Once upon a time the
Ginger Pop Shop was a real shop. It looked up at Corfe
Castle, which may have inspired Kirrin Castle in the
Famous Five books. Although tiny, it stocked the
best range of Enid Blyton books, clever toys without
batteries, ginger beer to blow your head off and
memorabilia of the era, which included WW2. It closed
when the lease was sold.
In the period the
shop was open (2003-2017) the proprietor began to notice
a change in society
• An antagonism
• An aversion to
exposing children to risk
• An assumption that
any discussion about race was de facto racist
• An arrogance that
it was ok to substantially alter Enid Blyton’s text, and
even bring out new titles with her name on the cover,
against her express wishes
• An odious joy in
trashing Enid Blyton’s reputation & cancelling golliwogs
This was the
insidious advance of WOKEness, antagonistic to the
values of the wartime generation.
By 2021 this new
tyranny had taken hold of the UK.
Could Golliwogg, our
war-time hero, push-back against this neo-racist
It was the time to
revive the Ginger Pop Shop!