Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Our World Tuesday 4 December–United Buddy Bears

Another bear it’s not too hard to guess the origin of, but I have to say that apart from the flag, I was a bit puzzled about the meaning of its attire. What do you think?

2012-12-01 Buddy Bears Great Britain


A flag featuring both cross and saltire in red, white and blue
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

My first associations went to the song “Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves”… But here is what the artist herself says:

Artist: Marilyn Green

“My bears are really furry teddy bears dressed up as sheikhs, playfully wrapped into a Union Jack of the United Kingdom that has been ruffled by the wind. --- During the 20th century the Empire changed into the Commonwealth of Nations, an alliance of mainly independent states. Through its history, but also through its language the UK has brought together a large number of diverse nationalities and cultures and has become more multicultural than most other countries. --- I hope that this humorous playing with symbols contributes to finding a deeper understanding.”

Read more at the United Buddy Bears homepage.


I’m pre-scheduling this post, but intend to link up to
Our World Tuesday + Ruby Tuesday


  1. Got to be the best bear. Thanks!

  2. i don't see the Sheikh part, looks like a teddy in PJ's wrapped in the Union Jack. it is really cute and a great job of painting.

    1. Sandra, I did not see it either, until I read the explanation at the Buddy Bears homepage!

  3. Cute bear! Great catch for RT.

    My entries:

  4. Great find!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  5. This makes perfect sense once it is explained. Also a reminder that at one time, Britain did rule a huge chunk of the world.

  6. Oh so adorable ~ great shots ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  7. I have scrolled down through your bear posts - a whimiscal adventure!
    These are very cool!

  8. Good intentions! But the bear appears to be surrendering! In the Union Jack too!


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