Teddy Bears’ Picnic

“If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise/If you go down to the woods today, you’d better go in disguise/ For every bear that ever there was/Will gather there for certain because/ Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.”

Wonderland is a very strange place where everything is topsy-turvy and nothing quite makes much sense. Usually, the very ordered world in which I work doesn’t conform to this particular quirk of wonderland. This weekend, however, well, what can I say?

Substitute ‘woods’ for the British Museum and forget the bit about disguises (unless, of course, dressing up is your thing then, by all means, leave it in) and you’ve got a good idea of how my weekend went.

For this weekend, you see dear reader, was the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. I’m sure it was all Alan Measles’ doing, what with him being the Teddy Bear god and all that. There were even performing bears who danced every hour. I know people have certain ethical problems with performing bears, but these bears really love to dance. It would do them a disservice to make them stop.


If you go down to the woods today...

Perhaps more importantly, there was a new flavour of tea in the staff canteen. For me, at least, this is big news.

“But what” you ask “is this new brew?”

What is it indeed; it is an enchanting, alliterative blend of spearmint and strawberry. At first taste, the mint is the stronger flavour with the strawberry lingering playfully like a daydream on a summers’ day. As you continue the daydream becomes more vivid and the strawberry flavour becomes stronger to compliment the mint.

The best bit? No nasty after-tea taste and still only 30p in the canteen.


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