Re: Gnomies and more...in defense of gnomes!

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Posted by Christina on July 14, 2000 at 09:18:11:

In Reply to: Re: [TW]gnomies, hidden gnomes, skate roller gnomes and many!(Gnome Ling) posted by GnomeDome on July 13, 2000 at 11:33:17:

: : : : In a right ol' 'high dudgeon'!!
: : : : Kate.

: : : ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

: : : As well you SHOULD be, Miss! And I'm right there with you! *Harrrrrruuuuuuuuumph!!* No Gnomes, indeed!! Don't they understand that to gnome them is to love them?? Don't they realize there's no place like gnome??? Haven't they heard that gnome is where the heart is??

: : : WHADUP wid this group??

: : : Color Me Highly Indignant on Behalf of All Gnomelings Everywhere!

: : : MMMMarcia

: :
: : (Just thought I would try to beat them to the draw!)
: : No gnomes? The very idea! I think I'll go out and buy a few just to spite them!

: Why those ungrateful sob's. WHO do they think they have to THANK for the lush garden growth they would ban us from! Why,
: I'm so mad I could spit. Those philistines will soon feel the wrath of Gnomedom! I have chartered two 747's and filled all seats with loyal brothers from the union, and we shall soon see about that kettle of fish. We shall form a picket line, and I gar-un-tee you they shall have PLENTY of dirt to plant their steenking high falutin' pansies in when we all go to a'kicking.
: *mumbling and cursing under breath*. AND, for good measure I will be sure to enter their Gnome-free enclave and PI-S on each and every flower they got on display. You ain't NEVER seen a dead plant until a gnome has peed on one.

: Lemme at 'em!!!!!!!

: GnomeDome

Well, itís also with high dudgeon that I read about the mistreatment of the fair Garden Gnome! Since the Brit-ish and the French traditionally canít disagree on anything, it seems that that also extends to this fair garden or-nament. Please peruse the article below, about a very special show in Gay Par-eee....

PARIS - Garden gnomes - 2,000 of them! - are sprouting at the Jardins
de Bagatelle, the 24-hectare pleasure garden within the Bois de
Boulogne. A huge beer-bellied gnome in blue bathing trunks waves a
greeting from Bagatelle's 18th-century ch‚teau, others occupy a raft on
one of the ponds or emerge from impeccable greensward. It is as if Walt
Disney's Dopey and Happy have taken over the enchanting landscape
and it has made many garden lovers distinctly Grumpy.

The gnomes, on view until mid-July, are confined to the area around the garden.
. Elsewhere, the head gardener Alain Woisson has, as usual,
scattered his early spring plantings of hyacinths, daffodils, scilla and tiny
tulips - fresh, tender and an especially poignant sign of renewal after the
December storm that felled 400 of Bagatelle's finest trees. ''After the
storm I was in mourning, but you have to get over that somehow,''
Woisson says.

The Association des Amis de Bagatelle, which helps raise funds with
such events as the superb Henry Moore show in 1992 and the sculptures
by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne in 1998, expected at least a
minor tempest when they suggested garden gnomes to Woisson. ''I said,
Why not? A garden has to be rich and amusing and pleasant.''

This is France's first major garden-gnome show, and in addition to the
familiar, exuberently vulgar plastic figures, there are a historical exhibition
tracing the tradition to ancient Egypt, trendy offerings by Philippe Starck
(they serve as stools in his latest hotel) and two in aluminum by Jeff
Koons. A pointed gnome cap has been designed for sale by Christian
Lacroix.

Garden gnomes are a social phenomenon, the perceptibly defensive
press release says; they are loved by their owners and, contrary to
expectation, are collected by all social classes. In fact, the press release
suggests with hope, they are the latest snobisme. ''For the French they
were a joke, but now they see they are not in bad taste,'' says the
curator, Laurent Le Bon. ''They are benevolent spirits who bring
sunshine,'' he adds as a final argument in a wet month.


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