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

The ‘Little Things’: Christmas Far From Home, Week 2

Aid worker sings Jason Mraz to refugeesThere’s a well-known saying in England that gets a good airing at this time of year.  You’ll hear it when a Granny opens a hand made gift by her grandchild, covered in glitter, a bit wonky and shrieking bright colours.  Or when a teenager offers voluntarily to put up the Christmas cards or make the guest bed up (yes, miracles do happen):

“It’s the little things that count” Continue reading