I was the biggest ever Paddington Bear fan as a little girl. I begged my parents to buy me all of the paperback editions of his stories from the school book club, and I devoured them. I learnt a lot of very English phrases from Paddington - I have always been 'rather partial to a cup of cocoa and a sticky bun', and I can still remember wondering to myself what exactly it meant when Mr and Mrs Brown 'exchanged glances'.
I still have my book collection. And I was thrilled to see that the old 1970s/80s Paddington from the TV series (which was great) has made a comeback in the UK, to celebrate Paddington's 50th birthday.
I saw some great gifts and toys while I was over there, that I was secretly tempted to buy for myself. I think I will definitely get one of the mounted prints for my office, hee hee...
Michael Bond has also wrtten the first new Paddington book in many years, Paddington Here and Now.
And do look at this new TV ad for Marmite (disgusting Vegemite-like spread), it made me want to watch the original TV programmes all over again, maybe I will! Having said that, I don't believe that Paddington would EVER prefer Marmite to marmalade, and I understand that a lot of people, including Michael Bond himself, have been a little upset by Paddington's 'sell-out' (read here).
Were YOU a Paddington fan?