It looks like we all survived mischief night last night despite the police arresting forty-nine people on Merseyside. Merseyside Police mounted a special operation on last night to keep an eye on people celebrating “mischief night” after there has been disorder in the past. Those arrested were held on suspicion of criminal damage and public disorder offences.
The Bears were saddened today to hear of the death of DJ, TV presenter and fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile at the age of 84. It is not known how he died but he had been in hospital recently suffering from pneumonia. Police said they were called to his home in Leeds but that there was nothing suspicious concerning his death. Sir Jimmy was one of the most famous names on TV and radio throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. His programme, Jim’ll Fix It, drew in huge audiences and at the height of its popularity was receiving 20,000 letters a week from people wanting Jim to fix it for them.
Yesterday was a very distressing day here at the Bear Sanctuary. For some time now Bob has not been her normal self. She has been very wobbly on her back legs and just recently has been off her food. This is not like her; she usually wolfs down anything she can get her paws on. After a visit to the vet it was decided the best thing to do was to end her suffering and put her to sleep.
Two weeks ago, we announced we were moving our site to our new server hosted in a data centre in London. During the past two weeks we have moved over one of our domain names and we are today starting to build the brand new website. So that we do not need to rush the move, we will keep this current site going until the new site is up and running and ready for visitors. This move will see the Bears following the latest moves in I.T. and moving our infrastructure onto the Cloud.
Iam sure many of you heard the news this week concerning the accidental death of a girl running for a train at James Street station. The accident happened just before midnight on Saturday night when some of her friends got on the Birkenhead bound train but 16 year old Georgia Varley missed getting on-board before the doors closed. The teenager ran alongside the train but slipped and fell between the train and the platform. She died instantly with scenes that devastating that many onlookers needed to be treated for shock.
We have been rather busy lately with all kinds of different stories clogging up the pages of the Bear Blog and because of this we have been neglecting our Poet Laureate. As such, we are overdue featuring another one of John Cooper Clarke’s works of art. Today we will let him tell you the story of the day his pad went completely loopy…
Today we would like to wish a special person a very Happy Birthday. He is very close to us Bears and goes to great lengths to ensure we are saved from charity shops and unwanted homes around the country. Us Bears owe him so much and to repay him for his kindness we had to find the most embarrassing picture we could of him. Now isn’t that the biggest 1970s porn moustache you have ever seen?
Just in case you didn’t already know it, it is official – Britain is obsessed with fast food. In fact, things have got that bad that, according to a survey undertaken this week, one in five of us think fish and chips is a healthy meal. We British have always been busy people; we have things to do, places to be and people to see. Not like in France where they have long lunches with lots of wine flowing or even Spain with their siesta. No, we have always needed something hot, tasty and about as nutritionally good for us as the packaging it comes in. In Britain we have not had a good night out unless we have witnessed an act of violence down the pub and staggered home carrying something covered in chilli sauce and with chip fat running down our faces.
We all know that money is tight at the moment and families are cutting back to make ends meet. However, there is another place that is feeling the effects of the recession and that is animal charities. Mostly dogs but also many cats are being handed in to shelters because their owners cannot afford the cost of keeping them. Some dogs are just driven somewhere in the car and tied to a post and left as their callous drive off leaving their loyal pets behind.
If you have ever wondered how Bears in the wild capture fish, then wonder no more. This picture is a salmon-eye view of a Bear out fishing. Paul Souders captured this view of a Bear fishing for salmon in Katmai National Park, Alaska. He submerged his camera on a ballasted tripod with a radio-controlled trigger and then sat and waited for four days to capture this shot of a deft and powerful female Bear making her catch.