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Day 26: 31 Days of Pandas

Did everyone eat too much? I know I did. Huzzah! On with 31 Days of Pandas! More from #TravelsofMiniBob

Mini Bob spends the holiday weekend at home.

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Mini Bob at his weekend place!

Panda On!

Ho ho ho!
Bob T Panda

Day 21: 31 Days of Pandas

We have reached the darkest day of the year, in more ways than one. If not for pandas, I don’t know that I would be able to go on. But here are pandas, and here is Pinky and Bubba. You will be happy (or not) to know that Pinky has gotten over her bout of niceness and caring and is back to…um…being Pinky.

But first, here’s today’s travels of Mini Bob Photo!

Mini Bob hobnobs with one of the locals! She’s wearing a tiara! Could it be one of the Royals?

But now, let’s get right to our feature ‘toon!

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surely you didn’t expect Pinky’s good behavior toward Bubba to last, did you?

It is encouraging to note that Bubba is getting wise to his sister’s ways, but he…um…still can’t resist getting wound up by her. He best keep a close watch on Banky Pig, just in case Pinky tries something sneaky.

Panda On!

Day 20: 31 Days of Pandas

When the going gets tough, we must turn to… PANDAS ! Even when all seems dark all around us, we must believe that we are surrounded by light, and that the forces of goodness will prevail. We can do that, can’t we? In the meantime, let your Senators and Representatives in Congress know what you’re thinking. If you don’t tell them, they won’t know. Most of them have websites with contact information. Save it to your phone, and call them once a week. Or every day. I’m thinking there will be something going on just about every day for, oh…maybe the next four years you might have an opinion on.

Meanwhile, here is Mini Bob, surrounded by light in a safe place.

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Mini Bob, at the entrance to Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath

Panda On
Bob T Panda

Day 19: 31 Days of Pandas

Oh my. 31 days of Pandas, 31 days until the inauguration. In my head, The Eve of Destruction and The Day the Music Died are playing in a continuous loop.

We must be brave. We must panda on.

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will the walls of the maze close in on us?

Panda on.
Bob T Panda

Day 18: 31 Days of Pandas

Mini Bob is kind of a culturally inclined bear, and so he never visits London without taking in a concert or two. Today’s photographic offering finds Mini Bob in the moments before a Vivaldi concert starts, at the world renowned St. Martin in the Fields. (as opposed to St. Martian in the Fields, more commonly referred to as War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells.) 31 Days of Pandas knows what is what!

And Mini Bob knows what is what; what, what?

The Hills are alive with the sound of Pandas….

And now, we return to the Story of Bubba, a small bear and his tummy…

Pinky does love her little brother! Or…maybe is she trying to pull a fast one on Santa?

You better watch out! You better not eat all the cuppycakes.
Pandy Claws is coming to town.

That’s right!

Panda On
Bob T Panda

Day 17: 31 Days of Pandas

Today’s 31 Days of Pandas travelogue takes you to the seat of power in Great Britain, the Houses of Parliament. Sort of a “Bob with the Bobbies” kind of thing. Oddly enough, they did not invite him to address Parliament. Security was rather heavy, though, and we are happy that we were not arrested for photographing Mini Bob at the gates.

Mini Bob is unafraid!

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Mini Bob goes Pexit!* Mini Bob looks a little apprehensive, don’t you think?

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

*Panda Exit

Day 10: 31 Days of Pandas

I’m late! I’m late! I don’t know what happened to me yesterday, but I just couldn’t compel myself to get today’s post ready yesterday, and deciding it was more important to finish the new ‘toons, I decided to delay, but not delete! So onward, with day 10 of 31 days of pandas!

Mini Bob at London’s Cartoon Museum

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Mini Bob is such a rebel! (notice no photography notice)

Comics are really big in Europe and Great Britain. I’ve visited cartoon museums in Brussels, Belgium in addition to this one. There are several museums in the US, including a really big collection at Ohio State University, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. This is definitely on my “places to visit” list! Mini Bob insisted on being photographed here, despite the “No Photography” sign. He is such a rebel! Like the museum we visited a few years ago in Belgium, this one had a wonderful display of political cartoons, going back a couple hundred years. Just saying!

Panda On!

Day 6: 31 Days of Pandas

Visiting London is not all about frosting, you know. Even though there are many cuppycake emporiums in London and we are JUST SAYING that it would not be a terrible reason to go there, even if some people think walking for hours all over the city and looking at stuff is a worthwhile endeavor…oh! Heh! I do get carried away when I think about frosting…..but 31 days of pandas takes us to many other places, don’t cha know! Like…

Art Museums!

There are like a gazillion art museums in and around London, and we went to a whole bunch of them. My favorite has always been The Tate Britain. I have been to The Tate Modern, but…well, it’s not my cup of tea. Give me the 19th century when it comes to painting.

Here’s Mini Bob with one of his favorite paintings, which visited  Seattle about 17 years ago. It’s a study for John Singer Sargent’s infamous portrait of Madame X, the finished version resides in New York City at the Metropolitan Art Museum.

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I remember this painting but with a different model…

Recently, another painting, purported to be by Sargent, was discovered. This one, while similar in pose and costume, was of an altogether different model.

Portait of the mysterious "Madame 'P' "

Portait of the mysterious “Madame ‘P’ “

Meanwhile, back at the panda satire ranch….

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

Day 5: 31 Days of Pandas

Oh yes! Mini Bob got some cuppycakes and brought them back to our London Flat, and then all hell broke loose. The was frosting and cake crumbs everywhere! Reminds me of one of my favorite Allie Brosh stories, The God of Cake. I discovered her blog Hyperbole and a Half a few years after I started my descent into pandas, finally coming to live on the island of misfit pandas. Go read it. I’ll wait.

And now, for 31 Days of Pandas #TravelsOfMiniBob

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just a little bit of frosting, pleeeeeese?

And now that we are in the deep trenches of the holiday shopping season, may we suggest shopping in your favorite panda emporiums, Pandyland or our book page? Pandas are standing by to take your calls.

Until tomorrow, Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Day 3: 31 Days of Pandas

Yes, it’s Day 3 of 31 Days of Pandas! October in Oxford was remarkably not rainy, unlike Western Washington this month and last. Could we please have one sunny day? But I’m getting distracted. While at Oxford, Mini Bob decided he wanted to visit one of the many colleges there. We went on a short self guided tour of Merton College, and pondered what it would be like to study in such a cloistered, academic environment.

Mini Bob even visited the chapel at the college.

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Mini Bob visits the chapel at Merton College

Be the traveling bear!
Bob T Panda