Tuesday, December 13, 2011

And yet he seemed nice enough

We have a friend here who adores penguins. Jeff's been collecting them ever since he got to see them up close and personal during a couple of stints in Antarctica.

The shelves of his apartment has penguins hiding amongst the books, wine glasses, photographs and CDs, so when I saw this little guy at the supermarket, he sort of jumped into my nanna cart.




















As expected with most childrens' toys, he has a label that states that anyone under the age of three years old should best stick with teddies and teething rings.














It was the other side of the label that amused me.
















Bullyland? That's not exactly the first name a company with English as their first language would think of when specialising in manufacturing playthings for kids....

It's a good thing, then, that Jeff's considerably older than three and realises that he's not in Australia any more.

13 comments:

River said...

He's a little cutie, but Bullyland is an unfortunate name for a toy company.
My first hubby's nickname was penguin, nobody really knows why....

The Elephant's Child said...

He is a real cutie and I agree with River. And I would go back to Antarctica in a heartbeat. I may have to put the smaller portion up on e-bay to get my fare though.

Hannah said...

Do you know what I kind of wish? That you hadn't explained the bit about him visiting Antarctica. I like the idea of a completely illogical penguin devotion.

Kath Lockett said...

River, maybe he waddled when he walked?
Had fish breath?
Never moved during winter?

EC, I'd love to go there one day. I remember seeing your photos and blog articles on your trip there; wonderful stuff.

Sorry to burst your bubble, Hannah. He's a meteorologist like my Love Chunks and says that he just fell in love with them as they were so tame and curious.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Hahaha! Fantastic!! But it's probably not worth trying to corner the franchise market for the English speaking world ...

Andrew said...

Pssst, Kath. There are some in Melbourne, real ones. Do you want me to get you one and post it?

Pinguins Colada said...

They can afford a proper name since they only think their profit

Kath Lockett said...

RedNomadOz, we'll have to change the brand name - I was going suggest Percy Penguin but realised that having recently dissuaded Sapphire from calling our Peugeot 'Percy' due to it being a euphemism for a bloke's tackle, it's back to the drawing board....

Andrew, the postage costs will be a nightmare and what would you write on the green customs sticker?

ropcorn said...

That is a weird name for a company... Wonder what they were thinking when they named it? Cute penguin though! :p

Vanessa said...

Hmmm I wonder what a pehguin would bully?

Alderica said...

Aww lovely, my mom has a totally inexplicable penguin mania, and she doesn't even have the excuse of having travelled to the Antarctic...

franzy said...

Well, bully for him!

Kath Lockett said...

I have no idea, Ropcorn - even if it's a German Swiss company, you'd have thought that they might have checked what 'bully' meant in some of the other major languages used in their country. :P

Vanessa, the only things that sweet little penguins could bully would be fish, perhaps? Even then, it's hard to imagine.

Hi Alderica - I think it's their ungainly waddling on land that magically changes to the most graceful flying when in the water.

Franzy I can't believe it took someone THIS LONG to write your comment!!