Like many others, I used to think the Womble anthem proclaimed "Wombles are Wimbles and common are we", whereas it actually runs, "Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we". In fact, though, as recent research in the BBC archives has revealed, the very lyrics we all thought we were hearing, "Wombles are Wimbles and common are we", were initially mooted when the Wombles first appeared, in print, in 1968 (the year, as we all know, of the Paris Commune). Within months, the Home Office, which suspected the Wombles of communist sympathies, threatened thumbscrews in the Tower of London and demanded an anodyne alternative with no mention of Wimbles.
Attentive listeners, however, can still hear the faint strains of the Wombles' revolutionary message running behind the jingle of Wimbledon Common. We are Wombles! We are Wimbles! We are common! We are the many! Whad da we want? Justice for all! When do we want it? Before The Magic Roundabout comes on!
The Wombles pioneered an Autonomous Recycling Collective back in the days before domestic compost heaps were chic. They reclaimed Wimbledon Common for the wombular commune. It stands to reason that they were also staunch champions of the proletariat and the repressed wimble. Viva el Womble!
Womble image shamelessly pilfered from the BBC Womble Image Reservoir.