Back in 2011 we made John Cooper Clarke Jammy Toast’s official Poet Laureate mainly because I had been listening to his poetry since the punk era of the 1970s. Since those days of supporting bands like The Sex Pistols he has moved on to bigger and better things. His poetry is now studied as part of the GCSE syllabus and he is a regular on TV’s Eight Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown where he joins Susie in Dictionary Corner. He is studied by many A level students and his poetry is prolific within UK and Irish University courses.
Iam a pretty easing going guy, ask anyone. I tend to do anything for an easy life and so if someone starts moaning and causing me ear-ache or stress then I will normally go along with their wishes thus alleviating the stress. Easy. So lately, Andreaa has been bending my ear because she wants Winnie The Pooh to be featured on Jammy Toast. She says she prefers Pooh to Paddington. Now I always felt as a child that AA Milne’s style of writing was quite confusing and, although I loved the films, I never really got into the books. However, as an adult I revisited them and really began to appreciate them for the classics they are. So perhaps Andreaa is right, perhaps we should give Pooh a try.
There’s been a murder – said in my best Jim Taggart impression… or should that be, “There’s bin a murdah”? I should explain. It was the early hours of this morning when I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. There is nothing worse than trying to get to sleep and failing, so to take my mind off sleep, I turned the television on quietly so as not to disturb any of the sleeping bears. The BBC News Channel was telling the story of a murder case from 70 years ago aboard the cruise ship Durban Castle. Fresh evidence was casting doubt on the original conviction of a deck steward for the ghastly deed. The victim was a young actress thought to have been murdered on-board the ship but may actually have died from natural causes, it is now being claimed.
We noticed a few of the people we follow on Twitter were also following a young lady by the name of Sarah Andersen (@SarahCAndersen). Upon closer inspection we found she drew cartoons and that was it, we were hooked. Sarah’s Scribbles is her web comic which she has been drawing since 2011. Her comic was initially published on Tumblr, but has since been released it on various services, such as Facebook, Instagram and now Twitter. The comic follows Sarah’s comedic experiences into adulthood and maturity. Last year, she had a collection of her work published into print in a book titled Adulthood is a Myth.
Here at Jammy Toast we have heard from the daughter of Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan and she has revealed how her father was traumatised by urban myths about rude character names that never existed. Isbael Ryan said her father’s childlike innocence was lost after student newspapers in the 1970s created malicious rumours about the supposed smutty names of the TV show’s characters. While it did feature a Master Mates and a Pirate Willy, characters like Seaman Staines, Roger the Cabin Boy and Master Bates just did not exist on board the Black Pig pirate ship. However, the myth endured for years, and even found their way into news reports.
Afew people think that we are a little crazy here at Jammy Toast for donating so much time to looking after our otherwise homeless bears. However, we have come across someone who is much worse than us – in fact, if you stop and think about it, he is probably certifiable. A top engineer has devised a formula to aid budding players of Poohsticks – one of Jammy Toast’s favourite games which was first devised by Winnie the Pooh. The formula uses area, density and a drag coefficient to help competitors find the perfect twig. It was written by Dr Rhys Morgan, from the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is to accompany a new book called Poohstickopedia.
Alice in Wonderland is 150 years old this year and more than ever people are still asking; is it merely a children’s story or is it a story about drugs? Children accept it as a children’s story but why do so many adults see the fateful boat trip, which saw the genesis of the story, as containing adult themes? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is, on one level at least, the story of a girl who disappears down a rabbit hole to a fantastic place full of bizarre adventures. But is that all it is…
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