Friday, January 27, 2017


Australia Day 2017

January 26 is Australia Day, the national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney. The First Fleet was a load of sailors, soldiers bringing lots of convicts who had been sent out from England to try and set up a colony in New South Wales. The English had classed Australia as "Terra Nullis", uninhabited land. Naturally, there is a bit of angst from the indigenous inhabitants, who had been living there for around 50,000 years. I really do hope that all of inhabitants of this great country of ours will stop sniping at one another and work together as a single group - AUSTRALIANS. The Oldies always have a little celebration on Australia Day, where they dress like caricature Aussies and toast the country in suitable brews. So here we are this year, and I would like to claim that this small bear had no in choosing the headgear.
January 26 is also the national day of India. There are several Indian families living in our apartment complex and we all agree that the best thing that our self-proclaimed colonial masters (the Poms) did for our countries was to introduce us to that magnificent game, cricket.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017


My New Cat Cobber

Our family increased by one last week. Mum brought home a cute cat to join Scruffy, Milkshake and me. We have named her Ivy Bella, because our apartment block is the Ivy, and "bella" means "beautiful" in Italian. I think she is the cutest thing; Milky is showing signs of jealousy. And guess what, she likes cricket. There is a big cricket series on at the moment, the Big Bash League, and we have spent the evenings right in front of the TV watching every minute of the games. Our favourite team is the Melbourne Stars, and so far they are right at the top of the ladder.
Otherwise, things have been pretty quiet here for the last couple of weeks as we enjoy settling into our new home. However, things are about to get exciting again, because I see the oldies planning some road trips and cruises. I should have some new places to show you soon.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Beary Christmas 2016

Due to some technical glitches, mostly caused by Dad, I wasn't able to wish you all a great Christmas and New Year before now, so please accept my best wishes for you and yours for the coming year. I was a bit worried that Santa mightn't be able to find me now that we have moved into the new place, so I set out some markers and lures. First step was to make the balcony obvious to those hypersonic STOL reindeer that haul Santa around. Some battery-powered ornaments and a string of flashing Christmas lights marked out the runway. Then some munchies to get Santa in a good mood. The Oldies say Santa likes beer, chocolate and fruit mince pies. Funnily enough, so do the Oldies. Anyhow, it all worked because next morning the munchies were gone and there were two notes for me from the old whiskery guy. One said that teenage bears should be able to choose their own presents, the other note was a $100 one. Presents are being contemplated, but I am overwhelmed by the available choices. Of course there is always a clown in any Christmas gathering. Dad found a reindeer happily singing to itself and managed to get bitten by it. Funny, I couldn't find the rest of the reindeer on the other side of the wall; these deer of Santa's are really extraordinary critters.

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