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" The great advantage of having a bear as a central character is that he can combine the innocence of a child with the sophistication of an adult. "
" I worked on 'Blue Peter' and 'Tonight' and lots of TV plays, filmed people like Rudolf Nureyev and Ted Heath, and ended up a senior cameraman with my own crew. I'd had my first short story published in 1947, and when my writing really started to take off I decided to go freelance, and eventually left the BBC in 1965. "
" In 1941, the BBC was setting up local, low-powered transmitters that were switched off if there was an air raid so they couldn't be used by German planes to navigate. As a 'youth in training,' my job was to switch the transmitter on in the mornings and off at night, and to check that it, and the feeder land lines, were working. "
" As a cameraman, I was paid to stand within a few feet of Yehudi Menuhin performing. I saw Rudolph Nureyev dancing. I couldn't believe I was being paid for that. "
" My daughter Karen was born in 1958, the year my first Paddington book came out, so she grew up with him. "
" I have a flat in Paris and go there a lot, but the Eurostar's much more civilised than flying. "
" After the war, I went to the BBC monitoring service in Caversham, a suburb of Reading. It was a big aerial system to listen to radio programmes all over the world. "
" Paddington Bear was a refugee with a label - 'Please look after this bear. Thank you', and he had a little suitcase. "