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Gank Genk Gink Gonk Gunk

February 15, 2010
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Hands up who had a gonk? Am I showing my age? What on earth possessed people to

(a) make these ?
(b) buy them ?
(c) collect them ?

I had a few – a turquoise fun fur one, a really ugly brown one that got bullied by the other gonks and my favourite one which was made of pale sugared-almond-pink rabbit fur. Actually it may have been baby kitten fur for all I know as it was handmade by my evil Nana. I had a nice ‘Gran’ and an evil ‘Nana’. It was evil Nana that made me the gonks. I ended up getting quite bored of them and donated them to a really square girl who lived across the road from me called Rosemary. Rosemary had much older parents than mine and was really good. She never got into trouble and only ever wore skirts – and never dressed in anything unless it was static-inducing nylon.

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She was always smiling despite the fact she never came out to play much or join in our mammoth riding up and down the street on our bikes sessions. I once invented a “Secret Spy Club” but didn’t invite her to join because she was too boring and wouldn’t bring biscuits to the meetings which was a proviso for joining. But quietly we were all a bit envious of Rosemary as she had a huuuge gonk collection and that was why we wanted to spy on her. The rumour went that she actually had a human size gonk amongst her 70-proud gonk collection but no one was ever allowed in to see them. Even after Rosemary had finally left home her mother said that she had kept her room as it was complete with full gonk collection. I am surprised she could get in it for all the gonks but there you go.

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I always wondered what happened to Rosemary and her gonks.

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18 Comments
  1. Mondo permalink

    I had a super-soft fluffy pink one – that faded from being left in the window..<br/><br/>Love the sound of the Secret Spy Club – were there codes, passwords and gun-shaped sticks?

  2. Istvanski permalink

    Those Gonks look like novelty tampons.<br/>Just add string.

  3. Anne Bentley permalink

    gonks – wow, that makes the brain ache. I was going to say oh, only my little sister had them but then I remembered that stupid one I had with hanging string legs &amp; felt feet. Damn, bugger the gonks (stupid toilet roll holders) <br/>- I want the story of Rosemary… did she become an occultist, drug dealer, an embezzler

  4. rockmother permalink

    Mr Mondo Bongo – Gonks were so weird weren’t they? Secret Spy Club – I still have a notebook with secret spy notes in it somewhere. Basically you could only come to meetings if you bought sweets and biscuits. You had to have a notebook and pen. I provided binoculars and each of us would select a neighbour to spy on in the flats opposite and take notes. Then we would play ball games/ride up and down on our bikes. We had some sort of a secret code but I can’t remember what it was – it involved adding vowels and scrambling words I think.<br/><br/>Ister – now now…<br/><br/>Anne Bentley – Oh I so want to know what happened to Rosemary too. I know we saw her mother looking a bit confused and cross when she brought a ‘long-haired lout’ home. In hindsight I get the feeling Rosemary rebelled at some point. Love your Rock Moll blog by the way!

  5. Anne Bentley permalink

    Oh Ta rockmother – can you let the blog know too? <br/>http://rock-mole.blogspot.com/<br/>You know, I suspect Rosemary was already a bit of a rebel – why always a smile…?

  6. Arabella permalink

    Oh yes I remember. Unfortunately I also remember the original troll craze that preceded it- the bodies smelled like Playdough.

  7. Anonymous permalink

    chazza said:OMGG. . .thats a blast to the eyes from the past. At every fair my mates and me went even at seaside resorts these funny little things were a prize (the cheek of it…guess they couldnd sell it so had to give it away) on the amusements of hoopler, coconut shyzzzz or golfball hitting targets. <br/><br/>It saved my mates and me aload of money as there was no way we anyone of us wanted to win one.<br/><br/>Squirmals were our chosen furry. . .do you remember them. or Slimmmmmmmm in a tub? lmfo. What amused us in those good old days haaaaaaaa lol xxx

  8. tony permalink

    they Look like My eyeballs This Morning (all 3 of them!)

  9. Momentary Madness permalink

    Never saw a Gonk before until now.<br/>There???s a Rosmary (and many more) in all our lives. I do often wonder where they are what they???re doing. I conclude (sometimes) maybe it???s better we don???t know. But then again. Anyway.<br/>Lovely story.

  10. Istvanski permalink

    Rosemary? I heard she’d been knocked up by Beelzebub.

  11. Scarlett the Heavenly Healer permalink

    Hahaha!!! Yes, I had one. Yes, we are indeed showing our age. As for the last 3-part question, I can only wonder as to what posessed us all!!<br/>Brilliant post. Gonktastic.

  12. rockmother permalink

    Arabellakins – Oh yes – I was a secret troll sniffer – loved them.<br/><br/>Chazza – Um no I don’t remember squirmles but I do remember slime. We used to make farting noises with it!<br/><br/>Tony – ha – all three of them?!<br/><br/>Momodarling – Yes – and thank you<br/><br/>Isterness – ha – !<br/><br/>Scarlett the Heavenly Healer – gonks were ridiculous but funny. I blame the parents!

  13. Anonymous permalink

    chazza said: 0h yeah. . .talkin’ about furry. . .where i grew up as a kiddie. A friend of mine who lived down our road, went to the fair and won a furry. . Could have been a Gonk. Named it after her cat that went missing.<br/><br/>Parents didnt think anything of it. . Girl was convinced it was her cat. . .Yes you guessed!. . .<br/><br/>Its only when it developed a smell and started falling apart. . .the parents realised it was their cat.<br/><br/>Turns out that here was a spad of cats going missing at the same time in the area 6mnths previous. 0ur old Fluffy was one too. . :.-((

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  15. Bock the Robber permalink

    Rosemary’s gonks?<br/><br/>Christ almighty, the mind boggles.

  16. rockmother permalink

    HRH Bockness – Yes – Rosemary and her incredible gonk collection. The mind boggled on many an occasion I am sure!

  17. Anonymous permalink

    By Any Chance Was Rosemary’s Second Name "West" ??

  18. mewmewmew permalink

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