Thursday 6 August 2009

The Zoo: Hip City Hip

“There are a lot of things to do. Like visiting the zoo. And its hip city hip.” Of course a proper London day out would once have involved a trip to the zoo. Or more specifically London Zoo in Regent’s Park. As Poly Styrene points out in Hip City Hip. I have fond memories of going to the zoo at a very early age when there was a real buzz about a polar bear cub being born there. The cub’s name was Pipaluk, and for years my mum wore a metal brooch depicting the little fella. Guy The Gorilla was the other celebrity from that era, though I was always more fascinated with the penguins and the chimps. And of course there was Julie Felix singing Tom Paxton's song about going to the zoo ...

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