I’ve been struggling today – having written over a thousand words and deleted most of them. The remaining fragment is saved as a draft and may never be published, which is ironic when you consider the subject is publication.
The trouble is that I kept getting bogged down with the misery of a serious intro.
So I’m now just going to get straight to the point.
The subject is bears, specifically which is the best bear, with a digression into bears that might have been,
Our bear, as seen in the picture, is Farmer Ted. He’s a bear known to only a few, though he is an excellent fellow and sound on rural matters.
His main competition comes from Rupert, Winnie the Pooh, Paddington and Yogi. I’m also fond of the Bulgy Bears, though they aren’t as well known as the rest. Number Two son has just nominated the three bears of Goldilocks fame, Kung Fu Panda and Bear in the Big Blue House. I’ve also just thought of Aloysius from Brideshead. Even better, I actually remembered how to spell it.
So, first question, who is your favourite bear?
My second question is – who else do you think wasted their talents instead of writing about bears?
If T S Eliot had concentrated on his lighter side and produced a bear book instead of messing about with the Four Quartets he could have been onto something. He did alright with cats so I don’t see why not.
There’s also Barrie, Grahame, Sassoon, Gavin Maxwell…
Memoirs of a Bear Hunting Man would have been a much fairer contest and Ring of Bright Water would not have ended well for the man with the shovel.
Bear of the Baskervilles anyone?