Having had a quite exceptionally horrible day yesterday - and not being possessed of that state of physical fitness which might otherwise permit me to stomp about and work the stress off by means of an energetic game of 'pin the tail on the donkey', or whatever it is fit people do to maintain that physical peak which they have so relatively effortlessly achieved - I turned for solace instead to Things Which Made Me Happy When I Was A Child.
Moomin Valley. That
made me happy. Moomin Valley and all its denizens. Except possibly the Hemulen. I thought he was a bit wet. And the Groke. Who was rather scary. But I loved
Snufkin. Seriously. I had a huge crush on him at the age of about eight. I think it was his self-sufficiency and independence which appealed to me: the fact that he could just get up and leave
, carrying everything he needed on his back. And he smoked a pipe: this seemed to me, at the time, to be very daring and grown up in one so young.
(If you have absolutely no idea at all
what I'm talking about, try Wikipedia
So, anyway. For Moomin lovers everywhere, I have tracked down the must-have accessory.
Hattifattener key ring mascots: how cool is that? But it gets better:
"When you touch this NyoroNyoro*. You might be having electronic shock. Once you touch this NyoroNyoro, you can not live without it which must be your special."
So, just like the real** hattifatteners, these little guys can sometimes make you tingle a bit.
Ok. I'm a grown up. I do realise that these are possibly the most pointless thing in the world. But aren't they fab?
Available from the endlessly-entertaining Strapya.com
. I urge you to sign up for their newsletter emails. Partly because you will be astonished
at the variety of items which young Japanese people hang from the antennae of their mobile phones, and partly because of the idiosyncratic approach to the English language which pervades the whole Strapya retail experience. As may have already been apparent to you from the description I've quoted above.
They do ship to the UK, by the way. I've ordered from them in the past with no problems at all.
*NyoroNyoro is, apparently, Japanese for Hattifattener. Wikipedia told me. So it must be true.
** Er, by "real", I mean "fictional". Obviously. Just in case you were concerned.