X Factor Returns

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The bears are all looking forward to the return of X Factor tonight. After we decided to avoid it last year because Sharon Osborne was on the show, it is two years since we last watched it and we can’t wait. Cheryl is back getting all emotional, Simon is back looking as exasperated as usual and we now have Mel B. Oh yes, and Louis who has never been away but continues to bore the pants off everyone – he must have some info on Simon to keep coming back year after year. Also, judging by the pictures we have seen, it looks like we can also expect all the weird and wonderful auditions that make up the first round. Can’t wait!

Classic Games Go Online

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Category: General8 Comments


Classic video games from the 1970s and 1980s have been put online by the Internet Archive and can be played in a web browser for nothing. The collection has launched with games from five early home games consoles; including the Atari 2600 and Colecovision. The games do not have sound as yet, but will soon, the Internet Archive said. “In coming months, the playable software collection will expand greatly. Making these vintage games available to the world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, enjoyment and memory for the history they are a part of.” archivist Jason Scott wrote.

I Love Stationary

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Ihave always loved stationery. Back in the day I used to love wadding around WH Smith playing with the pens and the paper and even the odd stapler or two. Don’t even get me started on binders and hole punches. There was nothing I enjoyed more than visiting the mecca of the paperclip, the shrine to cellotape. The heaven of paper. As the years slowly flew by WH Smith was surpassed by the stationery superstore that is Staples.

Razzi’s Richard Attenborough Tribute

Posted by Erasmus 'Razzi' Bear on
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When I first heard that Richard Attenborough had died I was quiet happy about it. Not because I feel any animosity towards him but because he is capable of scarring me out of my fur. When I first saw him in 10 Rillington Place, I had no idea it was based on a true story. Instead, I just thought it was a monster he had dreamed up. Then I read about the real life killer John Christie – who Attenborough plays in the film – and I realised just how close to him he had got. Then when I saw the photos of the real serial killer and compared them to Attenborough’s version my blood ran cold.

Richard Attenborough Dies

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The bears were shocked yesterday to learn of the death of film director and actor Richard Attenborough. During a career of more than sixty years, Richard became one of Britain’s best-known film actors and directors. He made his film debut while still a drama student in 1942, playing a cameo role as a cowardly young stoker on a naval destroyer in Noel Coward’s In Which We Serve. During the next thirty years he became a star and one of Britain’s most reliable character actors. His most astonishing performance was his chilling portrayal, in 1947, of the teenage hoodlum and murderer Pinky in Brighton Rock. On stage he was part of the original cast of Agatha Christie’s long-running whodunnit, The Mousetrap. He later became a fixture of a score of British television Christmases as Bartlett in the 1963 prison camp drama The Great Escape.

Musical Sunday #180

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Category: Music14 Comments


Along time ago came a man on a track… or so the song goes. Or another way of putting it; a long time ago (May 2008 to be precise) someone here at Jammy Toast came up with the great idea of turning Sunday’s into musical fun days. The idea being that Sundays are that boring they need livening up with some great tunes. This idea grew into what is now BearTube and it is my job to pick the tunes and look after BearTube – I think Davidd is getting too old for the job if you ask me anything. Anyway, I have better taste in music than he does, even if I do love most of the tunes that are already in the BearTube back catalogue.