I wondered if the headline meant Thomas the Tank Engine, that friendly, hard-working little creation of the Reverend W Audry, whose books I read avidly when I was a few years younger than I am now.
I filed away the article for future reference, and that reference point has now arrived. A week or so ago I got an email from Egmont publishing to say they were about to ship to Korea a whole load of boxed sets of Thomas the Tank Engine books, translated into Korean. Was I interested?
Time, the old enemy, got in the way, and I never followed up with a visit to the publishers to have a chat with them. But search for Thomas and Friends in Korean – “토마스와 친구들” – and you’ll find lots of products and videos, indicating the popularity of this character which was in fact a great favourite of my own childhood days.