Telly Favourites #7

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Today we are continuing our series of articles on our favourite telly shows of the past. As you all know, the bears love their telly and there is nothing they love more than finding a character they can love to love… or even love to hate. The bears don’t usually go for the clean-cut, heroic types they are more likely to identify with the slackers of society, people like Frank Gallagher, Jim Royle or Homer Simpson. They like programmes which are “off the wall” although occasionally they will enjoy serious drama if it is interesting and well written. Today, we are featuring…

The Island At The End Of The World

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When Edward launched our new theme the other week the idea behind it was that we had all moved to a tropical desert island to spend the remainder of our days in the sun. It was a bit of a joke in response to the terrible weather we were suffering at the time and the idea of living life in the sun appealed to us all. However, to the people of the Pacific island of Palmerston our dream is in fact their reality. Palmerston is one of the most isolated places in the world and is visited by a supply ship twice a year – at the most – as the long and hazardous journey deters most visitors. What’s more, all of the inhabitants are descended from one Englishman who settled on the island more than 150 years ago.

Erik’s Column #8

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Hello everyone, my name is Erik, I am a teddy bear and this is my column. I seem to have become the Jammy Toast expert on money after my last two columns but I really am not. I just think money is a fascinating subject and the notes themselves are quite beautiful to look at. I was going to write tonight about the next highest denomination note following on from my posts on the Ten Shillings and the One Pound notes. If I asked anyone which was the next note in the list they would no doubt have said the Five Pound Note when in reality, as I only found out myself tonight, it would have been the Two Pound Note, which none of you have probably seen. The first Bank of England Two Pound Note was issued on 2nd March 1797 in response to the need for smaller denomination banknotes to replace gold coins during gold shortages caused by the French Revolutionary Wars. They were later discontinued.

Shirley Baker

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On Sunday we posted the poem “Beasley Street”, from our Poet Laureate John Cooper Clarke, which we accompanied with a photograph. A couple of you asked us if the photograph was of Beasley Street and we had to admit it was not. We are not sure where the photograph was taken other than it was taken by Shirley Baker who, like John Cooper Clarke, comes from Salford and took photographs of Salford and Manchester during the slum clearance programme of the 1960s. I always think her photographs go so well with the John’s poems because they are more or less telling the same story.

Bimbo’s Cars #2

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Hello, my name is Bimbo. I am Great Uncle to all the bears even though I am not really a Renault Bear myself. It is a bit of an honorary title because I am a very old bear. Today, I have talked Davidd into letting me start a new series of posts about the cars we have had over the years. Stretching back to the 1960s and running through to the modern day, over the next few months I hope to cover every car we have ever owned and tell you a little bit about them. We spend a great deal of time during our lifetimes in cars but we quite often take them for granted. However, some cars are fascinating pieces of engineering which is why I thought this would make a great idea for a new column. The first car I remember us owning was…

Beasley Street Revisited

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We have not heard from our Bard, John Cooper Clarke, for a while and so we are probably a little overdue for this. We have decided to post our favourite John Cooper Clarke poem. John does not write poems about summer days spent meandering through summer meadows but rather about the grim aspects of life. Today we would like to feature Beasley Street…

Saturday Night At The Movies #44

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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 all our friends. There is no longer a password required for the cinema so the films are now available to anyone who wishes to watch. If you highlight the Media menu above, then the Videos submenu and finally click on Bear Cinema you will gain entry to the Bear’s Cinema where you can view this week’s Movie of the Week. Please note; we have no control over how long this film will remain available before it is withdrawn, so please watch it as quickly as possible – it may no longer be available tomorrow.

Rubber Duck Racing

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The governor of Wisconsin is due to pass a new law which will legalise rubber duck racing in the American state because up until now it has been banned. For most people, the only place they will have seen small rubber ducks will be in their bathtubs. Others may even have seen the giant version of a rubber duck which was made by Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman and has been touring the world since 2007. However, in some parts of the world, rubber duck racing is a popular pastime.

It All Came Tumbling Down

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We love a bit of local history here at Jammy Toast, it is fascinating looking at old photographs of places we still visit today and seeing how the places have changed over the years. The buildings which are no longer there and the history that has been torn down to be replaced by new but not always better buildings. A book we have been looking at recently features a treasure trove of old photographs of Liverpool – it is called “It All Came Tumbling Down”. It features hundreds of old photographs of Liverpool showing the places and the way people used to live collected by the book’s author, Freddy O’Connor. However, despite the title of the book it didn’t all come tumbling down as you will see from the photographs below.

Bear Paw Seal Of Approval #5

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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…