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Friday, June 30, 2017

Just in time for my second childhood

 

He loves marmalade, comes from deepest, darkest Peru, and is famous for getting into scrapes. His name is Paddington and he wears a duffel coat and red Wellington boots (with paw prints moulded into the soles).

The creator of this lovable creature, Michael Bond, has just died at the age of 91. The inspiration came to him on Christmas Eve 1956 when he saw a lonely-looking teddy bear in a shop near his home close to Paddington railway station in London, and bought it for his wife.

He published his first book, "A Bear Called Paddington", in 1958, which was a little late for my first childhood, but what about my second?


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