The Bears were in a thoughtful mood last night. Mainly brought on by two factors, the death of Leslie Nielsen and the end of the year fast approaching – we felt the need to do something. For some time we have felt that, while we have the Heroes of The Bears, we need more scope in our awards. Each year the Queen has a New Year’s Honours List where she rewards people for work they have undertaken either for the greater good or for their communities. We feel like we should do something in a similar fashion.
The Bears were saddened and shocked at hearing of the death yesterday of comic actor Leslie Nielsen. The star of cult films like Airplane and The Naked Gun, died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the age of 84. The Canadian born actor spent 30 years in films as a serious actor before turning his hand to comedy. It was the role of the hapless Dr Rumack in the spoof disaster movie Airplane that turned him into a comic superstar. From the moment the public saw him in Airplane in 1980 his deadpan comedy delivery had him cast as the clown. It was in this role that he became known for the line, “Don’t call me Shirley”.
For the last couple of weeks we have not featured a performance from X Factor because we didn’t think anyone stood out from the others. The Bears continue to think that Matt the Hat is the strongest performer on the show closely followed by Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson. Last night we sat and watched the latest episode and following the first round of songs we thought the same thing – again nobody really stood out with anything like an extra special performance. Then, Matt came on and sang his second song and just blew us all away.
Our Bears are all suffering a little bit at the moment since the latest Test Series started down in Australia. Quite a few of The Bears are fans of cricket and they have been staying up late to watch the match live on Sky Sports. Unfortunately, England have been having a tough time of it during the first Test which means many of the Bears are arguing and throwing cushions at the television. We would just like to apologies to our neighbours for the noises being made through the early hours.
Razzi and I were working late again tonight and so we thought we would make it an Open Night. Just in case you are unfamiliar with our Open Nights, then let me explain. If you visit the blog on an Open Night, then you have to leave a comment behind. It can be on any subject you choose and the more random you make it, usually the funnier we find it. Just chat away with whatever comes into your head or if you are new to the blog just say “Hello”. Anything goes on an Open Night and Random is pretty cool.
Our Bears love very much reading about another Bear. That other Bear is Paddington Bear which is a series of books written by Michael Bond. Each night as our Bears settle down for the night they are always asking me to read them a chapter from one of Paddington’s books. We thought it might be interesting to find out how Paddington came about so we decided to do a little investigating.
It is a good job that Renault Bears do not hibernate because things would get pretty lonely at the Bear Sanctuary around this time of year. The weather is set to take a dramatic turn for the worst and there is even the possibility of snow. The weather-forecasters have said that we are entering a prolonged cold spell which could bring one of the earliest heavy snowfalls since 1993.
Thanks to everyone who emailed and texted us suggestions for names last night. It appears a number of you didn’t like the fact that The Bears went on strike and shut down the blog. However, don’t blame me it was not my idea; The Bears decided on that course of action after the new Bears went un-named. The Bears have said it is not much to ask you all to put your thinking caps on now and again and show a new Bear that they are loved, instead of just ignoring them!
The Bears have all asked me to announce that they are on strike! Yesterday we asked for suggestions of names for the two new Bears and last night we did not get one single suggestion. The Bears accept that it was Saturday night and the X Factor was on but even so they expected to get at least a few suggestions. Now we are left with two new Bears who think that no one is bothered. All the other Bears are now on strike until we have names for the new Bears – and they better be good names too.