Tag Archives: USA

Glowing penguin keyrings

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These penguin keyrings glow when you press the button in their backs – they look kind of spooky! They came from the penguin shop at the end of the penguin exhibit at Sea World in San Diego. We had a hard time in that shop – so many penguins to choose from. We ended up going through the penguin exhibit twice and it was great fun – but it meant we went into the shop twice – but we were sensible and only shopped once and were very selective in our choices…

Tiny penguins

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We got these little penguins in a toy shop in Santa Monica. We’d had dinner with a friend and checked out the pier and were browsing the nearby shops… They are tiny – about 1cm tall – I think they are the smallest ones in the collection…

Portland Tux

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This is a version of Tux, the Linux mascot. It came from a market stall in Portland, Oregon. The story is that the woman who runs the stall had some other penguins that weren’t quite this cute, so GCC hacker (and renowned juggler) Janis Johnson, told her that she could use use the Tux design free of charge. So she did! And we bought one!

Penguin light pulls

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These are some of my favourites of the collection. They were a gift from the lovely Lucy, and I think she got them in Texas. They are little things that hang off lights that you pull to turn the light on and off. I’m a little bit sad that we don’t have any lights that they could attach to!