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Pad Pad Paddington!

I can’t begin to tell you how happy this photo of Hugh Bonneville and his Paddington statue makes me.

“The Journey of Marmalade” by Hugh Bonneville

I mean seriously. It’s Paddington Bear AND Downton Abbey rolled into one! *swoons*

The London Trail officially opened last week, with 50 Paddington statues scattered around the city. It’s fun to see all the different designs, the many “possibilities” of our favorite bear from darkest Peru.

I think “The Journey of Marmalade” is my fave, but here are a few others I especially love:

“Sherlock Bear” by Benedict Cumberbatch

“The Bear of London” by Boris Johnson

“Paddington Who?” by Peter Capaldi

“Shakesbear” by Michael Sheen

Visit the Paddington Trail website to see all the bear statues, notes about their designers, and a map of where the statues can be found. At the end of December, all the statues will be auctioned off for charity. How cool is that?!

Have a chunky marmalade kind of week!

(Tip your hat whenever possible.) :) :) :)

ETA: Today’s Hugh’s Birthday!

Hugh with other “Paddington” cast members

Now we must definitely have marmalade sandwiches today in his honor! Happy Birthday, Hugh!


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The other day while out golfing and playing tennis, several of our resident Paddingtons heard some exciting news: there will be a special Paddington Bear Storytime at Barnes and Noble stores across the country at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, November 8, 2014!

In anticipation of the new Paddington movie (whose opening has apparently been pushed back to January 16, 2015 instead of Christmas Day as we previously reported), local B&N stores will be giving out free movie tickets to storytime attendees while supplies last. These tickets can be used anytime between January 16 and March 31, 2015.

Barnes and Noble has just released a new, exclusive edition of  Paddington (picture book) that includes Paddington’s Scrapbook (chock full of little-known facts, travel souvenirs, photos and letters), illustrated by the fabulous R.W. Alley, of course!

AND, if you just happen to be lucky enough to live near the Brentwood, TN, Barnes and Noble store, note that Nicole Kidman, one of the stars in “Paddington,” will be reading from the Paddington B&N Edition on Thursday, November 6 at 4 p.m. :) Both these B&N events are of course free and open to the general public.

Have you been wondering who took Colin Firth’s place as the voice of Paddington? It’s 34-year-old British actor Ben Whishaw. Apparently Michael Bond’s daughter is ecstatic — saying he has captured Paddington exactly as she had imagined him to be (Paddington is computer-generated in the film).

Check out the new movie trailer and judge for yourself:

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I gotta admit — he’s really starting to grow on me. :)

Okay, back to business as usual . . .



Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

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“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas.” ~ Charles Dickens

Fa la la and doodleedoodleedoo.

Throw in a few jingle bells and merry merrys.

Was just re-digging A Hole is to Dig. Good things to remember no matter how tired, busy, grumpy, bumpy or wrinkly you get:

Dogs are for kissing people.

Hats are to wear on trains.

Mashed potatoes are to give everybody enough.

Tap into your essential child and you will always find the truth.

Earliest known Christmas photo of me. What I really wanted was a wooden spoon.


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"Crackers, Yeoman 2nd Class," by Denise Dewire (German distressed mohair, blue chambray sailor suit, tea-stained cap, 1988).

As a kid I had a dream – I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed. ~ John Lennon

♥ Today’s Sunday Bear Hug is brought to you by Mr. Cornelius, whose favorite Lennon song is “Imagine.” He also thinks you’d make a mighty fine Honey Pie. Rattle your jewelry, clink your teacups and have a smashing day!

(((((HUGS))))))HONEY PIE((((((HUGS))))))


Copyright © 2012 Cornelius Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights rockin’.

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"Mary Ann and her kitty Jellylorum," by Mary Holstad (beige mohair, shoebutton eyes, vintage low-waist frock, 1987)

Why I Wake Early
by Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety –
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light –
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day.
♥ This week’s Sunday Bear Hug is brought to you by Mr. Cornelius, who wishes you the brightest and most glorious of mornings, hoping you’ll carry this light with you throughout the week.
Copyright © 2012 Cornelius Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

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