Blue-haired Malvhina

Great Malvern is a scenic town tucked into the Worcestershire countryside under the protection of Malvern Beacon. Famous for the Water Cure, Malvern still boasts an abundance of natural springs. So much so, that there is a fountain in the centre of town to commemorate the phenomenon.

According to the plaque, the figure in the fountain is Malvhina, a Gaelic princess associated with Malvern’s name. So far away from Malvina, a blue-haired girl in Buratino, the Russian adaptation of Pinocchio.


Here is a statue of Malvina (sans the blue hair) outside the Kiev Puppet Theatre.

I wonder if Aleksei Tolstoy, the author of Buratino, ever sampled the restorative Malvern waters.


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