We told you the story on Saturday of the World’s Saddest Bears and today we would like to give you all an update. So far kind well-wishers have stumped up over £5,000 to help bring the unhappy bears to a new home waiting for them in Britain. On Saturday we told how the two bears have only ever known misery inside their open-air cell in the Bulgarian mountains. Ever since Milcho, 14, and his sole companion Gosho, 12, were born they have known only misery. However, thanks to a British wildlife group, they could soon be feeling grass beneath their paws for Christmas.
Today we can reveal the story of the world’s saddest bears who have only ever known misery inside their open-air cell in the Bulgarian mountains. Pacing up and down in a baking hot concrete pit in the scorching midday sun, brown bear Milcho gazes imploringly through the wire mesh that holds him captive. Ever since Milcho, 14, and his sole companion Gosho, 12, were born they have known only misery. However, thanks to a British wildlife group, they could soon be feeling grass beneath their paws for Christmas. The Wildwood Trust, based near Canterbury, in Kent, is appealing for donations so the sad pair can enjoy a new life in a countryside sanctuary.
Why is it that we find baby animals more cute and pleasing to look at than their parents? Their big eyes gaze at us as we become drawn, often affectionately and smiling, to their cute noses, fluffy faces and infantile features. The need to be appealing to adult animals is an advantage because baby animals face some of the most difficult challenges in the animal kingdom – but what makes an infant animal appealing to humans?
We are not great fans of reality television shows here at Jammy Toast. Big Brother, American Idol, X Factor, anything involving The Kardashians, The Only Way Is Essex – you name it and we hate it. The one exception is Sir Alan Sugar in The Apprentice which returns to our screens tomorrow night, along with Karren Brady and Nick Hewer. For almost a decade, wanna-be entrepreneurs have queued up to endure the painful put-downs and acid tongue-lashings from the business mogul. Some have survived The Apprentice’s boardroom – others have been reduced to tearful, quivering wrecks after hearing the dreaded words; “You’re fired!” A handful have gone on to build empires bringing in millions while a few ended up on the dole queue.
Over the years we have been accused of exaggerating the truth or even completely making up some of the stories we tell, but I swear this story is true. A burglar was caught after he had sex with a teddy bear while raiding a shed. Police discovered his DNA inside the toy after they found a hole cut in the bear. Paul Mountain, 38, said he was coming down from amphetamines and felt an “overwhelming need” for sexual relief, the Lancashire Telegraph has reported. It is believed he cut the hole in the poor, defenceless bear before getting down to business.
We didn’t post anything last night because we got in late and wanted to watch the England against San Marino match. The San Marino national team represents the second smallest population of any UEFA member and are currently bottom of the FIFA World Rankings. Since making their competitive debut, San Marino have competed in qualifying for every European Championships and World Cup, but have never won a match in either competition. They have only ever won one game, beating Liechtenstein 1–0 in a friendly match on 24 April 2004. However, despite being the world’s football whipping boys their sportsmanship is second to none. England won the match 5-0 and never even looking like giving away a corner, let alone a goal. Yet the San Marino players carried on playing and never stopped trying right up until the final whistle.
Jammy Toast friend, Michael Bond, has written a new book featuring our favourite bear; Paddington. The new book will details letters from the wayward bear to his Aunt Lucy in darkest Peru. Love From Paddington is to be published in November by Harper Collins. Michael Bond, 88, said of his latest work; “It isn’t generally known, but bears are very good at writing letters.” The letters recount Paddington’s adventures in London and how he met the Brown family.
The latest news on the Paddington Bear film reveals that Sir Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton have joined the films cast, joining Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters and Hugh Bonneville. Gambon, who played Dumbledore in five Harry Potter films, will voice the marmalade-loving bear’s Uncle Pastuzo. Staunton, Gambon’s Harry Potter co-star, will play Aunt Lucy. Whishaw will lend his voice to author Michael Bond’s hapless bear from “darkest Peru” in the film, which is scheduled for release in the UK in November.
One of our favourite photographers, who we have featured previously here on Jammy Toast, has died. We only learned of her death yesterday after her death last month. She will surely go down as one of the leading photographers of the last century. Shirley’s work in Salford and Manchester – shot mainly between 1960 and 1973 – captured a time of rapid social and economic change in the lives of the working class people of the area. In the twenty years between 1955 and 1975, around 1.3 million homes were demolished in a nationwide slum clearance programme.
Tonight we thought we would continue our series of posts featuring some of our favourite bands live in concert. Often on Saturday nights we put a film on in the Bears Cinema for the entertainment of our friends but sometimes we can’t find a suitable film to watch. Instead of disappointing we thought on the Saturday’s when we can’t find a decent film we could feature a decent band in concert also in the Bears Cinema. You no longer require a password 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 concert. Please note; we have no control over how long this concert will remain available before it is withdrawn, so please watch it as quickly as possible – it may no longer be available tomorrow.