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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 07 Nov 2016, 14:50

I remember the song ' Rupert, Rupert the Bear, everyone knows his name! :lol:

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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Courtenay » 07 Nov 2016, 16:55

Rob Houghton wrote:Brilliant! Imagine such a photo being included in a newspaper these days! There would be an outcry, lol! ;-)


It'd depend on which newspaper it was in... :P
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Stephen » 08 Nov 2016, 04:50

(I presume) the real Jackie Lee once thanked me when I complimented her singing this song on YouTube!

I said before I had two annuals from the 1970s, but my mum also got me a clearly older one from a school jumble sale. It had a big red cover, minus a dust jacket. I do remember a couple of very lurid stories in there, including one where he's shipwrecked and ends up on an island populated with spear-wielding savages. Anyway, with a bit of research, it seems this could well have been 'Rupert, Algy and the Cannibals' from the very first annual from 1936!

http://www.rupertbear.co.uk/the-1936-annual_P6.html

The title 'Rupert and the Wonderful Kite' rings a few bells as well. Could this be the story involving a secret garden, and sinister gardener who has a potion to make plants grow to enormous sizes?

Mine fell into a state of disrepair many years ago and has been long since thrown away. I had no idea at the time it was such a piece of historical legacy. Looking around, it seems if I ever wanted to read it again, it would cost me a few hundred pounds!
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Kate Mary » 08 Nov 2016, 09:12

That was indeed a 1936 Rupert Annual Stephen, the only one to have a dust-jacket with red boards underneath. I have a facsimile published in 1985 which cost me £4.95, even these are going for much, much more if they are in mint condition. I wish I'd bought half a dozen.
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Carlotta King » 08 Nov 2016, 10:06

Stephen wrote:(I presume) the real Jackie Lee once thanked me when I complimented her singing this song on YouTube!

I said before I had two annuals from the 1970s, but my mum also got me a clearly older one from a school jumble sale. It had a big red cover, minus a dust jacket. I do remember a couple of very lurid stories in there, including one where he's shipwrecked and ends up on an island populated with spear-wielding savages. Anyway, with a bit of research, it seems this could well have been 'Rupert, Algy and the Cannibals' from the very first annual from 1936!

http://www.rupertbear.co.uk/the-1936-annual_P6.html

The title 'Rupert and the Wonderful Kite' rings a few bells as well. Could this be the story involving a secret garden, and sinister gardener who has a potion to make plants grow to enormous sizes?

Mine fell into a state of disrepair many years ago and has been long since thrown away. I had no idea at the time it was such a piece of historical legacy. Looking around, it seems if I ever wanted to read it again, it would cost me a few hundred pounds!


I had that book too, mine had no paper cover either but it had red boards, and thick pages with black n white (and red n white) pictures inside.

The story with the sinister gardener was one of my favourites, I think it had very atmospheric illustrations of the creepy garden and gardener if I remember right?
And also the cannibal story - I loved that too!

And Rupert, Bill and the Pearls, I also had that one in a newer, colour annual, and I just loved the pictures in that, with the attic and the burglar and the black cat! :)
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Billy Farmer » 14 Nov 2016, 19:48

I am sure there must be some forum members, who have read the following article - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... bilia.html about Rupert Bear collector Doreen James, but I thought it was worth posting the link to the article, on this Thread.
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Tony Summerfield » 14 Nov 2016, 20:32

I have known Doreen for over 20 years as she is also an avid Blyton Collector and certainly when I visited her a while back she also had a Blyton room as well, but I am not sure if she still has one. Her biggest passion is actually Railwayana (if that word exists!) and she has a huge collection in her garden and goes all over the place to auctions. She has belonged to our Society since we were first formed and also came to almost every Enid Blyton Day. She is not on these forums as she doesn't have a computer!
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 14 Nov 2016, 22:16

The Rupert room looks very cheerful and inviting! I spoke to Doreen James at a couple of Enid Blyton Days - she's a lovely lady - so I knew she was nuts about Nutwood as well as Blyton. I hadn't seen the article before, so it's great to see her collection of all things Rupert.
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby RDMorrell » 16 Jul 2017, 13:45

I only ever had one Rupert annual - it was the 1976 one, I think. But I can remember reading through it several times, and it included a board game that I often used to enjoy playing. The stories used to be in prose, but then there would be illustrations with captions telling the story in rhyme as well.

Back when Wellington had an evening newspaper (The Evening Post), it would publish Rupert stories nightly, and I always used to read them in that. However, I didn't really like some of the fantasy elements (that's never been my scene), and got more into things like the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Hardy Boys and Biggles as I got a bit older. I think I continued reading Rupert stories in The Evening Post for as long as they were published, though.
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Billy Farmer » 27 Oct 2017, 11:54

You can now buy a DVD-ROM, on eBay - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rupert-Bear- ... SwI9JZ1ID~ which contains 40 Rupert Annuals.

All the episodes of the 1970's Rupert puppet series, are now available on DVD - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Rup ... upert+bear
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Rob Houghton » 27 Oct 2017, 13:37

Billy Farmer wrote:All the episodes of the 1970's Rupert puppet series, are now available on DVD - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Rup ... upert+bear


That's great news! :-D I loved that series as a kid!

Trouble is, I now have the song going round my head, lol! "Rupert, Rupert the bear, everyone knows his name..." :-D
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby John Pickup » 27 Oct 2017, 16:13

Rob Houghton wrote:Trouble is, I now have the song going round my head, lol! "Rupert, Rupert the bear, everyone knows his name..." :-D


After reading this, so have I. Thanks Rob. :x
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Daisy » 27 Oct 2017, 17:43

And it started in my head even before I read your remark, Rob. :roll:
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Re: Rupert Bear

Postby Rob Houghton » 27 Oct 2017, 18:01

Here we are - its always best to listen to something if its stuck in your head!

https://youtu.be/1wZ6Wt-9Zcc
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