Author: Alan Alexander Milne
Dates: 18 January 1882 -31 January 1956
Title: Once on a Time
King Merriwig of Euralia sat at breakfast on his castle walls. He lifted the gold cover from the gold dish in front of him, selected a trout and conveyed it carefully to his gold plate. He was a man of simple tastes, but when you have an aunt with the newly acquired gift of turning anything she touches to gold, you must let her practise sometimes. In another age it might have been fretwork.
“Ah,” said the King, “here you are, my dear.” He searched for his napkin, but the Princess had already kissed him lightly on the top of the head, and was sitting in her place opposite to him.
“Good morning, Father,” she said; “I’m a little late, aren’t I? I’ve been riding in the forest.”
“Any adventures?” asked the King casually.
“Nothing, except it’s a beautiful morning.”
“Ah, well, perhaps the country isn’t what it was. Now when I was a young man, you simply couldn’t go into the forest without an adventure of some sort. The extraordinary things one encountered! Witches, giants, dwarfs—-. It was there that I first met your mother,” he added thoughtfully.
Brief Biography: Milne was a noted writer and playwright and then came a bear called Pooh to overshadow all his previous work. During WW1 he served with Royal Warwickshire Regiment but after a debilitating illness was recruited by MI7 to write propaganda articles. Pooh made his first public appearance in a poem The Teddy Bear published in Punch magazine in 1924.