Remember our old friend Knut the Polar Bear who drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011? Scientists say they can now explain what happened to him. A new investigation has shown that he had a type of autoimmune inflammation of the brain that is also recognised in humans. Researchers hope this knowledge can help both human and animal sufferers. Knut became an international celebrity, after being abandoned by his mother and then hand-raised by his zookeeper, Thomas Doerflein. For a while, he was the most recognisable bear on the planet – apart from Razzi of course – with his face featuring regularly on TV and in newspapers, and even on the front cover of an edition of Vanity Fair magazine.
Ithought today that we would look at a certain Bear who never gets much of a mention here on Jammy Toast but who is very important to one of our Bears. As most of you already know, Razzi is a working bears who spends a great deal of his time helping people learn to drive. His official title is Special Learner Driver Bear Advisor. Although this is a very responsible job for a Bear, he does sometimes get rather bored sitting, as he does, in the back seat of the car. So, a few years ago now, Razzi got himself a little friend. In fact, his little friend was won for him at New Brighton Fair by his friend Linzi.
Children around the world are often threatened with a mythical creature referred to as The Bogeyman. He is simply a scary person used to frighten younger children into good behaviour. This Bogeyman has no specific appearance and conceptions about him can vary drastically from household to household within the same community; in many cases, he has no set appearance in the mind of an adult but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. However, here on Merseyside we have a far scarier monster called Purple Acky. The reason he is scarier than the Bogeyman is that he actually exists.
As is usual here at Jammy Toast, the bears held their two minutes of silence at 11am this morning to remember members of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who have died in all conflicts since the First World War. The bears feel it is their duty to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe from tyranny. We feel that this year is even more important than it used to be because, with the deaths of Florence Green and Claude Choules over the last couple of years, there are now no people still alive who fought in the First World War – but the bears will never forget!
Following on from the heart-breaking plea we received from Sergei yesterday, we have sent a delegation of bears to Meerkovo to see if we can offer our help. Einstein and Ellery flew from Liverpool airport this morning on an Aeroflot flight to Russia where they will get a connecting flight to take them on to Meerkovo. Once there they will arrange a meeting with Aleksandr at the Orlov Mansion and see if we can help Sergei to spend his old age relaxing and not working his paws to the bones.
We have received a rather distressing letter today from the town of Meerkovo, Russia. It appears that one of its citizens is being worked too hard to the point that he has even been in hospital suffering from a nervous breakdown. He has sent us a letter appealing for help and we do not know what to do. We have been contemplating putting together a raiding party of bears lead by Ellery Bear, because he is so butch. The idea being that they could raid Meerkovo and free this famous citizen from his evil employer and let him come and live with us here at Jammy Toast.
We have been asked a number of times during the nine year history of Jammy Toast, who invented the teddy bear? The short answer to this question is that Germany and America both hotly contest the title of “Inventor of the Teddy Bear”. Indeed, Steiff and the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company can both lay claims to having designed teddy bears as early as 1902. Did both sides suddenly invent a teddy bear at exactly the same moment or did one side copy the other? Here is what we said in 2010…
Today we are continuing our series of articles on our favourite fictional characters from 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…
Hello everyone, this is Erasmus ‘Razzi’ Bear Esq here and I thought because we have just started a brand new Jammy Toast then we should also re-start an old feature – My Column. That means from time to time, or when The Bearkeeper can’t think of anything better to write, I will write something to try to keep you all entertained. I am not quite sure what I am going to write about yet but I thought I would get the ball rolling today.