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Tuesday, 09 August 2005
Big cats

blossoms

I have always been interested in the stories about big cats: pumas, cheetahs and the like that escape from captivity and go wild in the English countryside. Now and again there are sightings of them.  These things are even given names, such as the moorland beast.  Every now and again you get a bubble burster.  The bit I most enjoy in the story is where Mr Healy describes his cat:

When we got him, he was the same size as a normal kitten. The only thing that stood out was how fearless he was. He wasn’t scared of the Hoover or even the lawn mower. After a while we realised he just wasn’t very bright.

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Posted by bigblue on 09/08/2005 at 09:20 PM
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Monday, 08 August 2005
gum ache

Alice

On Sunday I saw Alice, who is in discomfort at the moment due to the teeth that are pressing up through her gums.  This is something we have all been through, whether we remember it or not.  There’s not that much that can be done about it.  Thankfully it passes.

Mon Alice, Alice
Araignée maltèque
Mon Alice, malice
Arachnée hightek
Mon Alice, Alice
Pendue au bout de son fil
Dépressive l’artiste
Exit, exit

Dans ta boite
Toutes tes pattes
Le black-out
Petite âme

Comme tu me manques
Comme tu me manques
Comme tu me manques
L’araignée

~Mylene Farmer, Alice

My Alice, Alice
Maltec spider
My Alice, mischief
High-tech arachnid
My Alice, Alice
Hanging from her cobweb thread
Depressive artist
Exit, Exit

In your box
All your legs
The black-out
Little soul

How I miss you
How I miss you
How I miss you
Spider

~Mylene Farmer, Alice

Posted by bigblue on 08/08/2005 at 09:15 PM
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Saturday, 06 August 2005
George and Tony

cupid and psyche

This is the statue of Cupid and Psyche by the Italian sculptist Antonio Canova which can be found in the Louvre in Paris. Cupid was the Roman god of love and desire. Psyche was a mortal woman (her name means soul in Greek).

I was interested to read a recent article by The Democrats Diary where he points out how the Blair government has ignored (and continues to ignore) security advice and thereby puts its citizens in grave danger.

Posted by bigblue on 06/08/2005 at 07:04 PM
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la carte

braille menu

I found this sign in the Ikea restaurant funny, but bluemeanie pointed out that blind people are likely to have a sighted person with them if they go to Ikea.

Posted by bigblue on 06/08/2005 at 12:35 AM
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Tuesday, 02 August 2005
Spoiler

squashed frog

Dear reader, I confess: I have read the latest Harry Potter and enjoyed it more than the last (which isn’t saying much).  What follows is a spoiler for those who have not yet read Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, but intend to.  What follows is incredibly dross for those of you who have not yet read the book, and don’t intend to.  I will share some of my thoughts.

Dumbledore dies, while begging Snape: please.  Harry assumes that Dumbledore is begging for help, possibly for his life. Snape kills Dumbledore,  presumably because Dumbledore has asked him to do so. He was begging Snape to kill him, not to save him. Possibly Dumbledore knew he was not going to live anyway, and having established that Draco (Harry’s schoolboy rival) was not actually a nasty fellow did not want Draco forced into killing him by the Death Eaters. This would have put Draco completely under the spell of Tom Riddle.  Snape is therefore a good guy. Indeed he saves Harry’s life right at the end by telling the Death Eaters not to kill him. He also immobilises Harry when Harry (foolishly) tries to charge after them, and gives Harry some very important advice (for the next book perhaps) when he tells Harry that he must learn to close his mind.

All in all this book reveals (once again) that Harry is a very immature young wizard who needs to grow up fast. The book begins with Harry being immobised by Draco. Instead of Harry responding to this warning by learning to cast silent spells (and he has the opportunity in class) he ends up being immobilised by Dumbledore at the end of the book and watches helplessly as his most significant father figure dies. Harry is also too immature to recognise what Snape is doing: he is caught up in this notion of dualism (good/evil) although Dumbledore has told him so many times that there is good and bad in everyone. 

All in all it was satisfying to see Dumbledore croak: you can’t run a 3rd year potions class at Hogwarts without splattering frog’s brains on the dungeon walls.  My last guess is that in the final book, Harry will finally prevail over Tom via good doses of luck and JK’s authorial licence.

Posted by bigblue on 02/08/2005 at 11:02 PM
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