I am afraid to enlighten you, Mike, but Pudsey Bear isn't a real bear,
he is George Osborne in a furry suit.
On 11/4/15, Mike Weatherley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>From: British archaeology discussion list <[log in to unmask]> on
>> behalf of John Wood <[log in to unmask]>
>>Sent: 02 November 2015 22:01
>>I was under the impression that these lanterns were meant to ward off evil
>> spirits and other nasties on Hallowe'en.
> Now John, surely you're not comparing the tots who knock our doors
> 'trick-or-treating' with evil spirits and other nasties... :-)
>>On 11/2/15, Malcolm J Watkins <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> I am not (although I did not make it clear) suggesting that Halloween
>>> (All Hallows eve) is new. No, it is simply the commercialisation that is
>>> new, and
>>> I seriously doubt if the concept behind the commercialisation goes back
>>> far - that is to say obtaining 'gifts' by blackmail.
> Speaking of which, you've just reminded me: It'll be 'Children in need',
> soon... (I was once 'mugged' in a pub by 'Pudsey Bear' - emptied my wallet
> Mike (BSc)