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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Even More Super Furry Animals




Do you see that blanket up above with the naif Swedish horse motif? When I was a child I had one just like it smothered in furry  baby giraffes. It was my Linus blanket, it coddled me from all cares, it comforted me and it was to those flannel mammals to whom I would confide. 

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A few weeks ago I saw one of 'my' giraffes walking down the street. No really I did. I had just parked outside a local garage,  I looked up and saw a 12 foot giraffe glide by as if the concrete city streets were a lush savannah.  

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My head swivelled to follow his gait, my grin became wider and wider. I looked around to see how other people were reacting, but nobody else seemed to have seen him.
At that moment I thought: 'if this is madness and it has finally come for me. I'm loving it sick'.


He was walking really quickly, so I started up the engine to follow him and at that moment he went up on tippy toes and started nibbling some leaves on a tree.  At this point I was about to pop out of my skin with pure unadulterated happiness, not to mention  almost crashing the car. 

Trapped in a one way system, I missed him and was foiled in my bid to say: Who are you? Why are you here? And have you brought Maurice the Monkey with you too? 

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I mentioned him to a few people that day but nobody had seen or heard of a 12 foot giraffe walking along the main road. I googled but nothing. 

Yesterday all was revealed: Armstrong Baillie is unemployed and hitch-hikes around the country in his giraffe suit carrying out random acts of kindness. He is the Good Giraffe.


Mr Giraffe, I have to thank you, for a few minutes you made the world magical and made me feel like a child again.
Three cheers for the great British eccentric.


Has anything unexpected lifted your spirits recently?

69 comments:

  1. WALKING TALL Tabs, we need a good-hearted giraffe over here! I appreciate all the unanticipated, free delights of the holidays - real mail, the smell of evergreen outside my local convenience store where they build a little fenced enclosure and sell Nova Scotia mini trees for flat-dwellers. Glad your bumpers are safe too - getting into a prang following a street event would rather dull shine.

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    1. Ah I was just talking about the smell of evergreen last night, I love the smell that wafts through the house when the Christmas tree comes in, I'm very excited, I always love the journey to Christmas even though the day is usually a bit of a let down.

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  2. How lovely to have a do-gooder giraffe wandering the countryside! A brilliant idea, I hope enough coins hit the hat to keep him afloat.

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    1. Desert Flower: it's totally crazy isn't it? I love random things like that.

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  3. You Tabitha! I love this pay it forward giraffe!!
    I have animals roaming my site right now...

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  4. Oh - I LOVE this! The giraffe is my favourite animal! I would have been all over him!! What a fabulously crazy idea! I have been eying a 4 foot stuffed giraffe at our local shop and i want him desperately! Where would I put a giraffe? In the dining room of course, by the liquor cabinet and near the ferns!!!

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    1. WMM- if I had caught up with him I'd probably be in jail for molestation!

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  5. Wow, this is fantastic!! Thanks for posting about it!-

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  6. Oh Tabs, had I been in your high heeled designer duds, and asked about the giraffe, and no one saw it, well, I would have wondered about my sanity! That is very cool, and how nice. It would seem also magical wouldn't? I saw giraffes this weekend too, but they were real. At least I don't think they were Hendricks induced? This post has tickled me!

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  7. How sweet, I love giraffes. In Nairobi we stayed at Giraffe Manor, which is an orphanage for giraffes. They roam around and stick their head into the windows of your room, where there's food to feed them with your hand. I never wanted to leave. You'd love it.

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  8. That must have been very strange to see him and think no one else did! I agree, British eccentricity is to be cherished.

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    1. Shelley - it was bizarre, no one else had even noticed him.

      Kathy: That's really is plain adorable.

      Mistress Maddie: I've always been a little bit mad!

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  9. Forgot to mention that it was built as a Scottish hunting lodge by the MacIntosh family.

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  10. What a lovely story!

    My husband stumbled across this clip on Youtube with security camera clips of people doing acts of kindness - it's really heart-warming to watch.

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  11. OMG that is just over the top!
    Imagine that fellow not getting noticed...it's pretty hard not to see a 12 foot giraffe.
    Thank you for sharing this sighting.
    Nothing out of the ordinary here this weekend, we are watching the 3rd coat of paint dry on the wainscoting downstairs.

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  12. I've passed on the Sunshine Award to you pop over and visit my blog for the details!
    Hostess
    XO

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    1. Oh thank you, I'll give it a blast!

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  13. Love this story! I love hearing about eccentric yet heart-warming stories.

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    1. me too, life is so tough at times.

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  14. What a sweet story!

    Yes, I won an iPad a couple of weeks ago!

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  15. That is hilarious, I love it!

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  16. What a great guy! We need him here too.
    Maybe he could press-gang an army of giraffes/wildebeest/zebra to help out in the urban jungle of LDN. He'd have to wind his neck in to get on the tube though.

    Tabs, How did the school reunion go?

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    1. Curator: I walked in, spoke to the first person on my left " Chat chat chat, oh so what are you doing now?"
      Him: Oh I've just raised £150 million to set up my own bank.

      Much nervous laughter and much reaching for drink!
      Actually it felt like being home again, wish I was still there, I'm lucky, I loved my school days.

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  17. Oh, I love it. How wonderful you crossed paths!

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    1. Sparrows and Sparkles - But no cuddle!

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  18. I love giraffes, one of my happiest moments ever was feeding carrots to one. Such a soft, gentle, velvety, tongue. My spirits are lifted because The Killing is back on our screens. There's nothing like a Scandanavian sweater & blood fest to lift my spirits.

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    1. Oh have you been watching Hunted? It's brilliant, though I cannot take my eyes off Melissa George's top slug/lip.

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    2. Yes really enjoying the series,slug lip and all!

      Off soon to watch Homeland,rather this than Downton Abbey anytime.

      Cute Giraffe,bet AB is soon offered a job.

      Note Edinburgh was voted top town in UK by DT this w/e. Ida

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    3. Ida - I'm so over Downton, I'm also off to watch Homeland.
      Really? Will check it out..

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  19. The Good Giraffe is the best thing I've seen in a long time, thank you so much for sharing him with us! What a guy!

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  20. Oh my GOD this is the best post ever and Mr Giraffe the kindly visitor is the best thing ever too. Reminds me of the story my cousin told when he was sitting in a lecture theatre mid politics lecture, he saw a man walk up to the door and peer in, accompanied by a huge 'normous pig. The man quickly realised his error and moved on. My cousin, bamboozled, said to the people round home, "a pig! There was a huge pig at the door, did you see it?" only to receive blank looks from the other students. He was left wondering if he was heading for crazy town too.

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    1. Sarah - that's exactly what I was like!

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  21. "if this is madness and it has finally come for me. I'm loving it sick" .
    You made my day.

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  22. I love that noone else noticed him, although of course they could have done but were waiting for someone else to be the first to say, "'Scuse me, was that a giraffe?"

    My mom saw Volkswagens and pigs and large rabbits coming at her for the longest time, and just when she was ready to tell the rest of us about it, her eye doctor appointment came up and it turned out she had "floaters." She was relieved, but I wondered if she was also a little disappointed too.

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    1. Fred - wow, what an experience that must have been.
      On the last few days on my dad's life, when he was hooked up to God knows what he thought he was riding with John Wayne - I loved that.

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  23. This post completely made my day Tabitha. I was waiting in line, feeling crabby, and started reading this and laughing out loud. Dying that nobody noticed or was willing to admit to seeing a gigantic giraffe gadding about the streets. I love this man.

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  24. Oh what a wonderful thing! I love when magic graces the quotidien.

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  25. I visit you for the smiles and today there's a slue of them!

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  26. That is so sweet! I love the idea and I would be so happy if I saw him in the street. Would totally give him a hug!

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  27. i love this! i giggled reading the whole post. the world need more giraffes. xox P

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  28. That's cool, Tabitha! It's nice when something brings you a bit of happy memories. I carried a yellow and white gingham blanket with eyelet trim. I still love gingham. Maybe that's why. Never thought about that.

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  29. A large unemployed giraffe is infinitely preferable to that guy with his sign giving free hugs (you know, he became some worldwide phenomenon). It seems that the reactions of the locals was just like you experience when travelling by tube in London - avert the eye and pretend nothing is wrong/ you haven't seen a thing?

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  30. nothing has lifted my spirits like this story and the great images. yes, hooray for british eccentrics!
    debra

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  31. My spirits get lifted daily when I wake up and can (still) move on my own: Each day above ground is a good day.
    I love Giraffes (real ones)... I worked with them for ~6 months: The Damnedest most quiet animals Ever! Absolutely beautiful. The Most graceful of all running mammals.

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    1. Scale Worm, you're really good at daily appreciation of life, I wish I could be more like you.

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    2. You too can be... i bought this great little "life-picker-upper" off late night TV a few years back (buy one get one at 1/2 price I think) and it has done Wonders for me. I could send you the other...

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  32. Seeing the giraffe walk around would definitely make my day!

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  33. The good giraffe has lifted my spirit! Giraffes are my favourite animal; I would have been thrilled to see this guy in the street too. Seems a more sensible eccentric than the guy who walks around Scotland in the nuddy!

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  34. One of my best memories is getting up close to a giraffe and feeding it carrots. I love this tale and I'll be smiling all day. What a great story to remind us all to do random good.

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  35. Just reading this has perked up my day, I can only imagine how you felt! What a lovely idea the Good Giraffe is. I hope that karma has some "goodness" in store for the kindly giraffe too.

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    1. He's certainly getting noticed now, he's all over the papers!

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  36. That is beautiful...love moments like this...sadly there is not enough of them!! xx

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  37. YES, Three cheers for the great British eccentric!...Great Post...Cheers!
    Naif è una parola magica che apre le porte della felicità...Naive is a Magic Word indeed,being Naive is the key to happyness...The World, the People needs Naive Dreams...Viva the Naivitèè!
    Do You like Naive Art?

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  38. Aure - I used to love it in my younger days, but my tastes have widened since then.

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  39. Oh my gosh...this made me smile! I love the eccentric!

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  40. OMG! I LOVE it!!! I would have had the same reaction as you. I find it strange when people are too busy to notice or appreciate something as fun as a 12 foot giraffe walking down the city streets. It's a distraction from our hectic lives and some people are too stressed to enjoy the silly things! xo

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  41. Barking mad-- in a good way.

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  42. Outstanding in every way. Every way but the drum. Up to the drum we had a wonderful exhibition of the absolute very best that mankind can achieve in the way of dispensing good humor in the broadest possible fashion. The drum undoes every last bit of that. Why, oh why, do our performance artists believe we want to hear them bang on a bloody drum?! We. Do. Not.

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    1. Oh I'm with you on those drums, they are an urban blight now.

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  43. This is fab! I'm sure the guy in a giraffe suit will put plenty of smiles on people's faces.

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  44. Wow! I wish I had seen something as magical as that!

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  45. HA HA Tabitha. You got me and here I was afraid you were posting another picture of you and the hubs in a hammock on vacation again! Excellent!

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    1. WrySmile - cripes I must take that down! Sometimes I forget that more than 5 folk are reading this.

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  46. Brilliant! Pure Magic!

    It makes me think of a book I read some years ago, "Around Ireland with a fridge". I do not remember the author's name but I liked the idea of a hitchhiker accompanied by a fridge, described as "an icon of optimism".

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    1. Anon - that is hilarious and even more bizarre!

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    2. Quite so indeed. The funniest think was actually the fact that the fridge was absolutely not a problem getting a lift, rather what you would call a "conversation starter". I will try to find it back and post the reference.

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  47. Wow, I love this! Where's my 12-ft giraffe when need one? I think every city needs a person in a giant animal costume roaming the streets just to bring cheer to everyone's lives. Can you imagine the number of people this could save from depression? :)

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