Bonfires and a little self-promotion

To be honest, the title should probably be A LOT of self-promotion and bonfires, but that seemed somehow wrong.

To get the nitty-gritty of this dealt with first – there are a lot of bonfires planned for this week and some of these will exact a miserable toll on the country’s wildlife. If you need proof of that, pop along to a wildlife hospital and take a look at the few who survive being roasted. So the British Hedgehog Preservation Society makes a very big point at this time of year to ask you all to just check before you light your fire.

I did a piece on BBC West Midlands a while back where the slogan they were generating was, I think, ‘poke a bonfire, save a hedgehog’ … and as long as you use the handle end of a garden fork, that is great. Try and see if you can lift it a  little and look underneath. Better still, collect all your fuel in one place and then move it to the bonfire the day you are going to light it.

In 2009 the hedgehog lovers at Spontex have got in on the act, securing bouncers to protect a large fire, stopping hedgehogs unwittingly installing themselves in the wonderful shelter …

(photo by Fay Vass – BHPS boss)

Spontex have a good history of idiosyncratic hedgehog-related advertising as my previous post has shown …

So please, check out your bonfires before you light them. Hedgehogs face enough of a threat from everything else we do, so please give the pile a poke before setting it alight.

And now the payback – I have asked you to consider the dark misery of roasting hedgehogs, now I offer you some relief …

I am performing my almost ecological-stand up routine at the Idler Academy on November 22nd … and I want (to be honest, NEED) an audience of enormous proportions … and that is only partly because the amount I get paid is relative to the number of tickets sold … it is also because I want to instil my brand of hedgehog-love deep into the hearts of as many people as possible … and also to introduce new people to the wonder that is the Idler Academy … So, please, book tickets and tell your friends. It will be fun …

One thought on “Bonfires and a little self-promotion

  1. Hello Mr. Warwick. I’m so glad you liked my Mythological Beasties and Co. blog. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, but I’ve been awful, and not attending to my blogs recently. Here are some of the interesting places I found information about hedgehogs

    http://talesfromthepast.com/?p=39

    http://www.hedghogz.co.uk/hedgehogs/legends.php

    http://hedgehogcentral.com/myths.shtml

    http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:abo:phi,0978,001:8:56

    http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0105.html

    I hope this helps you track the hedgehog. I love your blog, and will post a link on both of mine.

    Kris .

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