Before In the Kingdom of Ice corrected my memory, I was perhaps representative of North American Arctophiles
The collaboration between Charlie Bears and Charlotte Bird has already piqued the interest of arctophiles
(from the Greek words meaning 'bear' and 'affection').
Hartlepool is the first town in the UK to host this unusual touring exhibition which is sure to fascinate everyone from the youngest teddy fan to serious bear collectors - or arctophiles
, as they are known.
This includes the creation of terminology that defines its beliefs, the meaning of which is obscure to those unfamiliar with the culture- for example: arctophiles
are lovers, that is, fans, of teddy bars; a hug is a collection of teddy bears; artist bears are handmade limited edition teddies; bearapy is teddy bear-facilitated mental health intervention.
Hundreds of arctophiles
will be flocking to Birmingham this weekend for the International Bears and Dolls Show.
If the museum fails to sell, the contents will be auctioned lot by lot by Christie's, which could be great news for arctophiles
The Cannon Park Shopping Centre is staging a special teddy bear event next Saturday which is sure to attract arctophiles
- those interested in teddy bears - from across the city.
And the hundreds of friends who will be there to see them and 21 others of their kind in a unique exhibit are known as arctophiles
-- teddy bear "nuts.
The real big spenders in the antique toy world are arctophiles
- teddy lovers.
Plush was purchased by arctophiles
returning from Teddy Bear Conventions anxious to collect limited editions and by unemployed single parents shopping for bargains at discount stores.
They are mostly modern and many are hand-made, one-off, limited edition bears highly prized by arctophiles
- as Teddy bear collectors are called.
Deep in the depths of the National Exhibition Centre this weekend Britain's huge army of arctophiles
will be carrying out an extensive hunt for the animals they love - teddy bears.