For years whenever we have gone out in the car for a journey involving motorways, we always liked to play Spot-The-Eddie. For those not in the know, this is a game where the first one to spot an Eddie Stobart truck was the winner. It was a simple game but one that helped pass away the hours as we travelled onward towards our destination. Therefore, it was with much sadness today that we learned that the man who built the Eddie Stobart lorry empire and ran it for more than 30 years has died from heart problems at the age of only 56.
We can’t let a week go by without hearing from the Bard of Salford and one of his poems. His performance poetry is so precise with the way he enunciates every word with twists of emphasis from his rich Mancunian accent. Everything he says is like a comedy routine with his verbal dexterity and comical poetry of everyday absurdity. This poem is entitled Evidently Chickentown and, in a similar vain to Beasley Street, is a small-town classic describing a less than ideal township. As a song, this poem also featured in an episode of The Sopranos…
The Blog was down for some maintenance today as we have changed a few of the plugins we use. We have been using the Hana plugin for our videos for some time but have decided to change over to the WPOSFLV player simply because of the number of configurable settings. Even the colours can be changed to match our theme.
The Bears would like to congratulate Adele for equalling the record set by Madonna of nine weeks at number one in the UK album chart by a female solo artist. Her second album, 21, has now spent the same length of time, nine weeks, as Madonna’s Immaculate Collection did in 1990. To add to her success, Adele’s debut album, 19, remains at number two.
Tens of thousands of people are attending a rally and march in central London today against the government’s spending cuts. Organisers say more than 250,000 people are taking part – more than it had expected. The atmosphere is said to be largely good-natured with marchers setting off from the Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park.
Although it is hard to believe Knut the beloved Bear is gone, we had a smile while looking over some of his photographs. Beginning in early 2007, not long after his birth, they showcase his life in the spotlight and his special friendship with his late keeper, Thomas Doerflein, who died in 2008.
Although the official cause of death is still to be revealed, we have it on good authority that Knut drowned after falling into his pool probably as a cause of a brain seizure although this is also still to be confirmed by the autopsy. The reason for the seizure may never be known even though some are blaming his life in the spotlight and the stress this placed upon him. It is true that the media dominated his shortened life but just how stressful it was to him is open to debate.