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    Default 50th Anniversary of Paddington Bear

    Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He first appeared on 13 October 1958 and was subsequently featured in several books, most recently in 2008, written by Michael Bond and first illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. The polite immigrant bear from Darkest Peru, with his old bush hat, battered suitcase and marmalade sandwiches has become a classic English children's literature icon. Paddington books have been translated into thirty languages across seventy titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Over 265 licensees, making thousands of different products across the UK, Europe, USA, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and South Africa all benefit from the universal recognition of Paddington Bear.

    Paddington is an anthropomorphised bear. He is always polite (always addressing people as "Mr.", "Mrs." and "Miss" and very rarely by first names) and well-meaning (though he inflicts hard stares on those who incur his disapproval), likes marmalade sandwiches and cocoa, and has an endless capacity for getting into trouble. However, he is known to "try so hard to get things right".

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    Anyone else remember reading this books as a kid?

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    I don't think I've read it. I liked Babar though, if that counts for anything.

    But hey, I'll raise a toast for Paddington.

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    I always got Paddington confused with Corduroy the bear, even though their only similarity is in the fact that they are both bears.
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    I wasn't big on Paddington.
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    It's very sad that Paddington has to share a holiday with that asshole Christopher Columbus.

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    When I was a kid (eeekk, some 30-ish years ago), I was so in love with Paddington Bear. My parents made my bedroom into a whole Paddington theme, from bed sheets to wallpaper. I loved my Paddington room.

    He was always a role model of mine, and a good one at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    It's very sad that Paddington has to share a holiday with that asshole Christopher Columbus.
    It's the 50th anniversary of dear Paddington, anyways, October 12 was yesterday!

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    Yeah, Columbus Day is actually the 12th, it's just celebrated on the second monday of October. I remember a year or two ago it was on my birthday and I had the day off, was nice.

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    I read them as a kid when I could read, and had them read to me when I could not. So yay for him surviving so long ^_^b great children's role model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryPenguin View Post
    My parents made my bedroom into a whole Paddington theme, from bed sheets to wallpaper.

    Same here, except I hated the room, I wanted a girly room not a teddy bear one. Never mind the outfit they bought me.

    Wow, only 50 yrs, for some reason he seems so much older.
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