When we started Jammy Toast back in 2006, that’s now seven years ago, we didn’t imagine that it would continue this long, I am sure. As each year passes, we tend to look back and marvel at some of the things that have passed. This year is no exception as some of the highlights have been nothing short of phenomenal. This past year saw us pass the three million visitors mark and, as of today, we have made 2,223 posts which have been commented on 53,365 times. In fact, this past year has seen many marvellous events.
Iwas sitting watching Professor Brian Cox’s wonderful series, “The Wonders of the Solar System” the other night with some of the bears. During the programme he talked about how the earth’s atmosphere protects the earth from being bombarded by meteorites pretty much like our own moon is. To demonstrate this he climbed into an old English Electric Lightning fighter plane where a RAF pilot performed a “vertical” ascent up to 60,000 in about 3 minutes. Many of the modern fighters of today cannot match this performance and, as Professor Cox said during the programme, this plane was made in the days when everything British was the best in the world.
When you think of Christmas you tend to think of it as the time for friends and family. The time for sharing food and company and catching up on long lost friends. Seeing adverts on the telly for The Samaritans and people being lonely at Christmas is the saddest sight of all. The thought of someone spending Christmas day on their own is horrible. I suffer, if that is the word, from Anthropomorphism – that is giving human characteristics and qualities to objects. When I sell a car I feel sorry for that car and I am sorry to see it go and I always remember it fondly. So for me, even the thought of a man-made object being lonely can make me quite sad and the loneliest man-made object I can envision is Voyager 1.
Tonight we bring you a brand new Saturday Night at The Movies here at Jammy Toast. Each week we 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.
Some of the best computer games form the 1970s and 80s have been put online by the Internet Archive and can be played within a web browser. The best news of all is that this service is completely free. The collection has launched with games from early games consoles including my own favourite; the Atari 2600. They are currently being released without sound although this will be added at a later date. “In coming months, the playable software collection will expand greatly,” said archivist Jason Scott. “Making these vintage games available to the world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, enjoyment and memory for the history they are a part of.”
Back in June 2012, we made a case for Alan Turing, considered by many to be the Grandfather of modern computing and also an official Hero of The Bears, to receive a posthumous apology for his conviction for gross indecency. The conviction was not because he was fiddling with kids, like many of today’s celebrities, but because he had a loving relationship with a man – at the time homosexuality was illegal in England. Now the Queen has decided that the computer pioneer and code-breaker should be given a posthumous royal pardon – obviously after reading of the case in Jammy Toast.
It has become a Christmas tradition here at Jammy Toast that each year we have to watch The Snowman. Every year we like to sit down and enjoy the story by Raymond Briggs but, because it is getting quite old these days, it never seems to feature on the Christmas telly listings. To us, it is the highlight of Christmas and so it would appear it is to others also as the film was voted 4th in UKTV Gold’s Greatest TV Christmas Moments.
Hello and Happy Christmasabob from the world of Meerkovo! Today, I tell you story all about Yakov, our beloved Meerkat Elder. He is also favourite of meerpups because he is full of wisdom and kindness and, most important, makes beautiful toys in his beautiful toyshop. He is very much admired, even though he is not in the first flushings of his youth (like another elderly Meerkovian we could mention. But let’s not talk about Sergei, or his head will get all big and he will not have time to mend my computermabob). Here is Yakov’s thrillsy story. It is very Christmassy and perfect for read by fire after festive meal of roast scarab beetle. Please be enjoyings…
When we started this whole bear thing off seven years ago we could never have imagined how we would end up with so many Bear Friends. As each year passes I keep thinking that people will drop off and things will die down but each year, as people move on and we lose contact, new friends seem to appear. Other friends have been here right from the beginning and never seem to tire of visiting us here at Jammy Toast. However, to all our friends, old and new, we would just like to say…
Mad World was originally a song by Tears for Fears in 1982. However, our favourite version was released two decades later by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews and included in the soundtrack to Donnie Darko in 2001. It reached number one over the Christmas period of 2003 and became an international hit despite not being about anything remotely festive.