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"The evening only takes off when Timmy the Angel appears from behind a spangled curtain and progresses through the audience, shaking hands and posing for photographs. His large plastic head is slightly chipped and his quilted gold Lurex wings look as if they might come off is another child tugs at them. Timmy has a limited range of gestures a thumbs-up or outstretched arms to encourage a terrified chld to come forward for a hug. Most of the people who play Timmy are dwarfs from the Philippines " this from an account in the Sunday Telegraph of a temple at the foot of the Ozark mountains, built on the fortune amassed by a man with a gift for "collectible" china figurines. Starting with

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