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Bears Are Making Movies

Our friend Katya is here in the studio to help us with our latest film project.  The Bears are hard at work on a music video to the Alien Influence track, Area 51.  As this will involve some chroma keying techniques, I have the important job of ironing out all the creases from the green screen!

Big Ted Ironing Greenscreen

Big Ted ironing the green screen

Watch out for more from the Bears as we work on Area 51!

Back From Our Road Trip

The bears are back from our road trip to Manchester to visit our friend Katya, who has just graduated from Staffordshire University. As Katya is in to film production, including camera work, sound recording and editing, we look forward to working on a film with her in the near future. Here is a picture of me with her business card, which I am just about to add to my collection!

Big Ted with Katya's Details

Big Ted with Katya’s Details

If you want to see some of Katya’s work, you can check her out at the following links:

The Bears Move In At Last

Bears Move In

Bears Move In With The Essentials

At last, following the successful conclusion of the court hearing by my people yesterday, the bears are finally moving into the studio. Here the guys and I move the essential beer supplies into the new building ready for our first jam session.

Let’s get rocking!

Drive Day 4 Laying the Concrete

Today is concrete day, so we finished off some detailing and waited for the concrete to arrive. As the delivery was later than expected, I entertained the guys from NDC with some beverages and reading tealeaves.

Once the concrete truck arrived it was all mad activity, with me organizing everything to ensure that things were in the right place. The team worked well, and left us with a coloured and imprinted drive.

Disappointment As Pool Arrives

Our people delivered a pool today but I must say we were disappointed. The name Spa implies bubbles and hot water, and somehow we had been lead to believe that it would be bigger than it is.  Clara was quite underwhelmed too!

You don’t think our people are playing games with us do you?

Big Ted in Terra Attack at Bristol Aquarium

Big Ted the charity fundraising bear and rock and roll superstar is currently traumatised after a routine marketing and publicity trip to Bristol Aquarium turned sour. While checking out the creatures in the Amazon section he was attacked by a rogue Terrapin which tried to drag him into the pool. Fortunately he was rescued at the last moment by the quick actions of Michelle, one of his people.

Big Ted Terra Attack

Big Ted Terra Attack

Earlier Big Ted had be pointing out the attractions to his marketing and support group who were in attendance at the time of the attack, unaware of the drama which was to follow.

Big Ted is recovering from his ordeal at an undisclosed location near Bristol. The Terrapin is reported to have returned to the Amazon tank without making any comment, and non the worse for the encounter.

Hero the Bear in Arnhem

As you know, Hero the bear is providing moral support and assistance to the @TechyTubbies Team participating in the Help for Heroes 4X4 Rally. They stayed overnight at Arnhem, close to where the 1st British Airborne Division dropped for Operation Market Garden on 17 September 1944.

Operation Market Garden was launched to shorten the war and save lives but was ultimately unsuccessful. Part of the story is immortalized in the 1977 film directed by Richard Attenborough, A Bridge Too Far

Hero checking out the tent near Arnhem

Hero checking out the tent near Arnhem

Hero can be seen above checking out the security of the tent before settling down for the night.

Find out more about Help for Heroes Rally:

Help for Heroes Rally Sets Off

The bears were privileged to be at the start of the Help for Heroes 4X4 Rally setting off from Littlecote House Hotel, in Berkshire.  The first participants set off at 1130hrs with the teams leaving at 45 second intervals.

As usual, I did the final preparation with team TechyTubbies, with help from Arthur and Hero, while the rest of the bears explored the grounds of Littlecote House Hotel. Unfortunatly they were too busy sampling the food in Oliver’s Bistro, and missed the photographers and the rally start!

Arthur and I waved Hero off with the team, and have been following their progress live via SkyTag GPS
You can follow Team 24 via Live Track H4H 4X4 Rally  ‬

Other links:

Banging on the Bell Cast

No work on the rendering yesterday due to the weather.  Interestingly, bears and plasterers don’t like the rain much!

Today we put on some of the mesh corners round the windows and doors.  Of course I let the people do the hard stuff while I gave useful hints and helped holding up the Bell Cast Bead. This bead, also known as Render Stop Bead, forms and protects the lower edge of the external render.

Scratch Coat - Big Ted gets the bead level

Scratch Coat – Big Ted gets the bead level