Not since the days of Pingu have penguins got us talking such gibberish.
Oh yes. If London Zoo has their way, the Gherkin (as in the iconic symbol of London – not the savoury pickled cucumber), is to be transformed into a penguin. As in a giant bird.
The official line is that it is part of a PR campaign from the zoo, drawing particular attention to the Penguin Beach which has been said to be struggling over the past few years.
Simply because of another penguin-related story to emerge this week, there is also another theory that could be drawn.
Apparently, penguins are stressed out by people, but, according to research, getting used to us.
And the Gherkin, being what it is – a massive office block comprised over 41 floors, and, as previously mentioned, an iconic symbol of London – is also, therefore, an iconic symbol of stress. Let’s be honest, in these times of austerity, the two have become somewhat synonymous.
What better way, therefore, of encouraging us Londoners to ride the wave of economic-based stress by erecting a symbol of that which has apparently learnt to do the same?
But I’m on to them.
What with the narrowed eyes somewhat reminiscent of Angry Birds and the towering stature over the city of London that the mocked-up images accompanying the news has created, it is clear that this is not an attempt to encourage us with a light at the end of the tunnel. Oh no.
The penguins are getting their own back.