Too much to bear?

There seem to be a lot of bears around at the moment. Surely they are supposed to be hibearnating? Maybe it’s an effect of global warming.

1. Badly Named Bear
So much has been written about this particular bear already, I’m not going to add to it. However I would like to point out that I was somewhat amused to see this little link at the bottom of the BBC’s page “What can’t be named Muhammad?“, a page with lots of debate about what may or may not be offensive to followers of Islam and other religions.

2. Armoured Bears
There seem to be a lot of these around at the moment, looking down from billboards and intimidating passers-by. (We’re off to see The Golden Compass tomorrow – the bear fight looks magnificent.)

3. I don’t know much about bears, but I know what I like
It may have been State Britain that won the Turner Prize for Mark Wallinger, but it was his visit to a Berlin art gallery dressed as a bear that seemed to catch the attention of the world’s media. Is it art? Who cares – it’s a brilliant idea! I wish I’d thought of it.

4. Fishing Bear
It’s not often that an ad brings joy into your life, particularly at this time of year, but the John West salmon-fishing comedy-fighting bear has managed it. Greeted with a rousing cheer in our house every time it appears, it is the only advert that makes us turn off the mute during the commercial breaks.

5. Birthday Bear
Another Berlin bear, one year old Knut, celebrated his birthday in the Zoologischer Garten with a fishy looking birthday treat. Altogether now – ahh! Isn’t he cute?

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