall! Happy 2010!

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  22. What a wonderful post. I have not heard and seen that ad before and never had the cookies. Thanks for sharing

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  23. Happy New Year Anna!

    Penguins are still around - I took a picture of JAS holding one at Grand Designs Live in October. For some reason he has yet to publish it on the Biscuit blog...

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