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You’ll probably think I’m quackers!

ducksAnyone who has paid a visit to my bathroom will know that I am particularly fond of a rubber duck!   I used to have a much larger collection but an episode with a cleaner and a plastic carrier bag meant that the originals were lost to the bin men!  That said, I now have another 6 wee friends taking pride of place beside the bath!

My collection is small fry though!  Duck in LondonDid anyone see the story of the huge rubber duck that “swam” under Tower Bridge in December?  This was a stunt organised by an online bingo site to publicise its £250,000 “bursary” to help make more Britons have fun.  The giant 50ft-tall rubber duck went along the River Thames, past HMS Belfast, The Tower of London and under a raised Tower Bridge, much to the amusement of tourists along the riverbank.

duck in darling harbourAnd this week another specimen has been spotted floating through Darling Harbour in Australia to mark the opening of the Sydney Festival.  Looking very similar to the London visitor, but with more plastic coverage over the hovercraft-like platform.

The organisers of the Festival say that the duck has been popping up in various sites around the world since 2007, although this is the first I’ve read about it.  If it wants to join us on the Clyde in Glasgow next as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games celebrations, that would be ducking marvellous!

All is not what it seems

London 2012 organisers have been forced to apologise for airbrushing the historic World War II ship HMS Belfast from an official poster depicting the capital’s skyline.  Games organisers said it was “a simple mistake in the advertising production process” for London 2012 Festival.   The ship, which served in both World War II and the Korean War, has been moored near Tower Bridge since 1971.

A London 2012 spokesman said: “HMS Belfast was unfortunately excluded from one of the seven adverts for the London 2012 Festival.  “We are very sorry about this – it was a simple mistake in the advertising production process, and we apologise if this mistake has caused offence.  The mistake has been rectified and posters without HMS Belfast in are being removed.”

One of my own personal favourite Photoshop blunders is this one – how on earth did this manage to get past quality control???

 

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