We admire the police here at Jammy Toast. They have a difficult job to do and on the whole they do that job well. Unfortunately, due to the financial predicament we find ourselves in, there are not enough of them and resources are stretched to the limit. So, in a nutshell, we do not waste their time and only call upon them in true emergencies. It all makes common sense, or at least it would do if it were not for idiots like we have heard about today. A learner drive called the police because… his instructor turned up a couple of minutes late!
The return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park could be leading to an improvement in the diet of the park’s grizzly bears. When the wolves were eradicated from Yellowstone in the early 20th Century, the elk population boomed resulting in devastation of berry-shrubs relied upon by the bears. Now a team from Oregon and Washington links the reintroduction of predatory wolves with a fall in over-browsing by the berries by the elk. There is a consequent recovery in the availability of late-summer berries, the favoured pre-hibernation food of the grizzly bear.
Saturday night is Movie Night here at Jammy Toast. Each week we will show a movie through the Jammy Toast Cinema for our friends who have registered prior to each event. We only have a certain amount of bandwidth and so, unfortunately, we cannot make these movies available to anyone who just happens to pop by. Any Friend of The Bears is eligible to watch each week’s movie by applying in the usual way. Those of you who have registered to watch this week’s movie will have received an email containing a password. If you click on the Media menu above, then click on Jammy Toast Cinema you will gain entry to the Bear Screen.
For some time now we have featured our “It’s Good To Talk” days here on Jammy Toast, where we ask people to leave comments on just about any subject they choose. Funny or sad, true or false, real or fake; we didn’t care as long as it was entertaining and didn’t really hurt anybody’s feelings. This feature appeared from time to time – usually when we were too busy to post anything else – and everyone seems to like the freedom to whine and bitch. However, we have taken this a stage further now with out Let’s Talk Shit Days where again the rules are simple – anything goes!
Comedian Frankie Boyle has joined the bear’s campaign to highlight the plight of Shaker Aamer – the last UK resident to be held at Guantanamo Bay. He has joined other campaigners who are attempting to fast for a combined total of 1,000 hours. Human rights campaigners Reprieve are supporting the hunger-strikers by encouraging supporters to give up food temporarily.
We are running really late tonight so we thought we would set you all a task instead of us writing a post. Following on from our friend John Cooper Clarke’s award yesterday we thought we would offer you the chance to question him on his award, his career or anything else you would like to ask. John has had a varied history from working as a lab technician in Salford to touring with the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Fall to the depths of drug addiction. He has released six albums and in 1983 published a bestselling poetry book, Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt, before his output waned because of his heroin addiction. Since his recovery, he has been the subject of a BBC4 documentary. This summer, he is performing at Latitude, Camp Bestival and Bestival. He is married with a daughter and lives in Colchester.
The Bear’s Poet Laureate, John Cooper Clarke, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Salford. He was presented with the doctorate of arts in “acknowledgement of a career which has spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences and influencing musicians and comedians”. While receiving the award he joked; “Now I’m a doctor, finally my dream of opening a cosmetic surgery business can become a reality.”
The 9/11 disaster, when the World Trade Centre was destroyed, was the most immoral human act I have ever seen. Anyone who was involved in planning, acting out or even supporting the people who undertook that cowardly act deserves the harshest treatment allowed under the law. I have no sympathy for those people and they need to be brought to justice and dealt with. That way, hopefully, this would stop anyone from ever planning anything similar in the future. It would also send out a message to others who were considering undertaking such acts that they would be dealt with harshly.
Everyone here at Jammy Toast was upset yesterday to hear of the death of comedian, actor and writer Mel Smith. Mel, known for his sketch shows Alas Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O’clock News, he died from a heart attack at his home on Friday. Mel formed a lasting partnership with co-performer Griff Rhys Jones with whom he set up the independent television company, Talkback Productions. Griff described his friend of 35 years as a “brilliant actor”.