We are pleased today to be able to show everyone pictures of Nastia in her new enclosure. The pictures were taken during the last 24 hours as she settled in to her new enclosure in Zhytomyr, 159 kilometres west of Kiev in Ukraine. Although she is currently on her own it is hoped that she will soon be joined by a few of the other 80 bears living in very poor captive conditions across Ukraine. Many are living in small cages next to petrol stations, restaurants or hotels and have to perform tricks to entertain tourists. Four Paws plans to rescue more bears who are suffering in Ukraine and will provide them with a life appropriate to their needs. The new Bear Centre in Zhytomyr will offer a new home, not only for Nastia and her mother Masha, but also for at least two other Ukrainian bears…
In September we told you of Nastia the bear cub who was taken from her mother. Two men from the zoo violently wrenched the cub from her mother, despite her screaming frantically, crammed her into a tiny transport box and sent her off to be a photo model for tourists. Luckily, Four Paws rescued Nastia from the uncaring animal traders at Lutsk Zoo and took her to a new home in Zhytomyr, 159 kilometres west of Kiev in Ukraine. With the support of generous donations from all over the world, Four Paws has now constructed a new 6,500 square metre bear rescue centre and yesterday Nastia became the first bear to move in.
As regular bear followers will know, we have upgraded to Windows 8 here at Jammy Toast and, although we initially were not keen on the new design, we have come to terms with it. It can be fiddly to use on a desktop computer but once you get used to its idiosyncrasies, there are some welcome additions to the operating system. We also like the cleaner, minimalist interface now they have dropped the Aero 3D effects they used for Windows 7. However, the one thing that does annoy is that they have removed the Windows Media Centre options so Windows 8 will now not play DVDs without a paid-for upgrade.
Ricky Tomlinson is a true-life hero of the Bears and this was cemented even further last year when he was caught trying to donate £1million to Alder Hey hospital and keep it quiet. As Jim Royle, he has also entertained us for years and we are big fans of many of his other ventures. It doesn’t matter if he is playing private detective Nice Guy Eddie or if he is singing songs like My Arse or Speak No Spaniardo, here at Jammy Toast we are fans of everything he does. In fact, in recent years he has won more acting awards than Liverpool FC ever won cups – he is a true Scouser!
Razzi has become a Hells Angel. Our resident bad bear has taken his behaviour a step further and joined the biker’s club – the only problem is; he hasn’t got a motorbike. As far as we know, to become an official Hells Angel, you have to have a valid driving licence, a motorcycle over 750cc neither of which Razzi has. We all think he is getting a bit carried away with himself because so far all he has done it buy a leather jacket from eBay.
This month, Renay has sent me a photograph of her while she was on holiday in Mexico. By all accounts she is having a great time and, if truth be told, she sent us the photo to rub it in just how warm it is out there while we freeze back here in the good old United States of England. After drawing Mena last month with my grey pencils, I wanted to have a go at producing a colour pencil drawing this month.
Hello everyone and welcome to my column. The idea of my column is that I will attempt to answer your questions on just about any subject you choose to throw at me. I am quite a smart bear and can usually answer the questions the other bears ask me. Because of this, they said I should start my own column and offer to answer all your questions. I may not be as clever as Edward with computers or as good with the ladies as Razzi but I do seem to remember random facts.