We haven’t heard from our friend John Cooper Clarke for a while, so we must surely be overdue for one of his distinctive poetic offerings. However, before we come to that we thought we would let you all know that October is National Poetry Month and John will be touring. See his website for a full list of dates, but he is in Liverpool at The Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday, 10th October if you would like to see him in person. Enough said, over to John…
With all the turmoil over the weekend we did not get our chance to let everyone know what we thought of the Olympic Opening Ceremony. We do not normally like opening ceremonies, they are usually boring and predictable and the Olympic one is probably the worst of the lot. How can you make it interesting watching thousands of athletes marching into the stadium? Tedious is the word that springs to mind. However, bring in film director Danny Boyle to plan the whole event and it takes on a whole new level of excitement. In a word, it was brilliant!
It has been a busy weekend here at the Bear Sanctuary. Following the controversy caused by Miss Chimpton’s attack on our “Bling” logo, Egginanoo set to work to design a new simplistic logo that would let everyone see at a glance what the logo was trying to say. There in a simple, easy to read typeface is Jammy Toast and the strapline telling everyone that this is indeed the home of the Renault Bears. Furthermore, who could argue with the term “infamous”? Additionally there is a cheeky little teddy bear face to round off our new logo. Personally I like it but let’s see what everyone else things – including Miss Chimpton.
The Bears and I were upset last night to hear of the death of “Twiggy” – Jim Royle’s lazy, thieving mate from the Royle Family. It is a tribute to his acting ability that none of the bears even knew who Geoffrey Hughes was, yet they regarded Twiggy as one of their mates since his appearances in The Royle Family. Who could ever forget the scene from the TV comedy where Twiggy and Jim are decorating in time to Lou Bega’s Mambo #5? A classic of British comedy!
Today, I would like to set the record straight concerning yesterday’s post concerning my accusations of neglect of the bears by the Bearkeeper and the Jammy Toast logo being “bling”. I shall address the issues which have been raised, not by me but, by exaggeration and the over active imagination of Mr Bearkeeper. In other words, he is just trying to stir up trouble for his own satisfaction and to cause a war of words here on the Bear Blog.
We have been accused of having a “Bling” logo on our website and that we do not look after our bears properly. The accusations come from Miss Chimpton who says we have far too many bears to be able to care for them as well as we should. When I explained that we do not look after our bears, because here at Bear Sanctuary we teach our bears to be self-sufficient, she would have none of it. However, it is the accusation of “bling” that has really upset Egginanoo.
I have been busy since my last post drawing pictures from around Merseyside. I also got a little carried away during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and drew Buckingham Palace. I was passing through the Dingle with Davidd the other week when I noticed the roads where they used to film Bread – the comedy series from a few years ago. Those roads that run down towards the docks are amazing and so I couldn’t help but stop for a little drawing session.
If any of the bears or I want to look up something on the internet, then we usually use Google to search of information – most people do. But where does that information come from. Usually, the first article in the list of Google results will be provided by Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the world’s largest encyclopaedia with over twenty-two million articles and more than four million in English. It is that big that if it were printed it would fill nearly two thousand volumes. However, one question that springs to mind is; if it is that big how is it maintained and kept up to date?
T he other day we featured the story of Alice’s Restaurant which, judging by the feedback, many of you seemed to enjoy. With this in mind, we thought we would do some research and see if we could come up with anything else of interest concerning the Alice’s Restaurant Massacree or any of the characters involved. The one person who struck us as being of interest was Police Officer William “Obie” Obanhein, who was the man responsible for arresting Arlo Guthrie and giving him the inspiration to write the song.
From time to time we introduce you to our bears and tell you the story of where they came from and what they get up to around the Bear Sanctuary. Telling the history of one of our bears can be a difficult task as many of them have been forced to forget traumatic events in their pasts. As some of you may be aware, Renault Bears have a built in defence mechanism whereby they forget any painful memories to save them from heartache. This means we do not know very much about many of our bears. However, today we are going to tell you the story of Everly.