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June 17, 2005

The famous teddy bears of Zurich

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This is a picture of a teddy bear statue in Zurich. The Big Apple, or New York, is the theme, evidenced by the, well, big apple in its one hand and its Statue of Liberty crown. There are thousands of these statues all over the City, all with different themes. Strangely, I could not find any monkeys. I was a bit disappointed.

Anyway, this is an offshoot of the Cow craze that swept a lot of cities just after the millennium. I think it started in New York. In any case, they will be displayed for awhile and then auctioned off for charity.

The city unveiled these statues on a Saturday and the city announced a shopping day for the Sunday (usually shops are closed). The shop workers were not so happy about this and kidnapped a lot of the statues and took them to Bern. (Apologies if I did not get the story right…our local expert told me this after we had drank three bottles of wine). Anyway, they made their points but the stores still opened. And the teddy bears are still hanging around Zurich. I think it is a bit over the top, but the tourists seemed to like it.

Posted by Kirk on June 17, 2005 02:39 AM


Are you sure that teddy isnt based on a certain Mr Kirk Boodry? There is a striking resemblence

Posted by: Preyash at June 17, 2005 03:47 PM

I guess I should have taken a picture of the teddy bear with the pink dress and a pint of lager. that way, the people who read this would know what YOU look like

Posted by: kirk at June 17, 2005 04:29 PM

Well pink is the new black this season...

Posted by: Preyash at June 19, 2005 11:21 AM