A Conversation for Gerald Durrell - Animal Collector, Conservationist and Author

here's to gerald!!!

Post 1

zendevil


Currently reading a lovely first edition copy of "A Zoo in my Luggage": great book, great life, great philosophy; great Guide Entry!!

smiley - zensmiley - devilTerri


here's to gerald!!!

Post 2

Ivan the Terribly Average

First edition. smiley - envy


here's to gerald!!!

Post 3

zendevil


Lucky junk shop find:

1960; original pink dustjacket; Illustrations by Ralph Thompson.

Not in very good nick though; so don't get too jealous!

zdt


here's to gerald!!!

Post 4

Ivan the Terribly Average

It's still better than the disintegrating Penguin edition I have...


here's to gerald!!!

Post 5

zendevil


Wonder if there is still actually a Fon of Bafut? I suspect Bafut is now simply Cameroon; no doubt Idy aspires to be the next Fon, reckon he would be delighted at the prospect of 40 wives bearing calabashes ofsmiley - stiffdrink....actually; i wouldn't mind it myself; his lifestyle sounds eminently sensible.

zdt


here's to gerald!!!

Post 6

zendevil


Voila, good old Wikipedia!

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

zdt


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Post 7

Ivan the Terribly Average

Somewhere or other I have an account of the modern Fon; it's probably in Dervla Murphy's 'Cameroon with Egbert'. That's in the other room, and I can't reach it from here...


here's to gerald!!!

Post 8

zendevil


Why; where are you?

*Imagines ivan stretching out spider monkey like arms....ooh look, they are snaking round the corner....look, they sneaked through the door....wow, they are climbing up the wall *shh* very gently entering the bookshelf....smiley - boing the handy eyes pop out....ruffle shuffle; it's in here somewhere....smiley - eureka

Ivan clicks "recall" button; arm zooms back but drops book en route.

Ivan sighs; heavily.

zdt


here's to gerald!!!

Post 9

Ivan the Terribly Average

Well, exactly. My arms could do with being 10 metres longer sometimes.


here's to gerald!!!

Post 10

zendevil


Like this?

http://www.thekidswindow.co.uk/images/products/RAU0003.jpg

smiley - rofl trust you Aussies; you can get nice cute Mr Men knickers too: see if these tickle your fancy!!

http://www.zodee.com.au/Mens/Mitch-Dowd/Mister-Men/

zdt


here's to gerald!!!

Post 11

Ivan the Terribly Average

Mr Grumpy is a worry.

This really is classic topic drift, isn't it?


here's to gerald!!!

Post 12

zendevil


So it is! I've just been talking to God, but he won't let me copy & paste. We had an interesting discussion; i told him Jesus was actually incredibly pi**ed off 'cos in fact she was a victim of gender reassignment; all she ever wanted was to be known as Jessie.

Ask Mary & that daft git Joseph. Gabriel however; well, you can understand what made Mary go for it. Then there's all those donkeys...really; i am shocked at times. As Jessie would say "it makes me quitesmiley - cross"

zdt


here's to gerald!!!

Post 13

Ivan the Terribly Average

No wonder she got hammered.


here's to gerald!!!

Post 14

zendevil


They nailed on God; but hell, he deserved it.

zdt


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