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To kick off this new week on a happy note, we need your precious help with a very important mission: spread kindness. Because what's the point of kindness if it is not shared then shared a bit more?
So, we invite you to flood the internet with messages, drawings or pictures that will inspire and remind all of us to stop our busy lives for a minute and give kindness to ourselves, animals, our world and each other. What these messages are made of is entirely up to you: they can be drawings, pictures, collages or simply words. Anyone from anywhere can take part, dogs and Martians included.
To take part, email us your messages at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post them on our Pinterest page. You can also post them on social media using the hashtags #yestokindness and #anorakmagazine so we can see and share them! We would ask you to only enter once so everyone gets to take part!
On June 15th, We will pick three of our favourite ones to win a bundle of brilliant magazines by Lunch Lady, a fabulous book bag from our friends at Walker Books and 2 year subscriptions to Anorak and DOT. We will also pick a dozen runners up to win a bundle of 4 back issues.
Right, are you ready to say YES TO KINDNESS?! Let's go!
With the Spring issue of Anorak being all about kindness, let’s step back to a time when parents hand-balled their children's etiquette lessons to loveable oddballs. Say hello to Mr Doo Bee, Mr Bungle and Chalky!
MR DO BEE - "Are you a Do Bee or a Don't Bee?"
Romper Room ran from 1953 to 1994. The kiddie cast spent the morning in an oversized classroom set with kindly hostesses giving pointers on what the world expected from them. Mr Do Bee the bumblebee mascot would visit and encourage the children to put on their Do Bee wings and turn those frowns upside down. The Do Bees featured on Romper Room with Miss Sally and you can catch them here.
MR BUNGLE "You shouldn't run in the lunchroom. Only Mr. Bungle would do that."
Mr Bungle the badly-behaved puppet appeared in the film 'Lunchtime Manners' in 1959. The very thought of being a Mr. Bungle alarmed Phil, so he made sure to keep his military-style hair neat, wash his hands with as much soap as he could fit into the palm of his hand, and queue politely in the school cafeteria. Lunchtime Manners was made by Coronet who produced educational shorts shown in schools from the 1940s to the 1980s.
CHALKY "I'm worried about you Larry. You need someone to give you some advice on how to become a regular guy."
Chalky the chipper stick-man appeared in the social guidance film 'Manners in School' in 1958. Larry, a cranky kid bursting with attitude, is told to clean the blackboard. He draws instead and one of his doodles comes to life, shocking Larry into taking a good hard look at himself.
All these vintage goodies are brought to you by Saskia Ericson.
Here is a round-up of the things that are making us HAPPY.
- We had lots of FUN launching our first Spanish edition in Barcelona last week. Stay tuned for news of an event in Madrid happening at the end of the month. Yiiippiii (that's Spanish for Yeepee!)
- Our Spring editions have now landed in all independent bookstores and newsagentsaround the world. In our latest issue, Anorak celebrates kindness and DOT is exploring jobs!
- Happy Stockist of the Month goes to... Moon Picnic for their impeccable selection of toys, books and happy mags!
- A reminder to all our fans in the UK, USA and Canada that shipping is FREE on all back issues.
- We urge you to check out our friends Boys & Girls' new Spring collection as it is GORGEOUS!
- Spend an evening of jaw-dropping, eye-popping fun with Cirque Berserk, currently touring around the country.
- Studio Anorak has been busy creating the branding for The Food Gatherer's new monthly food market in Enfield and for the Dalston Children's Festival. Nice, huh?!
- Kinska makes the cutest ceramics spoons, pots and tumblers. Fact.
- Let's win stuff: Here's your chance to win sleep-helper Suzy Snooze, thanks to our clever friends Bleep Bleeps. Or you could enter this competition with Yeo Valley to win two years worth of Happy Mags.
- Take a look at stationery masters Present & Correct's blog. It is a never-ending selection of lovely things to stare at.
- Finally, if you are really, really bored, why not watch some vintage episodes of Anorak TV?!
We celebrated the launch of our first Spanish edition in Barcelona at Chandal Store. It was FUN!Read More