A Paddington Bear Guide to Fine & Decorative Arts

Continuing with our Paddington Bear series, I’ll be examining Paddington and the Old Master[i] and Too Much Off the Top[ii], where Paddington learns a great deal about art and antiques from his friend Mr. Gruber, who owns a shop in the Portobello Road.  Their friendship not only affords cocoa and buns every morning, but provides […]

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A Paddington Bear Guide to Auctions

Like many little girls, I was once crazy for teddy bears, evidenced by the storage boxes collecting dust in my mother’s attic.  Paddington, a “very rare bear” from “Darkest Peru”, was the bear that started it all.  As a child, I identified with Paddington Bear because he resembled me: well-intentioned, but out of his depth.  […]

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The Enigma of Joan Clarke: Numismatist

Like many Holidays-makers (happy to be off work, though desperate to escape their relatives), I recently saw The Imitation Game.  Based on true events, The Imitation Game chronicles the struggle of Alan Turing, father of the digital computer, to break the “unbreakable” Nazi Enigma code during World War II. I initially went to see Benedict […]

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