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Paul Newman; The Cat, Has Died

It has just been announced on BBC Breakfast that the rare felis statione at Liverpool South Parkway, who was known as Paul Newman, has died.

He had a five minute slot on the telly!

RIP, Paul

January 25, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

London Euston Cat-Astrophe Averted For Train-Surfing Puss

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

Except for the headline, the BBC resisted the urge to use more feline puns in the story.

March 3, 2021 Posted by | News, Transport/Travel | , , , , | 2 Comments

Crash Diets Turn Lockdown’s Fat Cats Into Fit Kits

The title of this post, is the same as that of an article in The Sunday Times.

I just think it is a very good title for an article.

It’s almost the whole story in a title.


January 31, 2021 Posted by | News | | Leave a comment

The Cats At Clapham Common Station

Clapham Common station has replaced some of the adverts with pictures of cats.

This article on the BBC gives more details.

Perhaps the station should be renamed as Catham Uncommon.

September 15, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Cats For Protection

The BBC is showing a video of a cat saving a young boy from a dog. It’s here on the Daily Mail.

But cats are strange animals and often behave in ways to get what they want.

Years ago, I often used to walk round the stables by the house to check the horses. One night, I shone a torch into the stable and saw that the horse was sitting curled up by the back wall. But the torch picked out two eyes just under his shoulder and I could see one of our ginger cats snuggled in the warmth. It wasn’t the only time I saw this and one day mentioned it to an old horse-coper, who explained it like this.

Horses don’t like mice and rats scrambling through the straw, as being flight animals small noises may make them want to flee and of course they can’t. So the horse had encouraged the cat in, to protect him from the savage rodents. He said that over the years, he’d seen several strong friendships between horses or ponies and cats.

May 15, 2014 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments

Do Cats Like Mark 3 Carriages?

I took this picture of a smug cat in his cage on the train to Ipswich.

Do Cats Like Mark 3 Carriages?

Do Cats Like Mark 3 Carriages?

I didn’t get a reply to my question.

April 21, 2014 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment


This unusual spelling was used by my son, when he was suggesting where we might go for supper.

Is it a restaurant that serves moggies?


February 2, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Cats Will Be Cats

This story from the Metro on Tyneside is a good one.

January 6, 2014 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

A Man With A Cat

I need say no more!

But then it is Biarritz!

December 11, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Politicians Must Choose Their Friends Better

P.J. O’Rourke, who is no lover of politicians, once said.

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

It is a test that should not just be applied to politicians, but to their friends and donors as well.

Today in the Times we have two stories about people wanting to influence politics.

The first is about the troubles of the Labour Party and their relationship with the Co-operative movement. It contains this classic quote from, a Tory MP; Brooks Newmark.

The toxic element of a great ethical institution like the Co-operative is the way the Labour Party has effectively infiltrated it and infected it because of the benefits they have been receiving from it. The only way the Labour Party could get a loan if it didn’t have the Co-operative Bank is from Wonga.

But then Ed Milliband got his own back on the Tories by complaining about some of their donors. But at least these donors, were using their own money, rather than that of members of the Co-operative movement.

Remember too, that the Liberal Democrats had a dalliance with Michael Brown.

And then there’s the story of Hotchpotch the cat who was left £10,000 by Malcolm Richards who was a large financial supporter of Ukip.

I can smell the fruitcakes.

Perhaps we need say a ten percent tax levied on every political donation.  The money could be used for philanthropic purposes, like looking after distressed catfolk.


November 20, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment