Lost and Found: Restoring the faith of humanity

I lost my nephew’s teddy bear and he was inconsolable.  Until now he remembers the episode and still makes me feel guilty about it.  There is no such thing as forgiveness when I scared him for life. This is just a great story to be had during our round table dinner conversation.

Lalalalala….  I sing loud enough and stick my fingers in my ears so I won’t hear a never-ending-story.

Too bad, there were no smart phones, no texting, no tweeting, no selfies at the time. Lost is lost. There’s nothing I can do. Accept it, grow up and live with it.

We have come a long way, news travel fast due to social media and some people use it wisely to help save a lost teddy bear and find its owner.


Here’s the story:

On December 13, 2013, a woman named Lauren Bishop Vranch found a small stuffed animal, lost and forlorn at Kings Cross Station. The little thing was completely threadbare and had obviously been some child’s close companion for years – and now he was all alone. Determined to help out a child in need, Lauren picked up the stuffed animal (which she guessed was a teddy bear) and took to the internet. She was determined to save it.

Found this well-loved little dude on an East Coast Train at Kings Cross – let’s find the owner, Twitter! (6,400 times retweets)

Tried to hand #lostbear to train staff but was advised he’d be dropped off at Inverness, when his owner travelled York-Kings Cross. (10 retweets)

Little bear has found a cosy pub with a fire and Christmas tree. Think he misses home tho. (50 retweets)

With all these tweets, Lauren includes a photo of the little bear and its surrounding. Isn’t that sweet?

Waiting for the show to start #lostbear (37 retweets)

Bear has found his way backstage at Northern Stage Newcastle. he’s going to see some panto. Lucky Bear (35 retweets)

Little bear has found a nice hotel to stay in. Tho’ the more I look at him, the more he looks like a dog (37 retweets)

#Lostbear’s morning walk on the quayside. Beautiful day.(90 retweets with a photo of the bear by the water and beautiful scenery.)

Sad #lostbear. Not out of the (metaphorical) woods yet. Someone must know him. (226 retweets. I think this is serious now. The photo of the bear looks very sad.)

#lostbear’s journey back to London. Lost property awaits. (197 retweets. The bear is sitting by the window sill on a train ride.)

Thank goodness, when she arrived London, the Lost Property Department was closed as it was the weekend. So, little bear stayed longer with Lauren and watched television.

Then something miraculous happened. The family that little bear belonged to saw Lauren’s post on a Facebook page. A little girl named Phoebe lost the little (as it turns out) lion named Roar when she was on a family trip to London.

By now, it was December 15, 2013.

Well done, internet!! It looks like the owner of #lostbear has been found. Bear is actually a lion – oops! :) Thanks everyone!! (353 retweets)

Ben Simpson, the father, posted: WOW the power of the internet and kind folk – that’s my daughter Phoebe’s bear – she has been in tears all weekend and I’ve just show her the picture and she is over the moon. Thank you all so much!

Ben made a special trip to London to claim Roar.

Dec 16, 2013: I spoke to Phoebe’s dad this morning and Roar is now on his way to Yorkshire to be reunited. Thanks everyone who retweet and shared. (60 retweets)

And they lived happily ever after and Lauren restored the faith of humanity.

Source: Sunny Skyz

Old is inspiring. Old is beautiful. Old is character. Old isn’t dead.

Old Faithful Project by Pete Thorne

Old Faithful Project by Pete Thorne

Notice how distinct older dog’s faces are compared to more youthful ones. All the telltale signs: lumps and bumps, gray hair, chipped and missing teeth. Some had loss their eyesight, some were missing their eyes altogether – evidence of both a struggle with old age and of a life well lived.

In the pictures in Old Faithful, their lives are written all over their faces. Lifetimes of digging, barking, licking and loving. They’re the kinds of dogs who have comforted you, frustrated you, peed on you, and been your friend through it all.

This is a project of Pete Thorne photographing old dogs. The older the better.

Visit his website to see more photos of Old Faithful at Pete Thorne Photo as well as read the back stories of these old doggies on Facebook.

Old Faithful Photo Project by Pete Thorne

Old Faithful Photo Project by Pete Thorne

If you’re interested in having your pet photographed while he’s in Vancouver contact pete@petethornephoto.com.

* Source: Pete Thorne Photo website and Facebook


Unhappily Married: An Indian Humour

These photos were taken from a shopping bag “Unhappily Married” and should explain the title.

Cows, boat and huge family

Cows, boat and huge family: Only in India!

Black sheep and Kama Sutra

Black sheep and Kama Sūtra

Drinking beer is cheaper than being married

Drinking beer is cheaper than being married

Check out their Facebook, it’s hilarious. Go ahead, it’s pure and clean.


Act of Kindness ~ Lift Off

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation  “This is the world I want to live in.”
There you go, David,15 minutes of fame, LIFT OFF!
Live & Learn by David Kanigan

Live & Learn by David Kanigan

If you want to read the post, click on David’s link 15 minutes of fame or click on the photo that will direct you to Random Acts of Kindness Facebook.
David, how many hits now??? Happy for you!