17 Dec – Expanding Gay Best Friend

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From Brighton… Where Else? You’ve got to love him haven’t you? Poppy did, and got very annoyed if any unauthorised person should remove him from the miraculous glass of water she had prepared to enable his party trick. Bought in a lovely shop in Bond Street, I think it’s called ‘Not a Butchers’. Poppy loved this shop, full of quirky and slightly camp nik naks.


16 Dec – Wild Things

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We Love the DVD of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Spike Jonze. I found a cult shop off Carnaby Street which sold toys from the film as well as funny Japanese toys all of which used to thrill Poppy. I used to venture down to this shop during Poppy’s chemo stays when she’d want some kind of surprise after a day of school and ‘the playroom’ at UCH. We have another character called Sigi too.

15 Dec – Giant Troll

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Poppy has various toy trolls. I’m not sure if everybody buys them, they are certainly something I enjoyed as a child. This one came from Shoreditch market. He’s very big and made by cult maker ‘Dam Things – Est 1964‘. He’s a hangover from hippie culture. He has a hair clip holding his hair at the back. I think this must have been placed on him by Poppy.

14 Dec – Blue Cat

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Poppy had a whole collection of these stuffed cats. I’ve been buying them for years from one of our favourite shops, Habitat. Most branches of Habitat closed down in the recession but the new owners kept the brand going with 3 flagships stores in London’s West End. There is a great Habitat in Tottenham Court Road,  10 minutes walk from UCH hospital which we would always visit before chemo. I continue to mooch around there after my fortnightly counselling sessions. I try not to get sad and instead take inspiration from the wonderful colours and beautiful things.

12 Dec – Rabbit Head

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This came from a very expensive t-shirt shop around the back of Carnaby Street. It had very weird bears and rabbits, beautifully made by hand. Cosmo and I selected this one for Poppy in the summer of 2011 during a chemo stay. It’s Very Poppy, but then again all of the bears and creatures in that shop were ‘Very Poppy’.