To the person that asked 'Can
my teddy bear travel Germany without me?' I can tell you s/he
can certainly travel Berlin without you. It might be worth
contacting these people, if you have not already, to ask about
teddies travelling without their owner around Germany at large.
Sorry if you already know this but think it will also be of
interest to other people anyway. Though I'd never entrust
the care of Bearsac onto anyone else.
is now a page on our trip to South East Asia in the travel
centre or click
here. More word will be added when we have time.
also updated the Bearsac
Meets Public page with 29 photos of lots of people we
met in South East Asia. Have a look. If you are one of the
people with missing or incorrect names then let us know.
you Tony for bringing to my attention that I am on the Internet
Movie Database IMDb.
I think this is so funny! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542390/
People can see the 15 min video of me and Debra.
Beware! - If you want to go
to great effort to trudge the length of a busy Shenley Road
market (having been going in the opposite direction) just
to have a go at someone that is different to your idea of
'normal' because you think you might get on TV - You might
end up on the public arena looking a fool or nasty even if
you are neither!
No hard feelings to the woman
this refers to though and sorry for Debra laughingly saying
to her friends 'That's that woman from the filming' when she
saw you for the first time since the filming - she just reacted
spontaneously before she thought (typically Aspie). When she
realised it might have upset or embarrass you she then made
sure she had her head tilted back with her drink in her face
when you had no choice but to go past her again so you didn't
have to feel uncomfortable with thinking you were being looked
at the second time.
have still not yet recovered from jetlag as
we are very busy at the moment. We
are therefore not able to update the travel or Bearsac Meets
Public sections yet. Nor have we yet had time to send out
things we said we would send to some people we met. We will
get around to stuff hopefully over this weekend or the next.
last 3 weeks have seen us in South East Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia,
Singapore and Thailand. We will update the travel section
over the next few days. Meanwhile see my Bearsac
Meets Celebrities page for photo of a Thai pop group I
almost met - Lao Lome who performed live in celebration of
the 82nd birthday of the King of Thailand.
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, came to the throne in 1946.
He is, so far, the longest reigning monarch in the world.
He looks very young for his age, we assume him to be only
in his 50s from the photographs of him.
Hello to all the lovely people
we met on our trip. Big Thank you to Dwi and family in Bandar
Lampung and to the Indonesian backpackers we spent the day
with in Bogor.
19th November 2009
I got an email yesterday and
asked the sender if I could put the message in this diary
as I hope that it will have some positive impact on people
feeling misrable due to the awful train service which continues.
Let's not let it beat us, let's instead try to cheer each
other up and/or be considerate. Also hope it brings some light
to those of you who view the Bearsac thing with ignorance.
Dear Bearsac and Debra
We shared a very crowded First
Capital Connect train from London to St Albans together this
evening, although you both got off at Elstree & Borehamwood.
I boarded at Blackfriars and so got a seat - although I soon
gave it up to someone more needy at City Thameslink. And,
from then on, it got more and more unpleasant!
So I was pleased when you
boarded; with your friendly and open approach. Unfortunately,
I wasn't close enough to chat to you but hope you weren't
put off by the grumpy people on the train! Commuting doesn't
bring out the best in people and the current train problems
are a challenge for the jolliest of commuters. But, as I said,
please don't let that dampen your approach.
I, for one, checked out your
website, given the information you provided as you left, and
found it very interesting. I'm sure that you are an inspiration
to others and I hope to have time to read your book one day.
I hope to meet you both again
on a less crowded train in the near future!
Kind regards David
Further to David's message
I got an email from anothr person with a link to a clip of
Mr Bean and his teddy bear at a pet show. Thought I'd share
it with you. Sorry about teh Smirnoff Vodka d at the beginning
teddy bear problem page has a 25th
problem. This is for those humans and teddies affected by
'Parents Say Too Old for Teddy Bears Syndrome'.
those of you that enjoy, or have not yet seen the teddy
bear problem page there is a 24th problem; this one though,
is from a cuddly toy wolf!
is a new customer review at the bottom of the page about Debra's
job took us to Parliament today, as it sometimes does. She
had a knife taken off her on being searched. It was just a
Swizz Army style knife but the shame. After the meeting we
were there for we met Tom Clarke MP. He was intrigued to know
who I was so I introduced myself and sold him Debra's
book! He was the first person to buy it in Parliament.
We just missed Lord Rix leaving the meeting but I'm sure we
will get him next time as we attend meetings attended by them
both quite often. Thanks Tom and make sure Brian that you
have tenner on you next All Party Parliamentary on Learning
Hello to the lovely lady we sat next to.
had to attend a training course in Yeovil yesterday. We stayed
overnight the night before in a beautiful farmhouse B&B
called Home Farm
in the quaint village of Chilthorne Domer which was 3 miles
outside Yeovil. We can highly reccommend staying here if ever
in the area. Celia and Henry were welcoming and the the house
charming, warm and peaceful. It was so much nicer than staying
in a boring modern chain hotel. Breakfast was taken in the
comfy dining room where I spoke to a teddy bear but forgot
to ask him his name. I think he was maybe a little jealous
as I was so much cuter than him but we got along fine anyway.
you Henry for buying Debra's book.
The training course was Finance
Demytified and I'm sure will proove useful for Debra. Thank
you to David the trainer who bought Debra's book.
A stroll around Yeovil after
the course met us a man who had seen us before on the London
Underground. The train journey back to London met us Sheena
who bought Debra's book - Thank you Sheena. We then had a
visit to our table by a woman who asked to nick some of Debra's
sushi and Sheena's crisps. Unfortuantly we did not get to
know her name and she didn't hang around too long - think
Debra scared her off when she asked if she wanted to buy the
book! A couple of stops later a group of very jolly people
got on with some bottles of wine and wanted to sit with us
bears. Choc-Ice and me (I forgot to mention Choc was with
us too, didn't I)! Anyway, Debra obtained some wine and us
two bears, of course, got to have some too. Debra had two
books left on her and sold them to Mike and Dan who are now
in my Bearsac
Meets Public page along with their colleauge Carolyn,
and some people we met in the Halway House Pub the night before.
If only the Thameslink could be as fun as The Great Western.
Come on Thameslinkers, step it up!
Anyone else on the train that
wants to buy it, go to Debra's Book page
where you can read the blurb and link to Amazon to buy it
or get the ISBN to order in book shops.
has been featured in an article for System Concepts titled
Testing Making a Positive Difference.
Accessibility testing is a brilliant way to make of bit of
extra cash and make sure that the access requirements of different
people are taken into account in the design of websites. See
the artlicle and see if your experience of accessibily needs
can make a difference. If you do get to do any testing then
spend some of the money buying our book as a way of thanking
us for bringing this opportunity to your attention!
This evening we attended Jason
Cook's talk on his latest book The Gansters Runner. Jason
was calm and spoke well of his mispent youth and the turn-around
in his life and how things are good for him now he has been
off drugs for 7 years. He is happy with his life and if doing
work to bring awareness of the bad effects of drugs to the
youth of today.
See Jason holding me and Debra's book in a photograph on the
Hello to everyone we met this evening and good luck to the
other three authours there we spoke to.
Borehamwooders look out for
a new magazine which will soon be available (if not already)
in the the town. Tried & Trusted. http://s1.webstarts.com/ampsuk/
Me in my new chair and my family in thiers
Debra spotted this chair in
the second-hand furniture shop in Aycliffe Road and went to
get me and bought it. My wife now has my old chair and we
took her old to the shop. Don't you think the elephant is
a bit scary looking? Though she is friendly I 'wood' not want
ot get of the wrong side of her! the giraffes are a bit cross,
I hope they arn't going to be too much of a pain in the neck!
Here is the latest review
of Debra's book Travels With My Teddy Bear. You can
read other reviews and abou the book on the book
This book was written a year
ago, and the travel~, ND (Neuro Diversity)~ and SpLD (Specific
Learning Differences) information provided is certainly still
as fresh and valuable today as it was then. Fortunately, more
awareness about ND/SpLD has lately been circulating via the
media, whether it's based on scientific/academic or on 'circumstantial'
evidence. The latter is the case in this travel log book.
The author, Debra Schiman, diagnosed at the age of 38 with
Asperger's Syndrome (a high functioning form of Autism), has
produced an unusual and informative volume both for typical/normal
as well as a-typical or ND/SpLD readers. It's unusual in the
way that her inseparable travel companion, teddy bear 'Bearsac',
contributes to describing her experiences. Together, they
demonstrate the Asperger's way of processing information,
socialising and communicating while travelling to various
European and exotic destinations. Thus, they point out as
well as unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the challenges
for people who travel alone in general and for those with
Asperger's Syndrome in particular.
This travel log, set out in chronological order, covers the
span of seven years from 2000, in which Debra and Bearsac
visited seventeen destinations, described in thirteen chapters.
On the one hand, this volume is practical as a guide book,
regarding the places that were visited. Many interesting sight
seeing highlights and/or tips are usually sprinkled randomly
in each chapter. On the other hand, Debra provides an insight
into the world of 'Aspies', as she calls them. In the first
part of the book she lets us discover the ways in which the
Aspies, or a-typical, neuro-diverse people are wired differently
from the so called 'norm'. She achieves this through her descriptions
of the way she and Bearsac communicate and interact with 'natives'
they encounter in near and remote parts of the world. She
also presents the way they both react to or get involved in
indigenous customs and cultures. In the latter part of the
volume she adds more detailed explanations of Asperger's Syndrome
symptoms, when they arise; the strengths and weaknesses Aspies
may demonstrate and how 'typical' people might react in turn
when meeting Aspies. This interplay is fascinating and colourfully
depicted in easily readable style and often rich vocabulary.
Finally, Debra also reveals how her journeys with Bearsac
have helped to set her free in her travel through life by
learning to do her own thing, not to necessarily conform to
the norm and to be happy that way!
(Book review by:
Eleanor May-Brenneker MA, Independent Neuro Diversity/SpLD
Me and Debra at the summit of Worcester Beacon
- the highest point of the Malvern Hills 425 m (1,395 ft)
A business trip took to Worcester
and Malvern in Worcsetershire but Debra had booked the next
2 days off work and we camped at the Marlbank Inn and went
walking over the Malvern Hills. We were blessed with warm
Autumn weather, at least during the day; the nights were chilly
under canvas. We met lots of hens and cows from the farm next
door and humans, dogs, sheep, rabbits and a very tame snow
bunting who let us get just 2 feet away filming him without
even flying away. We also visted the grave of composer Edward
There are new people on the
Meets Public Page and Bearsac
Meets Celebrities page all of whom we met on the hills.
Me by Gina Bold
A big thank you to Gina Bold
for this wonderful painting of me. We met Gina on the Northern
Line and she fell in love with me! See her art on her
Happy New Year 5770 to anyone
celebating it. Yesterday was Rosh hashanna which is 'head
of the year or first of the year'. People eat apple and honey
for a sweet new year. This is the time were bearded men blow
rams horns (shofar). It is the time wake up and prepare to
be judged on Yom Kippur which follows soon after.
Debra and I have been very
busy the last week or so, so sorry for delays in replying
to any emails.
Monday and Tuesday were spent in Taunton in the beautiful
West Country county of Somerset; Debra attened a course on
the Tuesday. We met lots a friendly people including staff
and regulars in The Plough public house and a lovely Lollipop
lady who knew the names of all the children crossing the road.
They are all on my Bearsac
Meets Public page.
There was one person we met
that was not nice and that was, of all the places, in a teddy
bear shop! Some people are too ignorant and immature to accept
people that are 'different'.
Today we attended Hugglets
Teddy Bear Festival at Kensington Town Hall where thousands
of teddy bears and humans gathered under one roof. We met
lots of characters and had fun despite Debra's nose itching
from the mohair of so many teddies.
Big hello to Catherine
who we previously met in February when she bought Debra's
book, Peter and his little bear Toast who bought the book
from Amazon; they are both now on my Bearsac
Meets Public page along with Matthew we met in Notting
Hill and had previously met on the Jubilee Line. Hello too
to the other people we met and big thank you to those who
bought the book today. Hope you all
got home safely and were not too tired.
There is a new page on the
site now, currently you can only link from the gallery
or here. It is Gossips about me and/or
Debra that we have come across on the net or been told about.
Please email me links if you know of any.
We had a nice cycle to the
Arsenal training ground, getting there a few minutes before
the England Football Team coach left. Debra videoed the coach
going by as bemused players looked out the the window. None
of them waved at me - Don't they know who I am!
We will put the clip
on YouTube in a couple of days. Due to international games
there were not many 1st team players in. However, we did get
to meet reserves team player Mark Randall. Thanks Mark and
his brother, whoes name we forget, for your patience with
silly cow Debra still having the camera on movie setting.
See Mark on the Bearsac
Meets Celebrities page.
Just a quickie to let people
know that there are 3 new problems (problem 21, 22 and 23)
on the teddy bear
last we got our certificate come through.
Wow, we are record breakers!
23rd May Debra and I took part in setting a new World Record.
The record was for the most people running in a 12-hour realy
race. I was probably the only teddy bear that took part. The
certicate only had Debra's name on it so she Paint-shopped
mine onto a copy of it!
raised £100 for the Children of Gaza, some of the money
coming from passengers of the train Debra uses as well as
from her colleauges. There were other members of
Jews For Justice For Palestinians who also took part.
The event was not just about raising money but about bringing
awareness of support for people that are injusticed against.
was inportant for the Jewish people that took part to offer
their support in order to show that there are Jews that are
against the Israeli occupation and injustice it brings onto
the people of Palestine and also show there are Jews who do
not hate Muslims.
see photos of an earlier event we attended as part of Jews
For Justice For Palestinians see the Politics
pages. On the page you can also read about the Social Model
Today was my 12th birthday.
Thank you for messages, emails
and many greetings in person I got on the train and tube.
I shared sweets with passengers on our way to work, sorry
to the person whoes foot Debra trod on in passing down the
For any Borehamwooders wanting
to read Debra's book Travels With My
Teddy Bear that are feeling a little stapped for cash;
we are pleased to tell you there is a copy in the library
in Elstree Way. You will need to be a member to take it out
but it is free to join and loan books. Phone them for ID you
will need to join. 01438 737333.
If you would rather buy then
you order in bookshops or buy online - see Debra's
Book page for details.
Also see two of the people
I met down the village on the Bearsac Meets
Well folk, I see it is a sunny
day and I am now gonna make hay while the sun shines before
it reverts back to the doom and gloom we seem to have had
this summer. Kissy poos peeps x x x .
I went for a second time in
July as Debra has itchy feet. This time wild camping in Dieppe
in France. See our trip to France
in the Travel centre or you can click the link just above.
Also see two of the people
I met in the Bearsac Meets
Met my old mate Kelly in the
street. She was trying to seduce me with her ice-cream; trust
Debra to spoil things by clinging onto me.
I went to see Zinnie Harris's
version of Ibsen's A Doll's House tonight at the Donmar Wharehouse
Theatre in Covent Garden and it was wonderful with snippets
of humour and antics on the floor - wink, wink. The cast included
Chiristopher Eccleston, Tara Fitzgerald, Anton Lesser, Gillian
Anderson, Toby Stephens, Maggie Wells and a couple of cute
kids. After the perfomance I met and was photographed with
I later met Gerry Springer
who had performed in Chicago. He got completely mobbed by
young ladies in their teens and 20s chanting 'Jerry, Jerry,
Jerry'. It reminded me of when that has happened to me in
Borehamwood on a few occassions - of course they wern't chanting
'Jerry, Jerry, Jerry' but 'Bearsac, Bearsac, Bearsac'!
See Jerry and Gillian on my
Bearsac Meets Celebrities
Hello to everyone I met tonight
I just realised I have not
updated my diary for nearly a month - what a bad teddy bear
I am. All I have to offer by way of news is that I have a
new zip. Debra lovlingly sew it in place of the old broken
one at the side of my body; it is metal so should last a good
few years; let's hope my weary body holds out!
If you are looking for a book
to read over the summer then you can still buy Debra's
book. Travels with my Teddy Bear.
Yesterday afternoon Debra
and I helped to set a new world record which will hopefully
soon be in the Guinness Book of Records.
At Mile End Stadium we
ran together as participant 687 of 1,675 in a 12-hour relay
race called Gaza
100: The record was “the most people running 100 meters
in a 12-hour relay.” The
event was run by IF charity, funds were to provide humanitarian
aid for children in Gaza.
Debra was interviewed by three
different TV stations as she is a member of Jews
For Justice For Palestinians. It is important to show
Israel and the world that there are Jews who are against the
Israeli occpupation and the evil that it imposes onto innocent
Hello to all the people we
met there yesterday and whoever made the yummy yum yum carrot
cake we had - make more next time!
Thank you to everyone that
sponsored Debra in person but nobody has donated via Debra's
page though. You can still do so though. I know many people
hate making internet transactions so if you see Debra and
me you can also still donate by giving us the money by 10th
of June and we will pass over the amount raised by the deadline
for return on 12th June.
Had a good ay today. Debra
did a presentation at a conference and we met Edgar The Butler
and Fletcher The Butler. 'The
Butlers' will carry out usual butler duties but take it
further than the ordinary. You want them to walk like a penguin
they do it. I had to think of Debra and her need for a break
from being my medium of communication. We asked Edgar The
Butler to be my medium and he dutifully complied, taking me
around the room to say hello to delegates! Also at the conference
I met a lovely lady called Shirley. You can see these people
in my Bearsac
Meets Public page
On the way home we met lots
of people too; including a few people sitting in the road
outside a pub in London. Weren't they worried of getting dirty
bums? Anyway, very friendly they were. When I mentioned my
website and the photos with celebrities they gave us a tip-off
that Pixie Geldof was around the corner. So around the corner
we went. she is the lastest on my Bearsac
Meets Celebrities page and rather a nice young lady she
Sorry people if you have tried
to visit the site over the last couple of days and it was
down. No worries, I'm back in cyber space. The man in the
green hat reading Bill Bryson that wanted to buy Debra's book
yesterday when we had non on us - you can link to Amazon from
Debra's Book page to order it or you
can take the ISBN number to order in a book shop. You were
on the Thameslink going past Borehamwood so if you live in
St Alban's you might still get a signed copy in Waterstone's
from when we did a book siging there. Same for anyone else
Hello to all the lovely people
I met today in Camden, especially to John Matthews who played
for The Arenal in the 1970s - see him with me on the Bearsac
Meets Celebrities page. :)
I again remind people to please
donate money to Save The Children's Gaza appeal via our
Just Giving website it is not doing very well so far :(
Debra's book :)
There is a new teddy on the
teddy dating page - go check out Jemima. She is a trasnsgender
teddy and she is proud to bring awareness that there are teddy
bears who are transgender.
I have been playing card all
morning with Choc-Ice and now have to go and play with my
kids, so I will say goodbye and bee good human and teddies.
Choc-Ice and I had a great
weekend. We went to Birmingham as Debra was running a conference
for her company and they also held their AM. On the Saturday
we boogied on down in celebration of Debra's 42nd birthday
- she tabled danced and was her usual mad self.
I got to meet a beautiful
lady teddy bear called Cassie, who belongs to one of the delegets
Hello to the People of Birmingham
we met on our walk about; especially the restuarant owner
that bought Debra's book whilst he
was having as smoke outside the resturant. Sorry to anyone
that Debra annoyed with her singing on the train whist listening
to her MP3 player.
Hello people, hope you are
all well. I want to wish anyone celebrating them a happy Passover
and a happy coming Easter. I have to give up eating jelly
baby sandwiches for Passover. I can eat the jelly babbies
but not the bread, so it's not so bad. I am very much looking
forward to the eggs though - chocolate, yummy!
I would like to say hello
to Alistaire who I was photographed
with yesterday; sorry that the photo was not put up last night,
Debra was too tired and was in bed within 2 hours of getting
home from work - lazy so-and-so. Also a hello and big thank
you to both Rachel and Marc who bought Debra's
book yesterday; hope ou enjoy it.
I remind people to please
donate money to Save The Children's Gaza appeal via our Just
Giving website it is not doing very well so far :(
On 23rd May this year Debra
and I will take part in Gaza 100 World Record Run in aid of
the children of Gaza. It is no big effort to be honest as
she only has to run 100 meters in 20 seconds and I get to
ride on her back! However, we will be part of a 4000 participant
strong race in a bid to set a new world record for the most
people running a race in 24 hour relay. I ask you to please
donate money to Save The Children's Gaza appeal via our Just
Read about the shocking treatment
of cute furry bears in the making of Chinese Medicines.
The feature might upset some readers.
Unbearable Trade in Bear Parts and Bile
There are still a few signed
copies of Debra's book 'Travels With
My Teddy Bear' 'Travelogues of
a woman with Asperger's syndrome with her teddy bear'
at Waterstone's in St Alban's, Herfordshire.
You can read about it on her
book page .
Happy St Patrick's Day to
anyone celebrating it today. It is a public holiday in Ireland
and Monserrat. This holiday is in honour of St Parick, who
is the Patron Staint of Ireland and thought to have died 17th
March, 493. No, I didn't miss a digit at the beginning, this
geezer lived a long, long time ago.
Originally St Patrick was
blue not green - by that I don't mean St Patrick himself!
In the old days he was shown wearing blue; it is only in realtion
to the green association of Ireland and maybe the shamrocks
worn that green is now the colour associated with St Patricks
There is now a new guest-book
in my sitting room waiting for your messages.
Hope you all are doing your
spring-cleaning and dusting off any teddy bears that sit around
your homes. Debra has been sneezing away from the dust on
the bears that sit around on the book-shelves doing nothing
but look cute. I'm too busy to sit around though. I have been
busy with the kids and their hobbies; I am starting to feel
a little old these days, so maybe sitting around wouldn't
bee so bad.
Thank you to people that have
Debra's book, and to the people that
have sent in their reviews.
I have been photographed with
a very lovely young lady today - see Alexandra and her teddy
bear Mr Ted with me on the
Meets Public page.
Brilliant poster made by
Waterstone's staff member
Me and Debra
at the signing table
Yesterday we were interviewed
on Three Counties Radio and today we did a book signing Waterstone's
in St Albans. Hello to everyone we met today. Thank you for
the chats and a big thank you to people that bought the book.
Waterstone's in St Albans
still have a few copies and they are signed - pop in and ask.
The friendly staff will be
happy to order a book for you if the stock runs out or you
can order in your local book shop if you live elsewhere.
ISBN number for ordering is
978 190 620 6925
You can by online too. You
can link to Amazon from Debra's Book
page where you can read the book blurb. and hopefully will
also be available to America via amazon.com
See the amended video advert
for Debra's book 'Travels With My Teddy Bear'
Travels With My Teddy Bear
can You can link to amazon UK from the Book
page where you can read the book blurb. and hopefully will
also be available to America via amazon.com ISBN number is
978 190 620 6925
You can also order in shops
but might need to take the ISBN with you.
We are going to be interviewed on Three Counties Radio on
Lorna Milton's afternoon show Friday 27th February. http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/local_radio/
You can listen online.
that live nearby we have re-schedulled the book signing. It
will take place at Waterstone's in St Peter's Street - St
Albans (Hertfordshire) Saturday 28th February. We will be
there between 2pm and 4pm.
Hi folks there is now a video
of me and Debra talking about her book. For some reason she
begrudged me speaking. I can't think why.
Big, big thank you to Simon
for doing all the hard work on the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8fhflMwLW8
Hope you all had a good Valentine's
Just a quick update to let
people know that I have added links from the Bookworms
page to buy on Amazon the books recommended. So if you want
to, it is easy to buy the book - including Debra's.
Debra, Choc-Ice and me
Good news - Debra's
book is out today. Weather permitting, we will be doing
a book signing in Waterstones in St Albans on Saturday 7th
February between 12pm and 2pm.
Bad news - People can't get out to buy due to the snow
Good news - Debra and I made the most of ther snow and
made a snow teddy bear.
Debra's first book
2nd of February will be a
big Day for me and Debra as her first book is released. The
title is 'Travels With My Teddy Bear'
and it has a subtitle 'Travelogues of
a woman with Asperger's syndrome with her teddy bear'.
You can read about it on her
book page where
you can link to Amazon to order it. (until relase it is only
for preordering and will be sent out by Amazon when they ahve
it after release).
We should be doing a book
signing for people buying it in the St Albans branch of Waterstones
on the 7th February between 12pm and 2pm.
Just as I thought we got this
Christmas lark out of the way I realise that today is The
Rastafarian Christmas Day. So I would like to wish a big Merry
Christmas to Rastafarians and of cause Rastabearians.
There is a Bearsac
Meets Public 2009 page and Debra's colleauge Olivia is
the first on it.
a Louis Bernard Chateauneuf du Pape
Happy New Year folks; hope
it is a great success.