I live in Edinburgh and got into blip in 2006 on the recommendation of Mr Moose who still pops his antlers above the bushes here, every now and then.

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Gonks were first "created" (unofficially) during the First World War when the flow of teddy bears fro Read more...

I live in Edinburgh and got into blip in 2006 on the recommendation of Mr Moose who still pops his antlers above the bushes here, every now and then.

My website
More at Flickr




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Gonks were first "created" (unofficially) during the First World War when the flow of teddy bears from Germany was halted. Other factories across Europe had to start producing soft toys. Because of the material shortages, the toys had to significantly simplify their designs. The Second World War again brought soft toy production to a standstill - many factories never reopened. To keep the children's spirits high throughout the two wars, women at home made gonks from stuffing socks with rags and then sewing on button-eyes and material flaps for arms and legs.

In the 1960s, gonks became particularly popular, with their new designs and colours. In the UK, they rapidly became the "must-have" playground accessory. Fortunately, their simplicity meant that they could easily be made at home, and thus even the poorest children could boast one. Their popularity reached its peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were often given as good luck tokens, or won as prizes at fairgrounds.


Trees are big woody plants, with trunks, leaves and branches.

Treegonk = A gonk that lives in a tree.