Last year we explained to everyone who didn’t know exactly what Halloween is. Does it celebrate anything? Where did it originate from? How did trick or treat start? All these are valid questions that even those who take part every year may not be familiar with the answers. However, be warned, this is a rather gruesome tale featuring the dead and those who were dead but had not found peace on the other side – or the undead. Make sure you don’t read this on your own, you may not make it through the night!
Iwas amazed the other day, following the news that Lou Reed had died, just how few of our younger followers here on Jammy Toast had even heard of Lou. So as a special tribute to Lou for those who know his music, and as an introduction to his music for those who don’t, we are featuring a special video today. Walk On The Wild Side is probably Lou’s most famous song and became a big hit in the 1970s despite touching on the taboo subjects of transsexuality, drugs, male prostitution and oral sex. I remember the song making me laugh back in the day because it was played on the BBC despite having the line; “Candy came from out on the island, in the backroom she was everybody’s darlin’, but she never lost her head, even when she was giving head”. This proved that, in those days, the BBC were so naïve that they didn’t even know what the phrase; “giving head” meant otherwise they would have banned it.
Today we are pleased to start posting our new Garfield cartoon strip. Most of you will know Garfield and his owner Jon but I thought to celebrate his arrival here at Jammy Toast, it might be fun to have a look at where Garfield came from. Garfield was created by cartoonist Jim Davis and chronicles the life of the cat Garfield; his owner, Jon Arbuckle; and Jon’s dog, Odie. Common themes in the strip include Garfield’s laziness, obsessive eating, and disdain of Mondays and diets. The strip’s focus is mostly on the interactions between Garfield, Jon, and Odie. However, recurring minor characters also appear in the strip.
The peace and quiet of a normal Sunday was shattered here at Jammy Toast last night after hearing the news that Lou Reed had died. At the time of writing this we have no idea of how he died but he did have an operation earlier this year for a liver transplant. He was also a heavy drinker, smoker and drug user during a long career in music. He is probably best known for his hits Walk On The Wild Side and Perfect Day but he was also a member of one of the most influential rock bands of all time; Velvet Underground – famous for their fusion of rock music and art while collaborating with Andy Warhol. In a career spanning six decades Lou had a huge influence on the shape of rock music.
Yupi the polar bear could not be any further away from home. She is locked in a bare concrete enclosure for most of the day in temperatures as high as 35oc which, as you can imagine, is no fun for an animal used to the sub-zero Arctic Circle. It is not doing her health any good and even her tiny pool is too hot and filled with chlorine. Now, Cheryl Williams, of The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, is campaigning to re-home Yupi.
Today we thought we would ask your advice on our cartoon. As you all know, a couple of months ago we started featuring the adventures of Horace the Cowboy, Horace the Bear and Horace the Snake at the bottom of each days post. However, we are running out of cartoons because The Daily Mirror doesn’t publish Horace every day and we have caught them up. So, we have the choice to either carry on with sporadic episodes of Horace or start featuring somebody else – if someone else then who else should we feature?
Some of you may have noticed that some prestigious companies have “By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen” on their products and stationary. These companies are Royal Warrant Holders; they are “united by their commitment to the highest standards of service, quality and excellence”, to The Queen, Prince Phillip or Prince Charles. We thought it was about time The Bears gave out Bear Warrants to people and companies who supply excellent service and products to the bears here at Jammy Toast. We do not accept any form of advertising here at Jammy Toast but we do believe in acknowledging companies who have provided us with excellent services and so today we would like to recommend…
Today we would like to wish Bob Dylan (pictured above) a very many happy returns of the day. Oops sorry, hold the presses. That is not Bob Dylan it is our very own Bearkeeper; Mr Davidd. In that case it must be his Birthday today and so we would like to wish him a many happy returns instead. As you can tell from his picture though, he did once have a pretty big Bob Dylan fixation and so it was an easy mistake for us to make. For quite a few years he hid behind this Dylanesque hairstyle before having an accident with a blunt pair of scissors.
Iwas asked yesterday why we haven’t had any new bears for quite some time and I realised that it has, in fact, been quite a while. The last time we had a new arrival here at Jammy Toast was back in January. There are a few reasons for this but mainly it is a result of our own success. When we started saving bears on eBay, for example, we quite often only had to pay 99p for a bear plus a couple of quid for postage. Then suddenly, people began to realise that someone was buying up all the Renault Bears and the prices shot through the roof. You cannot get a Renault Bear on eBay now for less than a tenner and they sell like hot cakes.
Many people know of Birkenhead’s history. How it started out with some Monks, grew into a large metropolitan borough and had one of the largest shipbuilders in the world. It is also famous for being the other side of the ferry journey across the Mersey. What many people are not aware of is that it once had a thriving cattle trade. Developing countries like North America had large areas of land ideal for rearing sheep and cattle back in the days of the cowboys. In reality, they had more animals than they could ever use, and so sent huge quantities to the growing industrial towns of Britain on fast steamships and many of these animals came to Birkenhead where they were sold to farmers or sent to the local slaughterhouses.