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Wednesday, 06 April 2005


This is the prettier of Spenkers’ cats.  She wears a dog tag.

If you have a mouse problem there is a more humane way of dealing with it than getting a cat.  For a family of mice, there are other products that catch multiples.  The latter site (trapman) would also be of interest if you have a cat problem rather than a rodent one.

Trapman has some interesting advice about caught mice:

If you’re using one of our humane live catch mouse traps ( I hope you are ), you’ll have a live mouse ( or hopefully lots of mice ) running around inside inside your trap. Don’t just launch them over next doors back fence, mice can very easily find their way back to your home. Instead, take them on a little holiday, a nice drive in the country perhaps and find a spot at least half a mile away from your house ( this spot should not be someone else’s house or garden, unless you want even more hassle than just mice).

They have no tips on what to do with feral cats you have trapped. This could be a worry for anyone who has heard of The Incredible Journey.

Posted by bigblue on 06/04/2005 at 12:09 AM
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Monday, 04 April 2005
Billie girl


I couldn’t resist posting another photograph of Billie this evening.  Billy is Spenker’s least most beautiful cat.  Starlight is slimmer and far more beautiful.  Unfortunately Starlight is camera shy.

Given recent events I have being researching a bit of papal history.  In the early church, clerical celibacy was not such a big thing as it is today in the Roman Catholic church.  This I remember from school history where we were taught that celibacy was a way for the church to ensure that the wealth accumulated by senior clergy like bishops was passed back into the church, and not inherited by children.  Spiritual justification followed, but man shall not live by bread alone and so popes and bishops continued to have nephews. Of course nephews don’t have the same inheritance rights.  Another interesting story concerns the female pope, Pope Joan (who was allegedly English).  Both Straightdope and Wikipedia suggest the popess Joan is a myth.  (The wikipedia article is a must-read its explanation of how the cardinals ensure that they don’t elect a female pope, a method taken seriously by this morning’s Independent).

Wikipedia also notes under the heading monarch that

Some European languages have a feminine form of the word pope, such as the French papesse, used among other things for the High Priestess tarot card.

A non-mythical entity of course is the anti-pope.  There have been several.  One day Sinead O’Connor might become one.

Posted by bigblue on 04/04/2005 at 11:35 PM
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This afternoon I had tea with Spenkers and her family at their house.  This is their cat Billie, or is that Billy? The grass where she is standing seemed to have some catnip growing in it because she was rubbing her face against it.

If you like cats, get one to clean your computer screen for you now! (for free)

Posted by bigblue on 04/04/2005 at 12:11 AM
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Saturday, 02 April 2005
Reigate Sunset


Yesterday I left work early and drove down to Reigate, Gatton Park in specific, for a (fun) concert which Pinkie performed in. She has been on a music residential course run by Surrey County Arts. It finished today with a (more serious) concert for the Mayor of Guildford.

Posted by bigblue on 02/04/2005 at 10:04 PM
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