Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Paddington (1975) The Bear Facts

The BBC television series Paddington, produced by Michael Bond and London-based animation company Film Fair, was first broadcast in 1975. This series had an extremely distinctive appearance: Paddington was a stop-motion puppet moving in a three dimensional space in front of two-dimensional backgrounds (which were frequently sparse black-and-white line drawings), while all other characters were 2D drawings — in one scene, a character hands Paddington a jar of marmalade that becomes 3D when Paddington touches it. Animator Ivor Wood also worked on The Magic Roundabout and Postman Pat. The series was narrated by Michael Hordern. In the United States, episodes aired on PBS, on the syndicated series Romper Room, on Nickelodeon as a segment on the programme Pinwheel and on USA Network as a segment on the program Calliope in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as in between preschool programming on the Disney Channel throughout the 1990s. The series also aired on HBO in between features, usually when they were airing children's programmes. The series won a silver medal at the New York Film and Television Festival in 1979 — the first British animated series to do so.

A second television series, produced by Hanna - Barbera, debuted in 1989 as part of The funtastic world of Hanna - Barbera. This series was traditional two-dimensional animation and featured veteran voice actor Charlie Adler as Paddington and Tikm Curry as Mr. Curry. The character of an American boy named David, Jonathan and Judy Brown's cousin who arrived in London on the same day as Paddington, was added to the stories in the 1989 cartoon.

The most recent series, produced by Cinar Films, was first broadcast in 1997 and consisted of traditional two-dimensional colour animation. The show was called The Adventures of Paddington Bear.

Paddington Bear also appeared in The Official BBC Children In Need Medley with Peter Kay along with several other animated characters. In the video, Paddington makes a grand appearance by winking at the cameramen when they take photos of him; Kay tries to put a cloak on Paddington, but it keeps sliding off. He also joins the rest of the group for the final act. In the second season Christmas episode of Community Prof. Duncan talks about his tenth Christmas. He states that his mom always gave him Paddington books for Christmas.

Message in a Bottle (1979)

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"Message in a Bottle" by The Police was from their second album, Reggatta De Blanc.

The song is ostensibly about a story of a castaway on an island, who sends out a Message in a Bottle to seek love. A year later, he has not received any sort of response, and despairs, thinking he is destined to be alone. The next day, he sees "a hundred billion bottles" on the shore, finding out that there are more people like him out there. The Police debuted the song on a live television show called "Rock N' Roll Goes to School", filmed at Hatfield Polytechnic School in Hertfordshire, England. The Police donated all money earned from the show to the school.

The single was The Police's first number one hit in the United Kingdom but only reached No74 in the United States. An alternate "Classic Rock" mix is available on Every Breath You Take: The Classics. This is Sting's favorite song as confessed to Jools Holland of BBC fame.

The Police performed at Live Earth, a 2007 charity concert to raise awareness of global warming and other environmental hazards and performed "Message in a Bottle" as the US finale, with John Mayer playing guitar with Andy Summers (who described the track as a personal favorite in his book One Train Later) and Wayne West performing a rap verse over the chorus of the song.

"Message in a Bottle"
Single by The Police
from the album Reggatta de Blanc
ReleasedSeptember, 1979
Format7" Single
GenreRock, New Wave
Length3:50 (7" single edit)
4:50 (Full-length album version)
LabelA & M - AMS 7474
Writer (s)Sting
ProducerNigel Gray
Stewart Copeland
Andy Summers
CertificationGold (BPI)
The Police singles chronology
"So Lonely"
"Message in a Bottle"
"Walking on the Moon"

Joe 90 Top Secret (No 5)

Joe 90 Top Secret No. 5
This edition was published on 15th February 1969. Inside the features were, Quiz 90, Joe's Hobbies (The Story of X-15, Champions of Sport - David Hemery, World Intelligence Network (Information and Jokes) A competition to win 100 Corgi Ghia Mangustas and Top Ten Racing Cars No 5 - Ferrari.