Saturday night’s X Factor is fast becoming compulsive viewing here at the Bear Sanctuary. All the Bears base their day around getting ready to watch their favourite singers on the show. Last night however, left us a little disappointed. Matt the Hat was not at his best and it was left to Cher Lloyd to bring a smile to our faces.
Following our investigation the other week into who first invented the Teddy Bear, we thought that today we would pay tribute to that person: Richard Steiff. He was a German inventor and entrepreneur who just happened to be the nephew of toymaker Margarete Steiff. He was born in Giegen on the 7th February 1877 but moved to study Arts and Crafts in Stuttgart. During his studies, he would regularly visit the nearby Nill’scher Zoo and spend a great deal of time drawing pictures of the Bears.
There is never any rest for the wicked, which is why Razzi and I are out working late tonight. Since we started working over in the Liverpool a few weeks ago, we have not had much spare time on our hands or paws. Poor Razzi has not even been looking at his Bear Porn for a while now – he is just too pooped out when he gets in. Too much work keeps the Bank Manager happy but makes for a tired and depressed little Razzi Bear.
We would all like to apologise for there being no post on the blog last night. Razzi and I had an awful day in which, thanks to Razzi’s lightening reflexes, we just about managed to survive. We were working late and it was getting dark as we were driving through Garston over in Liverpool. The evening rush hour had quietened when we were travelling along Woolton Road at about 40 mph. As we came upon a side road on our left, a car over-shoots the junction and pulls out into the road right in front of us. We had no choice but to swerve to miss the car and this put us into the path of an oncoming car. We were facing certain injury and maybe even death.
We were all fascinated today to see some of the work of photographer Kristjan Unnar Kristjansson. He has spent the last nine years photographing the Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. The 31-year-old from Reykjavik has been photographing the phenomenon, which occur because of sun storms. The light displays are best observed at night and in northern latitudes. The effect is known as the Aurora Borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas.
The Bears were glued to the telly again last night for X Factor Saturday. We said last week how we thought this year’s mixture of artists is probably better than we have ever seen before. There may have been better individuals on former years but overall we think this is the strongest group of artists we have ever had.