|Card by Martin Davey don't all rush |
out and buy it at once...
|Dr. Herridge bringing palaeobiology |
to a wider audience @ToriHerridge
Secondly, it means dinosaurs.
|You don't only study dinosaurs?|
Don't get me wrong though, I still appreciate a dino-themed gift. I own a decent selection of life-like 'models' (that's take-me-seriously code for 'toys'). The problem is that there are so few good dino-themed gifts out there, especially if you are over eight-years old or have any appreciation of aesthetics. There are natural history themed gifts galore that are elegant, especially botanical ones or, weirdly, anything with British game animals on them (this seems to indicate refinement, which is somewhat oxymoronic). But as soon as the featured creature is extinct, manufacturers replace Victorian lithographs with infantile pictographs. The colours flick to the neon spectrum and themes plunge unfailingly down the sister paths of cutesy anthropomorphism, or cringing adolescent fang-mare.
They are either puking rainbows, or ripping the world to shreds with oversized claws. Some examples:
|Google search: You want dinosaurs? You are clearly a child.|
|Google search: Oh, you want adult dinos? Then you are still a child.|
|Caudy and I both love crimbo.|
I don't look any gift horse in the mouth though. Rant as I may, the truth is I'm still always delighted to see what the season brings, and even if it's cheesier than a pair of Emmenthal socks. I just appreciate that someone thought of me and remembered (more or less) what I like to do with my time.
What more can we ask?