Paddington – please look after this illegal immigrant

It’s the evening of Tuesday 27th. I’m preparing supper, tuned into Radio 4 as usual when the newsreader tells me that Michael Bond had died. Being the author and creator of my childhood favourite book character, Paddington Bear, my earnest carrot chopping stopped.  How sad, I thought.

But then hearing he was a hearty 91 when he died, my emotion soon lifted –  this was a man who’d lived a long and full life and had passed on something very precious to a whole generation.  I hadn’t realised quite how precious until I heard the radio programme explain where his inspiration had come for that most polite, yet downright chaotic, bear. Continue reading