Just Monkeying Around – the year of the monkey


Guess what… it’s the Year of the Monnkey!

There’s much to look forward this year – the Euro Football Championships, the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and the Queen turning 90 (which means two big celebrations for us!)

But forget all that, I’m most excited with it being The Year of our favourite fury creature. The Chinese new year celebrations will begin on February 8, 2016. I’m not quite sure what all of it means, (if you’re interested there’s more here), but it’s a good excuse to do my favourite thing – shop!

If you’re looking to commemorate the year, here’s eight high street delights for the little monkey in your life..


  1. Toy from JoJo Maman Bebe
  2. Chicco Strike game
  3. Trunki Monkey Toddlepak
  4. Mini Rodini Babygrow
  5. Dolce & Gabbana tee
  6. Paul Frank ‘Only in dreams’ book
  7. Orang-utan shoes, John Lewis
  8. Themed light Gro Egg

Writing this I’ve got the following song in my head – take a read of the lyrics and see if you know what it’s from!? (Answer below)

“Now I’m the king of the swingers
Oh, the jungle VIP
I’ve reached the top and had to stop
And that’s what botherin’ me
I wanna be a man, mancub
And stroll right into town
And be just like the other men
I’m tired of monkeyin’ around!
Oh, oobee doo
I wanna be like you
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you, too
You’ll see it’s true
An ape like me
Can learn to be human too
( Gee, cousin Louie
You’re doin’ real good
Now here’s your part of the deal, cuz
Lay the secret on me of man’s red fire
But I don’t know how to make fire )
Now don’t try to kid me, mancub
I made a deal with you
What I desire is man’s red fire
To make my dream come true
Give me the secret, mancub
Clue me what to do
Give me the power of man’s red flower
So I can be like you
I wanna be like you
I wanna talk like you
Walk like you, too
You’ll see it’s true
Someone like me
Can learn to be
Like someone like me
Can learn to be
Like someone like you
Can learn to be
Like someone like me!”

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AND THE ANSWER IS.. jungle book of course. Classic!