Look who I found lurking in an alcove in St George's Hall this afternoon!
It's one of Santa's reindeer!
(Is the plural of "reindeer", "reindeer" or "reindeers"? The plural of "deer" is "deer": does the addition of "rein" make a difference? Would it make a difference if there were reinsheep? Or reingrouse? And what were reindeer/s called before they were sufficiently domesticated to be persuaded to wear reins and pull sledges?)
Oh, ok: it's clearly not one of Santa's reindeer/s, is it? It's an extremely thinly-disguised superlambanana. But, hey - you'll never hear me complaining about the arrival of a new and/or improved superlambanana. No, not even one as ludicrous as this.
I can't find any hard evidence to back up my suspicions, but I think this may
be Our George
after a nice rub down with several grades of sandpaper and a generous coat of some sort of high-shine sealant. Our George's perch was, after all, on St George's Plateau. So he's a local boy. And he was in such a mess by the end of the run that I suspect he wouldn't have fetched a very high asking price.
All of which leads me on to the exciting (for some of us) news that the long-awaited superlambanana book is finally available
. Although, given that the cover price is £8, I'm really not sure how Cities500 can justify charging £13.20 to post it second class to a UK address... If you're willing to wait until they have it in stock, Amazon
would be a much cheaper option.