Friday, December 5, 2014
Monty the Penguin
I took some photos while walking home last night, just to prove to myself there were still photography opportunities despite the darkness. At least street lights can have some interesting effects. I debated cropping out that car bumper, but I think it kind of balances the street sign.
The holiday commercial generating all the buzz here in England is the John Lewis advertisement featuring Monty the Penguin. Because those of you in the states aren't getting this ad, I'm linking to it here. I know it represents crass manipulation of our emotions for profitable ends, but still, it is the cutest commercial ever. It makes me cry. I highly recommend it.
(It might be my new favorite Christmas commercial, surpassing even the Publix "Last Train Home" commercial from 25 years ago, which still stands out in my memory.)
And speaking of Christmas, here's our library tree, as promised, including my paper "dog penis" chain. I spent yesterday morning decorating it, and it came out fairly well. The tree itself is really beautiful, with glossy, heavy needles -- I can picture those boughs bending under the weight of a winter snow or hosting bird nests in the spring. I wish I could restore its roots and send it back to a forest!