Seeing the picture of Eric The Hedgehog in the previous post reminded me of the story in yesterday's papers and today's Mirror about a gnome taken to exotic locations.
- He was snatched from owner Eve Stuart-Kelso's garden - and returned seven months later with 48 photos of his adventures. They show the 10-inch leprechaun abseiling and hiking in New Zealand mountains, posing by Sydney harbour and taking a dip in Thailand.
With them was a letter to gran Eve explaining his absence. It read: "Whilst surveying your front garden one summer morning, I began to get somewhat itchy feet.
"There is more to life than watching the daily commuter traffic and allowing passing cats to urinate on you.
"So I decided to free myself from the doldrums of the Shire and seek adventure."
The pictures, put in an album, also show him on a Singapore cable car, visiting a temple in Cambodia, on a boat in China and standing in a shark's mouth.
Other places he visited were South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Laos.
My first view was that it could easily be photoshopped but that would be just cynical and spoil such a good story. Of course it also recalls the beautiful Audrey Tautou in the wonderful French film, Amelie - one of my faves. Eric in the Malia picture liked it there so much that he decided to stay. Maybe one day he'll go elsewhere or come home - driven out by the Malia Marauders drunk on free Raki.
His replacement, Eric the Berlin Bear has also travelled and maybe his slide show from Milan will be updated soon.
Excuse for pic of Audrey Tautou with spoon Part 1