Other Rum Doodles
Since its first publication in 1956, the words Rum Doodle and Rumdoodle have been taken by people around the world (many of them fans of the book) and used for a variety of purposes.
There is a sleeping bag called a Rumdoodle, a climbing company, a horse, and even a Rock Band! In fact, the Rum Doodles around the world are multiplying - there's now a pizza restaurant in Canada, a folk duo in Leeds, and even a font! Try googling, or searching on Facebook. Many years ago my father received a copy of a Rum Doodle puzzle, climbing a mountain by means of a two-pronged fork!
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Emma and Gregor set up the well-reviewed Rum Doodle Bed & Breakfast a few years ago, near the shores of Lake Windermere.
They say "we love the book and try to spead the word about it as much as we can... We commissioned a favorite cartoonist of ours to make a sketch of each of the characters, so each room has its own sketch and various knick-knacks appropriate to the character"
I dug up Rum Doodle and made the first reprint of it. I have always been happy that it went on to achieve world wide success. I tried then to get Michael Palin of Monty Python to do something with it but he was busy. Sadly I lost his original letter but I still have a photo copy of it.
I also have the first edition, carefully sliced up for fascimile purposes with new printer's instructions still on in my pencil handwriting.
Geoff Birtles, Dark Peak Publishers, July 4th 2014
Perhaps the most famous use of the word is the Rum Doodle restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal. Established in 1980, the restaurant is known to climbers, walkers and backpackers from all over the world. Behind the bar are wooden boxes with the signatures of hundreds of Everest summiteers, including Sir Edmund Hillary.
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There's a Rumdoodle Ridge on Pike's Peak in the Rockies, USA
The Royal Grammar School in Guildford (where WE Bowman lived for many years) has a flourishing Rum Doodle Society, devoted to climbing in Scotland. Find out more at their website