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Shambo (according to my sis when she was 3)

A rag doll-like, children's literary character created by Florence Kate Upton in the late 19th century. The Golliwog was inspired by a blackface minstrel doll. At one point very popular in Europe and in recent years has become a collector's item.

Much loved as a cuddly child's toy up till the 1980's. Problem was that the politically correct brigade argued it should be retired as a relic of an earlier time when racism against black people was blatant.

Frankly the complaints were a load of bollocks and the Golly remains a much loved symbol of some peoples' childhoods - especially since British jam manufacturer James Robertson & Sons used a Golliwog called Golly as its mascot from 1910 onwards. (see piccy)

Unfortunately, Gollywogs are now persona non grata. Even referring to one is likely to have Henrietta and Toby choking on their Sauvignon and you'll be instantly elevated to the pantheon of Nazidom and never be invited 'round for cheese & nibbles ever again. Don't even try selling one or displaying it in a public place, as the full weight of the law will come crashing 'round your institutionally racist arse.

A jolly good rant. Even Golly gets a mention.

May be the final nail in the coffin of the public career of Carol Thatcher, who dared to use the word after a few free drinks at the BBC.