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Books and bears


I’ve had this paper for ages but I could never find it’s complement for the inside – until yesterday. I have had the grey/cream inside paper for ages too but just didn’t connect the two. They actually work very well together. The paper on the outside is a Japanese ‘Katazome-shi’ paper which literally means ‘stencil-dyed paper’. It is also referred to a ‘Wazome’. It’s more expensive than the Japanese ‘Chiyogami’ paper I often use, as it is very time consuming to make apparently. According to Falkiners :

Based on traditional kimono-printing techniques, these elegant bold patterned papers were developed in Kyoto during the 20th century by an inspired soul. Using persimmon-dyed kozo as the stencils, and aided by paste and “Kojiro” (soy bean juice), the pigments absorb deeply into the paper to produce long-lasting colour and the unmistakable look of a print truly made by hand“.

I think this is a very ‘grown up’ book and the paper almost has the texture of fabric – beautiful.

It has been pointed out by various people that I have forgotten to mention several famous Polar Bears in my earlier post on the subject, so to remedy this here are a few more.

Firstly for Ed over at The Pisstakers, and to say thank you for TWO funny reviews this week, here is the Fox’s Glacier Mints Polar Bear. I hope your dad’s teeth have recovered.


Then for Alex, here is Knut, the cutest Polar Bear cub ever, who was abandoned by his mother at birth in Berlin Zoo. The zoo staff decided that the best thing to do was to not intervene and to leave him to die naturally. Cue public outcry and Knut was reprieved.


And I have just remembered this one, the Polar Bear in the Chilly Willy cartoons Did I mention I like penguins as well? (But that is a whole other post!)


Then there is this Polar Bear

and finally, the one I want to see. I am re-reading this book for the third or fourth time and can’t wait to see the film. This is Iorek Byrnison, the armoured Polar Bear from the wonderful children’s book ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman, now filmed as ‘The Golden Compass’ starring Daniel Craig (woo hoo!) and Nicole Kidman.

Not such a cuddly bear….


And finally, as they used to say on the news, my team, Manchester United, won their match against Newcastle United by 6 – 0 on Saturday, which took them to the top of the Premier League. Marvellous.

Passionate about Polar Bears


This book is one I have made which I think would be a good kiddies book. I bought a few children’s printed papers, thinking they might be useful for covering photo albums for new babies but really there is no reason why they can’t be used for notebooks too.


I do like Polar Bears. Two of the funniest jokes I have ever heard involve Polar Bears. One was a very long and convoluted joke which can be strung out for ages by having the baby Polar Bear ask various Polar Bear relatives the same questions before springing the punch line. Here is the abridged version.

Baby Polar Bear says to Dad Polar Bear, ‘Am I a Grizzly Bear?’

Dad says ‘No, you are a Polar Bear’.

Baby Polar Bear then says, ‘Am I a Brown Bear?’

Dad says ‘No, I told you, you are a Polar Bear!’

Baby Polar Bear says ‘Am I a Koala Bear?’

Dad is now getting very exasperated and says ‘I just told you – you are a Polar Bear. Not a Brown Bear or a Grizzly Bear or a Koala Bear. Why are you asking such stupid questions?’

Baby Polar Bear: ‘ Because I’m bloody freezing!’

Well, it made me laugh.

The other joke is just as silly but does need some local knowledge….

Why don’t Polar Bears eat penguins?

At this point you are supposed to display your marvellous knowledge of the animal kingdom by saying that it’s because Polar Bears live at the North Pole and penguins live at the South Pole. To which I reply ‘No, it’s because they can’t get the wrappers off’. This joke is only funny if you know that Penguins are also a chocolate bar available in the UK…..


To end today’s post with a topical theme, here is a Polar Bear cartoon.