Welcome to the first, but hopefully not last, annual Bear Awards. We decided that if the Queen can have a New Year’s Honours List then we don’t see why we cannot have a New Year’s Bear List. The General Idea is to give some recognition to the people who have given us something during the last twelve months. They could have made us laugh, astonished us with facts, entertained us with a film – the scope of the Bear Awards is wide-ranging.
The Save The Renault Bears site is to close. It has become a victim of its own success and is now targeted by spammers and hackers trying to attack our site. As recently as October this year, we only attracted 20 attacks on the blog, last month it was up to 68 while so far this month 272 attacks have been targeted at us in an attempt to bring chaos to our little Bear community.
We have told the story before of how Granny, to avoid getting her own bin dirty, walks down the road and places her household waste in the council bins near the shops. However, during the recent cold spell, surely she wouldn’t continue in this vein? Surely she wouldn’t risk life and limp on the ice just to avoid getting her own bin dirty?
The Bears would like to offer their congratulations to the England cricket team for retaining the Ashes for the first time in 24 years. Not only that, but they did it with a match to spare and by the massive margin of an innings and 157 runs. That is England’s biggest victory against Australia since 1956 and was well deserved in a match they dominated.
We would like to apologise to all our dedicated Bear fans for the Blog being off-line for a long period yesterday. Our account was suspended by our hosting company because the amount of traffic the blog is attracting is causing the server that hosts our site to become overloaded. We have removed an erroneous plugin, which may have been responsible, and installed a cache plugin which should reduce the load placed on our host’s server.
On the 1st January we will be launching our new improved Bear Blog. The new blog is specially developed to show you the world through the eyes of a Bear. Bears can only see in black and white and it is thought they can also recognise the colour yellow. With that in mind, our new theme is based on these three colours.
Razzi’s namesake at the cricket, third umpire Marais Erasmus, was causing mayhem during the second day of the fourth test last night. He controversially gave Kevin Peterson not out following an appeal for the England batsman being caught behind which resulted in Aussie captain Ricky Ponting being fined 40% of his match fee for arguing with the on-field umpire. He then saved Matt Prior from being out because he spotted it was from a no-ball and saved another England batsman from being run out. Well done Mr Erasmus you are playing a blinder!
The Bears had a great Christmas day yesterday, mostly relaxing and eating their Crimbo din-dins before spending the evening relaxing in front of the telly. There was even some Bondi Rescue on Sky so they could watch one of their favourite programmes too. Razzi was pleased because The Royle Family Christmas Special was on and it gave him the chance to let go with his infamous “my arse” saying every time he felt like. He is a funny Bear.
We have said on previous years, that Christmas is never Christmas at the Bear Sanctuary unless we get to watch The Snowman. Every year we like to sit down and enjoy the story by Raymond Briggs but, because it is getting quite old these days, it never seems to feature on the Christmas telly lists anymore.