Diary: AMV on the lookout as scalpel-wielding fans attack Brains posters

OK, it's now confession time. The Diary would like to know which of you sad people out there needs to get a life and overcome what would appear to us to be an unhealthy obsession with a bespectacled puppet.

Alarmingly, we fear there may be more than one of you running around town carrying a sharp knife and with an overwhelming urge to fill a vacant space on your bedroom wall.

The target of this bizarre behaviour? None other than Brains, the geek with the Maurice Saatchi glasses from Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds.

No matter that the computer- generated movie of the famous old television series fell as flat as a punctured tyre on Lady Penelope's Rolls-Royce.

("You might have a hard time forgetting its sheer awfulness" was one online reviewer's verdict.) Brains would still appear to have his devotees who will stop at nothing to get a piece of their hero.

So much so, that his image has been cut from some 20 posters across London on which he appears as part of Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's most recent campaign for The Economist.

All the sites have now been re-posted and a sharp eye is being kept on them lest another adventurous fan fancies trying their luck.

Not so much a case of "Thunderbirds are go". More like "Thunderbirds are gone".


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