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It is a little known fact that famed children’s book illustrator E. H. Shepard was a huge Ciarán Hinds fan. Whilst rummaging through an obscure archive in the Victoria and Albert Museum, I came across incontrovertible evidence:

A little something

Pooh is said to be a Bear of Very Little Brain, but I think people underestimate him. After all, he invented the game of Poohsticks.

Christopher Robin

Pooh is a Brave Bear, too, and ready for any adventure.


True, he gets anxious at the prospect of a Heffalump raiding his honey stores. But who among us has not felt the same?

Horrible Heffalump

He likes to travel and go on Expotitions (especially if the potition involves Honey). In fact, he is credited with discovering the North Pole in the Hundred Acre Wood.


Pooh has several close friends. We often see him with Tigger, an admirable fellow with slightly too much Bounce.


Pooh has had some startling adventures.

How sweet to be a cloud

Christopher Robin even made him a knight.

Sir Pooh

His favorite color seems to be green. 

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And he’s very good about signing autographs.

We send our love

Key to the photographs:

Now, then, Pooh: Above Suspicion.
Playing Poohsticks: with James McAvoy in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him.
Tracking the Dangerous Heffalump: with Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion.
Help, Help: The Eclipse.
An Expotition: with Kit Harington in Game of Thrones.
Tigger’s Been Strengthened: with James Purefoy in The Mayor of Casterbridge.
How Sweet to Be a Cloud: with Nic Cage in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Rise Sir Pooh de Bear: Excalibur.
Piglet’s Birthday Party: with Lyndsey Marshal in HBO’s Rome.
Well Anyhow: from It’s Only Mia

The title of today’s post is adapted from A. A. Milne’s book Now We Are Six. Most of the illustrations (by E. H. Shepherd) are from A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, but a few later versions have crept in.


Pooh and his precious pots of honey.