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Penne

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • DOB - 11/00

  • VITAL STATS - 12" x 4.5" x 5" -310g

  • LOCATION - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • INTERESTS - Reading, Politics, White-water rafting, Kendo

  • MUSIC - Ricky Martin, Alice Cooper, Rimsky Korsakov

  • FAV SONG - I Don't Wanna Rock DJ - Robbie Williams

 

Penne was sent off to Rotterdam on the 22nd of February, 2001. She has gone to stay with Gerard and Angelique Peet and their two daughters Juliette (7 at the time) and Suzanne (8 at the time).
Gerard was a member of Rotterdam City Council and Rotterdam (along with Porto, Portugal) was 2001's Cultural Capital of Europe.
Gerard has been collecting penguin paraphernalia for more than 20 years and published the Concise Rotterdam Penguin Encyclopedia in 2003 (sold out). The book documents all types of penguins from fact and fiction.
Penne has been resting for some years but is keen on starting out for new adventures. Her skin is peeling of slightly, but being over 10 years old that should be no surprise. It won’t hold her back though!

 

Penne's Gallery 1

 

Penne's Gallery 2

 

Email Correspondence

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: Guy Wooles
Subject: Paper penguins to Rotterdam?
Date: Thursday, February 01, 2001 7:37 PM

Dear Guy,
Strolling the internet I stumbled upon your site as the third arts-project dealing with penguins traveling the world, but the project I would like to get involved in somehow.
My question to you is: what do I have to do to make you send me a penguin?
It is clear to me that you want me to report the adventures here to you and I am quite prepared to do that.
Should I also send you Rotterdam newspapers to make one? Could it be namend Juliette? Why do I ask you this.
First, I really like the idea. But I have more opportunity-related-reasons:
1. I have been collecting penguin-stuff for the past 20 years or so and have always dreamt of making the complete book-of-penguins. I have now started to do precisely that. The working title of the book is The Concise Rotterdam Penguin Encyclopedia. Part of the book will be natural and other history of the 'real' penguin. The rest will really be an encyclopedia with (at present) some 70 entries (Monthy Python's penguins, If......, Fleetwood Mac, Batman, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Opus, Pingu, Penguin Publishers, Dance, Music, Poetry, Songs, Maori legend, etc.etc.) and Art will be a major issue. The three traveling penguin projects I know will be included under the entry "World travelers". And I would like to include your penguisn in there as well, preferably with a photograph of her in a typical Rotterdam location (it is after all a Rotterdam Penguin Encyclopedia). I hope to be able to publish the book in March or April 2002.
2. I am a member of the Rotterdam City Council (and did so with an environmentalist background). Rotterdam is this year's Cultural Capital of Europe (together with Porto in Portugal). One of the Cultural Capital activities will be that members of the City Council will choose a piece of art from their own house (collection is too heavy a word for us simple politicians) that will be put together in an exhibition in the City Hall. I would love to be able to put your paper penguin in that exposition; that would provide a beautiful story in Rotterdam but also for your project (and who knows, your project might then benefit from it again).
Would you be willing to go along with this?
What would be your conditions?
I look foward to hearing from you (or better, I hope to be hearing from you),
best regards,
Gerard Peet

PS I am serious! Why Juliette? That's the name of my seven year old daughter.

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: Guy
Subject: Paper penguins to Rotterdam? ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Date: Monday, February 05, 2001 9:12 PM

Dear Guy,
In addition to my e-mail dated 1 February, I can already add the following.
1. I have been in touch with a French group that also sends their penguins around the world, and they are willing to come to Rotterdam (with some conditions that I have to sort out). Wouldn't it be nice to have your paper penguin meet those?
Other adventures your paper penguin could get involved in are: -the opening of an exhibition in our Natural History Museum about the collections of a major penguin-fanatic and author in the Netherlands (he collects more than just penguins, he's also interested in dodo's among other things) -the opening of the brand-new penguin enclosure in our zoo.
Anyway, your paper penguin wouldn't get bored over here.
Look forward to your reaction,
best regards,
Gerard Peet

From: "Guy"
To: "Gerard Peet"
Subject: Paper Penguins in Rotterdam
Date: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 10:17 PM

Dear Gerard,
Thanks for your e-mails. It's nice to get responses from people who already have an idea of what to do with one of my feathered children.
Yes, it would be great to have a penguin in Rotterdam and to have her do all the things you wrote of in your messages. I have a young penguin here who has put her wing up to go and visit you. Her name is Penne (Penny) and she is 12 inches tall. If you like you can call her Penne-Juliette, she says she doesn't mind.
Strangely I don't have any penguins in Europe so it would be great to have her go to Europe's Cultural Capital City. If you could send me your full address then I will endeavour to have her packed and ready to go within the next week or so.
Have you heard of the song "Penguins" by Lyle Lovett? I've added the lyrics just in case you would like them for your Concise Rotterdam Penguin Encyclopaedia.
I hope you enjoy your paper penguin visitor and look after her well - they're an extremely rare breed! I'll speak to you soon
All the best
Guy
PS what other penguin travellers do you know of?

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'Guy'"
Subject: RE: Paper Penguins in Rotterdam
Date: Wednesday, February 07, 2001 2:01 PM

Dear Guy,

You made my day! Thanks for your reaction and for being prepared to sending a penguin to me. If her name is Penne, then her name is Penne and I'll find another one somewhere for Juliette.
My address:
Gerard Peet
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The other traveling penguins.
The first I found were in a book called Joe and Sally, a long way from home by Willy Puchner, published by Penguin books (of course)
The third I found (you came second) were penguins from France: www.arobask.com/ping
I have already established contact with them and if all goes well they will be coming to Rotterdam too.
I still have to find a way to contact mr. Puchner and Joe and Sally, but will do so.

Since I came up with the title for my book (Concise Rotterdam Penguin Encyclopedia) things have turned around: the title forces itself upon the contents of the book. It is, of course, the addition of Rotterdam in the title that has made me think of how I can make that title come through. Things may develop into a wider project called "Penguin Village" now that is a stand-alone project with the travelling penguins, but that will get a proper report in the book.
"Penguin Village", of course, stands for Rotterdam. I did not invent that. Two weeks ago the Cultural Capital of Europe got its official kick-off (with our queen present). Part of the programme was a jazz-band brought together especially for the Cultural Capital of Europe events. The second number they played was called "Penguin Village".
In the project "Penguin village" I want to try to bring together travelling penguins (the three you now know of) and the Rotterdam penguins. Hence the combination with the zoo and the Natural History Museum. The music. And some new penguin works of art of local artists that are being made now (one of them also being a member of the city council). Plus a work of art in the sculpture garden of our big art museum (a group of sculptures with Athena in the centre surrounded by, amongst others, three penguins).
I do now know yet how it will turn out and whether it will really come about. But i'm going to try.
I did not know Lyle Lovett's song; thanks for sending me the lyrics and it will be in!
Did you know Frank Zappa did a song too: Penguin in Bondage (album Roxy & Elsewhere) and Cab Calloway: Penguin Swing (on a CD in the series Archives of Jazz)
Best regards, and I'll have a room ready for Penne,
Gerard Peet
PS I'll keep you posted on the progress of things. And if Pinguin Village really develops into something I'll see whether it might be useful for you to come over briefly (if I can organize the money for that) (and if you would like to of course).

From: "Guy"
To: "J.G.M. Peet"
Subject: Re: While waiting for Penne, questions, questions
Date: Thursday, February 08, 2001 11:57 PM

Dear Gerard,
It's great to hear that your children are looking forward to meeting Penne.
Unfortunately I don't know Nick Park. I contacted Aardman regarding sponsorship and funding and the managing director's PA contacted me about their trip to the South Pole. So I haven't actually met either of them. I hope that I will some day. I'm not even sure that I should be mentioning the names Aardman or Nick Park on my site because I haven't been given permission to! Oops! I do however have some recollection of penguins in the ads he did for British Gas.
As to Ted Brattstrom, I'm sure he wouldn't mind you contacting him. It might be best contacting him through his website. The address should be on the links page of my site. I can't remember it at the moment but this is how I contacted him in the beginning.
Why did I choose penguins?
Well it all started as another project that I had in mind in University. This project involved larger animals, such as lions, to be made using a frame skeleton of some sort and then covered with mud and leaves to be sited within a forest. People exploring the forest would come across a pride of lions sculpted out of mud and leaves in the middle of nowhere. This group would eventually decay through the passing of time. I tried many materials to make the initial skeleton but by far the best was newspaper tightly rolled into 'sticks' that could be easily bent into shape (the material had to be biodegradable).
To get used to working with this material I started making penguin skeletons because they are small and simple (simplicity has always been important to my work). The problem was that I had difficulty keeping them to a uniform size so I made a solid one as a guide out of rolled and sculpted newspaper and sellotape. And, as they say, the rest is history. It's been the best decision that I've made in a long, long time. Since then I've come to love and be fascinated by penguins.
One of my friends believes that there was some subconscious reason for my choosing penguins and I'm sure she's right. Kismet, I reckon (but without Howard Keel!).
Take care of yourself and your family and feel free to ask any more questions.
I'll speak to you soon.
Guy
PS Yes, I have thought about turning this into a book but I think there's a lot more material to gather before then. Cheers.

From: "Guy"
To: "Gerard Peet"
Subject: Penne
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2001 11:46 PM

Gerard,
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten, I've just been going through a period of laziness. I hope to send Penne off this week. I just need to make her travelling hat!
Speak to you soon
Guy

From: "Guy"
To: "Gerard Peet"
Subject: Incoming
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2001 11:03 PM

Dear Gerard,
Good news, I finally got round to making Penne's travelling suit and I posted her off today. So hopefully she should be with you in a few days. I didn't get the chance to photograph her in her travelling outfit so if you have a spare shot in your camera could you take a picture of her before you take her outfit off.
Let me know when she arrives.
Speak to you soon
Guy

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'Guy'"
Subject: There will be a welcoming committee and cheers RE: Incoming
Date: Friday, February 23, 2001 8:04 AM

Dear Guy,
We're looking forward to her arrival. And do I have plans for her! But whether these plans will all work out? You'll see. If all goes well she'll meet the penguins from France (www.arobask.com/ping) sometime in June/July; they have agreed to come, but I have to sort out traveling costs.
You'll hear from us!
Best regards,
Gerard

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'Guy'"
Subject: safe and sound arrival
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 7:25 PM

Dear Guy,
Penne has arrived this evening, just as we were having our deserts. I did manage to photograph the mailman when he handed her over, but that confused the mailman and he was adament that he did not want to go on the internet.
Once the picture is ready I'll mail it to you anyway, but beware; don't put him on the internet in a way that he can be recognized.
Juliette, my youngest daughter (7), immediately took possession of this new arrival in our family: she fed her some mango (but I am not sure whether Penne appreciated that) and made her a nice and warm bed.
We had to make a schedule where Penne sleeps the coming days; tomorrow in Juliette's room, the day after that in Suzanne's room (8).
As the trip was rather exhausting and given the time-difference Penne's now sound asleep. Tomorrow she'll meet the other penguin artifacts in our house. And as soon as there are digitalized pictures, I'll send them.
Thanks for sending her over and allowing her to stay here.
I'll do our best to make it worth while.
Best regards,
Gerard Peet

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "Guy"
Subject: Penne
Date: Friday, March 09, 2001 8:49 AM

Dear Guy,
Penne is doing well but had quite a busy week.
First a day to school with Juliette, then to a violin lesson, again with Juliette, and then Suzanne had to take her to school too of course. Yes, you made something that children get wild about; the education bit has not been too well developed (yet?) over here in Rotterdam. Attached are the first pictures.
One with the mailman delivering Penne (but do not use that one on your site as the mailman was unpleasantly surprised when this photo was taken).
One with Penne still in her traveling things.
One with Penne looking at some of the works of penguin art I have in my house (on the left is a poster from a bank used for advertising about saving; in Dutch the word for saving money is the same as for collecting things).
The last one is Penne with Juliette (the little girl in the middle) at school with her teacher.
The next plans for Penne are to go our zoo's new penguin enclosure to check it out before the resident penguins arrive there, and then she will perform at the big art-exhibition of city-councillor's art in the city hall. Yet, I do not know when that's going to happen. But I'll keep you posted.
Best regards,
Gerard Peet
PS As I do not have my own scanner I had to have someone make them for me and the resolution may not be too ideal. I could send the photographs to you so you can improve on that, but need your address to do that.

From: Guy
To: Everyone
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 3:30 PM
Subject: New address

Hi guys,
Just a quick note to let you know (remind you of) my alternative address.
guywooles@hotmail.com
I will be leaving Cardiff on the 30th of March and flying on the 2nd of April.
Take care of yourselves and I'll see you later in the year.
Love
Guy
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From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'paperpenguins@hotmail.com'"
Subject: questions, questions
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 12:31:28 +0200

Dear Guy,
First of all: I hope you have a great trip, but it must be with countries like that to visit.
I am writing you now hoping that you might help me with the encyclopedia. News about Penne (she says hello and is doing well; I am preparing a visit to the new penguin enclosure in the zoo, but cannot do much because of the foot and mouth disease problems: our zoo found itself faced with the option that, if foot and mouth disease is found close to the zoo, they have to kill more than 100 of their animals: European law forces them to do that than and the same European law prohibits vaccination of the animals. They are fighting that and it looks like the European Union will allow them to vaccinate after all. Still, they have other worries now than facilitating a visit by Penny) will come separately, including a brief foot and mouth disease report.
For the encyclopedia I am struggling with three questions that you might help me solve.
1. When in Australia, could you try to find out whether there are words for penguin in any of the aboriginal languages? And whether they play any role in Aboriginal culture?
2. When in New Zealand could you do the same as to the Maori culture? I am aware of at least one Maori traditional story about a penguin and an albatros, but have not been able to find that story anywhere.
3. When in New Zealand could you buy a book for me called: 'The Wreck of the Penguin' and could you mail it to me? It is an expensive book, I know that, but will pay it back to you (of course).
Best regards, and have fun,
Gerard Peet

From: "Guy Wooles"
To: "J.G.M. Peet"
Subject: Re: questions, questions

Dear Gerard,
Just a quick note to let you know that I got your message and I will do my best to find out what you want to know and I will look for that book for you as well.
Oz is great but Sydney is a little cold at the moment so I'm about to book a diving course up in Cairns. The temperature seems to be a little more to my liking up there though I shouldn't think I'll be seeing too many penguins!
I will mail you with a more detailed version of my trip so far when I get a bit more time or when it's raining!
Take care and give my love to the kids.
I hope Penne is behaving herself.
Guy

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'paperpenguins@hotmail.com'"
Subject: Penne's adventures
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001

Dear Guy,
I hope your trip is still going well; where are you now?
As for Penne, she's finally made it to the new penguin enclosure in our zoo; two days ago she was allowed to inspect the premises ahead of the arrival of the new penguins from America. Penne was impressed. Photographs will follow. Some weeks ago she went to visit two local artists working on penguin works of art for my collection. Again, photographs will follow.
Penne has now left my house and will stay at the city hall for a couple of weeks to look after a painting ("Penguins in Rotterdam") that will be on exhibition there for a couple of weeks together with works of art from the 'collections' of members of the city council. The exhibition will open 14 June and I will keep you informed on that one. It is all part of Rotterdam being the Cultural Capital of Europe this year (together with Porto in Portugal).
Best regards,
Gerard Peet

 

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'paperpenguins@hotmail.com'"
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001

Dear Guy,
Attached is an official press release (in Dutch; all you need is to find a Dutch-speaking person to translate it for you) by the City of Rotterdam announcing the exhibition of pieces of art from the collections of city councillors. You're in it.
Best regards,
Gerard Peet

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'paperpenguins@hotmail.com'"
Subject: penguins at an exhibition (Penne sort of gets to like Moussorgski)
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 16:39:16 +0200

Dear Guy,
Yesterday was the day: Penne moved temporarely to the City Hall to supervise an exhibition of art from the collections of Rotterdam's city Councillors (the first half of them that is).

Penne was given a special refrigerated supervision-cubicle (a round cubicle).

The second picture shows more of the exposition and Penne's position in it.

Yes, Penne has gotten a real taste for Europes Cultural Capitol's activities now. If all goes well she will get a visit from 220 French penguins later this month.
Best regards,
I hope your trip is going well and that you'll be able to update your web-pages again (did Penne's brother really reach the North Pole, I'm dying to find out!),
Gerard Peet

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'paperpenguins@hotmail.com'"
Subject: penne got visitors
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001

Dear Guy,
Attached some more photographs of Penne stay at the city hall. On June 25 she got visitors from France (www.arobask.com/ping):
Best regards,
Gerard Peet

From: "Guy Wooles"
To: J G M Peet
Subject: NZ penguins
Date: 14th August 2001

Hi Gerard,
How are you and Penne doing? I hope you are well and staying out of trouble.
Just thought I'd send you an update to let you know that I am still alive. I am currently in Oamaru staying with Dave Houston. I've been here for quite a while now (off and on) so I hope he doesn't get sick of me! It's been good to see Dennis again also.
I've been to Moeraki to see the boulders and to the lighthouse to see Janice Jones who looks after all the sick penguins. One of her old patients, a yellow-eyed penguin called Inca, still comes to visit her in the hope that she'll give him some food? The blue penguins at Oamaru haven't been turning up for their fans due to a bad storm a few weeks ago. It looks like the storm forced their food-source out to sea so they had to follow. The nests here should be full of fat penguins on eggs, but they're not. They've only just started returning now after an absence of approximately 17 days! But every time I go down to see them none come in - everyone down there thinks that I'm a jinx! The funny thing is that I've seen quite a few rare yellow-eyed penguins but hardly any common blue penguins.
I'm going down to Dunedin in the next few days and then on to Invercargill and eventually round to Milford Sound. I've already met the people at the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust and they now have a paper penguin all of their own called Herbie. Hopefully I'll get them to take me down to the reserves.
I've already done Australia. I did the south-east and the east coast and then flew to Darwin and came down through the Northern Territories and central Australia to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. So I managed to do quite a bit but unfortunately I didn't get to the west coast - that's another trip!
Anyway, I hope you are looking after yourself and Penne and, of course your kids. Is it school holiday at the moment? What plans do you have? I've asked Dave about penguins and Maori legend but he doesn't seem to recall any. I think that they were just a food source!
Take care of yourself,
speak to you later
Guy
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From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'Guy Wooles'"
Subject: RE: NZ penguins
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001

Hello Guy,
It was nice to hear from you and to hear you seem to be doing well and exploring the penguins of this world. It reminds me of my own visit to New Zealand AND the YEP's at McGrouther's farm back in 1988 (at that time I was Friends of the Earth's representative at the International Whaling Comission's meeting in Auckland that year and we took the opportuinity to see whlaes at Kaikoura and YEP's near Dunedin). Have you been there? Do you still have to collect the key at McGrouther's farm, or have things changed since?
I am sorry to hear that you have not been able to dig up the Maori story on penguins (yet?). What I found so far is in the book "Penguins" by John Love; the story is supposed to be about Taroa the albatross and Tawaki the penguin who were always bickering as to who was the better at flying and fishing. This dispute was settled by Tane Mahuta who gave the albatross its giant wing to sail the ocean winds searching for food, and the penguin its wings perfect for flying under water searching for food.
Have you been bale to find the book about the ship the Penguin (and the sinking of this ship)?
From your e-mail I cannot fathom whether you received my e-mails about Penny's adventures so far.
In short.
She has been checking out the new penguin enclosure at our zoo before the arrival of the other penguins that would live there. And she has been part of an exhbition of art from collections of city councillors in Rotterdam's city hall (you were even mentioned in the official press release on that exhibition). At that exhibition she had a visit of 220 French traveling penguins (www.arobask.com/ping). And right now she sitting on my desk.
If you did't get the e-mails, please let me know and I'll send them again (together with the pictures).
I am steadily working on my encyclopedia but have had to postpone the publication date. The text could easily be ready on time, but getting all the necessary illustrations will take a lot of time (and, of course, finding some sponsors/funding). I am trying to have my work finished by March/April next year. For commercial reasons (Christmas!) a publication date in October November 2002 would seem to be the best now. But the book is developing really well.
The last things I found were:
-a photograph of Shackleton skinning a penguin before cooking it, and
-the source of the first published illustration of a penguin fossil (150 years ago!).
And just today I found a new children's book with a nice poem on penguins.
My plans?
Apart from getting back to work after these holidays (the kids are going back to school 4 September; until then I have to be there for them as their mother has real work) I have this vague plan on a penguin thing in which you could figure as well (given your educational ambitions).
Rotterdam has just more or less opened a children's art center (called Villa Zebra) )more or less as this institution is in constant financial problems, but I try to help as much as I can as a city councillor). This Villa Zebra is located very close to or between the most important museums of Rotterdam. At Villa Zebra I would like to do a big penguin project with penguin art, penguin poetry, penguin films, etc. All for children of course. If all goes well I will discuss concepts with the initiator of Villa Zebra in September (in fact I made a vague appointment with her just today). Your project would fit in nicely I think. But as soon as I know more, I'll contact you about that.
What are your plans? When will you be back to update your site? Do you have any other destinations on this trip? Quito/Ecuador by any chance (if so; you could help me by finding something there as well)?
I hope you will enjoy the rest of your trip as much as you appear to have so far. Take care in those far way countries and bon voyage for the rest!
Best regards,
Gerard Peet

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'Guy Wooles'"
Subject: RE: NZ penguins
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001

Dear Guy,
Penne made it to local television fame this week: on 19 September there was a brief 'documentary' on the exhibition Penne supervised from her glass cublicle. When interviewed, the organizer of this exhibition (an artist himself who has made a penguin piece of art for me as well), explained that Penne was one of his favourite pieces at the exhibition. I am trying to organize a video tape of it for you.
Best regards,
Gerard Peet

From: Guy Wooles
To: J G M Peet
Subject: Back in the UK
Date: 7th November 2001

Hi all,
Just a quick note to let you all know that I am back in Wales, safe and sound.
I will soon be updating the website slowly but will try and get images up before everything else - I know a lot of you are dying to see the North Pole images from Jamie Morison, and they are cool.
I do apologise for not doing this alot sooner but unfortunately all the plans I made before I went away went down the toilet and I had to buy a new computer when I returned.
Please send any updates to this address guy@wooles.freeserve.co.uk
If there is anything anyone would like to see on the site then please don't be afraid to ask.
I do have a picture of the first paper penguin, Dennis, at home in Oamaru, New Zealand, and a picture of Dave Houston being cuddled by a giant penguin!
If anyone is planning a trip to Australia or, especially New Zealand, then I can give you some ideas or tips on places to go and see.
In the meantime here's a sample of the beauty of New Zealand.
Hope everyone is well and that all the penguins are behaving themselves. I can't wait to hear what they've been up to.
Take care and speak to you soon
Love
Guy
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From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'Guy Wooles'"
Subject: RE: Back in the UK
Date: Wednesday 07 November 2001

Guy,
Welcome home,
Gerard Peet

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: "'Guy Wooles'"
Subject: RE: Back in the UK
Date: Sunday 11 November 2001

Dear Guy,
I guess that, now that you're back, you'll need some time to get in the Welsh mood of things. From what I remember from my New Zealand trip it is definitely different there. Still, your coming back suddenly made me realise that you may have an answer to a question that is making me desperate.
One of your traveling paper penguins is called Tawaki. WHY? I am looking for a maori legend about taroa the albatross and tawaki the penguin. Did you have that legend in mind (or just the maori name for one of the penguin species)? And if you have access to the legend (or came across it in New Zealand) could you help me to the text of the story? And a second question. I sent you some stories with pictures about Penne while you were away. Should I send them again or did you get and still have them?
Best regards,
Gerard Peet
PS I am getting e-mails of people I know who are looking forward to an updated site, and I am too. Still, take your time!

From: "J.G.M. Peet"
To: Guy
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2001
Subject: Penne, the first penguin ever to visit the Kuip

Sunday, November 25th 2001: Dutch side Feyenoord could take the lead in the Dutch premier league if it would win at home against Willem II.

39,700 spectators plus one penguin present; making Penne the first ever penguin to visit the Kuip!

Feyenoord did win, 3-1.

PS The Kuip is the loving name given to Feyenoord's stadium, 'Kuip' being Dutch for 'tub'; it was the venue for Euro 2000's final (European Championships football)


FromGuy Wooles

Date19 september 2011

ToGerard Peet

SubjectPaper Penguin Project

  

  


Hope this is finally the correct address!!! So here goes....

Hi Gerard,

Yes, it's me and I'm still alive.

I writing to let you know that I am kick-starting the Paper Penguin project again and I hope it will be bigger and better than before.

If you still have Penne, then that's great. But don't worry if you don't. After all these years I expect Penne to have left home by now.

If you do still have Penne could you update me of ther location and situation. If not then maybe a little information of what you think 'may have happened to her'! All the information I will put on the new look website at www.paperpenguins.co.uk.

I hope you are well and I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers

Guy Wooles

FromGerard Peet

Date20 september 2011

ToGuy Wooles

SubjectRe: Paper Penguin Project

  

Penne Gallery 3

Hi Guy,

It is so nice to hear from you again.

In my memory I have tried to contact you a long time ago when my book was published in 2003.
Its title (in English): concise Rotterdam Penguin Encyclopia.

Penny is in it of course.


If I remember right I tried to get a mailing address so I could mail the book to you; but I think that failed and I am afrain the book never reached you. Is that so? If so, there’s still a book waiting to be sent to you. The last copy.

3000 were printed and the book is all sold out.

My dream was to make an English version (e.g. Penguin’s Concise Penguin Encyclopedia); still a dream.

Penny still lives even though age begins to tell; its skin is starting to peel off.

Life has been quiet for Penne though.

Your mail may send her on new adventures though.

Attached are two recent pictures (one hour ago actually).

All the best,

As soon as Penne has been adventurous again I’ll let you know!

All the best,

Gerard Peet

FromGerard Peet

Date20 september 2011

ToGuy Wooles

SubjectRe: Paper Penguin Project

  

  

PS

I’m actually considering to take her on a trip to Singapore next February/March

FromGuy Wooles

Date21 september 2011

ToGerard Peet

SubjectRe: Paper Penguin Project

  

  

Hi Gerard,
Great to hear from you after all this time.
Good to see the old girl is still alive and well. Just patch her up with Selotape - that should do the trick!
Yes, you did send me a copy of your book. In fact I was looking at it yesterday, though I couldn't understand it! Thank you very much.
Also shocking to know that your little girls are no longer 'little girls'. God, that makes me feel old!
I've updated the website with the new images and information and shall look forward to the 'further adventures of Penne'.
Best wishes to you and Angelique and, of course, the 'little girls'
Guy

FromGerard Peet

Date25 september 2011

ToGuy Wooles

SubjectRE: Paper Penguin Project Penne in Amsterdam

  


Hi Guy,

In celebration of Penne’s new lease of web-life I have taken her on a trip to Amsterdam yesterday where Angélique’s jazz-orchestra (XLJazz) had a concert in the BIM-Huis. Penne tried to get a place in the band but had missed too many rehearsals. She had to endure the concert from the audience.

All the best,

Gerard

 
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