something about a bear

Paddington Bear, a jigsaw puzzle and a stamp album, is how I found out where Peru is long before I knew the location of London, England.

Thinking about it now, it’s funny how you accumulate facts that one day may be grouped with other facts at another time and in some other sort of context.

I was fascinated by the adventures of Paddington Bear [1] from darkest Peru. My vision of Peru was based on a jigsaw of a woman in a small boat amongst water and reeds, whereas my stamp album (which I still have) includes a potted description including the Inca civilisation, Spanish conquerers and rich in minerals. Reading that Peru was in South America I was able to find it on the map in the front of the stamp album. London, England came later, by way of a holiday just before we left Great Britain altogether, on our own journey across the sea to Fremantle, Western Australia.

Author Michael Bond is writing Paddington Here and Now to be published June next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the debut of Paddington Bear. The stowaway from Peru will be questioned about his immigration status and his right to remain in England. The original illustrator, Peggy Fortnum will provide the cover art.

While an unsettling contemporary setting, knowing Paddington Bear, it will all work out in the end.

[1] When I read about Paddington Bear, he did not have a web site 🙂


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