This is a bear story for Nicola Makoway, my publicist in Canada. She is from the UK and I worry that she might be home sick with all this cold weather. I wanted to find her a bear story from the other side of the pond.
What I came up with is Valerie from Surrey, who tells a cracker of a bear story on The Graham Norton Show. The story takes place in a bear enclosure near Paris.
For those not acquainted with a Panda ‘soft top’, it’s a car with an open roof that has sturdy fabric to pull across for cover.
Not a bad idea as a mid-point between a convertible and a roof, but not enough to keep the bears at bay–is it?
Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. don’t seem to think so. Especially as Valerie and her family were only armed with peanuts.
For the record, I disagree with Eddie Izzard’s critique of Valerie’s story telling at minute 2:43, that she needed to bring the bear closer to the front of her story.
That may be true in some cases, but for this particular bear story a slow, mundane lead up is just right. And I like Valerie’s dead pan delivery. I quite like Valerie.