Quack Quack Quack

Well, this one doesn’t sound ‘prettily enough’ but that’s no reason not to love it. “Mr, Duck” just wants his students to sing at their best. His blue eyes and beseeching look hint (in my view) that he is not as hard a taskmaster as one might think upon hearing his voice. Produced by FUJI […]

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медведи – bears

Russia is in the quarter-finals! The ‘Northern Bear’ was, according to The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, an old nickname for Russia. And it is still true that Russia (in political cartoons) is usually depicted as a bear, even though only very few cities have the bear in their coat of arms, the Country’s coat of […]

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Strange dreams came over him

Strange dreams came over him, while he thus slept. It seemed as if the old woman was taking off his clothes, and putting on him the skin of a squirrel. Now he could make bounds and climb like a squirrel; he associated with the other squirrels and guinea-pigs, who were all very polite, decent people, […]

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70s Vintage Playful Cat(s)

There are thousands of wind-up toys out there – and I’m only talking about ‘vintage’, excluding modern ones. I prefer those with fur or plush to tin models – not that there aren’t some fantastic ones (Robots, for example. For one of the best image collections of those, see: http://www.robotnut.com). Of the 2 almost identical […]

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Who started it

I felt sorry for it… there it was, on a market stall in the middle of gleaming, spruced-up tins, glassware and crockery.  It had a melancholy face, as if it knew its time was up. It is wonky, and no longer has the parts that were originally its ‘selling-point’: hardly any fur, no instrument, only […]

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