For amateur historians and trivia collectors everywhere

Location: Masterton, New Zealand

I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The 100 Aker Wood.
This day in 1882 saw the birth of A. A. Milne, the man who created Christopher Robin (in more ways than one), Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and many others, in the 1920s. His characters have survived the years, although today's generation will be more familiar with the diluted, commercialised Disney versions.

Reading about the fictional Christopher Robin through modern, adult eyes, we can see a rather sad, lonely child of his times - born of aloof English upper-class parents and raised by a nanny - who retreats into an imaginary world with his bear of little brain and other stuffed toys .

This is poignantly illustrated in the last verse of a poem about Binker, a secret friend who nobody else can see -
"Well, I'm very fond of Daddy, but he hasn't time to play,
And I'm very fond of Mummy, but she sometimes goes away,
And I'm often cross with Nanny when she wants to brush my hair
But Binker's always Binker, and is certain to be there".


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