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.
There is nothing more we love here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite…
We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we would start a feature on Jammy Toast where we feature heroes and give them the praise they deserve. To start the ball rolling we thought we would feature someone who was so loved at Tranmere Rovers that fans and sponsors of the club worked together to raise the money to build a statue in his tribute. Johnny King was Tranmere Rovers’ most successful manager and was always the man to find the right words for any occasion. Our favourite quote of his was; “Tranmere will never be able to compete with Liverpool and Everton. They’re like big liners like the Queen Mary, but I see Tranmere as a Deadly Submarine.” Today, we would like to pay our own tribute to Johnny King and make him the inaugural Bear Hero…
An old friend of ours sent us a photograph a little while ago which we had forgotten all about. It features an old school photograph of a famous bear celebrity lining up for his school football team – but can you spot who he is? The famous celebrity is well known here at Jammy Toast although he is quite a bit older these days and a much “bigger” star than he was in the days of old. Can you spot him and name him?
Everyone here at Jammy Toast would like to wish our Queen a Happy Ninetieth Birthday today. Celebrations get under way later as the Queen takes part in a walkabout in Windsor and lights a symbolic beacon. Gun salutes take place around the UK at noon, while many other planned celebrations are expected to talk place around the country. The Prince of Wales has recorded a special radio broadcast for the day, in which he reads an edited passage from William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII. The reading, to be broadcast by the BBC later, is an extract from a speech by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer to King Henry VIII after the birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I.
Hi everyone, I have not had a chance to write my column lately because I have been so busy with eating my Easter eggs and helping The Bearkeeper with things. It is sometimes very hard work helping people to pass their driving tests and then knowing that they are safe enough to drive for the rest of their lives. It is no good passing your test and then not being able to cope with driving on your own. The Bearkeeper and I always make sure people learn how to drive and not just learn to pass their test – there is a big difference.
The dinosaurs were already in decline 50 million years before the asteroid strike that finally wiped them out, a new study suggests. The assessment adds further fuel to a debate on how dinosaurs were doing when a 10km-wide space rock slammed into Earth 66 million years ago. A team suggests the creatures were in long-term decline because they could not cope with the ways Earth was changing. Researchers analysed the fossil remains of dinosaurs from the point they emerged 231 million years ago up to the point they went extinct. To begin with, new species evolved at an explosive rate. But things started to slow about 160 million years ago, leading to a decline in the number of species which commences at about 120 million years ago.