WWYD? The Saga of the Family Tuna

(359 Posts)
PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Tue 27-Sep-11 19:43:08

Bit longwinded but anyone who bears with me can have wine and thanks
DD has a toy caterpillar named Sydney Tuna, she liberated him from a car boot sale when she was just gone 2 and has adored and worshipped him ever since.
Last Christmas Santa brought his mummy, Mrs. Mabel Tuna, to live with us. She had missed Sydney since he went to seek his fortune, so had written to Santa to ask him to find Sydney, and Santa gave her a lift to our house on his sleigh. Cue rejoicing and carolling and so on....
DD now informs me that this Christmas, Mrs T and Sydney are writing jointly to Santa to find Mr. Tuna, who rejoices in the name Miguel apparently, and is in the army, fighting for the peaceloving resistance caterpillars who want to stop the slaughter between the marmite and the maple syrup factions I kid you not AND I kept a straight face wile DD told me all this
So... and if you're still with me, a thousand thanks... I can lay my hands on a caterpillar identical to Mrs. Tuna, but how can I make him look like he's been liberated from the army/prisoner of war camp/somewhere else suitable to have kept him away for a long time? I thought about him having been kidnapped by Pirates to explain where he's been all these years, and that was when DD came out with the stuff about the army... any suggestions? DD is 9 and I think this could be the last year for Santa for her, we've had some pointed questions that I have so far lied my way out of managed by the skin of my teeth, so I want to do Mr. Tuna's homecoming right...

RatherBe Tue 27-Sep-11 20:00:24

Might he have grown a beard and a moustache (some caterpillars are pretty hairy...)

And can I just say that I am in awe of your DDs imagination and now want to know all about what happens when the Tunas are reunited?

HaveALittleFaithBaby Tue 27-Sep-11 20:00:32

Give him a tache using a sharpie?!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Tue 27-Sep-11 20:07:29

I never thought of a tash! I was thinking bandana and eye-patch (and maybe a wooden leg or two if I could work out a way to do it - he has 20) hence the pirate thing. DH suggested an amputation or two for war wounds but I'm not sure I can bring myself to do it...
hmmm tash and monocle maybe...

meditrina Tue 27-Sep-11 20:29:25

If he's back from the wars, he needs to smell!

If he's been a PoW, then he'll have lost weight (can you take some stuffing out).

Know anyone who has DSes growing out of Action Man? He needs an AK47!

And a "uniform" - can you find some camouflage fabric to make some sort of sheath for him?

And Miguel needs to nod to his ethnic origin - Spanish hat and bullet belt?

edam Tue 27-Sep-11 22:18:25

A medal. Clearly he is hero material. He should have a decoration of some sort. The order of the Fritillary, perhaps?

radiohelen Tue 27-Sep-11 22:20:42

Defo yes to a uniform.. some kind of camoflage.

Maybe some of that gold scrambled egg that officers and dictators are so fond of?

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Tue 27-Sep-11 22:25:50

OOOOo a Medal! now that is a brilliant idea, he is obviously going to be a Hero of ze Resistance...
Not sure about the smell - he'll be stashed somewhere round the house until Christmas - maybe a dirty mark or two to make him look like a recent escapee - I think Santa was so moved by Sydney and Mabel's letter that he went to look for Mr. Tuna and found him tunnelling out of his prison, and by swooping low in the sleigh, Mr. T was able to grab hold and hang on all the way to our house from Darkest Peru/Timbuktu/Ougadougou/Somewhere equally obscure that DD won't have heard of hopefully so I could get away with a bit of grue and muck and smell maybe...
I shall ask around about the Action Man stuff - I have 4 DSs and the only Action Man thing we've ever had is the shark! Someone at school might have some battered ones they don't want though, and they'll look "well used" which is all to the good.

meditrina Tue 27-Sep-11 22:30:28

Camo cream on his face (try eyeshadow)?

meditrina Tue 27-Sep-11 22:32:50

And if there aren't any bits you can amputate, how about stitches to make a dashing scar?

edam Tue 27-Sep-11 22:32:55

Ask someone who has boys and dogs... IME the combination is fatal for action men. I wasn't allowed action men as a child (glorified war, apparently) but managed to inherit various casualties that had barely survived the attentions of my friends' springer spaniel. grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Tue 27-Sep-11 22:33:46

I am leaning towards an eye patch for his face, if I can find felt to make one from, or an actual eyepatch that I can stitch into place - if I knit it DD will suspect, she's as sharp as a knife. I could camo the rest of it though, and if I used make up or face paint it could wash off - that might be good, she can "bathe" him and clean it off herself perhaps. AFAIK he's even machine washable although machine washing beloved toys tends to be a tad traumatic sigghhhh

Salmotrutta Tue 27-Sep-11 22:35:26

Your DD sounds like an author in the making! grin

Loving the bandolero bullet belt idea! A Mexican Military Rebel! Like Pancho Villa. Or he could have a black beret like Che Guevara?

Salmotrutta Tue 27-Sep-11 22:35:57

Who wasn't Mexican obviously hmm

rhondajean Tue 27-Sep-11 22:37:21

DD2 has a habit of asking for odd things like this. Try finding a toy hedgehog, of specific size, which must come in a cup, and the cup must have robins on it.

I think shes doing it for a laugh to see how frazzled she can get me!! Cant she just ask for Barbie like other little girls?

Nah I love it, and I think you should post photos for us of the Tuna family, including Miguel after he is released.

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Tue 27-Sep-11 22:38:15

oooooo a beret - Probably doable - the actual toy is the giant Animal Alley caterpillar from Toys R Us and is five feet long, so big enough for kids hats and stuff to fit and not look too daft. Mrs Tuna is one of those too, Sydney is not the same but that's explained by him being the child grin and the saga of why none of them have ever been a chrysalis or a butterfly made great listening too! DD has the most wonderful imagination and comes out with lovely stories, I often wish I had one of those little tape machines to record her.

pyjamasinbananas Tue 27-Sep-11 22:38:33

I'm in awe of your DD!! She sounds hilarious! mental note to make DS more amusing for mn posting reasons he needs a passport and a letter from mrs tuna with your address (how else would he know where to go)

Salmotrutta Tue 27-Sep-11 22:41:29

You should get her to write these stories down!

Yourefired Tue 27-Sep-11 22:43:12

Would he not be a butterfly by now?

Pirate butterfly !

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Tue 27-Sep-11 22:48:28

There's a long long saga explaining why he isn't a butterfly Yourefired - to my shame I can't remember it all, but DD has it all worked out.
Good thinking pyjamas when Mrs Tuna arrived Santa left a note telling us how she'd written to him and asked for his help to find Sydney, so maybe that will work again, or Mr. T could have got one letter smuggled through that told him where his family are.... grin

Flowerista Tue 27-Sep-11 22:51:19

Is he on the side of the Marmites or Maple Syrups? Would drive the style of medal and possibly tattoo? Definitely a scar and beret which must be at rakish angle.

pyjamasinbananas Tue 27-Sep-11 22:53:05

He went into his crysalis (apologies for spelling) saw the smuggled note and thought no way am I changing into a butterfly I have to find my family.

Are you listening Disney?!! This is genius stuff!! Hire children!! In a good way obviously...

Flowerista Tue 27-Sep-11 22:53:22

Wouldn't the red cross have passed the message, probably written on a cabbage leaf.

UniS Tue 27-Sep-11 22:53:30

thats gonna be hard to make look bad ass. All those pastel shades and teh chesey smile....

eye patch, camo cap ,Sargent stripes, some mud/ dirt in the wrapping paper. ?

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Tue 27-Sep-11 22:54:38

Now thereby hangs the question Flower - I'm not entirely sure which side he's on hangs head in shame because my attention was taken by stopping no4 son hurling himself bodily into oncoming traffic at that point... I think he's Miguel of the Resistance and secretly works to bring peace while pretending to be on both side but actually not being on either, but would have to ask surreptitious questions to be sure. I'd prefer marmite because I can buy a jar for him to bring home with him, whereas maple syrup might prove more tricky to find...
and OOO at tattoo - brainwave! I could embroider one grin or more even

Flowerista Tue 27-Sep-11 22:56:47


Flowerista Tue 27-Sep-11 22:59:23

He would be a Nobel Peace prize winner if he facilitated a truce between those two factions. Tis a long and bloody history for sure.

HaveALittleFaithBaby Wed 28-Sep-11 06:13:53

Does he have teeth? You could black a couple out to look like there's some missing. Very piratey.
If there's anything unclear, and DD to write out the back story for Santa so you know what she expects so he knows how to find Miguel.

dizzyblonde Wed 28-Sep-11 07:18:35

Spray him with perfume and say he was rescued by a glamourous resistance butterfly and hidden until Santa could pick him up.

FauxFox Wed 28-Sep-11 07:58:31

How about a less "girlie" one? here or here.

You could make a video for him or revoicover this one to be more fitting in with the story!

Honeydragon Wed 28-Sep-11 08:02:57

go to your local chemist, they will have eye patches for about 50 pence that you can trim down.

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 09:02:45

Those are lovely faux but the shipping to the UK would be more than they cost in the first place. I might be able to find them here, the Toys R Us one wa just the easiest one to get hold of, and cheap enough that I don't mind damaging making it look a bit war-torn and brave.
Honey you're a genius! Never occurred to me - even when I said "real eyepatch" it just didn't compute where they come from I have spent so much time online I have forgotten that real shops exist I think
dizzy I don't think Mrs. Tuna would approve of Mr. Tuna consorting with glamorous butterflies! <disapproving RENEEE! What are you doing with zat girl> face a la Allo Allo

Honeydragon Wed 28-Sep-11 09:14:01

saw a rolling pin in two. Drill through the ends and string throuugh and you could have two wooden legs on his mid section.

LtEveDallas Wed 28-Sep-11 09:21:02

PomBear, I could send you some Sergeants Stripes, or a pair of Desert Combat trousers/shirt that you could cut up for Miguel if you'd like. Just send me a PM with an address and I'll do it!

ScarahStratton Wed 28-Sep-11 09:23:34

How big is this caterpillar that it needs rolling pins for legs? shock

He needs war wounds. Maybe a bandage round a leg or 2 and some random plasters from a sword fight? And a tiny caterpillarish rucksack to keep all his war stuff in.

Is he Marmite or Maple Syrup?

CristinadellaPizza Wed 28-Sep-11 09:26:34

Ooh yes a tiny rucksack. And a couple of bandages which she can unroll when he's better.

I love this thread and I love your DD

Honeydragon Wed 28-Sep-11 09:26:44
lambethlil Wed 28-Sep-11 09:28:14

Are you listening Disney?!! This is genius stuff!! Hire children!! In a good way obviously...



I have a playmobil sized rifle and handgun that I hid when DS opened his police playmobil, you're very welcome to them if they'd be big enough.

ScarahStratton Wed 28-Sep-11 09:34:33

Oh that is so cute. He definitely needs a big curly moustache and a camouflage jacket.

You need a desert map type thingy smeared with maple syrup and marmite !

Flowerista Wed 28-Sep-11 09:36:56

And grenades and knife plus maybe an emergency bag of Brussels sprouts on a utility belt round his waists.

ScarahStratton Wed 28-Sep-11 09:41:57

He needs a bunch of flowers for Mrs Tuna, and a gift for Sydney too. Santa wouldn't let him come home to his family empty handed.

Maybe a little packet of letters that he wrote during the war, but couldn't post because he didn't know where they were.

Becaroooo Wed 28-Sep-11 09:43:10

Moustache (Should be 1970's porn star style IMO)

Camouflage uniform, torn and ripped obv.

Bandage of some sort (indicating a wound sustained in the fight for liberty etc)

Scar on cheek (from a knife fight in the POW camp with another prisoner for food/cigarettes)

<<thinks I may have put too much thought into this>>

Quintessentialist Wed 28-Sep-11 09:45:55

Could he have grown fins and lived camouflaged as erm, tuna for a while?

ScarahStratton Wed 28-Sep-11 09:46:32

No,no Becar, I was just thinking that a wound with stitches would be good.

Becaroooo Wed 28-Sep-11 09:49:50

ooohh, yes! And maybe a missing leg???? (do catarpillars have legs????)

<<thinks maybe an amputee caterpillar would freak out the poor child>>

ForYourDreamsAreChina Wed 28-Sep-11 09:53:27

I think he also needs a foreign accent, if he's been held captive in foreign parts.

You need the Spanish version of the bear factory, and buy one of the squeaks, but a foreign squeak....and then a replacement English squeak for when he's been debriefed.....

SamMiguel Wed 28-Sep-11 09:57:23

You're all mad (in the niceest possible way!) grin

Honeydragon Wed 28-Sep-11 09:57:49

Erm is it me or are a load of Mnetters going to be logging on on Xmas day to see how the reunion goes grin

pyjamasinbananas Wed 28-Sep-11 09:59:26

We need a live present unwrapping thread. It's ok I've seen DS open cars before so yours will be a lot more entertaining!!

pissedrightoff Wed 28-Sep-11 10:08:08

Oh yes Pombear You must start a reunion thread on Christmas Day. Please.

pissedrightoff Wed 28-Sep-11 10:08:58

With photos.

ScarahStratton Wed 28-Sep-11 10:14:39

Oh yes please! I'd love to see the reunion. grin

Honeydragon Wed 28-Sep-11 10:28:48

Disney will be watching.....

When she turns 21, you HAVE to get her another. Mr Tuna's illegitimate son from his years in captivity, with the Laundry maid who showed him a brief but tender kindness.

<totally carried away>

I think I'll be looking forward to this more than the Dr Who Special.

pyjamasinbananas Wed 28-Sep-11 10:31:24

Spluttering into my tea now at the thought of everyones kids having to wait for their Xmas presents whilst their mums watch a stuffed toy reunion grin brilliant!!

OTheHugeWerewolef Wed 28-Sep-11 11:28:45

If you could find a cheap toy camo jacket, perhaps you could buy two and customise the jacket with a pair of extra sleeves to fit Miguel's top section? Then finish off with a military beret and moustache, accessorise with a cardboard suitcase, tied up with string and full of letters sent to him by his family while he was in POW camp (complete with redactions, obviously), and you're there.


purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 28-Sep-11 12:15:51

Bandage up a couple of his legs

No other suggestions, just fascinated blush

pyjamasinbananas Wed 28-Sep-11 12:19:04

A cigar!!! But then again that might condone smoking? But would fit in very well with the war hero Miguel!!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 13:29:29

Right - update on the Miguel Tuna Escape Committee... grin
We have purchased Mr Tuna's freedom, by stealth, from durance vile in Toys R Us, and found one exactly the same as Mrs. T. but with longer plushy fur so he is indeed hairier and therefore manly
We found a shot gun, pump action, an "alien pistol" in tasteful blue and orange, and a hand grenade with sound effects to go in his kit. I am going to pm whoever that lovely person with the camo stuff was on page 2 - A thousand thanks to you, I shall have a go at uniform and/or kitbag with the cloth and console myself that it needn't look briliant because it's War Torn grin
His legs are quite small in proportion to the rest of him, so I might amputate there's a pink pair so one of those or both, could go and plan on a scar, tattoos, and a mustache and possibly eye patch.
I love it when a plan comes together and will get some pics as he gets prepared, and on Christmas day when the Happy Reunion takes place...

I am still in favour of bandaging rather than amputation [wimp] - but some embroidered scars are a definite must.

Good point about a present for Sydney, though - a teeny tiny bear maybe, or is Sydney too old for that?

OTheHugeWerewolef Wed 28-Sep-11 13:41:06

grin grin grin

snigger Wed 28-Sep-11 13:58:05

I am late to this thread, but I have to say I'd be tempted to vote for Miguel Tuna.

I think you should spend the weeks between now and December producing "Free Miguel Tuna" posters.

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 14:28:48

I was thinking scars under the bandages so when Mabel and Sydney have Nursed him Back to Health, he will have the scars to show off his Honourable Wounds, and they will get him out of going back to the army any more can't have him AWOL
Sydney is 7 so I am reliably informed (we don't count the Time Before He Live With Us, that's just Dim and Distant Past or Futile Youth grin ) I am sort of drawn to a jar of marmite in his rucksack/kitbag/luggage - he has been a prisoner and fighting so it would have been hard to find presents and Daddy love Marmite and eats one of those HUGE cost a fiver size jars a WEEK so it will be very gratefully received

..but would Sydney share his marmite with anyone? Wouldn't it end up being Sydney's most prized possession not to be touched by anyone, ever (or does that sort of thing only happen in our house?)

(to give some perspective, we were nearly late for school this morning because the large cuddly lobster (Cabbage) couldn't find the small cuddly lobster (Sprout) and was distraught)

Dawndonna Wed 28-Sep-11 14:40:49

leave a tin of smoked paprika lying somewhere near. (tesco do it).
Perhaps he can have liberated a couple of pomegranates too (national fruit of spain).
I too am desperate to know what happens. Keep us posted, what an imagination!

LtEveDallas Wed 28-Sep-11 14:43:09


Have packed you up a shirt and rank slide in fetching Desert Cbt. I've also sent you Miguel a special surprise grin grin grin

Will post on my way home, so with any luck you'll get it by Fri

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 15:04:02

<totally overexcited dancing> which looks like I need a wee but I don't honest
Sydney would share the marmite happily because it's not sweeties and sweeties are what <cough>Sydney<cough> has sharing issues with with everyone I think, he's a very well brought up caterpillar.
It's the pandas you have to watch out for wink No3 son has a panda collection second only to Imelda Marcos' shoes and has been told that there will be No More Pandas, which was in fact a blatant lie because pandas are so cute but that's a whole other thread..

CristinadellaPizza Wed 28-Sep-11 15:17:52

You should get him one of those teeny tiny individual pots of Marmite to put in his teeny tiny camo rucksack

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 15:34:08

He's not all that teeny Cristina, he's almost five feet long, about the same height as DD! grin

CristinadellaPizza Wed 28-Sep-11 16:15:50

OMG I had no idea he was that big! Blimey, is there room for your DD in her room? grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 16:45:27

We're trying to rearrange and evict her brother so the boys are in one room and DD has her six by six feet shoebox room to herself. So far we've bought a lot of "stuff" and looked at a lot of paint colours, but hopefully she says slightly desperately by Christmas, it will all be done and there will be room for DD and the Tuna family while the brothers, and pandas, and dinosaurs, and assorted hangers on are in the other room... if not I expect she would cheerfully cast her brothers out into the snow to make room for Mr. T and not give them another thought grin

CristinadellaPizza Wed 28-Sep-11 19:57:31


Restored my faith in humanity, this thread.

I'll vote for Miguel too!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 22:25:46

Does anyone think that bottles of San Miguel beer would be a "step too far" even for Santa? DH has finally perked at the mention of marmite, and, as I tried to explain this lot to him, suggested a case of it would be a nice gesture on the part of Mr. T to his new family... hmm not convinced

pyjamasinbananas Wed 28-Sep-11 22:34:35

No!!! It's nice that Miguel wanted to being you and your DH a gift. After all you have housed his wife and son whilst he's been gallivanting imprisoned

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 22:36:59

DH loves you apparently! I may look into it grin if DH is paying

pyjamasinbananas Wed 28-Sep-11 22:38:17

I recommend tying a bottle to each leg grin

I'm afraid I don't have any useful information to add, but , speaking as a Playmobil citizen, I think it all sounds wonderful! smile

Salmotrutta Wed 28-Sep-11 22:47:18

D'you know what?
I think this has been one of the most joyous and lovely threads I've ever read on here grin
I love it!
I was going to suggest a patch to match the beret PomBears but I see you have it covered.
Will he have ration packs?

I think it is the least Miguel would want to do for his son's foster family. A case, appropriately labelled, would be a lovely gesture on his part as long as DH pays

You can buy maple syrup quite easily you know!

Honeydragon Wed 28-Sep-11 22:57:12

I think it's important to make dh pay feel included, how is Miguel going to arrive on Christmas morning!

chocolaterainbow Wed 28-Sep-11 23:00:09

If he's machine washable.... why don't you dye him a manly colour?? in the washing machine?

I think your DD is very sweet smile

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Wed 28-Sep-11 23:09:12

We found maple syrup in Aldi of all places today, so I am thinking that he might bring both syrup and marmite to show how he has been working tirelessly to bring peace to both sides in this long long war...
He's lots of different colours rainbow, and is plush, and looks more manly than Mrs. T somehow so that bit should work out OK I hope. He has one pair of pink legs which will be the ones to be amputated/scarred/wooden I think, depending on what I end up doing with them.
Santa is going to drop him off - Santa doesn't wrap the presents in our house -- he saw a crying baby polar bear about two years ago and was reminded about how many trees wrapping paper KILLS so he stopped using it-- and just leaves the gifts in one of those big giftbags for each person. Miguel will be strategically positioned beside DDs bag, with a note from Santa telling the exciting story of the gallant rescue - After receiving the letter from Mabel and Sydney, Santa went in search of Miguel and found him, halfway through an escape tunnel, pursued by Baddies. By swooping down low in the sleigh, Mr T. was able to grab hold of the runner with his remaining 18 legs and cling on tightly all the way to our house where he will remain in comfort for the rest of his life... or that's the plan so far anyway - these things have a habit of getting away from me and taking on a life of their own grin
I toyed with having him in a parachute, dangling from a bush or the garage roof or something, but the logistics were a bit much, and if it was bad weather or someone went past and stole him it would be too awful so Santa is going to bring him I think.

CristinadellaPizza Wed 28-Sep-11 23:56:38

I think I love you too a bit pombear and wish you were my mum <sniff>

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 08:58:32

I'll make you a parachute if you like? PM me your address grin
I think he should be half out of the fire place/however Santa usually gets to you though

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 09:31:20

Aww that's very kind of you purple - we usually have one of those "Magic keys" to hang outside so that Santa can open the door - our fire is Broken and Not To Be Touched and so on so we don't do the chimney thing. I think the parachute was me getting a lot bit carried away grin though.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 09:58:16

Nooooooooooo tha parachute is an awesome idea!! Perhaps Miguel could become entangled with the keys when Santa opens the door but, because he hasn't used his voice for so long due to being in The Cooler, he can't shout loud enough for Santa to hear him?

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 09:59:46
PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 10:00:05

ooo do you think so? wants a parachute desperately but is afraid of biting off more than can chew

He could always be in the process of packing up his parachute having - um - parachuted down from the sledge (after all, it would be tricky for Santa to land with Miguel clinging on to the runner) hmm?

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 10:35:35

OOOO stealth good thinking and why didn't I think of that? Miguel would be crushed by the sleigh if he was clinging on when Santa landed on the roof

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 10:36:08

Seriously, let me make the parachute. I'll do nice thick crochet strings so it's easy to attach, and iirc I've got a clip that I didn't need for a previous project, so I could make a little jacket to attach it to. Just send me measurements <ridiculously excited>

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 10:39:32

I just went and PM-ed you purple <gets all overexcited again>

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 10:41:21

Sorry about saying I wanted you to be my mum last night pombear - I had had a leeetle bit too much wine blush

PLEASE will you post a pic of Miguel all kitted up when he's done?

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 10:41:23

ooooo measurements- I will have to measure surreptitiously when looks shify nobody is looking since Mr. T is currently in hiding at the back of the top of the wardrobe <shhhhhhhhhh> What will you need? his circumference and segment length? leg spacings? has no idea what's involved in caterpillar jackets but is willing to measure everything asap

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 10:43:08

Lol cristina I was wondering how old you were after that one purely because I myself am FAR too young to have big children, and am ignoring pfb's looming 21st as hard as I can
I will post pics of Miguel, and the whole family so everyone can share in the joyous reunion grin

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 10:47:33

I am 46 PomBear grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 10:49:05

grin in that case, you can be my mam, you're somewhat more mature than me... I will be Life, the Universe, and Everything on my next b/day

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 10:52:39

Circumference! yes!!

Pidj wonders if her primary school maths abilities are up to making a parachute that ACTUALLY WORKS

How much does he weigh? <innocent whistle>

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 10:54:50

No no no no no <looks stern> He is almost five feet long, and is actually quite heavy considering he is just a stuffed animal nobody tell him I said that and I do not want my beloved DCs trying to climb high enough to drop him off to check that the parachute actually works puts foot down

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 11:04:55

Ah ok. I figured upstairs window if you live in a house knows fuck all about physics

Late to this thread but surely Mr. Tuna would have a battered photo of Mrs Tuna and little Sydney that he's been carrying loving around for years?? Brilliant thread BTW

MrsMooo Thu 29-Sep-11 11:07:26

I know someone already suggested dying him olive green, but what about cammo paint using watered down food colouring - it'd stain the plush to make him look at bit less pastel/a bit more rugged

I definately think the scars under bandages is an awesome idea, along with rolling pin wodden legs and the beret grin

and what about this felt moustache? should be easy to stitch on

My gosh I hope I can be this imaginative and resourceful when DS is older!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 11:16:13

Just a thought, Pombear... Is he not identical in size to Mrs Mabel Tuna, therefore lugging him out from backs of wardrobes when no one's looking is not required?

PomBear you beat me to it - I was chortling happily at the thought of how big a working parachute for a 5ft caterpillar would have to be. I think you should be working to how heavy he wishes thinks he is, Pidj grin

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 11:17:21

£2 for a felt 'tache? Bloody hell, no wonder I don't make any money at my sewing, I don't charge enough!!

<roots around stash for black felt to cut moustache shape out of>

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 11:18:49

I'm so going to have to work out how it fits back in the pouch, aren't I? Just for the realism of it ponders how insane it would be to recruit DP and his superior hmm phycics skills and how long it would take him to stop laughing

I can just imagine the conversation.

"so, some random stranger on the internet needs to accesorise a 5ft cuddly caterpillar to look like a hero of the resistance. Could you please work out the finer points of parachute packing for me?"

DP: shockconfused

(except that presumably he does know that you are nuts, Pidj smile?)

rushofbloodtothefeet Thu 29-Sep-11 11:27:41

I hope Miguel doesn't turn out to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and seek solace in the bottle. Eventually being turfed out by Mrs Tuna for unreasonable behaviour and end up sleeping rough on the streets. Contact with Sydney will be intermittent and awkwardly disappointing, leading to a deep-rooted sense of inadequacy that will colour the rest of his life. sad

iscream Thu 29-Sep-11 11:27:51

Late to this thread but surely Mr. Tuna would have a battered photo of Mrs Tuna and little Sydney that he's been carrying loving around for years??
Ooh yes, he must have those!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 11:29:00

Oh yes, he's well used to the major minor nuttiness of the Pidj way of life wink The thing is, he's into drag racing - he'd probably have a fair idea of the ratio's needed to stop a top fueller at the end of the 1/4 mile grin

I really really really want to make a working one sad

MilkNoSugarPlease Thu 29-Sep-11 11:37:24

He needs aviator sunglasses to!!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 11:44:04

Oh DOH doh, thrice DOH blush Why didn't I think to just measure Mabel? <hanging head in shame> That said, if Mabel is at the back of DDs bed I can't reach her either short arse and cannot climb but no2 son should get in from college soon so I can get him to get her for me and measure her. They aren't exactly identical but we held one of each up in the shop and they're the same length and the segments are pretty much the exact same size. It's only that Miguel is fluffier has manly body hair that makes them different.
And shock at rushofblood I do hope not! DD can be his counsellor as she helps Mabel and Sydney nurse him back to health and all will be well!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 11:47:11

Approximate is fine - I have some scrap guitar strap from another mad project so can make it adjustable...

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 11:48:02

I am torn with the tache - I can get felt and do a lovely handlebar one, or I welcomed any excuse to go in there happened to be passing one of those accessory shops the other day and they had some brightly coloured "hair extensions" on hair grips in electric blue and orange and other flourescent shade. I thought about getting one and using the grip to "stitch" it through his face under anaesthetic of course cut the grip off, and let it dangle like a Fu Manchu. That's not really Hero of the Resistance though... the handlebar one is much more The Thing really...

GeekLove Thu 29-Sep-11 11:49:17

I have been lurking and have had to nominate this thread for Classics!
Magic keys and embroidered tattoos are the way to go.

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 11:57:29

Right - the measurements (of Mabel) and nobody tell her I am sharing her vital statistics with the world! Hell hath no fury than a Tuna upset and all that
At the seam where one segment joins the next the circumference is 12 inches.
Across the widest part of a segment, from side seam to side seam is 9 inches (the legs are attached into the side seams in the middle of the segments)
The legs are 3 inches wide - they're not stuffed all the way up the leg so where they attach into the side seam is flat and the seam is 3 inches long.
Each segment is 7 inches long end to end.
There is 3.5 inches between the tailend of one leg seam/end of leg stitching and the beginning/front end of the next.
(Mabel's first segment behind her head is slightly bigger but not a massive amount, and that could be a <ahem> stuffing issue blush )

Is that everything?

MrsSnaplegs Thu 29-Sep-11 11:57:50

Late to this thread but if purplepidj needs advice on parachute packing I can ask DH (ex para) grin pm if you want

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 12:14:18

LtEveDallas I love you blush A large squashy Brown Paper Parcel just arrived with MY name on it, and not a bill, Yipeeeeee and it was the shirt and the rank thing and the little medal grin Thank you so much - I'm not convinced we're not all slightly totally mad, but whether we are or not, Miguel Tuna will be home for Christmas in uniform, with a kit bag and photos will be posted grin

Handlebar moustache, definitely.

Pidj, I empathise. Perhaps if PomBear just never ever lets Miguel mention to DD that his parachute theoretically works, it might not get tested?

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 12:24:26

MrsSnaplegs - yes please

I have 36" of guitar strap. I will see if I can get a snap (like you get on rucksacks) that fits the width as the one I've got is too thin, otherwise I'll go see the nice chap in the Army and Navy shop about some webbing.

I'm thinking he either needs a strap around one of his segments with padded bits to go around his legs, or a simple adjustable strap around one of the joins between segments.

The pack itself will look like this but with only one popper. It will open out to a flat square which releases the parachute. I will put a cord on so that it can be ripped open mid air.

Inside will be a round-type parachute. Mr (Major? Sargeant? Sir might be safer...) Snaplegs will probably tell me this is inaccurate, if so I will attempt a rectangular type. I will then use wool to attach the edges to a split ring, which will be attached to the harness through the pack.

Does any of that make sense? I really should put this much energy into job hunting

Pay day is tomorrow, so I'll get started then grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 12:33:54

That sounds so good I am sitting here picturing no5 child floating gently down from the garage roof with it... but will NOT be mentioning this vision to anyone ever as my no5 child is a thug and a daredevil and would be shouting To Infinity and Beyond before I could get to the D of Don't you DARE young man

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 12:39:46

I'll make it obviously small

Does anyone know where you get parachute silk from? Or would rigging something up out of a pair of granny pants off the market be more appropriate? I'm kind of drawn to the Heath-Robinson approach...

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 12:42:53

Ginormous loomers could be good - did you ever watch Allo Allo? <sad french accent> "I too shall give my last pair of silk niqueuers for France!"

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 12:43:07

oops bloomers even grin

Alwaysworthchecking Thu 29-Sep-11 12:44:13

I have to say, I've no advice, but I love your dd! She is a creatve genius.

How about 4 handkerchiefs sewn together?

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 12:50:08

Oh yes! I have the perfect blue flowery table cloth that would make an excellent pair of bloomers and then parachute!

What do you think, Pombear?

needanewname Thu 29-Sep-11 13:03:13

I love this thread. So pleased that I'm not the only one who will do silly things at Christmas. Am very jealous of your imagination though!

Can I vote for the syrup as I hate marmite or does that make me an enemy now?

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 13:04:55

Do use the tablecloth purple- it will be improvised - stolen from the Commandants washing line in the dead of night a la the A Team and demonstrate Miguel's ingenuity and determination to Make It Home no matter what grin And it will be "toy" so the DCs won't think of actually launching anything each other with it hopefully

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 13:06:18

I think we can be either need as long as we don't actually take sides, but just state our determination to Stop the War... apparently it goes on right under our noses, in the bushes, as we pass and we never see a thing!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 29-Sep-11 13:29:20

Best. Thread. Ever.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 13:30:03

Excellent grin

What shall I use to improvise a harness???

katz Thu 29-Sep-11 13:31:27

have to agree this is brill!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 13:33:38

dunno purple, I am in awe at your creativity here! crochet maybe? so it's woolly - perhaps Mr. T learned to crochet to while away the long boring hours in captivity and secretly made his harness while nobody was looking after passing local kindly sheep all related to Timmy since we have several Timmies in residence here donated the wool through the fence undercover of darkness...

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 13:48:42

Oh yes!! I've got a nice chunky blue which will work up in no time. Perhaps he befriended a squid who donated some ink to dye the wool for camoflage purposes against the sky?

Blatherskite Thu 29-Sep-11 13:52:13

I love this thread!!

Your DD has the most amazing imagination, you sound like the most wonderful Mum, pidj is just fantastic and stealth made me laugh so hard that I snorted my drink through my nose!

Carry on grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 13:56:22

My DD would say "But mummy" still have no idea why she talks so much posher than the rest of the family "squid ink is sepia" she knows such things and has a head full of trivia just like me, there are days when we don't know whether to laugh or cry - she was the 3 yr old who told the nursery staff "Just like Schroedinger's Cat" when they read the "My Cat Likes Boxes" picture book however - woad gentians/speedwells/bluebells could have been fortuitously growing in the camp - if we see it on Horrible Histories it must be true so woad is favourite <gavel>

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 13:57:26

This is going to be the best excape since Papillon grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 13:57:40

ex? escape blush

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 13:59:06

Woad it is then

I never said the squid had been born on this planet, though wink

Perhaps a kind passing clam dredges up distant memories of Roman Senators and purple togas

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 14:00:49

ooo an Alien squid.... grin resists, that would be farfetched and so far the whole thing is utterly plausible at every angle!

LtEveDallas Thu 29-Sep-11 14:29:29

PomBear, so glad you got it, am amazed at the Post Office, I didn't get it there until 1600, so for you to get it today is bloody amazing!

I figured SSgt Tuna needed a medal for all his daring exploits - you'll just have to work out how to get the Northern Ireland bar off it, unless of course he was awarded it by the greatful Northern Irish Marmite Marauders who valiantly joined the fight to free their opressed sympathisers? not as good at this as your dd

Cant wait to see the photos grin

..or he could have unravelled a sock, also stolen from the commandants washing line, leaving the commandant so distracted in searching for his missing sock that he didn't notice Miguel's daring escape attempt?

One thing worries me, though (and I suspect will worry PomBear's DD) - if Santa intervened when Miguel was halfway through his escape tunnel, WTF was Miguel doing making a parachute in the first place?

As an alternative - parachute could be red and white and donated by Santa from the sleigh emergency kit?

Blatherskite Thu 29-Sep-11 14:33:31

I've just had a thought! I have a child's size camo helmet that might fit Mr Tuna?

It's been covered in stickers at some point but I'm sure they wouldn't take much getting off. The scrubbing might even make it look a little battered? Ds has never played with it.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 14:43:41

The parachute is part of Miguel's daring Plan A, of course - it was sheer luck that Santa stopped by at such a propitious moment.

Miguel was digging his escape tunnel towards the 300' high cliff on which the prison camp was situated. Once he reached a point approximately 12' from the top of the cliff, he was planning to base-jump down to the ocean, wrap himself in the parachute to prevent hypothermia and to camoflage himself, and use just 2 pairs of legs at a time to paddle towards the Rock of Gibralter where he knew he'd find refuge at the British Embassy.

Oh you're good, Pidj grin

I was about to volunteer some nice shiny white satin which I am sure I had a reason for buying other than that is was cheap for a sleigh-emergency-kit parachute. (Actually, I know what I bought it for - it was plan A for snowman costume for DD, but then I went with white fleece in the end)

rockinhippy Thu 29-Sep-11 14:50:52

I can't read through ALL the replies right now smile -

but just incase it hasn't already been suggested - you could use a lighter to "scorch" him, could either be for stubble on his face, or perhaps scars - from an explosion he was caught in, when blasted out of prison by rudolf on Santas say so ;) -

love the story BTW - my DD is the same age & also asking the same questions I suspect we've had our last believable Santas been already sad

Honeydragon Thu 29-Sep-11 15:11:11

I have a childs camo bandana I am more than willing to post donate to the cause. By all means pm me your address if at anytime you decide you want it smile

CaveMum Thu 29-Sep-11 15:42:52


I nominate this thread for Classics!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 15:49:17

Oooo purple you tell it so well - I can visualise the whole scene now grin that is JUST what happened. Helmet and bandana gratefully accepted, thank you! and I will pm you lovely ladies in a minute - am currently puddling in melt-grease on the floor under the chair from the walk to school and back <OOF it's HOT face>

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 15:50:32

Ooh, Stealth, perhaps Miguel stole the Commandante's wife's best slinky satin drawers and best table cloth, then dug his tunnel in the ensuing commotion?

Would that be a little too risque for your DD, Pombear, or is she old enough to handle the concept of Naice underwear???

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 15:55:53

She can shop for England the Next outlet at Cadbury World in Somerset probably still hasn't recovered from the time she spent there this summer and gets the best clothes/naice clothes/posh and expensive and only for special occasion clothes thing. Not sure what Mabel Tuna will make of Miguel hijacking other women's scanties though wink but hopefully she will understand that it was only to bring the day of their joyful reunion closer...

More than willing to donate the satin to the cause - PM me with your address if you want it, Pidj!

oh - you did already! OK, will post it tomorrow when DH isn't around to query my latest lunacy

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 16:03:36

So I was just looking for the clip of Allo Allo where the ladies of ze resistance give thier silk niqueuers for France... Note to Self: Do not, under any circumstance, ever, ever again, google the words "give, knickers, silk, and France" in the same keyword list again hmm confused blush

Blatherskite Thu 29-Sep-11 16:15:18

I'll have a go with the sticky stuff remover tonight and get the helmet posted tomorrow grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 16:16:43

<snoopy dances>

<remembers dignity and stops> blush

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 16:24:52

I'm sure Mrs Mable will be so relieved to see her long-lost husband she'll forgive him for pilfering a negligee from the washing line grin

Now, where did he get the boat hook with which he pilfered said items, and how did he hide it in his cell afterwards...

and the seriously over thinking it award goes to Pidj

Dawndonna Thu 29-Sep-11 16:36:52

Nothing to add, but loving it!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 16:38:41

He has 18 good legs and a couple of injured ones, he shinnied up the clothes prop and along the top ot the line until he could worry the pegs loose with his teeth do caterpillars have teeth? with his gums, toughened by the years of chewing on half a dry stick a week starvation rations and the things dropped to the floor below...

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 16:42:35

... He quickly wove a small cocoon in which to store them, scuttled back to his cell and buried them in a hole in the corner under the bunk...

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 16:43:59

using his left antenna as a lock pick to open and relock the door behind him so that nobody knew he was out and about...

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 16:45:36

I think I shall bandage one of his antennae, then when it's healed we can take the bandage off and have it recover. Sydney Tuna has antennae issues as his were horribly maimed in the Terrible Washing Machine Trauma of '07 moment's silence please so we must let Mr. Tuna's be ok in the end!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 16:47:25

If he can pick the lock at will, Pombear, how come he needed to dig a tunnel?

unless the Agency Temp guard left the outside bolts off one day in a moment of carelessness which was never repeated

PomBear - you had better preserve this thread before it gets deleted from chat otherwise you will have nothing to refer to when writing the three volume epic letter with the story of the Great Escape

MrsSnaplegs Thu 29-Sep-11 16:56:45

Back home will discuss parachute stuff with DH

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 16:59:53

Because the lock he can pick is on his cell door, and only lets him out into the compound - the gate in the compound wall is Big and Strong and Steel and Electrified, and there are Guards with Guns and Fierce Dogs who have a taste for the flesh of caterpillars...

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 17:01:32

deleted! ooerrr - do we get deleted yet? 90 days will take us to Xmas - or is that just a guideline? hasn't been here all that long yet

90 days will take us to Christmas shock - yes, I guess you're right

<<adds Christmas to her "things to panic about" list, right below DD's birthday, DS's birthday, GodDaughters birthdays *2, DB's birthday, DM's birthday.....>>

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 17:28:40

We have got counts on fingers and toes 7 birthdays of varying importance between now and Xmas now I think about it, and several school events <sigh>

I only listed the ones which involve me at least to the extent of cake provision - there are more, and endless school stuff. Just about every child we know well enough to buy presents for has a birthday between 1/10 and Christmas. What I really need to do is write a list and just buy 2 presents per child.

Anyway, I didn't mean to distract you from the important business of the Tuna family reunion. I shall make amends by going to find the satin and a suitable envelope.

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 17:58:28

I sometimes think it would be easier to just fit a lever on my back that, when pulled, would dispense a tenner to the tune of Happy Birthday to You... grin
And drum roll please DD has just said that not out of the blue, she was getting Sydney Tuna ready for bed and he was telling her that the last contact Mabel had with Miguel was when he managed to phone her on a borrowed mobile phone, and his last words were "my gun is broken" and the phone was blown out of his hand and that was it... at which point DH may he rot in a pub with no beer where Leeds lose 10-0 every day to Accrington Stanley said "OOOO well how does she know he's not dead then?" angry forcing me to mop real tears and think very fast and say that they would "just know" if he was dead, and that the phone saved his life by deflecting the bullet, and a caterpillar as well trained and alert as Mr. Tuna would never be caught by surprise like that...
DH has now left the building and may or may not be allowed back in

DH may have just blown his chance at beer, I feel. Miguel will not be impressed when he learns of such heartless speculation and deliberate upsetting of Sydney and Mabel.

DH is a heartless so-and-so if you ask me! shock Poor old Miguel sad

It's a bit like the time I got left in the holiday cottage and my owner's Dad said "Never mind you can always buy another one shock!" (Don't worry the cottage owner found me and returned me in a jiffy bag).

dawntigga Thu 29-Sep-11 18:40:33

I think I love this thread.


PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 18:43:09

Oh Norman! <heart bleeds emoticon> thank goodness the Nice Owner was there!

MrsSnaplegs Thu 29-Sep-11 19:03:38


Parachute advice:

Make the harness so that it resembles a rucksack one from the front - i.e. an H but make the back bit an X

Attach the cover for the parachute (like the one on your linky) to the X bit at the shoulder sections and the point were the X meets in the middle

Now attach your connector for the parachute cords (probably something like a metal D ring will suffice) to the inside of the cover "packet"

Then attach your parachute cords to this ring

The other end of the cords need to be fitted to the corners of the chute

It's probably best if this is rectangular - think of the canopies you see of the military parachutists at displays and stuff. The "work" parachutes of the paras going in on military operations are circular but this would be harder to attach the cords to

Use a lightweight material for the chute - think something thin and silky grin

Once you have all your component parts attached then you need to fold the chute into the packet without knotting the cords and so it slips out easily in one piece. I would suggest getting one of those cheap plastic toy parachutists to see how the cords are attached to the chute - it's hard to explain on here grin

Hope that helps - let me know if you need anymore help grin

MrsSnaplegs Thu 29-Sep-11 19:05:16

Oh sorry forgot to say the bottom of the harness needs to go through the legs like a climbing harness but I have no idea how you will do this for a caterpillar grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 19:07:45

Am so impressed by that Mrs S grin My granda was a para, during WWII, he dropped at Arnhem - he was a paramedic and had the first aid kit and his main task was collecting dog tags from the bodies apparently so nanna says but she also said that he hated to talk about it so nobody ever knew most of what they went through. They spent about a month under the floorboards of a dutch farmhouse kitchen though - stayed in contact with the family until the day they died. sad

You DD sounds amazing.

I love it.

Am also picturing some kind of Harry Potter type series appearing starring Catapillars in years to come.

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 19:19:00

Has vision "Sydney Tuna and the Pom Bear of Doom" grin

friendofPom Thu 29-Sep-11 19:54:45

Remind me again, PomBear, why you got married?

Yes, this thread must be saved for posterity.

HavePatience Thu 29-Sep-11 19:59:36

Oh I want to meet your DD. grin I don't have suggestions yet, but love this thread smile

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 20:00:25

<Salutes Lieutenant Snaplegs> Thank you! I have some satin stuff coming from Stealth for the chute itself.

I think I'll put a d ring in the middle then each cord can have a split ring. I'll keep the cords quite short as Miguel is probably quite short of time!

MrsSnaplegs Thu 29-Sep-11 20:00:46

DH has just read the whole thread and is now keen to be involved interested. He then put his head in his hands and said I can't believe I'm doing this thinks we're all mad

If you want to do a round parachute then this is his suggestion for construction.

A circular piece of material - you can buy parachute silk from the army navy stores wink however bloomers would be a good substitute

Take 4 long pieces of your cord (again you can buy proper para cord from A/N stores --it's great for gardening and stuff--)

Lay them first over the circle as if you were cutting a pie into 8 pieces. Where these cross over is where you want to attach your rip cord to open the chute.

Stitch them in position making sure you have enough length for them to drop down over the sides of the chute to be then attached to your harness.

Gather them so you have four on each side - attach the ends to a small D ring and attach the 2 D rings to the inside fixing on your pack.

Then get both "sets" of the cord - one in each hand and about half way up the length (above Miguels head height when chute is deployed) put a strap that connects them but doesn't bring them right together - again make it look like an H

DH seems to think this will fit better in your pack and look more "military" grin

He has even drawn me a picture so I know what he is talking about cos he thinks I'm stoopid

Time for wine however we also want to see pictures/video for the Xmas day reunion.

MrsSnaplegs Thu 29-Sep-11 20:01:57

Snaplegs was a Captain (Army) I'm the Lieutenant (RN) grin

I have found the satin in the large heap modest box which is my fabric stash - it is heavier than parachute silk, but hopefully also more durable. It will be on it's way to you tomorrow, Pidj.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 20:19:29

Lt Snaplegs <salute> I'll pm you my address when I get home. If we're near enough perhaps I could have some rl help?

MrsSnaplegs Thu 29-Sep-11 20:38:51

I'm Hampshire purplepidj

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 20:52:01

Spooooooooooooky, me too!! It's fate grin

MrsSnaplegs Thu 29-Sep-11 20:54:37

grin fate indeed
We are on the coast between Southampton and Portsmouth wink

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 21:11:44

I'm the other side of the Water a £15 train ride away grin

grumpykat Thu 29-Sep-11 21:30:32

No advice really, but another nomination for classics here! Loving the family tuna and hoping our dd will have such a brilliant imagination.

I have already nominated it on the "Classics nomination" thread, but no action taken yet, I see.

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 29-Sep-11 21:58:30

You lot do realise that every time I envision the wonder that will be Miguel's parachute, the garage roof looks a little bit more tempting and I don't fit out of the landing window so would have to push one of the DCS out there to Do The Honours.

mamaGool Thu 29-Sep-11 22:44:06

I am getting a little teary-eyed at the thought of the Tuna family reunion. Could you drag it out prolong the excitement with a video email from Miguel, filmed in secret on a smuggled phone & broadcast via his wi-fi antennae, pre Christmas, while imprisoned, saying how much he misses his family & the only thing keeping his morale is the thought of seeing his DW & DC again?

This would give Mrs T, Sydney (& your DD) reassurance that Miguel is alive & well. Appreciate you wouldn't want to ruin the surprise of his appearance, but perhaps in the cramped space of his cell it was only possible for Miguel to film, say, one of his legs? Do you know anyone who could give a convincing caterpillar accent and build you a set?

Have I gone too far..?

purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 22:49:41

I think Miguel needs a secret Facebook account - perhaps a sympathetic guard could let him use their phone every so often?

mamaGool Thu 29-Sep-11 22:53:16

YYY! With several thousand MNers supporters & followers as friends obv.

BoffinMum Thu 29-Sep-11 22:57:51
purplepidjinawoollytangle Thu 29-Sep-11 23:12:36

Thanks, BoffinMum, that's given me some inspiration

I really really really want to set up a Free Miguel Tuna page. Pombear, PM a link to your fb and I'll sooooooo do it!!!

dawntigga Fri 30-Sep-11 04:09:42

It worries me immensely that I'm excited about an FB page for him.


PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 07:29:54

Ooooo I am coveting the teeny tiny bullet proof vest from that site Boffin I am just that sad

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 07:45:25

There's a picture of Sydney (taken some time ago when he was newer and had pristine antennae)
here if the linky thing works crosses fingers I shall put more here as I go along until we, hopefully, have a proper Family Album...

Flowerista Fri 30-Sep-11 08:00:39

Don't forget any photos released by his captors need to feature that days edItion of the newspaper, so intelligence agencies --Pombears DD and all MNers, Stanley and MrsT--know he s still alive!

katz Fri 30-Sep-11 08:12:38

This is just fab and puts the very small bear we bought dd2's teddy from father Christmas to shame.

<Katz is now wondering if 6 and 8 are too old to event such epicness for>

MrsSnaplegs Fri 30-Sep-11 09:21:42

Evedallas and I maybe able to come up with something to send from his "captors"
Eve shall we dress up in rig and do a videogrin
way too involved must do work

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 09:29:28

DD is 9 Katz grin

Oh Sydney is so cute - no wonder DD needed to adopt him.

DS went through a phase of Father Christmas doubt a couple of years ago - he decided to hide a note somewhere where "only Father Christmas will find it" - fortunately FC did find it, and left him a mammoth to look after. The following Christmas said mammoth (Rufus) had a panic attack about FC coming to pick him up and left a note asking if he could please stay with DS. FC agreed, and left Rufus a special ribbon which Rufus promised to treasure for ever and has since lost. DS is almost 9 now and still chooses to believe (fortunately he has almost 5yo DD as an excuse grin)

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 09:46:36


Pombear, let me have your fb id/add me as a friend and I'll make you an administrator grin

CristinadellaPizza Fri 30-Sep-11 10:01:32

You know you need to print this thread off and give it to your DD when she's older PomBear grin

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 10:22:28

OMG You are all NUTS

But brilliant.

I love this thread.

I do think that you need to have some kind of a campaign going on. I have "liked" the FB page. Are you on Twitter?

@freemigueltuna and #freemigueltuna

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 10:27:59

I'm not a twit, Mme, feel free to handle that side of things grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 10:58:20

I PMed you pidj
ooooo Mme Miguel is the first member of our family to have a tweet- we've never done twitter because the only time we went to look it seemed very scary and complicated and we didn't understand so we sidled away quietly before anyone noticed us and never went back

Go on then MmeL - if you do the creative tweet writing I will re-tweet and incur the disbelieving scorn of all my work related tweeps

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 11:02:33

Shall I do the twitter bit for you? I can be your Twitter campaign manager.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 11:06:30

Cool. I'll do farcebook, you do twit stuff! Will you blog it too, Mme, or should Miguel have his own? Stealthy, d'ya want a job?!

Pombear, you're an admin to the fb page so add stuff at your leisure grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 11:08:33

Yes please MmeL grin we must move with the times and employ every means to get Miguel home safely!

I just had a brilliant idea, but cannot reach Mrs. Tuna she is stuffed down the back of DDs high sleeper and no matter what I do I cannot reach but later, on or next week when DCs are all at school when DH has been made to help me to make up for What He Did Yesterday I thought I could do wedding pictures from the days when Mabel and Miguel were happy together, before he went to war. for the FB album Or is that too sad and pathetic much?

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 11:11:18

yes, yes to the idea of the wedding photos.

You will need to do that before roughing him up doing the army stuff.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 11:16:07

Yes!!!! Any possibility of some baby pics of Sydney, too? Possibly with a dummy and a bonnet in the doll's pram?

Wedding photos sound excellent! smile

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 11:38:12


Miguel has managed to evade the guards and has access to an iPhone.

He is posting on Twitter

Please, MN. Help us get the word out.


PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 11:39:48

I don't think baby pics would work sad Sydney Tuna is as far as we've ever been able to discover unique and he now looks a fair bit more tatty well loved and older than he did when he arrived, so I don't think they'd work. Possibly some "soap opera baby" type ones of a bonnet viewed peeking out of a blanket or something, but not actual ones of Sydney. We're not really a dolly house, we hardly have any and the ones we have tend to be sadly neglected naked and with only half a tuft of hair, or missing limbs and such - and we haven't got a pram anymore. I can see me ending up roping in half the school yard here for accessories! The problem is keeping it a secret from the DCs! practices furting furtively

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 11:42:42

We're in Classics!! <peers round nervously>

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 11:44:58

Could you put a baby bonnet on and big dummy in front of Sydney, to obscure him a bit. Fluffy blanket in front.

Do you have an iPhone? Take a pic with Hipstatic app (or whatever it is called) so it looks old

mamaGool Fri 30-Sep-11 11:46:24

This just gets better & better. Can't wait for wedding pics!

OTheHugeWerewolef Fri 30-Sep-11 12:00:04
PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 12:04:50

<overawed at hallowed ground of Classics>
I don't have an iphone - I think there are some nifty online photo editing things about though - I shall get the pics first could be monday when they're all at school and I have plenty of time to do it right and then see what I can find... oddly, thinking about wedding pics has made me notice that my roses are gone <narrows eyes> There's been a bunch of yellow silk roses in "nanna's vase" on the window ledge since DD was born, and they are not there now.... I have no IDEA when they vanished though, they were just always there, and now they aren't and I don't know where they went... it's a mystery!
I shall trot over the road to my lovely neighbour when I do the pics, and ask her if she can spare a few of her lovely flowers to be Mrs Ts bouquet grin everything is starting to die back now so I should be able to have a few blooms...

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 12:05:45

ooo Wolef you are clever grin

OTheHugeWerewolef Fri 30-Sep-11 12:09:18

If you put this on a green background it would make a ridiculously cute baby Sydney grin

Or perhaps Sydney's baby sister?

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 12:14:52

Thanks for the job offer, Pidj - unfortunately I have a paid one which I am not doing very well at the moment so I think I had better stick to liking and re-tweeting grin

Ooh, good, MN Towers have decided to put this in Classics!

Am loving the Free Miguel FB page......

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 12:37:50

Has everyone joined and shared www.facebook.con/free.miguel.tuna yet? I've given it a nice easy name to type wink

We're on 20 already shock

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 13:00:29

Can I have a pic of Miguel sometime for the Twitter account? Maybe in the jungle?

Lulabelle Fri 30-Sep-11 13:01:19

I haven't read all of the posts so forgive me if someone has already suggested this but you could try to add some items from the build-a-bear workshop, my kids love it and they have everything. I'm sure there will be something for Mr Tuna.

ps. I LOVE this story grin

pyjamasinbananas Fri 30-Sep-11 13:17:19

Ha I'm following Miguel!! Can I put him in my blog and link to his twitter and fb?

How about getting a passport for Miguel? wink

HaveALittleFaithBaby Fri 30-Sep-11 13:23:50

Shouldn't Miguel have a parrot too seeing as he's a pirate?

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 13:24:41

MmeL, steal them from the fb page - right click -> properties -> C&P the link OR right-click -> save picture and dump it on your desktop, depending on how twitter lets you do it...

pyjamasinbananas Fri 30-Sep-11 13:35:05


Will work on it more later, I'm sure I have a child around here somewhere but have abandoned my own life as this is more interesting

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 13:37:45

pssst pjs.
@michaeltuna is the right twitter name. Great blog post.

PomBear I think you are going to have to dig Miguel out from the wardrobe ask Mabel for some old photos - he needs his own photo on his twitter profile - maybe a blurry closeup due to not having long enough legs to hold the stolen iphone far from his face in the dark prison cell?

@migueltuna, not michael!

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 13:41:38

eek, yes. Sorry. MIGUEL

Friend's dh is Michael, my fingers must type his name automatically.

<<completely off topic>>

pjs - just read your last-but-one blog post. Would your DD like more happyland - I have just tidied all of DD and DS's out of DD's room? It's not been much played with, TBH, so is all in pretty good nick.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 13:43:27

FB'd the blog, pyjamas!! The address is facebook.com/free.miguel.tuna

Is it Miguel or Michael????? confused

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 13:45:56


was a typo

pyjamasinbananas Fri 30-Sep-11 13:46:43

Ooops blog updated to correct twitter!!!

More happyland would be great, if you want to PM me how much you want for it?

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 15:04:11

I think it will take until at least Monday before Mabel can find her old pictures of Miguel and I can get him out of the wardrobe and back in again unseen and hopefully she'll find the wedding pics too I am planning on trundling over the road to "the field" to pose them on a Grassy Knoll hopefully - weather and finding a suitable piece of net curtain for Mabel's veil permitting...

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 15:19:27

But of course - she can't abandon Sydney over the weekend just to look for pictures shock That can wait til he's back at school on Monday! It's sunny, young cattypiddlers need lots of time at the park!

pjs I don't want anything for it - I just want the space back grin - if you PM me your address I will parcel it up when DD isn't looking

pyjamasinbananas Fri 30-Sep-11 16:00:21

Just pm'd you! Thank you (I would do the flowery emoticon but fear being sent to netmums!)

Miguel is completely dominating this week's talk round up grin

pyjamasinbananas Fri 30-Sep-11 16:22:39

Miguel is awesome. I'm slightly dreading Christmas though as then it's all over. He'll be safe with his family but then what's left for us?
<patiently awaits the usernames of mrsmtuna and migueltuna to crop up in the new year>

Incidentally, Pidj, parachute material is on it's way to you. It got forgotten in the normal chaos of getting DC out of the house this morning, but I was passing a post office at lunchtime so I think it should be with you tomorrow.

Blatherskite Fri 30-Sep-11 16:36:52

I've also forgotten to post the helmet. I'll have to do it on Monday now sad

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 16:39:41

Awesome, thank you Stealth! thanks

Incidentally, the thanks emoticon comes from the blanket threads and KnottyLocks and I take complete responsibility for causing the immense amount of fuss required to get it, therefore there will be no netmums exile for anyone who uses one on a thread that I'm on grin

saycheese Fri 30-Sep-11 16:46:26

ive got some camouflaged netting... how about wrapping him in some of that or making him a string vest out of it?

saycheese Fri 30-Sep-11 16:47:43

also im a photographer so if you can send me a picture of him i can edit you some photos? x

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Fri 30-Sep-11 16:59:53

ooooo cheese I think I love you grin
When I get Mabel to find the wedding pics and get Miguel out of the wardrobe long enough to take some pictures I shall get you at least one of each member of the family and you can make whatever you like with them within reason, we don't want anything unsuitable grin He can be Bravely Adventuring in Exotic Climes!
I wanted to do this last time we had Beat Baby staying at our house, "Beat Baby went to the Moon" and "Beat Baby climbed the Empire State Building" and such, but DH wouldn't let me is a party pooper
And the netting sounds lovely too, thankyou [grin[ wil pm you later, DD is hovering so am moving from these pages for now wink

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 17:15:41

I think we need some photoshopped pictures of them on their honeymoon trip around the world.

Perhaps Mabel was a model in a former life? Feel free to steal pics from my fb profile of lovely cars grin

Jux Fri 30-Sep-11 19:02:42

My brother was a skydiver and is very au fait with the finer points of parachutes and the packing thereof. I could ask him for you purple, but I think it's very complicated, and you would be better off adopting the position of "stuff it in any old how".

I am so relieved Mr T is being reunited with his loving family. It will make Xmas for all of us.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 20:01:15

MN facebooked us shock have they retweeted???

Mrsbapandbabies Fri 30-Sep-11 20:22:30

I couldn't put this thread down even to eat my tea! It was well worth the evil looks I got from DH during dinner, love it! x

yes, they have retweeted! Miguel has been tweeting up a storm as wwell

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 20:41:49

Am a bit peeved that Miguel has got more "likes" in a couple of hours that I have for my blog FB page in bloody weeks.


Need more RTing action. Where are the twitterers?

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 21:05:51

MmeLindor, post on MimaPants's wall and I'll do you a shout out grin

purplepidjinawoollytangle Fri 30-Sep-11 21:36:32

Erm, Mme, I meant your blog fb page wink

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 22:09:07

Ah, ok

Miguel is doing well at this social media lark. He has 33 followers already.

pyjamasinbananas Fri 30-Sep-11 22:10:02

I have been out followed by a caterpillar

<sobs quietly whilst rocking backwards and forwards>

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 10:20:33

He has 85 fans on FB!!! And someone's suggested merchandise so that Miguelophiles can recognise each other... Pombear, what's your daughter's favourite charity? grin

dawntigga Sat 01-Oct-11 10:31:48

Erm, The Cub tried to stomp on a caterpillar this morning and I explained that it's a relation to Mr Tuna and that we were trying to free him.

He looked like this hmm cos he's 2.


purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 11:08:09

grin Tigga

Miguel will be liberating Mrs Commandante's negligee later, the story will play out over FB status updates - feel free to tweet!

and thank you for the parachute satin, stealthsquiggle

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sat 01-Oct-11 11:36:11

I don't think she has a particular favourite - I will stealthily try and find out if there's a particular cause dhe prefers or look for a wildlife charity to support the Caterpillar Widows and Orphans maybe
I was toying with the idea of Tshirts myself, when we get the good photos organised wedding pic and Miguel in his finery and suchlike just need the DCs to bog off back to school be out of the way!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 11:46:02

T shirts with a cartoon logo perhaps? I can't do computer drawing but surely all we need is a round face with two eyes a smile and 2 antenna. Then Free Miguel Tuna underneath? Set up a just giving to the charity and pick a price...


Or, on a more serious note This one??

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sat 01-Oct-11 13:40:47

DH is taking the DCs to nanna's house shortly, so I shall have a go at a "logo" type drawing and see what happens. It just occurred to me and I admit this may actually finally be going too far that I am booked for a new tattoo on 14th october and can probably, he already thinks I'm a bit insane get the nice tattooist man to position Miguel strategically in the Big Chair and pose for a pic or two as he gets his tattoo(s) regimental and/or tribute to Mabel then I can embroider them at leisure in time for Christmas What sayeth the Escape Committee?

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 13:53:08

Do it grin and make sure there's a bottle of rum/vodka/whisky in the shot!

Feel free to update Miguel's fb status, btw, I'm kind of winging it at the moment...

savoycabbage Sat 01-Oct-11 14:21:09

Yes, yes, yes to the tattoo photos!

There must be a way you can utilize the MIguel Tuna groupies around the world. We could send you postcards of Miguel's brave adventures. Obviously we would all have to take the same online handwriting course but this seems a small sacrifice.

Now, what day are the 'Free Miguel' t-shirts going to be ready?

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sat 01-Oct-11 14:21:15

I did a really basic cartoon
If anyone else wants a go, feel free - we can pick the best one later on grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sat 01-Oct-11 14:22:11

oops, try that I am crap at this t'internets stuff

LynnCSchreiber Sat 01-Oct-11 14:33:22

I read that as you were going to have a Miguel tattoo done and was impressed by your dedication to the cause.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 14:59:24

More what I had in mind

I do appreciate that it's not my mind that's important here wink

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sat 01-Oct-11 15:08:25

I am not that dedicated MmeL! (Though it wouldn't surprise me if DD got a Sydney one one day when she's older grin )
I am thinking and straining my brain in the heat!
Monday and/or Tuesday, I shall do the basic "portrait" shots and the Wedding Pictures with Miguel and Mabel while the LOs are all safely at school. Then if saycheese can make use of the "portrait" ones and photoshop titivate them up so the exotic backgrounds are clear grin we can put the Wedding Album and Travelogue on to FB and in the Family Album.
Then I shall do some proper research to see about merch Miguel sounds like a rock star now and a charity for any proceeds are people REALLY going to want this stuff? if anyone does want any. Does anyone know about stuff like that and can advise me?
There's no point trying to rush and do everything at once, since he can't actually be liberated until Santa comes - although he could perhaps make his daring escape and be en route for here on feet and desperate when Santa picks him up in the High Pyrenees or somewhere on the way maybe.
When I go to the tattooist I shall smuggle Miguel with me and beg persuade them to pose for those pics, and after that I can do the embroidery.
And at some point in between all this thankfully it is a few weeks until it all HAS to be done! I shall do the uniform and kitbag and assemble/distress all the kit ready.
Then on Christmas morning I can take loads of pics of the Happy Reunion and can post those to FB and finish off the Saga in style and they can all live happily ever after!
Is it sad that I just went upstairs to "potter" while they're all out, and as I passed the wardrobe I said "Don't worry Miguel, it's not for much longer, your ordeal is almost at an end"? blush

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sat 01-Oct-11 15:10:04

That's lovely pidj and is just what I would have done had I been able to work even the most basic software drawing package! grin

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 18:11:32

First decide on a charity.

Then contact them to let them know what's going on.

If they have and online shop, sell through that.

If not, donations to JustGiving/your paypal, and donors need to email you their address.

Then, work out how much it'll cost to print up say 10 t shirts each in S M L and XL. Decide how much to charge. Either you write off the money and donations go straight to charity (JustGiving) or you charge more than the printing price and the profit goes to the charity (paypal). We'll need to know beforehand because it'll affect the marketing...

I'm just pissing about on www.cafepress.co.uk who do custom designs but are both American and quite expensive! There may be an MNer with access to the correct printing facilities, in which case get a job lot from Primark and send them on!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 18:15:36

Ok, $1000 for 50 tshirts is ridiculous! Ditch that idea... <thinking cap>

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 18:23:59

www.vistaprint.co.uk 10 XL, 10 L, 10 M tshirts, 10 cotton bags, 40 stickers comes to £142.98...

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 18:30:40

www.clothes2order.com £69 for 10 each three sizes...

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sat 01-Oct-11 19:12:32

I was thinking of looking at etsy and oh ffs I forgot the name as I started to type but I know where I mean thingy but I think there is actually a place here in town that does tshirts to order and they are pretty reasonably priced iirc. I shall see if I can find them, they had a little advert in the paper fairly recently. I also have a friend who used to run a little business printing shirts at home so shall ask him if he still has whatever it was he used to use to do them with. The advantage of him doing them is that he can make them to order so I don't end up with a large pile of Tshirts left over none of which would fit me
The tattooist got back to me and pronounced me insane but amusing and is perfectly willing to be photographed tattooing Miguel, as long as Miguel has ID to prove he is over 18 of course!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sat 01-Oct-11 19:16:23


Local or a mate is probably best! Supermarket/Primarni tshirts at £2 a pop then free/discount printing. Sell for £8/£10 = nice donation to charity! grin

There is/was a print-on-demand service which MN (MNHQ, I think) used for mugs, T-shirts, etc - basically you upload the logo and people can order it on whatever they want - not sure how the revenue-sharing worked, but it was definitely raising money. There were Lissie's Tea Shop mugs, amongst others (and MN logo ones) but nothing gets printed until someone orders it, and all the ordering is direct with them.

All of which would be more useful if I could find/remember the name of the place - I never ordered anything but recall thinking how neat an idea it was.

As you were - I found and followed some ancient links (blimey I have been on MN for longer than I realised blush) and it would appear that they have gone out of business.

MrsSnaplegs Sat 01-Oct-11 20:56:50

We have a chap who will do t shirts and all other types of merchandise - gostickit.co.uk - his name is Tony and if you mention it's a referral from mrs Snaplegs of the landrover Snaplegs family he will sort you out with a fair price. He will also be able to print on demand and mail direct for individual orders. You will probably be able to ask if he would put a small mark up on price and donate it for you - not sure about that but worth askinggrin

MrsSnaplegs Sat 01-Oct-11 21:40:31

DH has said he'd have a t shirtgrin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sat 01-Oct-11 23:27:56

OOOO I am waiting for my friend getting back to me about cost and if he's willing to set up to do them for me he does still have the gear and can do pink, blue and grey shirts apparently. Looks like one way or another we can get the shirts. I wonder if it would be easier from my pov anyway to get people to make an online donation and just trust them for it/do one of those giving page things so we can see they did it, and do the actual shirt at cost to me/tony the tshirt man/whoever makes them, separately? Then people could decide the amount they donate for themselves, and would know it was going where it should be. Or would people be put off doing two things do you think?

Jux Sun 02-Oct-11 00:45:17

I'd have a t- shirt or two, xl is great for sleeping in.

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sun 02-Oct-11 00:52:19

I will have a definite price on the shirts later in the week - my friend is going to go and price them for me. I think it will be somewhere in the region of £7.50 ish per shirt, not including a charitable donation but including p+p, unless big enough envelopes/mailers turn out to cost a lot more than I think they do... I'll get the actual inches too - last time he did them, they went from weeny kids ones up to either XL or XXL iirc, and they were pretty big grin
Then I can sort out the donating bit - I am torn because I don't want to force people to donate if they'd really rather not, but it is rather the whole point of the exercise... I shall think of something though!

MrsSnaplegs Sun 02-Oct-11 07:14:05

We will have 4 grin plus will donate
One 12-18 months
One 6-7 girl
One female medium
One male XL
I can send you money or paypal
I have a suggestion of a voluntary gardening group that is trying to raise funds for military veterans which We as a family all volunteer for if you haven't found anything more appropriate - they aren't a charity yet so don't have a just giving page but I can pm you there details if you want grin

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sun 02-Oct-11 07:30:09

If the Tshirts themselves cost £7.50 I would suggest a minimum of £12.50 each - a fiver isn't an unreasonable amount to ask, surely?

It's a fundraising exercise, and people will decide to buy based on what the charity is getting (and whether they support that charity, in some cases). I think that if the contribution is voluntary, people will misunderstand and pay the £7.50 assuming that's the total price. Then the charity will end up with less...

dawntigga Sun 02-Oct-11 08:32:42

I want 2
one 3-4 year
one Male XL

Go with a total price.


PontyMython Sun 02-Oct-11 08:39:14

Genius thread, am in hysterics only after page 1 and can't wait to read the rest.

Your DD will go far with her creativity, she sounds such a joy to have around smile

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sun 02-Oct-11 09:30:38

Pombear are you going to let DD in on the social media frenzy? grin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sun 02-Oct-11 10:39:35

It's the setting it up to have the donation included pidj - I can set up a giving page for any charity I like, and that handles everything, and lets people donate by card or by text, and guarantees the money gets to the charity and I can see that someone has donated, so would know if they were fibbing and could do hmm at them (not that I think anyone would, but it's nice to have everything above board, from donors point of view too, they would also be certain that their donation got to the charity). But doing it and including the donation would mean me having to separate it all out, and donate it, and be able to prove it and tbh it looks a bit complicated. Plus, it's not me who the money for the actual shirts ends up with, that is going to my "printing chap" who will make each shirt and get them out to the people as quick as he can. People won't mind will they? if it can all be done online via a Just Giving page and a paypal address?
Tigga and MrsSnaplegs would you be prepared to do it like that, with a donation and a paypal? -I think it really does have to be a "proper" charity though, we can't have any doubt about where the money has gone from the donations - do your gardening people have a webpage or have they been in the local news or anything MrsS?

MrsSnaplegs Sun 02-Oct-11 10:52:19

Have pmd you pomgrin but you now know thatgrin

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Sun 02-Oct-11 10:52:56

Right, have untangled my PMs and my FB and my brain grin and have posted on the FB page about the Ts. Have added the lovely garden people www.shoreleavehaslar.org/
and will just send them the donations all in one fell swoop, meaning people can just pay in one go via paypal. If I paypal to Haslam for the donation, I will have the receipt so can prove it doh,why that didn't occur to me sooner I will never know
MmeL can you put a thingy on twitter about them please?
Once I know which paypal account address it's going to I will pm the people who have ordered already and sort it out. grin

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sun 02-Oct-11 11:05:41

Awesome!! grin

I'm stuck at work today, will try and knock up lacy bloomers tomorrow and take pics

MrsSnaplegs Sun 02-Oct-11 11:23:10

Thanks pomgrin

MrsSnaplegs Sun 02-Oct-11 11:45:49

MmeL I have just retweeted Shoreleave haslars twitter page - we have only just started using it so not a lot on there at present and I don't have the password to tweet from it however we are @shoreleavehasla Couldn't fit the r ongrin

LynnCSchreiber Sun 02-Oct-11 12:24:32

Have tweeted, and sent you a PM with the twitter account details so that you can tweet when I am not about.

Off on a day trip right now.

LynnCSchreiber Sun 02-Oct-11 12:29:41

Actually, I think that you can set up FB/Twitter so that if you post on FB, it automatically posts on Twitter too. I can help wiht that if you need me to, when I get back

MrsSnaplegs Sun 02-Oct-11 13:08:23

If Miguel needs to rehabilitate after his ordeal then I am sure we would welcome him at the gardens as long as he promises not to eat the cabbages grin

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sun 02-Oct-11 13:19:20

Sydney was a caterpillar, sydney was my friend. The last time I saw sydney he was <> this big

purplepidjinawoollytangle Sun 02-Oct-11 13:19:20

Sydney was a caterpillar, sydney was my friend. The last time I saw sydney he was <> this big

MrsSnaplegs Sun 02-Oct-11 13:31:16


purplepidjinawoollytangle Mon 03-Oct-11 09:13:46

MmeL, you do realise that when I call myself a Twit, I mean I'm a twit and have absolutely no idea what to do with twitter? I daren't learn, I'd never be off the damn thing!

Apologies for my absence yesterday, I was at work (12 hour shifts, no computer access, not supposed to use my phone...) I will get sewing shortly as soon as i've sorted the balls up dp has made of resealing the bath

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDawn Thu 06-Oct-11 09:09:20

Thanks to my lovely friend I have obtained a "wedding veil" for Mabel so I can stage the wedding album as soon as I find a suitable setting. I was planning on skulking around the grassy knoll over the road, but it poured down and the whole thing looks more like Glastonbury aftermath than a wedding scene so I will have to think again.

I'm still pondering the shape of the parachute - round, rectangular, or bloomers...

Blatherskite Thu 06-Oct-11 13:44:33

Pssst! I saw Miguel yesterday! He was hiding in a bin full of less hairy caterpillars with only his face peeking out.

I have photos grin

Well show us then! <impatient>

Blatherskite Thu 06-Oct-11 14:02:30

You'll have to wait. DH has hidden the cable so I can't upload them yet unless I send them straight to FB - at which point all of my friends will wonder WTF I'm doing smile


I met one of Miguel's close relations whilst sprinting through Toys R Us to get wrapping paper on the way home the other day. Luckily no-one was in earshot to hear me squeal blush


Apologies for lack of commitment to the cause, I've been job hunting <crosses fingers it might all be over by the end of today>

Ooooh, exciting, Pidj - let us know how it goes.

I found someone madder than you, BTW - present for DD arrived from my SIL (and DB, DNieces) yesterday - SIL has only gone and made DD's favourite doll a complete wardrobe of clothes - knitted jumper, hat, scarf, mittens, plus dress, skirt, top, jeans, more tops, handbag, pyjamas. They are all absolutely beautifully made and I feel completely inadequate.

Wow, that's not barmy it's incredible! What a lovely SIL grin My nana used to knit stuff for my dolls it never fit but i did appreciate it honest but not to that extent grin

Fortunately for the doll in question, DNieces both have identical very similar dolls, who were able to try everything on and keep some of it for themselves so it all fits perfectly - doll has gone into school today modelling a beautiful sundress and a crocheted jumper (well, it is a little chilly). I think DD's teacher will be sick of the sight of doll by the time she has shown off her entire wardrobe grin.

<sneaks in to tell everyone I got the job>


Yea! Well done Pidj

<<guessing Pidj didn't elaborate too much on her involvement in the "free miguel tuna" campaign in interview>>

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDoom Sat 22-Oct-11 14:35:41

HoneyDragon - the little bandana cap just arrived and is perfect grin Thank You so much!
I was going to PM but wasn't sure if you changed your name for Hallowe'en am not au fait with the pm thing and have problems doing it blush

wipeyourpaws Sun 23-Oct-11 08:52:34

Spotted in Sainsburys carpark last night a Smart for 2 car with a beautifully printed poster in rear window ,Free Miguel Tuna ! Bought a huge smile to my face , best friend wanted to know why I was grinning like a loon, cue me then having to enlighten her. She is now going to follow the Tuna family saga too!
Forgot to say this was in Thornhill, South Wales !


PomBearAtTheGatesOfDoom Tue 25-Oct-11 23:35:13

grin next time you spot it, take a photo for the FB page please wipe that is brilliant!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDoom Tue 25-Oct-11 23:42:40

I got so excited at the thought of the poster in the car in Wales that I woke DH up to tell him All About It, and he was very grumpy and not at all suitably impressed by my news and then I realised what time it is, and that DH gets up at 5am for work in the morning blush
He could have pretended to be a bit excited though, and a small wicked part of me thinks it serves him right for the bad taste being dead comments he made before!

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDoom Fri 04-Nov-11 10:09:35

And today I found Marmite Love grin - heart shaped individual portions of Marmite, to go in his rucksack.
It turns out the Miguel is a marmite caterpillar and Mabel is a maple syrup caterpillar and this is why Miguel has worked so tirelessly all this time to end the terrible conflict between the two sides - he and Mabel want to be able to raise Sydney in peace without worrying about their diffrences. (Which I actually thought was very deep of DD and have no idea where she got it from, she's too young to have seen Bosnia or NI on the news confused ) It is all very romantic!

wipeyourpaws Thu 17-Nov-11 12:34:18

Oh Pom, that is brilliant ! I wish I could be in her (your DD) company for a couple of hours, I really admire her imagination smile

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDoom Thu 22-Dec-11 22:11:51

Just to update in case anyone is still with us grin
Today, Miguel got a visit from a Red Cross inspector in his lonely cell and has had all his wounds treated and a bit of a spruce up, and his 'tache attached trimmed and is now all ready for the Great Escape and Homecoming in two days time grin
He is still in the wardrobe because when it came down to it, I couldn't bear to put him under the stairs with everything else in case he was lonely/scared/walked on by wildlife so he will stay in the wardrobe until late saturday afternoon when he will begin his escape by tunnelling down to under the stairs to await Santa... I will take pictures of the Homecoming and Reunion and post them.

I am unreasonably excited about Miguel Tuna's return to his family! Have a lovely day tomorrow Pombear Family.

mogglemoo Sun 25-Dec-11 07:01:55

Merry Christmas,

I know it's early but please can we have an update? Even my husband wants to know! Hope Miguel made it home...

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDoom Sun 25-Dec-11 09:51:29

Miguel was discovered, lurking under the tree, at 4.30am this morning sigh <yawn> and the SQUEEEEEEEEE could be heard in China I swear! The Tuna Family are currently upstairs in DDs room Having A Reunion I'd fnar fnar but Sydney and 14 pandas are in there too and we are having Maple Syrup waffles for breakfast thanks to the supplies Miguel brought with him. I have a couple of photos from when he was just arrived and will get DD to pose the family for some later on when they are not in quite such a frenzy of excitement
Merry Christmas to you all and Thank You to the Miguel Tuna Escape Committee who made all things possible wink You helped make a small girl VERY happy

grin actually, I think it's you and yours who helped make some big mums happy! May she never grow out of her wonderful imagination.

EmpressOfTheSevenSnowflakes Sun 25-Dec-11 13:06:40

Fantastic. grin

HedleyLamarr Sun 25-Dec-11 17:32:18

What a brilliant thread! grin

Arkady Sun 25-Dec-11 21:17:19

Photos! Photos! Pleeeeeease smile

Lonnie Mon 26-Dec-11 18:31:35

Wonderful I was wondering

HoneydragonAteCliffRichard Mon 26-Dec-11 18:37:58

<<sniff>> god bless you caterpillars and god bless everyone

JingleBelleDameSansMerci Mon 26-Dec-11 18:49:46

How did I miss this?! It's wonderful. smile

Wigeon Mon 26-Dec-11 19:04:45

<delurks> - was just wondering what had happened with Miguel and found a thread pointing to your update - horray!


Brilliant! Can't wait to see some photos.

Wigeon Mon 26-Dec-11 19:05:11

Sorry - smile not fsmile

EcoLady Mon 26-Dec-11 19:28:14

Great news. Your DD will have to write all of this down when she's older - no-one will believe her!

SantasStrapon Mon 26-Dec-11 19:38:11

Ahh, that is fantastic, can't wait to see the photos.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Thu 29-Dec-11 21:55:09

Can we have photos soon?????

PomBearAtTheGatesOfDoom Mon 09-Jan-12 12:36:04

Two new family pics
sorry it took so long.

wipeyourpaws Mon 09-Jan-12 15:10:51

Hurrah ! He looks so happy to be back with his family ! Have a wonderful new year !

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Sat 14-Jan-12 00:36:26

Lovely ending grin Thanks, PomBear.

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