The British animation industry is one of the best in the world. They have spurned favourites like Bagpus, Bob the Builder and Wallace and Gromitt but now they are under threat of terminal decline. Animation UK, a group backed by prominent studios, has met with the Chancellor George Osborne to urge him to stop this government from forcing the industry abroad. If nothing is done then we might well lose one of the British Film Industries major success stories.
Things are more or less back to normal since last week’s disastrous server crash with Jammy Toast and now even the archive over at Renault Bears now back up and running. Edward has done a sterling job of getting both our sites back online but also the Birkenvegas and Meffs sites are now back up and running also. Great job little bear dude!
Here at the bear blog we get a little fed up with spammers. They send us endless emails offering the bears Viagra, drugs to enlarge their penises, fake Rolex watches – the list is endless. Just what a bear would need with Viagra or a fake watch is beyond me and Razzi says his penis is large enough thanks very much. What is needed is someone to start fighting back, to tell the spammers we are not going to buy their products. Even more importantly, we are tired of reading their endless, badly written spam emails and blog comments. And we think we have found the very people to start the fight back…
Today we are going to choose a video which can act as a tribute to all the hosting companies who have caused us hassle and stress over the five plus years that we have been blogging. Outages, failures, crap technical support we have suffered them all and then some. These companies are quick enough to take your money but when they fuck up, they are not so quick with the support to get you out of their induced crap.
In the early hours of Thursday morning disaster struck here at the Bear Sanctuary, when our Apache HTTP Server turned over and died. Despite it being set to autostart on any failure, it nose-dived into oblivion. When we discovered the failure on Thursday morning we restarted it manually only for it to immediately fail again. We set Edward to work remotely; logging into the server in London to see what he could do but alas nothing seemed to work. Our server had died!
After years of accusations concerning the cover up over Hillsborough, a former policewoman has come forward to claim she was coerced into changing her evidence about the disaster. Former special constable Debra Martin has said she got a visit from two police officers and she was pressured into changing her written statement on the tragedy which cost 96 Liverpool fans their lives.
Seeing as today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as all pancake lovers wish to think of it, I thought we would try and find out just what the day is all about – apart from just eating pancakes that is. We already know that Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and is the first day of Lent. It is observed mainly in English speaking countries but especially in England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is linked to Easter and so the date it is observed changes each year and is usually celebrated by the eating of pancakes.
Normally we praise our friends because on the whole you are a great bunch of people who are always here to help us. You entertain us with your witty comments and stories of everyday life that somehow always seems to go wrong. It has even been known for you to tell us jokes which we sometimes find rather amusing. Andrea just behaves as she normally does and this we find the funniest all. However, when it comes to naming bears, you really are pants!
Aself-portrait of Vincent van Gogh is coming to the Wirral. The Post-Impressionist artist’s painting is being loaned to Port Sunlight’s Lady Lever Art Gallery along with another self-portrait of Paul Gauguin. They are on loan from Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Van Gogh’s self-portrait dates from 1887 shortly before he cut off his ear and then killing himself in 1890.
Just a short update today to say we have been getting reports that the blog is unavailable for short periods of time. We have noticed one example ourselves and have set Edward to work solving the problem. We will hopefully have the problem solved quickly and will let you know the cause of the problem on a future update.