The Bear House is in Uproar.
Last week we acquired- very unwisely in my view- an archery set including an impressive fibre-glass bow and metal arrows. The Bears were in raptures and although the first week in September is usually fraught with the return to school , they were all excited by the promise of September sunshine and after-school archery competitions in the garden.
You would think that after a couple of days the Bears would have moved onto something else, but it quickly became evident that some of them were up to something, they were practicing with an intensity rarely seen and relays of young bears were obliged to practice from teatime to bedtime.
"What's going on?"- I asked Sir Archibald.
"It's the Scottish Independence issue", he replied gravely. "They've seen all the stuff on TV about the Yes No Referendum and in debates at school they've been radicalized with talk of Scotland declaring Independence".
"But where do the bow and arrows fit in?"
"I don't know yet" he said, "but they are definitely up to something."
"It'll blow over" I said cheerfully "its not as if we've got that many Scottish Bears in the house at the moment."
"It only takes one, Monty!" he said omininously.
I walked away with a smirk because I am a quarter Scottish myself , and thought no more about it, but unfortunately, on Tuesday night the bears were full of the news of UK leaders trip to Scotland to appeal to the Scots not to breakup the union. Factions for both sides had developed in the house , and the Scottish supporters were holed up on the third landing which they had declared the Scottish zone.
"I blame Hamish , he's the ring-leader" said Sir Archibald scratching his ears.
"But he's from Edinburgh!"
"All Scotland is mobilised" he said," its William Wallace all over again!"
Mysteriously the Bow and Arrow set has disappeared and there are complaints that the food cupboards have been raided and all the flipcharts and felt pens have been put into action. There are Saltires all across the top banisters, and when I looked there was a sentry on the stairs doing his homework.
"And the rumour is that we'll all need passports to go up there and change the sheets!" moaned the housekeeper. "It'll be ok till the rest of the house realizes they've captured the playstation and the best television, then expect all hell to break loose!" she warned .
Mind you, as a quarter-Scot , Monty's not expecting to be barred from either camp!
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Monty Middlechild, Bear adventurer, and supporter of the Arts, An ardent Bear Politico speaking up on behalf of Bears Everywhere !