Category Archives: Syd and Larry

Syd and Larry – the hairspray conundrum

Syd:  Stop it Larry, please I beg you

Larry:  you knew this would happen Syd – it was always going to come to this.  The day you hid my hairspray you knew it and I knew it.

Syd: please Larry no aaaaaaaaaargh.

Larry: tickle lickle lickle lickle. tickle

Larry:  ickle. tickle.

snake laughing

Syd: Pah ha ha ha ha ha ha aaaaaaaaaargh I can’t stand it Larry please please please it wasn’t me, it was the cherub.

Larry: The cherub got a perm last week Syd.  Where’s the hair spray? (tickle lickle lickle) it’s always you man.  You know that and I know that.

Syd: hee-hee-hee, ah no no no, ok ok ok ok, it’s behind the couch.

Larry:  (sighs) Syd you are really going to have to face up to the fact that I am a good looking lion who assumes his image and that i am serious about my hair maintenance.

grumpy cherub

Grumpy Cherub:  Syd? You know I can hear you from here man.  So can flipper.  We’re devastated man.

Syd: Sorry Cherub, sorry Flipper.

Larry: Hey Cherub!  Love the new perm.

Grumpy Cherub: thanks Larry, looking good yourself.

Flipper: eeee, eeee, eeee.

Larry: thanks Flip.

Flipper: eeee

Syd and Larry

The story of Syd the snake and Larry the lion.

I can’t help imagining this type of conversation everytime I walk past these guys – see below for the real history bit.

Larry:   I swear to god Syd, I told you the last time that the next time you eat one of my organic pizzas from the fridge which are CLEARLY labeled “for Larry the Lion”, I was gonna get serious on your ass

Syd:   man, sorry Larry dude, but I was so hungry and I forgot to go to the shop yesterday.  please don’t eat me Larry.

Larry:   Syd, I am tempted to eat you right here right now


Syd:   Larry, what can i do to make it up to you?  you and me are like bffs dude, I wouldn’t do anything to hurt you.

Larry:   Syd, seriously I have had enough, we’re stuck together like this and you can’t even respect a few rules.  you even stole my special-for-blonds shampoo last week, and you don’t even have any hair man!

Syd:   Larry, goddamit you know I’m sensitive about my hair man.

Larry:   jesus sorry Syd I shouldn’t have brought that up

Syd:    just eat me Larry, life’s not worth living anyway

Larry:   aw, Syd don’t get all passive agressive on me, take it like a man.  or a snake. or whatever.

the history bit

There are 150 floods recorded as having happened to the town of Grenoble, 80 of which happened between the years of 1600 and 1860.   Having two rivers (Drac and Isere) joining in the town, the town fell victim frequently to the ravages of flooding.

The people of Grenoble (Grenoblois) had to rebuild their bridges many times.  Victor Sappey created this fountain in 1843 to celebrate the fact that they created dams (digues) to protect the town and finally beaten the serpent/dragon.

According to wikipedia, previously the rivers were called the snake and the dragon.  The Isere was the snake, as it’s meanders look like a snake.  The Drac was a dragon, due to it’s savage force.

In this fountain, the lion represents the town and the snake represents the naughty river(s).

Floods remain one of the main natural risks to Grenoble to this day.

some links with more detail: all in french!