What makes you smile - part III

Of course, there's a downside to all this innocent smiling - about stuffed toys. Such is the power of the Meerkat phenomenon that a whole generation will soon accept that the furry felines are found in Russia - and who can blame them?

Yes, advertising is powerful - and dangerous in the wrong hands. When the toy superstore Toys R Us first opened, I was (to paraphrase from the hit romcom You've Got Mail) a 'lone reed'...fighting against the misuse of our English language. I believe the decline of our language will be traced back to that store's name.

Thankfully my keyboard doesn't allow me to reverse the R - as if the use of that single letter wasn't bad enough.

And in case you're curious, according to Wikipedia, Meerkats are a 'small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild'.

So there you have it. Meerkats are NOT from Russia and they're unlikely to need biker jackets in their natural habitat.