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News in brief:

Mr and Mrs Bear return

Heathrow Airport has released its 2017 Christmas video / advert and, whilst other websites seem to be able to fill full articles with this news, I simply don’t get it.

  1. Why is the video about a bear family when they all turn into humans in the end?
  2. Why is the song so sad?
  3. How do they get in the taxi when obviously someone else snatches it from them.

I do, however, appreciate that Mrs Bear kept her coat from last years ad and the suitcase also seems to be the same.

If you want to see the ad, the link is here.

You can also take a quiz on the site to check whether you were born in the wrong decade – which according to the test I was, as I am apparently a child of the ’70s ….

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Comments (43)

  • Cassandra says:

    Wow, so literal!
    The bear family represents all of us, with memories and feelings and nostalgia.
    #2. The song isn’t actually sad at all, it carries the feeling of nostalgia, the past, the present, the good and less good, but family, closeness, sharing, being together. And most especially, memories. I would say the song is hokey instead of sad, tinted with triste, melancholie, but more in the French usage. The whole thing has a collage quality (not entirely successful) as time passes and the Everyman bear sees the stages of life around him. Airports are very good for that coming and going, time passing, theme. And it is an anniversary/Christmas advertisement. Seventy years! (Another reason for using bears; they don’t grow old!)
    #3. There is another taxi behind the one they missed. Mama Bear shrugs her shoulders…because she is older and wiser; oh well, another one (of whatever) will come along.
    I can’t believe I am parsing a sentimental Christmas advertisement. Too many years of teaching.
    Mais, Joyeux Noel!

  • NickM says:

    There speaks the creative team from the advertising agency that sold the tosh to the Heathrow Airport marketing department.

  • Leo says:

    Bah humbug Mr Burgess! It’s a fantastic song by Petula Clark. Nothing sad about it at all! As a fellow child of the seventies it took me straight back to my childhood as did the BA uniforms (“fly the flag”!). The BOAC branding was a bit before my time….They are probably jumping on the Paddington bear bandwagon too.

    • Mike says:

      Couldn’t agree more – great song and suits the advert. Doesn’t do BA any harm either and let’s face it, they could do with some good press at the moment.

    • Alastair says:

      Agree – great advert. If you look closely, Petula Clark also puts in a cameo appearance sitting across the aisle from the bear at about 40 seconds in.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      In fairness, it’s Anika on the Byline.

  • The_real_a says:

    This just goes to show that airport fees are too high. What on earth does Heathrow need a brand for? It like the M1 having TV advertising.

    • Rob says:

      There are people who would proactively choose Heathrow if the other options (with identical travel time to the airport) were Luton and Stansted, so arguably there is a brand / destination element to it.

      • John says:

        I think most people would choose Heathrow over LTN and STN even if they were a bit closer (and the flight prices were similar)!

  • Andrew says:

    £35.30 for a one way First Class Kings Cross to Stirling ticket in early March. Standard was £16.30. (I forgot to click through from the Nectar App for the extra 500 points).

    Unfortunately, the tickets aren’t yet available for the return journey. I have a few weeks wait to see if good value tickets are released, or I just buy a flight back now to London from GLA or EDI at around £65.

    It’s one of the big problems with travelling by rail in this country. I base my rail price for a walk-on off-peak return fare from KGX to EDI at £138. I know I might get it cheaper, but only if I buy my ticket for up to 12 weeks ahead, but probably not within two weeks or within 8 weeks if travelling on a Friday or Sunday. It essentially means that if I can buy a London-Scotland return flight for £138 or less, I will book the flight.

  • Nate1309 says:

    No idea how that quiz for your decade works but mine was right. Obviously the 80’s courses through me haha

  • Nick says:

    Oh Rob, don’t be so cold-hearted!! I love the bears, it’s so sweet and just ‘works’. Made me cry quite a bit too!

  • czechoslovakia says:

    Thanks for Budget tip Rob/Bagoly.
    Needed a motor for 5 days and Budget were the cheapest anyhow. Nice 5000 miles bonus.

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