For more than three weeks now I have gone to work on my own. My former partner in crime Razzi seems to have deserted his post and doesn’t come to work with me anymore. I don’t have a clue why or if there is anything wrong with him to explain away his unusual behaviour. He used to love coming to work with me and helping people learn how to drive. Now he just sits in the Bear Sanctuary all day looking rather lethargic with Pooki at his side.
As we all know, our Bears love their Jammy Toast but would you believe there is a Skunk down in Somerset who loves his Bacon Butties — but he has had to be put on a diet. The overweight skunk has been re-homed and put on a strict diet. His name is Mr Bumble and his former owners handed him over to the RSPCA when they realised they could not look after him properly.
Tonight, we are all getting ready to watch the first semi-final of X-factor and so we can’t really think of much to write about. I have asked the Bears for ideas but they are all too busy messing about, making friends with the new Bears, watching the Telly or eating their Jammy Toast. So why don’t we have another Open Night? We haven’t had one for a while.
The New Bear who arrived on Wednesday has decided on a name for himself. He would like to be called Earnhardt because he is a big fan of NASCAR and his hero is Dale Earnhardt Senior who died in a race in 2001. He has woken up since he arrived and is making himself at home now that he has moved into the Bear Sanctuary and given me my bed back.
As I was leaving the house this morning there was a knock on the door. It was the Postman with another parcel in his hands and his usual sheepish grin because he knows what it is. I took the parcel from him and brought it into the Bear Sanctuary for the other Bears to see. We opened the parcel and there was a new Bear. Usually at this point there is a warm welcome and the first of many hello’s, but not this time.
Razzi may think he is great but really there is only one man who can be called “The Greatest”. Muhammad Ali has been in England recently for what will probably be his last visit because of his on-going battle with Parkinson’s Syndrome. It is sad that a man once so powerful in the world of boxing, and a man never lost for a word or two from his razor tongue, is now diminished so painfully by this illness. It is great that he is here, that he made the effort to visit us one last time.
Edward was up late last night with his little paintpot and came up with another alternative colour scheme for the blog. One or two of us are not too sure on whether he hasn’t over-done it slightly with the purple but we didn’t want to hurt his feelings. It does look very nice and refreshing just maybe it does look a little too much like an explosion in a paint factory. Let us know what you think or if you have any suggestions for a colour scheme for Edward to work on.
Razzi is disgusted at Prof Hugh Pennington for his comments concerning young children and animals following the E.coli outbreak. The Professor said that parents should not allow under-fives to touch animals because they are the most likely people to touch animals but the hardest to get to wash their hands.
Another Bear has come to join us today from those wonderful people down at Little-Toy-Lost. Unlike many of the Bears who come to join us this guy actually has a name. He is called “Eccles” after the character from the Goon Show. The original Eccles was created and performed by Spike Milligan, from the 1950s radio comedy series and was sometimes referred to as ‘Mad Dan’ Eccles. He was originally designed as one of the show’s secondary characters, but Eccles became extremely popular and is regarded as epitomising the show’s humour.
All The Bears love German Shepherds and as some of you know we have our own German Shepherd called “Pearl”. Today Razzi came running in to tell us about another German Shepherd who had been involved in a house fire. “Lady”, was found trapped under burning ceiling tiles after the fire at her owner’s home in Cornwall. She suffered severe burns down one side and on her back and is now being treated with special pads impregnated with Manuka Honey.