Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Everyone Loves A Fart Joke

As the title says, everyone loves a fart joke although in my books and blogs I try to keep farting to a minimum, but it creeps in occasionally - as the actress said to the Bishop! Boom Boom!

Even though I do try to stop a fart appearing now and again in my books and blogs, the Cat who writes blogs couldn't resist this photograph which I think should be entitled Where To Shop For A Small Explosion that being the first bit of the first line of the definition of a 'fart' in the 26 or so volume Oxford English Dictionary which adds that "the small explosion takes place between the legs" bless them - the dictionary people not the farters you understand!

Where To Shop For A Small Explosion



About the Author


The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Cat kind, his sharp elegant wit has produced the bestselling book 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and of course the much plagiarised gag of the same name which appears on all of the funniest joke sites on the internet.

Copies of the Cat's masterpiece of feline literature 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or at Amazon.com and here for the Travelogue The Cat's Travelogue Paperback Edition or at what The Cat calls his www - wickedly wonderful website here www.thecatsdiary.com where you can not only learn more about me the genius Cat but also play my games they are all paw picked by me and have been described as "exactly what free on-line games should be, fun, free and fantastic."



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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shoes, Feet And Other 'Insults'

I was going through some old pictures and when I came across this one (below) it reminded me of my aimless wanderings that resulted in the writing of my wonderful masterpiece 'The Cat's Travelogue' (if you are one of the few people on the planet not to have a copy you can get it discreetly here www.amazon.com and no one will ever know that you didn't have one of the latest trendiest 'must have consumer products' because you can pretend that you had it all the time).

In The UAE They Dream Of The Sea

The picture comes from the ultra modern high rising cement constructed emirate of UAE and brought back all sorts of dreadful memories of a place where the contradictions of life are many, various and confusing to say nothing of their translations into English!

Imagine spending $20 billion on an hotel - imagine the Burj Khalifa - and then try to imagine why you wouldn't spend $20 on correctly translating a sign from Gulf Arabic to English, if you can do that then you can imagine just what life is like in Dubai or the UAE!

The UAE is a place where 'foreigners' are loathed, but welcomed so that they can fill the seven star hotels and try their hardest to buy at least a tenth of all of the dreadful modern and over priced real estate that has been thrown up for them on newly created 'islands' in the middle of enormous lagoons which are now sadly sinking back into the depths of the lagoons from where they were dredged up.

UAE

The UAE is a place that likes to pretend that it is modern, go ahead and forward thinking but can't do more than pretend, take a recent innocent example of a multinational shoe manufacturer (Puma) who thought that the very rich inhabitants of the UAE and the tourists, who troll around the place gaping at the enormous buildings, pleasure parks and the greater number of building sites where construction has ground to a halt, would like a pair of trainers with the UAE flag plastered all over them.

These 'special edition shoes' (whatever that can possibly mean) were intended to mark the 40th UAE National Day. All that Puma had to do was to make them and put a stupidly high price on them ($190 because they are special I suppose), stick them in their own stores and 'bam' they would be a few million dollars richer even if half of the products sold would have to be returned because they were so badly made in China.

UAE PUMAS

Well it was a brilliant marketing plan what could go wrong?

What went wrong was simple the very conservative inhabitants of the UAE didn't like the the fact that the nations flag colours were being used on shoes!

At this moment it might be a good idea to cast your mind back to the Iraq war, just at the end when America was being thanked and celebrated before the Iraqis changed their minds, when the enormous statue of old walrus face was toppled and locals started hitting it with their shoes.

Saddam Statue Shoe Attack

Then a short while later after the Iraqis had forgotten all about the repression of the old ways under the tough guy with the big soup strainer and more importantly who had rescued them from torture and terrible moustaches some idiot threw a shoe at Pres. Georgie B, can you see a pattern emerging here?

Pres Bush Shoe

For some reason in the Arab world, best known only to Arabs, feet and footwear are considered dirty, the Cat who writes blogs thinks that it is such a shame that there isn't more widespread use shoe polish and foot baths in the Arab world as that surely would sort of solve little problems like this and then the UAE could make a better pretence of being what it pretends to be - a modern country that is a great place for tourists and second home owners. Because as incidents like this demonstrate currently the mind set of the people is still firmly entrenched in prehistoric Wadi mud, remember the Cat who writes blogs is just a Cat and Cats aren't as clever as humans! Are they? But I have to say this I am glad that Cats have Paws and not feet and never wear shoes, unless they are dressed up by idiot humans - but that is the subject of another blog and nothing to do with this one!

Just imagine for a moment if we were so precious about the British Union Jack or the American Stars and Stripes, we would have tacky mugs, tea towels and souvenir shop rubbish in general, Jimi Hendrix's masterpiece of guitar playing the 'Star Spangled Banner' would be lost forever and we would never have had anything to roll our 'herbal' cigarettes in at college would we?

US Flag Joint


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Even More Snow On The Cat's Website

Silly me when I was showing everyone yesterday the picture of the snow on my blog here The Cat's Blog I forgot to include a snapette of the even more snow that's falling over the picture at the top of the page on The Cat's Website or to put it another way my www.wickedlywonderfulwebsitewww.thecatsdiary.com and so I thought I would rectify that immediately, but then I went to sleep in the afternoon yesterday and then sadly it completely slipped my mind when I woke up to eat a very late supper.

Happily I had made a note to resolve the problem today and as the sticky note I used somehow managed to attach itself to my paw I couldn't fail to remember, though I have to say I would have done it earlier if 'Postit' notes were more 'attracted' to sticking to computer screens, tables and indeed each other rather than they are to fur and pad skin!

Still here is the picture for you dear cuddly readers before I get carried away about the odd attractions that sticky things have - I'm sure I can wait and get carried away in the next paragraph!

Even More Snow

Have you noticed just how annoying sticky things are? Masking tape is probably the most useless sticky thing I can think of, it promises to lightly adhere to most things for a while and then be easily removed not leaving any marks, sticky patches or other nasty stuff. But it doesn't want to stick to anything apart from fur, paw pad skin and itself does it? And it does this by hanging limply from walls, where it has been used as a mask prior to painting, just waiting for an innocent Cat to nonchalantly stroll by minding his own business until he becomes ever more embroiled in yards and yards of the stuff that need little or no encouragement to wrap itself ever more tightly around a stomach that will, it promises, be on a diet in the new year as part of a whole Feline detox programme.

I could go on about the pointlessness of sticky tape in all forms, but while typing I am trying to remove a line of masking tape from my err... how can I put this um... bottom! It isn't easy for the Cat who writes blogs to write the aforementioned communication when he has his ass masked! Is it?


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Snow Comes To My Website & Blog

Once again this year to celebrate the season, Christmas and of course because I like the effect a lot, it has started snowing on The Cat's Blog and my www.wickedlywonderfulwebsitewww.thecatsdiary.com, or to be more accurate because as I explain in both my books Cat's have a dreadful curse, we can't tell a lie, it's snowing all over The Cat's Blog but only over the picture at the top of the page on my my www.wickedlywonderfulwebsitewww.thecatsdiary.com.

I don't know if you can see the snow in the picture below but I can truthfully say that it's there (not being able to tell a lie is such a curse, I can tell you) maybe you should go to The Cat's Blog and check out all the lovely snow for yourself.

There is also something new about the snow for this year on The Cat's Blog and that is that you can make the snow go mad, change direction and even rather godlike make the snow stop! Just by using your mouse, track pad or if you are reading my The Cat's Blog using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch - your finger!

I wonder if that's how god does the things he does? If that is there is a god 'up there' you have to imagine a Cat pointing his paw in a confused way 'up' as you read this bit!

Snow on Blog

Very soon this Christmasy kind Cat who writes blogs is going to bring you the ever popular Christmas lights to both The Cat's Blog and my www.wickedlywonderfulwebsitewww.thecatsdiary.com and yes don't worry just like last year you will be able to pop, smash and generally destroy the pretty little twinkling lights when the 'pleasure' of all that Christmas fixed smile giving and general 'joy' gets the better of you and you feel an overriding urge to smash something.


Xmas Holly.png

Now for a little Christmas Quiz

Question: Where can you buy copies of my wonderful books?

Answer: Here!

Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary

Paperback edition of Getting Out at Amazon.com

Kindle edition of Getting Out at Amazon.com

The Cat's Travelogue

Paperback edition of

The Cat's Travelogue

Kindle edition of The Cat's Travelogue

Mmh I don't think I've quite got the idea or format of quizzes right, don't worry I will keep trying while you go off and jingle you own bells - don't you just love Christmastide?


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Stock of My Travelogue Arrives At My Webstore

At long last we have stocks of my latest and to date most wonderful masterpiece of feline literature 'The Cat's Travelogue' at my www-WickedlyWonderfulWebsite's Store.

My book delivery Time Square NY

Quite frankly it has taken so long to get stocks because my wonderfully discerning and cuddly readers have been buying my wonderful book just as quickly as it has been printed and rushed to shops in enormous trucks and of course our biggest retailer www.amazon.com.

So now you can get your copy of 'The Cat's Travelogue' direct from the wonderful furry author and while reading it imagine I am sitting on your lap, and don't forget as dear Clint Eastwood says for a few dollars more you can have what we now call the 'Exclusive' edition which will be signed by me and by my translator Mr. John Woodcock in one of his lucid moments.

Travelogue by John Woodcock

So, I have my paws crossed and I'm waiting patiently, hoping that all of my dear cuddly readers know what to do next and won't disappoint me by not going to www-WickedlyWonderfulWebsite's Store and buying at least one copy of my marvellous travelogue, if you liked 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' I have a feeling you are going to love 'The Cat's Travelogue' and if you didn't, then I don't mind if you buy a few copies and give it to your least favourite relatives.

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Black Friday

Here is a big tip from a little financial genius 'The Cat' on Black Friday. Whatever you buy today and of course I hope it is at least a dozen of each of my books, do spend any Euros you have because it looks like the whole thing is going to come crashing down in flames and odd bits of nasty around the ears of the Germans and French leaving a sort of garlicky sausage smell in its wake.

Flaming Euro

And when the Euro balloon pop finally does go pop do you really think that there will be a lot of sour krauts around? Well the honest answer is no! Most of the Germans led by a shadowy ex-East German, who is only know by the code name Angela Merkel, want their beloved Deutsche Mark back as soon as possible and nothing whatever to do with the over sexed latin nations led by the folies at the Palais Bourbon, by the Seine.

I suppose you would like to know just how this clever Cat got all of the latest information, well it's simple! Who notices a Cat as it slinks around the furniture even in the places and palaces of power, the answer is of course no one!

Just think of all of the information I collect as I wander the halls of power and fame, to say nothing of the things I see, here is a classic example of what I mean, a pushy German poking a pretend Russian muscleman who just after this picture was taken burst into tears complaining that "она была запугивание его, и что не было разрешено, потому что он крутой парень" or in English "she was bullying him and that was not allowed because he was a tough guy!" tee hee.

Putin Merkel The Cat

You would be surprised with what I have seen and heard and I have to say so am I! So if you want the inside track on world events then keep reading my blog, later I am off to an Hotel just off Rodeo Drive to keep an eye on an unmarried young member of the royal family and a junior officer in the British Army to see if he can not only keep it real but clean, although on past performances I doubt if he can do either!

Harrytitsthumb1

That is right prince harry we are watching you and of course all of the other Troggs of course!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Bombshell - Happy Thanksgiving To All My Readers

I'm a very inquisitive Cat and so usually I like to find out a lot of interesting information about places, events and so on and so forth and then turn them into little jokes, you just have to read either 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' or 'The Cat's Travelogue' to know that; which is why I think I have failed the entire American Nation today and that makes me at the very least very downcast.

It seems a shame that there just isn't much to say about Thanksgiving that is particularly interesting, weird or funny if, that is, you want to talk about odd traditions and practices and I do.

Yes I'll admit there are some strange Thanksgiving Day notions such as the one that says you have to knock a few times on wood before putting the Turkey into the oven so that it will be tender and succulent, to say nothing of the fact that it's best to first check the Turkey's pulse! But that isn't really an odd tradition like the ones that lurk around old Europe as Pres. George Bush once called us lot over here.

You know the sort of odd tradition I'm talking about like the one in Scotland where you must carry a bit of coal in your pocket as you go from dozens of strangers houses on New Year's Eve and drink vast quantities of other people's Scotch Whiskey, that's called either 'Firstfooting or 'First Footing.'

I'm afraid I have no idea which is right 'Firstfooting or 'First Footing' because both words are always said with a Scottish accent which as we all know is very close to incomprehensible nonsense at the best of times and totally alien on New Year's Eve due to the vast amounts of Scotch Whiskey consumed by the speaker which has an effect not only on the amount of slur added to a Scots persons speech but also the number of 'o's' added to words that not only contain 'o's' normally but ones that have never been spelt with an 'o' before! To say nothing of the fact that if you look up 'Firstfooting or 'First Footing'on the internet all of the results are in American from the awful Wikipedia to the Websters Dictionary they use 'First-Footing' with a hyphen between the words and that in the main apart from where it has been used for centuries in the surnames by a few mad aristocratic English families and more recently by a lot of ethnic unmarried couples, is an American invention.

The only thing that is clear about 'Firstfooting or 'First Footing,' as the picture below shows, is that you don't have to be Scottish, look ridiculous and talk nonsense to join in the fun or indeed even wear a kilt!

Prince c in kilt

In fact it seems that the Scots didn't invent the practice of 'Firstfooting or 'First Footing' it gets its name from a Manx Gaelic word 'Quaaltagh' so it would seem that the Scots 'borrowed' the tradition from the Isle of Man.

'Firstfooting or 'First Footing' is also practiced by the Serb nation who celebrate Polažajnik on New year's Eve where they go to other people's houses and get drunk. Even during the worst persecutions of their neighbours in the 1980's the Serbs didn't stop the custom.

The Greeks use a word similar to the Serb 'Polažajnik' when they go from house to house getting drunk on New Year's Eve it is 'Podariko' for any of you who are vaguely interested and aren't wondering what on Earth this all has to do with Thanksgiving like I have to say the writer!

So back to Thanksgiving! Happily (for me) I did discover one potential bombshell about Thanksgiving though and that is that if Thanksgiving has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26th 1863 it may not be a day of celebration for the whole country!

Abe Lincoln

I hear you ask what does that mad Cat mean?

Well if President (of the Union States only) Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving in the middle of the Civil War only the North would have observed it, I can't imagine President Jefferson Davis and the rest of the Southern Nation embracing a Northern President's ideas can you?

Not only that in 1861 President Jefferson Davis issued this proclamation about Thanksgiving Day which said it should be "a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer," now that doesn't sound like the sort of day that most Americans are going to have today does it? Although I expect it would make Turkeys all over the United States very happy indeed.

Jeff Davis

The reason why the Confederate States of America celebrated Thanksgiving Day for the first time in 1861 was not really Pilgrim related either. It was to celebrate a series of victories by Confederate forces in the east and west of the CSA and that's probably not something that dear old Abe had in mind when he 'invented' Thanksgiving in 1863 is it.

Isn't history wonderful?

So to lighten the mood and possibly to prevent a war between the south and north of America breaking out once again here are some Thanksgiving jokes.

Why did the Pilgrims eat Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Because they couldn’t fit a Moose in the oven!

What’s the best way to stuff a Turkey?

Get it to eat lots of pizza and ice cream!

If the Pilgrims were alive today what would they be most famous for?

Their age of course!

If you do want to hear loads of exciting, unusual and generally hilariously dotty traditions, practices and other mad things that humans get up to, let alone this Cat, then you could do no worse than read either, or better still both, of my wonderful works of feline literary genius which happily you can find either as paperback or ebooks here!

Paperback edition of Getting Out at Amazon.com

Kindle edition of Getting Out at Amazon.com

Paperback edition of The Cat's Travelogue at Amazon.com

Kindle edition of The Cat's Travelogue at Amazon.com

Lastly the really good news about Thanksgiving Day is that it was made in America (based on an English idea) and not made in China (copied from every nation's original thought) and that means that it will last forever and not have been broken before it was taken out of the box, like all expensive rubbish that the hamfisted Chinese knock up over there!

I HOPE THAT YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND PURRS TO ALL MY CUDDLY READERS



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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Seems To Have Started

Xmas HollyIt's odd Christmas seems to have started very early this year even before Thanksgiving and that surely is a record!

Still I can't complain because my wonderful supportive and amazingly cuddly readers both old and new are buying my books in their thousands and apart from saying "please don't stop," I would like to thank them so very much for helping to keep a genius of a Cat warm this Christmas and indeed some way into the New Year.

Xmas HollyOf course I would stress that you, dear cuddly readers shouldn't stop buying my books and that if you can you should buy even more because I have a little plan that I would like to share with you.

I plan to buy a Yacht! Well all sorts of successful people have Yachts and indeed a lot of people who are no longer very successful like poor old Stevie Spielberg who must be tearing his hair out wondering how to get a movie hit.

Here is a bit of advice for Steve - if you want a movie hit don't what ever you do chose a story that is old and tired and written by a Belgian, oops sorry too late - isn't the Tintin movie a bit of a Dog?

So what was I saying, oh yes I want to buy a Yacht, nothing too fancy just somewhere to entertain guests and special cuddly readers, sail the world and be very very comfortable - you do think I am worth it don't you? Oops sorry for the l'Oréal moment!

Xmas Holly

Oh I nearly forgot with all of the Xmas excitement here is a silly picture from somewhere where being daft is being normal - the human world -and in particular Kenya.

Ladies and Gentlemen and all cuddly readers I give you a 'Kenyan Suggestion Box!' Isn't it just the best suggestion box in the world and definitely deals appropriately with all of the idiot suggestions that you get in boxes of this sort.

You Know Where You Can Put Your Suggestions  Keyna

Xmas HollyLastly if you haven't got the copies of my books that you intend to give as cherished Christmas presents this year there is still plenty of time if you shop at www.amazon.com or indeed www.amazon.co.uk. Just to help you there are some more specific links below, but before those I would like to draw your attention to a book written and illustrated by my translator John Woodcock.

His book is called Trams of PragueKindle edition and it has been enjoying a bit of success recently. Obviously the tome is not selling as well as Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary or indeed my latest and greatest (to date) book The Cat's Travelogue but it's nice to see that the old boy has got what it takes to 'make it' on his own without my help, don't you think?

If he sells a lot of copies of his book Trams of Prague I think I'll buy him a rowing boat so he can visit me on my Yacht! You dear cuddly readers can help and buy his book here Trams of Prague Kindle edition. I thought I would show you a picture of the cover he is really rather good at illustrating and that's handy because Trams of Prague is what they call in the trade - heavily illustrated.

Trams of Prague Kindle edition

Xmas Holly

If you need to save time and get whizzed straight to www.amazon.com to buy one or better still multiple copies of my books I have, being a kind and generous Cat, made it so very simple that even a human can do it. Just click one or all of the links below.


Xmas Holly

Paperback edition of Getting Out at Amazon.com

Kindle edition of Getting Out at Amazon.com

Paperback edition of The Cat's Travelogue at Amazon.com

Kindle edition of The Cat's Travelogue at Amazon.com

Xmas Holly

Of course I could go on and add more specific links to the www.amazon.co.uk pages of my books but this blog page is getting a little cluttered with links don't you think? And worse you might thing that I was just after your money, and I promise that simply isn't true! As I said above I want a Yacht!

Xmas Holly

Finally (honestly), do you get the impression from this blog that I rather like Christmas time and in particular Holly? Well if you do you would be right I really do because it is a great time to buy my books, so what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Oldham's Sign Erection Crew Visit Leeds

Oldham s Sign Erection Crew Visit Leeds

The lads and possibly lasses (in this politically correct world we live in) of the Oldham road sign erection crew have struck again, but this time you have to go to Leeds to see this marvellous example of the sort of careful workmanship and workwomanship (in this politically correct world we live in).

Their work is a fine example of the type of British craftsmanship and craftswomanship (of course) that David Cameron and all of the other deluded British politicians believe is going to make the UK a world power once again, to say nothing of ensuring that everyone has nice shiny shoes and all the trains not only run on time but are clean! Isn't it great to 'believe?'

If you don't remember the fine example of Oldham's road sign erection crew's work from my previous blog here is an example as published by the Cat who writes Blogs i.e. me just before my birthday on November 14th.

If You want Craftsmanship don t go to Oldham

Of course if you missed my birthday you will be pleased to hear that I have no problem with presents, cards and cash arriving late, in fact I have said on any number of occasions that I am just like a politician in this respect - open to 'presents' at any time during the year!

Of course if you don't remember when Oldham's sign erection crew last struck just click here, aren't they clever?

Don't forget that the holidays are upon us, Thanksgiving in just a day or so away and Christmas as usual is lurking around the corner which means that you may well be stumped for what to get the children, the Dog, the family and all of the others that you have to buy presents for, my advice is don't panic just go to either my www-wickedly wonderful website www.thecatsdiary.com or indeed good old Amazon.com and order dozens of copies of my books. May I helpfully suggest that for people you really like you give both of my books to and for people you aren't so keen on just the one!

Here are a few useful links to save you time and cut out the hours of concentrated thought that you would normally devote to choosing the right present for everyone.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Toilet Confusion in Laos

The English language is a wonderful thing, it being the language of international business, used by airline pilots and ship's captains of every nation and used in so many different ways.

The English language is also reasonably easy to use once you have learned a few rather odd idiosyncrasies such as the difference between 'there' and 'their' and just because the plural of Mouse is Mice don't automatically expect House to do the same! All of which means that the English language like all good tools is easy to use.

However having said that the English language does seem to be a rather difficult brute to use if one wants to use it in translation, do check the example below a simple translation of Lao, the language of the country with almost the same name Laos, but then maybe learning English in a country that was once known as the kingdom of Lan Xang (or Million Elephants) is a problem, they certainly seem to have made it so!

Preventing Toilets In Laos From Doing What



If any dear cuddly reader can tell the poor confused cat what on earth preventing a toilet is then they may well win a copy of my latest unputdownable book 'The Cat's Travelogue.'

Travelogue by John Woodcock

About the Author



The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Cat kind, his sharp elegant wit has produced the bestselling book 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and of course the much plagiarised gag of the same name which appears on all of the funniest joke sites on the internet.

Copies of the Cat's masterpiece of feline literature 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or at Amazon.com and here for the Travelogue The Cat's Travelogue Paperback Edition or at what The Cat calls his www - wickedly wonderful website here www.thecatsdiary.com where you can not only learn more about me the genius Cat but also play my games they are all paw picked by me and have been described as "exactly what free on-line games should be, fun, free and fantastic."





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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Things People Feed Horses

You humans are an odd bunch and with your mad actions sometimes get us animals into a lot of trouble, my subject to illustrate this is what you humans do and indeed don't do when feeding Horses.

It's a little known fact that's only common knowledge in the equine community that horses really like Polos Mints which are small round mint flavoured boiled sweets with a hole in them but sadly very few people feed Horses Polos, instead they give them handfuls of grass, carrots and anything else they have to hand and that includes fingers.

Who s Fingers

When a human gives a Horse a finger or two to eat it isn't always clear to the Horse or indeed the investigating authorities that the human intended the Horse to have a finger buffet. In fact some humans after feeding a finger or two to an innocent Horse and become really rather too irate about the whole matter and like their fingers the matter can get out of hand if you see what I mean!

There is some good news for humans who want to feed the odd Horse who they see standing alone in a field looking rather forlorn. Horses love treats and there is no real reason why you shouldn't give them one but it has to be stressed do please only give a Horse one treat because Horses can unfortunately be described as greedy and will literarily eat themselves sick and if you can find out if the Horse can eat what you want to feed it.

In general when you give a Horse a treat it can be almost anything fruity or veggie, Oranges, Carrots, Apples or even a Banana but never ever give a Horse the tops (green bits) of Carrots or the peel from a Banana. In addition do ensure that you cut up what you feed a Horse into small cubes because Horses can have digestion problems and as I mentioned above it's always best, if possible, ask the Horses owner what the Horse likes to eat and more importantly what the Horse can eat.

Asking the Horse's owner will ensure that you feed the Horse what he or she can eat a lot of Horse can develop nasty diseases such as Colic which can be a dangerous, even life threatening, illness for Horses.

When you want to feed a Horse or give them a treat the best way to do this is to hold the treat out to the Horse in the palm of your hand, making sure that your fingers are completely extended and your hand is as flat as you possibly can make it.

Horses in fields

Lastly don't go into the fields with a handful, armful, or bucketful of treats, thinking the Horses on the other side of the field won't notice. Because before you realise it, you will be in the middle of a number of Horses all competing rather too boisterously for treats, unfortunately hungry Horses can get a little pushy and as they are almost always ten times bigger and heavier than the average human, humans tend to get hurt by 'enthusiastic' Horses.

Just for your information the wonderful illustration of 'Two Horses at a gate waiting for treats' is kindly provided by Mr John Woodcock (my translator) from his book 'Tram No 6 the Naughtiest of Trams' which is the first in a series of books from the series 'Trams of Prague'

You can purchase an ebook of this excellent beautifully illustrated book here at www.amazon.com Trams of Prague ebook for use on Kindle Fire, iPod Touch, iPad and all other great colour eReaders. Or of course you can get it on my www.wickedlywonderfulwebsite the www.thecatsdiary.com. It will make a great Christmas stocking filler.

Trams of Prague Kindle edition

And the good news is that a picture book edition will be available next year.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Odd Chinese Safety Instructions

In addition to a complete lack of expertise in making any kind of manufactured goods for the West that last, stealing islands in the South China Sea and interfering under Tibet's skirts China is a place where there is not a great regard for humankind let alone animals, cough, such as myself, who can without any great effort find ourselves being accused of being a stray (which is such and insult in the Cat culture) rounded up and placed on a Shanghai dinner menu.

All of which means that when you see signs like the one below you do hope that they are followed to the letter by the hamfisted Dog and Cat eaters behind the Great Wall of China.

What Does This Sign Mean China Of Course


You know it's amazing what you see when you are travelling the world researching a book. But all I can say is after spending nearly two, paw weary years, globetrotting that I am glad it's over and you my dear cuddly readers can read 'The Cat's Travelogue' I am confident that it will bring more than a smile to your lips and like my other wonderful unputdownable book 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' you will want to read it again and again.

Don't forget as you are dusting off last year's Holly and trying to glue back together the kids favourite Christmas decorations; to say nothing about trying to get the tree lights to work, that my books make excellent Christmas presents for all ages and while you are ordering your copies do make sure you get one for your good self, you have earned a bit of time curled up in a chair with an extremely good book like either of mine!

Just for you dear reader I have added some very useful links for you to click that will take you to my books on www.amazon.com or indeed my own www.wickedlywonderfulwebsite Travelogue Website or the normal one here www.thecatsdiary.com or my amazing virtual retail establish here my store at www.thecatsdiary.com.

You can get paperback or ebook copies of my first book 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' here Amazon.com and my amazing second book 'The Cat's Travelogue' either here The Cat's Travelogue Paperback Edition or here The Cat's Travelogue ebook depending upon whether you want an ebook of a paperback version duh! Silly cat you know that sorry!

Lastly and for those who might be er... how can I put this, a little hard of understanding, here are some pretty pictures of my books and lots of devices that you can read them on if you choose to buy my ebooks! If you choose to invest in the paperback editions of my wonderful books then I suggest you read them on your lap curled up in a nice armchair!

If you need any or all of these items in addition to dozens of copies my books then click away below to your hearts content they all come from www.amazon.com where you know you can shop safely and securely to say nothing about good old Amazon ensuring that anything you order arrives on time.

It almost goes without saying but this clever Cat who writes books and who writes blogs for your amusement and delight does receive a very small 'consideration' from www.amazon.com if you buy any of the items below using the link or links. Well we all need to scrape a together living don't we? So if you are going to buy a KindleFire, and iPad, iPod or iPhone to read any of my books on then it wouldn't do any harm to click the link anyway below would it?

Mmh sorry this was such a long blog especially for those of you with a short attention span but let's face it this is an important time for Cats in the publishing industry, we make most of our cash at Christmas time and that is why I have to use every trick in the book to get you dear cuddly reader to part with yours.

You know it isn't easy either, because there is a fine line between marketing and whining and then there apparently is the line that I have never paid too much attention to, the line beyond which marketing is considered bullying!

Just remember dear cuddly reader, if you can, that I'm merely a simple Cat and if I do seem to over sell my books it's because I don't know any better tee hee!

P.S.

Sorry if any clever human knows how to get the above links to sit together and could let a confused Cat know the aforementioned cat would be very grateful because it beats the Whiskas® out of me! And Cat food all over the floor is not at all nice, especially when it is Salmon and Sardine flavour!



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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fire Alarm Testes!

While researching my latest and most wonderful (to date) book which if you have been living in a cave or Rochdale and haven't heard is called 'The Cat's Travelogue' I travelled the world and encountered strange people who erect bizarre signs in there very own edition of the English language.

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you "Fire Alarm Testes!" from sunny smog filled Shanghai.

Fire Alarm Testes Check How Long Too

What else can I add? Well I suppose the obvious what a load of rubbish, and did you see how long the brief Fire Alarm Test will take 8 hours! Mmh what an advanced nation!


About the Author



The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Cat kind, his sharp elegant wit has produced the bestselling book 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and of course the much plagiarised gag of the same name which appears on all of the funniest joke sites on the internet.

Copies of the Cat's masterpiece of feline literature 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or at Amazon.com and here for the Travelogue The Cat's Travelogue Paperback Edition or at what The Cat calls his www - wickedly wonderful website here www.thecatsdiary.com where you can not only learn more about me the genius Cat but also play my games they are all paw picked by me and have been described as "exactly what free on-line games should be, fun, free and fantastic."



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Monday, November 14, 2011

Oldham's Bid To Rival China

Normally I 'wobble on,' as someone once said though I personally don't agree, about the worse than dreadful craftsmanship (if you can call it that) of the Chinese and their hamfisted attempts to produce manufactured (and I use that word lightly) goods so it is with a heavy heart and a rarely experienced degree of reluctance that I give you Oldham's attempt to take back some of the manufacturing jobs that they lost to China.

If You want Craftsmanship don t go to Oldham

Please note the precision and excellence of construction, the care and attention to detail and most of all the quality control.

As the sign says - well the bit that is the right way up that you can read - "Oldham is working for a co-operative borough" or words to that effect, while pondering just how many 'work people' (you can no longer call them 'workmen' in such a forward looking place) working 'co-operatively' it took to construct the sign I was also trying to work out what that strap line actually meant!

Are they suggesting that the entire area become some sort of enormous workers co-operative where more examples of this type of constructive freedom, that comes with this sort of endeavour, can be experienced you know like streetlights buried upside down and footpaths that foul dogs!

Here are some interesting (I promise) facts about Oldham

  • I didn't visit Oldham when writing my latest block busting book 'The Cats Travelogue'
  • Oldham is in England
  • England is in Europe
  • Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester
  • Oldham has little early history to speak of
  • Oldham was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution
  • Oldham was among the first ever industrialised towns
  • Oldham was the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world at the height of the industrial revolution Oldham spun more cotton than France and Germany put together
  • In late May 2001 Oldham hosted 3 days of race riots
  • Oldham is a bit run down (see picture below of the railway station in 2010
  • Oldham is a bit run down

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    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Save Tigers And Do It Now

    While having my breakfast of tasty Prawns with a side of Prawns and a bag of Prawns to go sitting next to me on the diner table I was reading the newspaper.

    I rarely read newspapers because I believe that if you want to ruin your day read a newspaper at breakfast and if you want to ruin your life become famous, like me, and have News International eavesdrop on your every phone call, read your mail, hack your computer and sift your trash while trying to gather dirt on you. So far that have failed thanks to my satellite phone a little tip I learned from someone I was talking to in the CIA several years ago.

    I have to say here that when I was talking to this lady from the CIA I thought that 'CIA' was an abbreviation for China International Airways and to be honest I didn't discover what the letters really CIA stood for until I climbed aboard what I thought was a small China International Airways jet at an airport in Pakistan while researching my latest unputdownable book 'The Cat's Travelogue' (available here The Cat's Travelogue Paperback Edition and if you want an ebook here The Cat's Travelogue ebook boy was I in for a surprise I can tell you, and if you read my latest work of feline literary genius you will know exactly what I am talking about here!

    Anyway, so there I was reading the newspaper and getting ever more depressed, when I think I have reached rock bottom after reading three articles about four politicians in three totally different countries who were all displaying their own special type of ineptitude that singles them out for a career in politics when my eye caught this headline:-

    "Is it time to give up on Tigers and Pandas? - Controversial plans to save one species at expense of another are gathering pace"

    The it went on to say:-

    "A majority of professional conservationists believe it is time to consider shifting efforts away from some of the world's most famous species, such as the Panda, to concentrate on others which have a greater chance of success."

    Panda

    So is that what humans have come to? They have hunted animals to extinction destroyed their habitat to grow beef for McDonalds then a few decades ago seen the light and started to conserve species instead of running rough shod over them and now they have decided, because trying to protect animals is too much like hard work, to choose one species over another because they can't cope with their own destructiveness which so drastically affects all of the other animals and creepy crawlies who share the planet Earth.

    Well all I have to say is shame on you humans for taking so much of the Earth's resources and leaving so little for wildlife, shame on you conversationalists and in particular shame on the charity the World Wildlife Fund for taking so much money and pretending to give a damn about animals and obviously failing so miserably.

    I would also like to say that if there has to be a choice between Pandas and Tigers we should save Tigers they are not only better looking, they are also more interesting, more active, distant cousins of mine and better still if their numbers were to grow significantly they might just start getting their own back and start eating humans!

    2 Siberian Tigers

    At least there is one positive to come out of this article and that's that you can stop giving your hard earned folding stuff to the WWF!

    As I have said time and again all charities are absolutely useless and this article proves that, if you ever doubted my word, instead you can of course send all of your spare cash to this Cat and make his life amazingly comfortable, unlike a charity I will spend you money wisely and choose only the finest Prawns, the best cars, hotels and employ only the most qualified staff to attend to my every need, which are many and various.

    I do hope that people start to see how dreadful charities are now in the light of what these conversationalists are proposing. I was telling people 15 years ago just how greedy and corrupt banks were and now they are seeing it, let's hope it doesn't take the same length of time for the public to see just how much alike charities and banks are, they only care about themselves and nothing else even the things they are set up to protect, help, nurture or whatever else they waffle on about as they hold their hands out for you cash.


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    Tuesday, November 08, 2011

    Jessie The Cat Goes For A Little Walk 2,000 Miles

    After moving 2,000 miles from Ungarra, South Australia to a new home in Darwin high up in Australia's Northern Territories in March last year Jessie The Cat went missing, her family looked everywhere for her but she was nowhere to be seen.

    A year later Jessie The Cat's family had more or less given up any hope of ever seeing their wonderful Cat again until one day the people who had moved into Jessie The Cat family's old house called them up and said that they had seen a strange Cat mooching around their house.

    Jessie The Cat's family asked for a picture, just in case the strange cat wasn't a stranger to them. The picture arrived and delighted Jessie The Cat's family because - well you have guessed it, it was Jessie The Cat.

    Jessie The Cat had somehow managed to walk 2,000 miles back to her old home and her journey gets even more impressive when you look at the routes she may have taken, either Jessie The Cat crossed Australia's searing desert or she took a very much longer coastal route to visit her old house and chums, until now Jessie The Cat hasn't said which one she took or indeed whether she plans further adventures in the future.

    Jessie s Journey

    Just like Jessie The Cat your favourite genius of a feline author has been travelling, last year and indeed for a few years before I travelled the world researching my latest and most wonderful masterpiece of feline literature 'The Cat's Travelogue' and although I didn't actually match Jessie The Cat's feat on all fours I think I deserve a pat on the back don't you?

    You can get The Cat's Travelogue Paperback Edition or a copy of The Cat's Travelogue ebook by clicking these links or the nice picture below!

    Travelogue by John Woodcock

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    Monday, November 07, 2011

    At Last A Religion With A Sense Of Humour?

    So here's proof that some religions actually do have a sense of humour. Trust it to be the Buddhists who I understand are pretty calm and collected, for religious nuts.



    At Last A Religion With A Sense of Humour Or Is That Irony



    I've heard that Buddhists don't preach elitism, fire and damnation or any of the usual religious stuff and that's nice. Although isn't Buddhism the religion that believes that if you are a bad human you will come back as a lesser being or animal? Which suggests to me that Buddhists may think that a bad human might be reincarnated as a Cat! Really, that isn't very nice is it?



    About the Author



    The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Cat kind, his sharp elegant wit has produced the bestselling book 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and of course the much plagiarised gag of the same name which appears on all of the funniest joke sites on the internet.

    Copies of the Cat's masterpiece of feline literature 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or at Amazon.com and here for the Travelogue The Cat's Travelogue Paperback Edition or at what The Cat calls his www - wickedly wonderful website here www.thecatsdiary.com where you can not only learn more about me the genius Cat but also play my games they are all paw picked by me and have been described as "exactly what free on-line games should be, fun, free and fantastic."



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    Friday, November 04, 2011

    Rear Guard?

    There are some traffic signs in this world that defy explanation and here is one of them from Valetta in Malta for your education and amusement!



    Rear Guard

    About the Author



    The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Cat kind, his sharp elegant wit has produced the bestselling book 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and of course the much plagiarised gag of the same name which appears on all of the funniest joke sites on the internet.

    Copies of the Cat's masterpiece of feline literature 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or at Amazon.com and here for the Travelogue The Cat's Travelogue Paperback Edition or at what The Cat calls his www - wickedly wonderful website here www.thecatsdiary.com where you can not only learn more about me the genius Cat but also play my games they are all paw picked by me and have been described as "exactly what free on-line games should be, fun, free and fantastic."



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    Thursday, November 03, 2011

    Justin Bieber And The Large Hadron Collider

    Is it just me or are you worried too?

    I ask this question because things, it seems, have gone rather quiet at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, in fact things have gone too quiet if you ask me!

    Why hasn't there been any news from the Large Hadron Collider, only a month or so ago were were promised a glimpse at the 'God particle' as it is known to say nothing of a look up the skirt (as it were) at the Higgs boson but sadly the hypothetical massive elementary particle remains firmly 'hypothetical' as far as I am aware.

    Higgs event

    So what has happened? Has something gone wrong? I'm worried aren't you? No I am very worried why aren't you? If that baby 'goes up' some say that their flat world will sink, worrying stuff isn't it?

    I was wondering if I'd had my iPod on too loud and missed a large bang just a few countries away? There has been a lot of fog in Prague recently, but that is just fog not smoke, well that what I tell myself, it comforts me!

    Surely something should have happened by now at the world's most expensive experiment, well the world most expensive experiment if you don't include the one currently being held to discover exactly what talent Justin Bieber possess; 2 billion hits on YouTube teh!^ It just goes to show exactly how poor the taste of 28% the world's population actually is!

    If anyone can tell me what Justin Beiber does I would be grateful he is either so far below or above this Cat's radar that he actually doesn't exist or maybe, just maybe Justin Bieber is what the Large Hadron Collider has discovered or worse created and they are keeping very, very quiet about it.

    Oh look what I have found a picture (below) of little Justin Bieber. For those of you who are old enough you must remember Donny Osbourne? Surely Justin is a Donny clone? (Picture of Donny below as well to prove this clever Cat's point!)

    Justinbieber

    Donny O

    I wondered what Donny Osbourne is doing these days so I searched for 'osbourne' in Google of course and came up with this recent snap. I see he is still in the music business and isn't that Marie in the background at the Mormon tabernacle? They both look as though they have gone through a spin cycle at the Large Hadron Collider don't they? I think it's them though of course I could be wrong I am only a Cat after all!

    Blacksunday

    ^Note

    The word teh above is not a typo it's used to describe the sound that a Cat makes when expressing disbelief! Just thought I would tell you so you don't think I'm uneducated.

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