Thursday, November 30, 2006

St Andrew's Day

Today was St Andrew's Day which is the national day of Scotland (much like St Patrick's Day is the national day of Ireland).

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.

According to the City of Edinburgh Council
St Andrew's Day is celebrated on the 30th November.

It tends to be more popular with Scots who live abroad and there are many St. Andrew's Societies in places where Scots emigrated to. The St. Andrew's Society in Boston, in the USA, was set up in 1657.

St. Andrew's Day used to be a very popular feast day in Scotland as well. It was a common custom for farm workers and labourers to go "St. Andra'ing". They would catch rabbits and hares and later on in the day would feast and drink. There have been debates on and off for some time now about making St. Andrew's Day a public holiday in Scotland.

Many people wonder what they should eat on St. Andrew's day. Because Andrew was a fisherman, it seems appropriate to eat fish. Otherwise you could eat any traditional Scottish food. It used to be that a singed sheep's head was traditional!

We didn't have rabbit or fish for dinner. Nor haggis or singed sheep's head.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


I had a good day today. This morning I wanted my human to chase me and play, but he went to work instead.

After I had some of my dinner, I discovered the catnip plant, but my human stopped me from getting too stoned. Hmpphhh...

Anyway, Emily visited tonight, so I spent a lot of time cuddling up to her while she and my human watched the pilot of Prison Break from the box set.


Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Engineering a war for political gain is bound to backfire, and the consequences are serious.

Whether the war in Iraq is a civil war or not is just moot. The country is in a mess, as a result of the war, and the situation is deteriorating.

Enough said.

See - Washington Post of 29 November 2006

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I wasn't going to describe my day today, but I intercepted one of my human's emails to Emily:
From: daniel
Sent: 29 November 2006 2:54 PM
To: Emily
Subject: hey

Hey Em iLY
I wAs LaTE tO woRK tHiS moRNinG. i hAd tO cLeAn KeISEr'S boTtoM. PoOR LiTtLe tHiNg. ShE aLsO cHuNdeREd hEr bREakFaST.


I am so appalled. Talking about me like that. And you call that encrypted? I cAn TyPE LikE tHaT toO! I had strong words/meows with my human when he returned home from work.

Anyway, I felt better later. I even ate all my dinner tonight.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Smurfs return

I wrote about Azrael and Smurfs a few months ago.

Now a producer is thinking of bringing this classic cartoon series of the 1980s to the big screen - see

Well, I for one hope that poor Azrael the cat finally gets to eat some of those blue Smurfs.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


Oh, I am so embarrassed about last night. I have told my human to stop me from using the computer the next time I am stoned on catnip. I'm not usually silly like that. It's just that the last time I had catnip was over two years ago.

Anyway, today was a really warm day, and it is still warm tonight. I still ate all my dinner though.

Monday, November 27, 2006

catnip wooooo......

i bin on da catnip. i dudn't knowed we hav sum.

my hoomun gaved me sum afta my dinna.


ta ta for now.

i hope i'm sober tomorrow nite wen i kan write sumfing propa agin.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Ziggy, the white cat - from Israel to UK

10 days, 2,000 miles - a white cat named Ziggy (not his real name) travelled from Israel to the UK (Lancashire) in a cargo container on a ship with no food or water.

He has been labelled a stowaway.

I think that he knew what he was doing. After all, if you were a cat and lived in Israel, wouldn't you risk the journey to go to a nation of cat-lovers?

See - BBC News

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


Today was a more pleasant day. I forgot to mention that I was brushed yesterday.

My human spent much of the time with me inside, though he did do some chores, but before a nap together on the couch.


random footy pic

Simon Black's cool mark during round 14, 2006


Saturday, November 25, 2006

purrdy kittens

Two big white purrdy lion kittens have been born at Mogo Zoo, on the south coast of New South Wales (south of Sydney).

According to the zoo:
The lions have been hand reared due to the mother’s inability to look after them as a first time mum but we have been bringing them up as naturally as possible to their normal habitat. Things have been made slightly easier having two of them so they can benefit from the comfort of each other and living near the other lions. They hear roaring so there is no confusion about their background! Today we are thrilled that they are growing into boisterous cubs like their cousins, Purr and Joe.

These endangered animals have not been seen in the wild for over 12 years and the world-wide population is in the low double digits so these two new additions represent a major step forward in global efforts to keep the white lions alive. The lions, white due to a recessive gene, hold a magical place in African folklore and are rarer than the legendary snow leopards of the Himalayas.

They also need names. See - Peugeot Lion Cubs

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Today was a hot day, so I spent most of it inside with my human. I ate my dinner tonight, but over a long period (so my human had to keep putting it back in the fridge, taking it out etc).

I joined my human for a nap on the couch in the afternoon, but it was too hot, so I hopped off.

Friday, November 24, 2006

the Fanatics

Last night I wrote about the English Barmy Army.

Not to be outdone, an Australian version sprang up as the Fanatics in 1997 with members who travel all over the world to support Australian sporting teams.

The real sporting contest is about the Barmy Army versus the Fanatics, and who drinks the most beer.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


Today was a boring day, but I did get a visitor for an hour when my human returned home from work with Malgosia. I'm her Kizia Mizia (my Polish nickname). It was too warm though, to lie on her lap.

I didn't eat much tonight, though I did have a big breakfast (nearly a whole drumstick worth of chicken meat).

Thursday, November 23, 2006

the Barmy Army

The Ashes is on again in Australia, which is a Test cricket series between England and Australia.

This means that the Barmy Army is in town (well in Brisbane at the moment - around 10,000 of them). The Barmy Army is a legion of English cricket fans who travel to support the English cricket team in an organised manner.

In fact, it was the Australian media that coined the term Barmy Army in 1994 to describe them. Barmy because they spent a lot of money going to watch their team which couldn't win a single game, and Army because they were organised by the hundreds, sitting together at matches singing atrocious songs to support their team.

I hope the Barmy Army people enjoy their time in Australia as we are going to take back the Ashes, so they need some pleasant memories of their visit.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


It was another warm day today. My human came home from work an hour earlier than usual and tried to sneak up on me, but I was ready and greeted him at the door. Dang, says him! Anyway, I was so pleased to see him that I demanded my dinner right away, and I also ate it all too.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Babs-snatched! and Hirdy!

Gubba's daughter Babs got her purse stolen.

And it is news because? Do we care?

In more exciting news, my human reported that he met James Hird today who signed my human's copy of his biography.

My human said there was quite a long queue and he waited 45 minutes. Understandable as Jim grew up here.

My human doesn't really find sports people's biographies terribly interesting, as many can't string a proper sentence together.

Jimmy on the other hand is one of the best footballers of this generation (retiring after the coming season next year), and is articulate and has an honours degree in engineering.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


Emily came over tonight. Woohoo! She hasn't been to visit for a few weeks so I made up for it by staying on her lap for some time. She and my human had a simple pasta dish for dinner of chorizo sausages, onion and asparagus in a tomato sauce with fusilli.

Then they watched Tripping Over on TV.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

hello x10

Today was World Hello Day.

Apparently World Hello Day has been observed since 1973 and people are supposed to go around saying hello to ten strangers.

As I am a cat, I shall say my hellos via my diary/blog.

hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello

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Today was a very warm day. Thankfully my human left all the window blinds down.

It is still too warm which makes me not very hungry.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Where is ET?

SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is now 22 years old. SETI looks for evidence of intelligent life forms by searching for signals from advanced technological civilisations in our galaxy.

Still no signals.

Time to start looking closer to home I think, like right here on Earth.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


Today was a warm day, but I ate more than my usual quota of chicken. Nothing else much to report.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Newsflash: there is no dragon meat in Welsh Dragon sausages

A smokehouse in Cornwall is in trouble for not including dragon meat in its Welsh Dragon Sausages. They are actually made from pork, leek and hot chilli.

Labelling regulations mean that they need to have dragon meat to be called Welsh Dragon Sausages, or use the word pork in the label/product name.

Apparently there was concern that vegetarians might buy the product thinking they were meat free.

See - BBC News

Don't normal people check the list of ingredients in food products they buy?

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


Today was a quiet day. I ate last night's dinner for breakfast. I haven't eaten all of tonight's dinner yet, but enough to satisfy my human.

random footy pic

Joel Patfull downing Andrew Embley, round 20, 2006


Saturday, November 18, 2006

celebrity leftovers

The news is so celebritied out, that nobody is going to even take notice anymore.

TomKat wedding in Italy. Yawn!

Brangelina in India and all the fuss. Ho hum!

Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser) and his big news. Duh!

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in Australia, filming in Port Douglas (where there are no fast food joints). Hmmm...

Remember the waiter who scavenged Britney Spear's half eaten egg salad sandwich and K-Fed's corn dog and put it up on eBay? Insane!

Now there is a Museum of Celebrity Leftovers located at the Old Boatstore cafe in Kingsand, a village in Cornwall UK. I kid you not.

See - BBC News

One of these days, someone is going to bottle celebrity farts and sell them on eBay and I bet some obsessed fan out there would even spend money on it.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


I enjoy my morning cuddles when I get under the covers before my human gets up and he pats me and strokes my head and chin.

This morning when my human hung out the washing I went outside and rolled around in the dead grass (more like weeds really) but my human scolded me for dirtying my fur. Hmmph!

Anyway, my human went round to next door and asked about Hagrid, the black Staffordshire Terrier dog (who has visited us a few times through a hole in the fence), and the rough looking man just said that they "had him put down" and closed the door. I think they were tired of Hagrid trying to escape and breaking fences, the last being their back fence. Hagrid just wanted company and people to talk to him. He wasn't even sick. If only his people had taken him to the pound, he might have been given another chance. Poor Hagrid.

RIP Hagrid

I had more visitors today. Merlin's humans Kim and Liam came over in the afternoon and had dinner of teriyaki chicken with rice and broccoli. I didn't eat much.

Friday, November 17, 2006


There is a bizarre story out of Brazil claiming that a cat called Mimi gave birth to a litter of three kittens (all died) and three pups three months after mating with a her dog neighbour, called Dog.

Mimi's person is called Cassia Aparecida de Souza who is 18 years old and a student, and they live in Passo Fundo in Rio Grande do Sul, along with Cassia's husband Rogerio.

Blood samples have been taken from the kitten-pups which look like pups by a genetist from the Passo Fundo University to verify the outlandish claim.

See - Gazeto do Povo (if you can read Portuguese)

This claim is just plain absurd. For a start, cats and dogs do not have the same number of chromosomes.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


I had a visitor today. Woohoo! Kettles' human Klaudia came over in the evening to cuddle me so I laid on her lap a bit. She then helped my human to make an asparagus, roast pumpkin, chicken and Roquefort cheese risotto. My human learnt another method of cooking risotto.

I ate most of my breakfast this morning and my dinner tonight.

I don't have any further information about Hagrid from next door. My human suspects that Hagrid may have been murdered (by a vet).

Thursday, November 16, 2006

the King who was really Queen

No, this is not about Edward II or James I of England.

In 1384 (16 November), ten year old Jadwiga of Angevin was crowned King of Poland — Hedvig Rex Poloniæ, not Hedvig Regina Poloniæ (Latin: Hedvig is Jadwiga, Rex is King, Regina is Queen, Poloniæ is Poland) even though she was a little girl.

It wasn't a mistake. The lords of lesser Poland wanted to ensure Jadwiga became a monarch and not a consort. At 12 years old, she married 36 year old Jogaila who was then crowned King of Poland.

Queen Jadwiga (also known as Queen Hedwig) retained her rights.

Now why did they crown that Jogaila as king anyway? Talk about taking advantage of a little girl.

Anyway, Queen Jadwiga did good things, and eventually became Saint Jadwiga (Patron Saint of Queens).

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


I ate most of my dinner again tonight.

The black Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Hagrid from next door isn't around. My human suspects foul play. Watch this space tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

the first White House cat

The White House has been home to a number of cats in recent times.

The first White House cat, the first First Cat was Tabby, who owned Tad Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln loved cats and four lived with him in the White House.

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC should have included a cat on Lincoln's lap.

*for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog, check out Shamus (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


It was so cold today. My human should have stayed home with me and cuddled me all day on the couch. It even snowed very briefly, which is highly unusual at this time of the year (we are a few weeks away from summer).

Anyway, I ate a regular amount of my chicken today. Woohoo.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

oh no, Borat in Australia

Borat visit now Australia to make known public his new film Borat: Cultural learnings of America for make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan.

He go Sydney and declare wanting Aussie wife, saying
"I would very much like to find Australian wife ... ladies, please send me photograph, preferably erotic,"

"My preference is for a woman who has more hair on head than back, and teeth that grow only on inside of mouth .... "

He also say
"I like very much Australia. I am a huge fanny of your country and I have been made feel very welcome here."

I think Borat make bad jokes. Who let him come visit Australia?

poor baby kangaroo

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Enough of imitating Borat's mangled English!

Not much to report today except that I ate a regular amount of my chicken so my human is happy.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Todd the cat expelled from the Tory Party

This is from the UK People newspaper (a trashy tabloid)

12 November 2006
By Nigel Nelson

A CAT has been expelled from the Tory Party - after being a member for two years.

Black-haired moggie Todd was even eligible to vote for David Cameron during his successful leadership bid.

His owner Annabelle Fuller cheekily signed him up with Tory youth wing Conservative Future when she left the party to join the UK Independence Party.

Annabelle, 25, said: "I signed him up for £3 as Todd Fuller. Anyone can get into the modern Tory Party because they never check."

Todd got junior membership which gave him full voting rights, even in Mr Cameron's election.

But he was finally expelled when an ANONYMOUSE caller spilled the beans to his local branch in Surrey.

What a shame he was expelled, Todd Fuller the cat may have been a sensible choice for party leader. He would be brighter than some of those dull humans in that party, even if it would be of the wrong political purrsuation.

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I begged my human to stay home with me but he wouldn't as he had to go to work. Then we had heavy rain which was perfect weather for just napping on the couch so my human missed out on hours of cuddling me.

When my human returned home from work, I smelt that Border Collie named Tessie on his hand again. It seems that she ran to greet him three houses down from her own place and was inviting him to visit her. She barked/told him to go with her to the door, but my human declined and waved her goodbye. He decided that her humans might think it strange if he knocked on the door and said "Tessie invited me to visit". I can't believe that dog talks to him.

I did eat more today, and enough to keep my human happy.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld

I hope that the Defense Secretary nominee Dr Robert M Gates (should his appointment be confirmed by the Senate) has as good oratory skills as the just resigned Donald Rumsfeld.

Otherwise, we are going to miss classic gems like this one:

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because

as we know,
there are known knowns;
there are things we know we know.
We also know
there are known unknowns;
that is to say
we know there are some things
we do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns -
- the ones we don't know
we don't know.

And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.

Extracted from Department of Defense news briefing, 12 February 2002

I honestly don't know if I know something I know or if it is unknown...


I had a good day today. I ate a little bit of my chicken, but not enough to satisfy my human.

Anyway, I did get a little nap on the couch with my human around midday, then he just had to go and do chores. Hmmpphhh!

In the evening, Jimmy and Lily's humans came over for a roast lamb dinner. My human did not share. How rude. I would have eaten lots if I had been given medium rare roast succulent lamb. At least I got to lie on Jacki's lap for quite some time on the couch.

Here are some new pics from earlier today when I was having a snooze by myself on the couch

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Remembrance Day

John McCrae's poem In Flanders' Field -

In Flanders' Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.

Links about the red poppy
- Australian Army, history
- BBC News magazine


I didn't eat anything at all today, but I am fine.

I enjoyed being on my human's lap for a few hours today, and we even had a midday nap together on the couch for an hour.

This evening my human left me for a few hours to visit that white cat Kettles who lives nearby. He carried her and cuddled her and gave her lots of pats. Not happy! Actually Kettle's humans were having a celebration for St Martin's Day.

random footy pic

Blacky during (Heritage) round 16, 2006 (22 July)


Friday, November 10, 2006

idiot of the week

There are two contenders for the idiot of the week.

24-year-old Belgian tourist Stefaan Vanthournout who was bitten by a crocodile on the leg when he tried to get its attention by wading into a creek and slapping the water with a stick. He ignored crocodile warning signs to get a photo.

Now the crocodile, called Allan, has to be removed from his home.

See - Sydney Morning Herald of 9 November 2006

22-year-old soldier in the UK, just returned from Iraq, who lit a firecracker from his butt, and is now in hospital.

See - The Times of 9 November 2006

I don't know which of the two are more stupid. Both stupid acts could have been fatal.

They must have wanted a Darwin Award.


I had a good day today. Not only did I eat some chicken this morning, but I also had some of my human's tinned salmon from his lunch.

I had a dirty bottom though while my human was at work so had to clean myself. When my human came home from work he wondered how I had moved my little piece of mat a metre and turned it upside down. Duh! I ran and tripped and flipped it.

Anyway, when he got back I smelt TWO dogs on him. Tessie (a Border Collie) who lives towards the end of the suburb and Zack (a black dog down the road). I can't believe that he talks to these dogs. My human told me that Tessie had a fur cut and looks like a puppy, even if she is 9 years old. And that Zack, he is just an overgrown puppy. Argh!

I ate chicken tonight again. I eat a cooked drumstick for dinner, with the meat sliced thinly off the bone. I think it is an improvement over how it used to be served.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Gubba is not happy

definitely not happy... now if he'd actually been looking for Osama instead...


I ate again today. I also had a small piece of vintage cheddar cheese. Cheddar is my favourite.

Nothing else much is happening tonight.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Dr Suess' cat

Dr Suess' cat isn't in a hat. The cat is wearing a hat.

Since when does wearing a hat constitute being in (or inside) a hat?

So Dr Suess' cat is really 'The Cat wearing a Hat'.


I ate today. I had also had a few bits of ham this morning.

When my human came home from work, Kettle's human Klaudia came over for a quick and surprise visit. Unfortunately to my embarrassment, I went out and returned with dirty butt fur, so I was marched to the bathroom for butt cleaning.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

sleeping in a drain pipe

When my late brother Fatty and I were younger and we lived in another suburb, in a town-house complex, we used to check out the drain pipes. Our humans used to get worried that we'd get lost or worse, washed away.

Some other cats in the neighbourhood used to sleep in the drain pipes. How uncouth!

Now some humans have taken to sleeping in a drain pipe.

Actually it's a hotel - dasparkhotel


I have been eating more lately, not just chicken as this morning I even had some cheese and ham. Tonight I ate enough to keep my human happy.

There was that big horse race on today, but I won't write about it this year as I decided not to pay attention to it this time.


Monday, November 06, 2006

the blue orchids

Yesterday my human brought back a bunch of dark blue orchids. He showed them to me and made a big fuss about it.

And they're real too!


I didn't eat much today. I do get tired of eating chicken.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Fashion kitties

It is about time that kitty cats featured in fashion spreads in magazines.

Check out Seventeen December 2006 issue for the covershoot.

Such cute kitties. I think that the human prop was unnecessary though. Who is she anyway?


I ate a little bit today. Enough to keep my human satisfied.

I made my human do nothing again today, however, he did go to the local supermarket for supplies (I will write about the blue orchid tomorrow). He then went out to the city briefly.

Then we had another nap on the couch together.


Saturday, November 04, 2006

occasional deafness

My human accuses me of having selective hearing. I call it occasional deafness to rest my cochlear, after all, in us older cats hearing can deteriorate due to presbycusis.

Sometimes my human uses hand signals (but that only ever worked with Fatty as they had a secret language between them). Unfortunately, I have no idea what the hand motions and waving are about.


I ate more today and my human remains happy.

I made my human do nothing today, however, Emily came over for a quick visit and whilst my human was hanging out the washing, I went outside to chew on some grass. Then my human left with Emily, but only after I was back inside the house.

My human returned about two hours later. It seems he went to check out the new retail development in the city. He told me that there is a new ten screen independent cinema complex still be be completed (thankfully, art house and foreign films still have a home).

Then we had a nap together on the couch for about an hour in the afternoon.

random footy pic

round 2, 2006 - Simon Black


Friday, November 03, 2006

UK national survey on feline friendship

Cats Protection is running a survey to find out how much people in the UK value feline friendship.

The British are real cat people.

If your people live in the UK, be sure to ask them to take part in the survey.

Link - Cats Protection


I ate today, so my human is happy.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

pumping out the gas

I was horrified to read that Australia's emission of greenhouse gases are amongst the highest per capita.

Our energy intensive industries like aluminium (we have large bauxite deposits in the north) and lots of cows (which belch methane) do not help.

See - The Age (Melbourne) of 2 November 2006

In my house we try to do our bit in reducing greenhouse gas emission. We only use energy efficent appliances and light globes. We don't have silly 'labour saving' appliances like electric can openers (surely nobody is that lazy), and do not favour pre-packaged processed foods. There is no car to run as my human walks to work. Perhaps I could convince my human to only use the vacuum cleaner less often...


I didn't eat much again today but I am feeling fine.

My human was late back tonight and I wasn't even starving for my dinner. It seems he and Emily went to hear Dr Karl talk after work. My human told me that he did not realise the venue had changed and telephoned Dr Karl on his mobile/cell phone to ask him where he was! What a doofus!

Emily stayed for a simple and quick dinner afterwards and I laid on her lap while she caught up on some TV viewing which my human had taped for her.

It also rained today.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

the elephant in the mirror

It was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that elephants recognise themselves in the mirror.

Apparently this makes them smart like humans, chimpanzees and dolphins.

The Los Angeles Times in reporting this story, started their story by suggesting that "Cats may try to pick a fight with their image in a mirror". What a ridiculous notion!

Admiring myself, not picking a fight with my reflection


I didn't eat much today, but I did have some cheese this morning.