Monthly Archives: September 2004

Map obsession

I was extremely glad to find out from Diamond Geezer about a programme on Harry Beck and his underground map it was – and is still a work of pure genius. The only problem with the programme was that it was meant to be starting from a rather more basic place than where I am. Still, it was good to see things like putting in an imaginary tube line.

To top it off Diamond Geezer then linked to a new site called Transport Direct which is designed to cover the whole of Great Britain to plan journeys. It is still early days for the site but I reckon it will be pure genius when it gets there.

Don’t you just love a good map?

Wooden floors

Aren’t they just great? Especially when a cat has an occasional tendancy to throw up. Next step is to teach her to throw up on the wooden floor which is definitely in the majority, rather than seeking out the cream carpet upstairs.

Pasta sauce

I should have allowed for a larger turning circle I suppose, he certainly seemed to think it was my fault that he poured some of his dinner down me. Call me old fashioned but I look where I’m going, especially when I am carrying stuff.

His comment “Oh, did I get you?” and off he wandered. Teachers.

Fur

Is it a good thing when the cat shifts fur dropping allegiance from the chair to the new rug?

Good
Don’t have to hurriedly clean the chair off when visitors arrive
Chair doesn’t get so worn
Cat likes the rug

Bad
Rug covered in fur, the chair was easier to clean

She’s getting old bless her

I went to my parents today and my mum isn’t looking bad at all, however my cat (that lives at my parents) is rather the worse for wear. She is 17 and rolls in things which makes her fur stick together, now she is old she doesn’t look after her coat as much as she could – well that happens when old age is reached. Mum and I had a bit of a cutting out of lumpy fur but you can’t do much at once cos she gets very, very grumpy.

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What a relief.

Blue Peter

I had forgotten how great it is until last week when I happened to turn it on. They were at a cat sanctuary which was moving to a new building. I loved their report and it really suited me because they showed lots of cats and kittens. The highlight was the new Blue Peter kitten they introduced – he was gorgeous, there was lots of appropriate chatter and many, many close ups. Tonight I turned the TV on again having got back from a most exciting staff meeting to find the aforementioned kitten and highlights of his first day as a Blue Peter kitten – he was great, he pawed a blue peter badge around, he curled up and slept when he was tired, he purred and meowed at the right times.

The burning question is, what should he be named? I’m not convinced by the suggestion that it should be Merlin 2 named after another cat called Merlin*, who happens to belong to a viewer. I was also relieved to find that the kitten wasn’t the perfect likeness of the drawing a 4 year old had done – just because otherwise he would be rather ill and his legs really wouldn’t work.

Watch Blue Peter, it’s great! Though if you get annoyed by it you really don’t have to.

*name probably not Merlin but I can’t remember the actual name.