Lima is the capital of, and largest city in, Peru. Around one-third of the Peruvian population live in the Lima Metropolitan area and as well as the oldest continuously functioning University in the Americas, the National University of San Marcos, the city is home to The Home for Retired Bears. It was to here that Aunt Lucy moved when she sent her nephew off to England, with only his hat and suitcase and a label politely requesting someone to ‘Please look after this bear, thank you’. It was at this very station that the Brown family found him and, being unable to pronounce his Peruvian name, christened him Paddington Bear.
I confess to being something of a creature of habit and routine. If I don’t sing “I locked the door and the door’s locked” to the tune of ‘I Fought The Law’ when I lock up in the morning, I worry all day I’ve left the house unsecured. If I don’t have a coffee between 10 and 11 of a morning, I get a bit grumpy. And the weekend hasn’t started until I’ve had my Friday evening G&T.