Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Tories Rally For Winnie

Not our Tories but British Tories, with a kick in the pants from Labour back benchers. Sorta like the current situation in the house over here, Tories do the right thing when kicked in the pants by the NDP.

British guards' bearskin hats may face ban
Conservative lawmaker Ann Widdecombe has now urged her party to support the motion aimed at replacing the bearskins with artificial substitutes. "Black bears, who are intelligent and curious animals, are slaughtered in Canada so that their skins may be used for ceremonial hats," Widdecombe wrote in a letter to her party colleagues on Thursday.

Now if only the Eeyores in the Harper government would remember that Winnie was short for Winnipeg the Bear. Perhaps we could save out endangered black bear population.

After all Winnie is as old as Queen Elizabeth.
Winnie the Pooh turns 80

Christopher Robin
and his "Winnie"

One of the original drawings
by E.H. Shepard

Christopher and the
real Winnie Ther Pooh

The bear was Christopher Robin's inspiration for calling
his own teddy bear Winnie. Winnie is typically a female name,
but Christopher Robin insisted his bear was a boy.
In the first chapter of Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne writes the following:

When I first heard his name, I said, just as you are going to say,
"But I thought he was a boy?"

"So did I," said Christopher Robin.

"Then you can't call him Winnie?"

"I don't."

"But you said---"

"He's Winnie-ther-Pooh. Don't you know what 'ther' means?"

"Ah, yes, now I do," I said quickly; and I hope you do too,
because it is all the explanation you are going to get.

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