Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Bit Of Dysfunctional Faith

I should imagine by now that everyone in the world knows that I am a very famous Feline author of several bestselling (thankfully) books, the first 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' sold more copies than the Bible (when translated in to Inuit) and the second 'The Cat's Travelogue' is currently outselling the English language version of Steve Job's biography in Uzbekistan to say nothing of the latest book from Newt Gingrich 'Newt's Tips On A Successful Marriage' which concentrates on being faithful and has a foreword by prince Charles.

Unfortunately as yet neither of my masterpieces of Feline Literature have eclipsed sales of prince Andrew the Duke of York's latest book 'Dictators, Autocrats and Paedophiles I Know and Respect' but then I suppose everyone wants to read a book written by the world's most famous frequent flyer and discover how they could get so many free trips by displaying pure ignorance and a total lack of judgement. Just a thought I wonder if he will go back to Turkey where there is an outstanding arrest warrant for her ferginess the duchess of York?

And so on to my lovely picture today which I saw while researching my latest unputdownable book 'The Cat's Travelogue,' look Newt and Andrew here is somewhere that will welcome you with open arms, just pop down to the Faith Baptist Church and as the sign says "you will fit right in!"

Is Yours A Dysfunctional Family If So Join The Baptist Church

Just recently and for no reason really, except the website address is on the sign, I went onto the website for the Faith Baptist Church in New Brunswick, Canada and I promise you it was everything I hoped it would be from the 'Donut Club' to the desperately cheesy pictures of the happy families who "join us on Sunday."

Sadly although I spent quite a long time on the website - ok three minutes but I promise you that was all I could bear I am only human oops 'feline - I didn't see a single family who looked 'dysfunctional' in any way whatsoever although one of the teenagers hanging from a tree looked more than a little strange.

Still I am sure that the sugar fuelled members of the Donut Club, which to quote the Faith Baptist Church's professional copywriter exactly "The Donut Club is our mid-week children’s program for kids kindergarten through grade 5. Every week they enjoy music, games, a Bible lesson and a special visit from Duncan the Donut. Donut Club meets every Tuesday from 6:30-7:45pm," will probably carry out sugar induced rampages at some point in time and if you wonder why just as yourself how many Donuts can a kid eat in an hour and fifteen minutes? The answer is an awful lot!

So the only really 'dysfunctional' thing about the Faith Baptist Church is their billboard, just look closely at the website and you won't see any dysfunctional people, not even Duncan the Donut, which is a shame because they tend to be my favourites!





About the Author - The Cat who writes blogs!

The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. 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 his latest wonderful book 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet 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, January 30, 2012

The Big Garden Birdwatch A Real Feline Treat

Robin

This weekend in England it was the RSPB's 33rd 'Big Garden Birdwatch' (the RSPB is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for all those who might not know which when you think about it is an enormous number of people) a weekend when friends and fanciers of our feathered friends gaze out into their gardens to identify and count the number of birds who have decided to land on their tiny patch of England that hasn't as yet been repossessed by the banks.

Now I haven't been in England for a few years but when I was there I didn't just dedicate one weekend to watching English garden birds it was a full time occupation, I was always on the windowsill glued to the bird table or in the Spring watching our feathered cousins pick at the newly sown lawn.

So what on earth is the 'Big Garden Birdwatch?' Well to keep it simple, which is always nice, for 33 years now the RSPB have asked people to snoop on the feathered wildlife in their gardens, obviously as the RSPB is a charity there is no pay or reward and if you want to know the full results of the weekend's activity you have to buy a report from them.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is believed to be the biggest "citizen science" exercise anywhere in the world and anyone can 'join in' all you have to do is to watch an open space, which can be your garden, a park or even a prison exercise yard for one hour and do that once a year and while you are watching the space just count the birds that land, unfortunately pouncing on them is frowned upon at all times by the RSPB and not only during the study. How was I suppose to know that? I'm a Cat after all.

So while you are watching your bit of England waiting for the flap of wings all you have to do is to count the birds that arrive and to avoid double counting you simply record the largest number of each species you see at any one moment.

The clever thing about this survey is that everyone taking part helps to create a countrywide snapshot of England's ever changing populations of winter birds and over the years the survey has measured and confirmed the changes in populations of England's birds which as last year's survey reveals the number of species in England's gardens stands at an impressive and mouthwatering 73!

So well done to the RSPB who have proved that not everything with a 'royal' connection is completely spoilt and useless, and they still think that they should be bought a new royal yacht but then that is another story that I have been trying to resist telling.

One bit of information from the Big Garden Birdwatch that I found interesting if not a little incriminating is that there number of birds in my old garden has increased dramatically since I left for central Europe where it's reported the numbers of garden birds has begun to decline, nature is an odd thing isn't it?

Below is a graph that has nothing to do with this blog article whatsoever but I think it makes it look ever so important and included it for that reason.

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About the Author - The Cat who writes blogs!

The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. 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 his latest wonderful book 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet 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, January 27, 2012

No Mental Patients Allowed - It Must Be China

No Mental Patients  Guilin China

The safety instructions for riding a cable car in Gulin, China would amusing if they didn't show how dreadfully backward and prejudice the richest communists in the world really are!

Of course I can understand that people riding the cable car should be discouraged from taking explosives on board, and smelly things that can "irritate the nose" and if I knew what "lolling People" were, I would probably stop them from boarding too, but is it fair, reasonable or just to prohibit "mental Patients," or even "dull-witted Patients" to be forced to spend hours trolling up a mountain instead of sailing up in a few minutes? I don't think so do you?

The prejudice of the Chinese doesn't just apply to the unfortunate among us who suffer mental health problems apparently, according to Chinese authorities if you are "liable to carsickness" you must be mentally ill - see point 4.1!

Which all goes to prove that not only should we not buy the shoddy goods manufactured in China which are made to the 'break out of the box' principle, we shouldn't go to China on holiday either.





About the Author - The Cat who writes blogs!

The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. 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 his latest wonderful book 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet 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."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Trams of Prague

I just wanted to say well done to my Translator Mr. John Woodcock because his ebook 'Tram No6 - The Naughtiest of Trams' which is the first book in the 'The Trams of Prague' series has started to sell really well as a the number of people who have colour ebook readers grows thanks to the enormous increase in sales of the Amazon Kindle Fire and the iPad.

trams-cover.jpg

Mr. John Woodcock says that he thinks the reason why 'Tram No6 - The Naughtiest of Trams' is selling so well is that it's illustrated in colour through-out and was one of the first picture books written and developed for colour ereaders (probably why it stuck on the shelves of Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk for so long before they we're invented - and not my first thought which was that he is a talentless nobody who is only employed as my translator because he is the only human in the world who can speak Cat. You will know exactly what I think of him if you have read my book 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' which out sells Mr. John Woodcock's book by thousands to one!

Of course I very rarely make references to other books when I can always mention my own which are such masterpieces but there is always a first time for everything as my Mum said when she was strapping the Bungee cord to her ankle, which of course is another story… which I am writing at the moment and Mr. John Woodcock is desperately trying to translate!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What Can I say!

They say you can get a lot of things in Bangkok and as this sign demonstrates 'anything' means 'anything' in Bangkok unless of course the translator misread the word he or she was supposed to translate for the sign and had 'testicles' on the brain - not a nice mental picture.

Testicle Massage In Bangkok

As for this unfortunate Cat I wouldn't be able to have a testicle massage in Bangkok as readers of my first book 'Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' will recall. Some nice person mentioned to me as I was writing this paragraph that that was a bit sad, 'A BIT SAD!' Huh I would call it a crime agains Cat kind!

Lastly what has 'SMILE TEEN MASSAGE' got to do with anything? Answers in the usual format please unless this Cat has completely misunderstood what a 'smiling teen' has to do with a 'testicle massage,' then I think that your answers should be in private only!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

The Sad Story of the Cat, the Pensioner, The Couple Arguing And An Open Window

Cat Pensioner Window

A lot of newspapers recently have been carrying a story about an 85 year old pensioner being hit on the head by a Cat in Buenos Aires in July. The pensioner was knocked unconscious and was in a coma for a long while after being hit by the Cat and has never really recovered from the incident. The Cat wasn't so fortunate and didn't survive the fall from the fourth storey.

So what was a fine looking Cat doing falling four stories I hear you ask? Images come to mind of a devil may care feline tethering on a window ledge 50 feet in the air come to mind, or a swashbuckling puss walking a tightrope of telephone wires strung from one building to another. Sadly the truth of what happened to this poor Cat is not only rather mundane it is also absolutely disgusting.

Apparently a couple on the forth floor were having a blazing row, can you see where this is going, no I bet you can't dear cuddly reader but then you are a normal well adjusted individual! What happened is so bizarre it wouldn't even appear in one of my books, during their quarrel the husband picked up the family pet and threw it at his wife, but she ducked and the Cat sailed through an open window.

Can you imagine what went through the husband's head at that moment, "I hate you and I am going to kill you, I will kill you with a um… err… a… yes I know a Cat.' What was he thinking! I am afraid I don't know.

There has been a lot of discussion about the injuries to the pensioner of course and her family seem to expect compensation for her quite rightly, but sadly as happens in these cases all too often no one seems to be saying, until now - this. "The person who did this is one of the cruelest most disgusting individuals on the planet and The Cat hopes that something really very awful happens to him."

What is it with some of you humans and Cats, we aren't vases, blunt instruments or any other kind of deadly weapons, please stop treating us as though we are inanimate.





About the Author - The Cat who writes blogs!

The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. 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 his latest wonderful book 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet 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, January 17, 2012

What Do The Bird And Deer Look For?

When Is A Monkey park Not A Monkey Park When It s In Japan

Sometimes you see a sign that really asks more questions than it answers, just like this one from the masters of misinformation and translation, the Japanese bless them.

This sign from a Monkey Park (yes you guessed right) is one of the best exhibits of the Japanese tradition of 'Ru-bbishy' which roughly translated means 'nonsense signage.'

I am afraid that is all of the information I can give my dear cuddly readers I thought the Monkey Park was lovely and so did the Monkeys but I never discovered exactly what the Bird and Deer look for which is quite sad because if I had I would have been able to tell everyone in my latest masterpiece of feline literature 'The Cat's Travelogue' and put some of the other pictures I took of Japan on the Cat's Diary www-wickedlywonderfulwebsite www.thecatsdiary.com.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Good News If You Ever Run Out Of Ladies!

Good News If You Ever Run Out Of Ladies

I saw this picture and the first thing that came to mind was "what are they thinking about when they wrote this sign?" The answer of course is nothing, no thought whatsoever was used in making this sign, was it?

England has some strange by-laws which come from its dark past (around the time of Mrs. Thatcher's iron rule) and so I worry for the people who put this sign on a Post Box. It is not only illegal to do something like that but I would imagine carries a sever punishment under the archaic laws of the land. The perpetrators will probably have their Sheep taken away and have their children put into the service of the crown just for starters.

I have always wanted any opportunity to tell my wonderful cuddly readers about some of the mad laws that are still 'law' (if you see what I mean) in England and now seems like the perfect chance.

Did you know that it's illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament? That it's a treasonable act to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen's image upside down, though of course you can lick the stamp as much as you like!

There are lots of really dumb laws that benefit the English royals one that comes to mind is that the head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen. What on earth do they want them for?

And when you start to really delve into the nonsense that is English law you discover that eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned, obviously instead of tucking into Christmas delicacies the law expects ordinary people to be doing something useful and as England is rarely not at war keeping their fighting skills honed is important.

To ensure that Englishmen are ready for war the law of the land still says that all English Men over 14 must have two hours of longbow practice each weekend which has to be supervised by the local clergy.

And don't ever think that an English person can become as rich as the royal family for example, because under the oddest of English laws and indeed one of the most modern (Tax Avoidance Schemes - Prescribed Descriptions of Arrangements - Regulations 2006) it's illegal not to tell the taxman something you don’t want him to know on the other hand not telling him things you don’t mind him knowing is fine.





About the Author - The Cat who writes blogs!

The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. 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 his latest wonderful book 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet 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, January 12, 2012

How Many New Year's Resolutions Have You Broken So Far?

I have never ever believed in making New Year's resolutions mainly because if I wanted to stop doing something, give up something, or generally be a better member of society waiting until the New Year came around seemed to be pointless because it only comes around once every year.

Mind you if you really don't want to give up something, modify your behaviour or do whatever it is that a New Year's resolution would make you do then the once a year thing works just fine, but maybe people who find it difficult working to such short deadlines should start to make resolutions on February 29th I have a feeling that "Leap Year Resolutions" would be best for them.

Obviously the main advantage of "Leap Year Resolutions" is that you have plenty of time to plan just how you are going to keep them and of course if you really enjoy what you are about to give up then you have plenty of time to enjoy it right up until the deadline.

Actually don't you think that it's odd that the things we really like doing like eating Chocolate, drinking red wine and so on are the subjects of New Year's and in the future Leap Year's Resolutions? Why is it that we should give up the things we like and vow to take up jogging or visit the Gym more often? Beats me! But then that might be a subject for another blog.

All of which bring me round nicely to the title of this blog 'how many New Year's Resolutions have you broken so far?' And indeed offers a new question - how many of the things that you decided to do/give up in your New Year's Resolutions were things that you didn't want to stop doing or of course not start in the first place - such as more trips to the Gym etc?

I don't think that we should not look after ourselves but let's face it who among us are as mad as Jane Fonda and want to exercise for most of the day and still have to get our publicity shots headily Photoshopped. Not me but then my face is covered in a dense layer of fur which hides any wrinkles I might have, not that I am saying I have any, so I have an advantage over most of my readers here who would be, if they were like little old me, at the electrolysis clinic for hours on end everyday. Being a Cat has so many advantages doesn't it?

As the cartoon below shows you have to ask yourself a lot of difficult questions about any New Year's Resolutions which you may be considering and if you are like Mary Poppins and though in a less icky way like me 'practically perfect in every way' then why should you be even thinking of making any New Year's Resolutions in the first place?

New Years Resolution

I think if you want to wear a hair shirt and make a New Year's Resolutions to give up something or change something about yourself just because you think others might expect it of you, you should stop thinking like that immediately and do something really useful that will make an impact, send me the money you would save by not doing what ever it is you were doing and I promise to enjoy every cent, even after I have bought a Motor Yacht that is six inches bigger than Steven Spielberg's.

There I hope that makes you all feel much better because it isn't such a bad thing to have little or no will power, let's face it it is what most if not all of the institutions around the world today rely on, us being so easy to manage and guilt ridden to say nothing of hoping our attention spans are the same as Goldfish - here I am mainly thinking about banks and bankers. Happily that lack of will power and short attention span is not an affliction that affects Cats in any way whatsoever it is so great to be a Cat and so much better to be The Cat who writes blogs.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I Like Shellfish But Not This Shellfish

I remember writing a little song in my first masterpiece of feline literature 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' called 'There is nothing like a Prawn' to the musical theme first used in movie musical 'South Pacific' because I love Prawns. Prawns are wonderful even when they are eaten the Brazilian way with their little jackets on and tend towards 'crunch' if you see what I mean!

Although Prawns are my favourite shellfish I have also enjoyed the fleeting company of Lobsters, Crab, Langoustines, Shrimp (the tiny English ones) and of course Mussels, but I refused to eat what was on this menu in Hanoi, Vietnam and I ask you can you blame me?

Even when crap meat is rolled twice in Salmon skin and friend it hardly sounds like a delicacy does it? In fact the idea of it put me right off my Roasted Salmon Head and I walked out of the establishment that bravely called itself a restaurant feeling hungry and let down.

More Crap Meat From Vietnam





About the Author - The Cat who writes blogs!

The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. 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 his latest wonderful book 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet 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, January 10, 2012

When Is A Site A Sight - When It is Under Surveillance Of Course Silly

I have seen some daft signs in my time but this one makes my cookie crumble, if you see what I mean!

Why would someone want to put CCTV in a wood? And where did they go to school? Are two of the questions that come to mind.

Still it;s a nice copse and if the CCTV is in colour then it probably makes attractive viewing, though I think we can rule out 'interesting' viewing don't you dear reader?

The CCTV can't have been installed to protect the trees can't it? After all if you want to protect a tree you don't hammer a six inch nail into it to hang a sign from do you?

You humans are definitely mad, well most of you, not my wonderfully cuddly readers of course, they are extremely smart because they have bought my books 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and 'The Cat's Travelogue' by the hundreds of thousands and I have to say that I love them for it, thank you so very much.

When Is A Site A Sight  When It is Under Surveillance Of Course Silly

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Monday, January 09, 2012

The Latest Chinese Outrage - Err...Sorry Cuisine

Well I am back from skiing in the Bohemian Mountains after the weather let up enough to allow us to drive to where it was filling reservoirs instead of blocking roads if you see what I mean.

It's nice to be back home and have a peaceful day instead of whistling across miles of snow trying to avoid the occasional lone Pine Tree and tired pensioner. This weekend I put my Paws up and 'veged' out in front of the box or as the automatic Lion spell checker would have it, I 'vexed' out in front of the box, that sounds as though I got mad watching TV but I didn't I promise I was quite mellow in fact and watched one of my favourite movies 'Babe' which is, as you may now about a rather nice talking Pig and of course I enjoyed the movie, and its delightful little Pig actor (how many times can you say that in a sentence and get away without being sued?).

After the movie I did get mad or as Lion would call it 'vexed' and then a little ill when I was going through my email and saw what 'a friend; in China had sent me, the picture below, the email said that 'my friend' knew I liked to publish strange pictures now and again and what could be stranger than a restaurant that served Pig's Organ Soup.

"Poor Babe," was my first thought and then I started to think about what they might serve in the restaurant and got a little sicker, after that I wondered what or who on Earth 'Kway Chap' is, so I looked it up on Wikipedia, I am pleased to say that it is safe to go back there now because they no longer carry pictures of Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia and other flunkies begging for your cash, I'd give, honest they are all so ugly it just makes you wan tho keep you credit card in your wallet don't you think.

Anyway I digress but then you probably wouldn't be reading this blog if you didn't know that The Cat who writes blogs and books digresses on occasions, Kway Chap is I discovered eventually on Wikipedia is a combination of thick, flat rice flour (Kuay Teow) noodles stir-fried in dark soy sauce with green leafy vegetables, Chinese sausage or unspecified Pig's Offal and some fried lard. The article wasn't that helpful but then if you spend so much time raising money you can be expected to make your website encyclopaedic can you?

So yes you heard it first here on the wonderfully clever Cat's blog, the latest Chinese food craze that's sweeping the land of people who can't manufacture electronic devices or socks even though they are shown how to do it patiently by us in the West I is 'Pig's Organ Soup.' The soup recipe from hell!

Yummy Pig s Organ Soup

You know I have a theory, if the Chinese concentrated on carefully making the goods that they manufacture over in slavelabourland instead of inventing ever more odd and unusual meals maybe the rubbish that they make and ship here to the West would last a little longer than the boxes they come in!

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Not The Journey Home

The plan yesterday was to get up nice and early, well 11.00 or so which is much earlier than we have been getting up recently and drive home. But there is one small problem with that plan. Can you spot it in the picture below?

Yes that is right whole Global Warming is frying other parts of the planet the Bohemian Mountains are covered in a blanket of all sorts of cold stuff. What a good job that this Cat has a glossy fur coat it is so useful when playing 'where's the road.'

So the delay in getting back to Cat World HQ means that we will just have to do a lot more skiing, partying and generally amusing and enjoying ourselves, sigh life can be so hard sometimes… I understand!

Snow Blocked Road


About the Author - The Cat who writes blogs!

The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. 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 his latest wonderful book 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet 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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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Tired Of Turkey - Try Cat Sushi

Sushi Cat

I found the recipe below for Cat Sushi and thought that all of my wonderful and ultra cuddly Christmasy fans might like to make it while they are on holiday and still full of Turkey, the really great news is that you don't need a 'Cat' as one of the ingredients for Cat Sushi.



You will need a tiny bit of artistic flair and hands unused to handling large hammers, steel pressing machinery and other tough tools so I understand if you decide give this recipe a miss.

Cat Sushi

So if you are serious about creating a masterpiece in Sushi which as a lucky coincidence would have it is also a portrait of me please (I beg you) read the complete instructions before starting it will help both you and me because you will get the recipe right first time and not end up covered in Seaweed and I, thankfully, won't have to repeat myself or clarify any perceived anomalies.

For one roll of sushi, you will need

A little more than one piece of Nori (Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed)

Some sushi rice around 6 tablespoons full

Black Sesame Powder

Canned Tuna (Tomato flavoured) to make the orange colour

Pickled ginger - for the pink colour

Soy sauce - for the brown colour

Cut you Nori in half, one bit is used to wrap around the outside of the sushi roll.

Sushi 1

After that cut the other half of the seaweed into four equal pieces (not lengthwise to make four long strips but the other way to make the shape in the picture below).

Next you need to colour the rice. Do this by mixing some rice with whatever you're using to colour your rice in a bowl. For each of the colours, you'll only need about 2 large tablespoons of rice.

Now you can begin shaping the Sushi roll

First, make mini rolls using the small pieces of nori which we cut from the second half of the seaweed sheet. As a guide each roll should be 1/8th of the size of the original Seaweed sheet.

Carefully place a small amount of rice on the edge or the Seaweed and roll it up to make a thin roll. You are going to need 3 rolls of white rice and one roll of pink which is for the Cat's mouth and you will need to make two of the white rolls smaller than the white and the pink ones by using less rice and rolling up tightly of course.

Sushi 2

Now because Cat's noses are smaller, we make need to make one roll a lot thinner do this if you use a little Black Pepper to colour the rice it will look a lot more like a Cat's nose - a sort of light brown colour.

Sushi 3

Now slice one of the white rolls and the pink rolls in half and carefully place the half sheet of nori onto your Sushi mat lengthwise, as we will be rolling 'sideways.'

Spread some white, orange and black rice onto the nori in the pattern shown in the picture above. Make sure that the width of the black and orange stripes is the same as those of the semicircle rolls you made above and of course the white stripe in the middle should also be the same width.

Sushi 4

Place the two white semicircle rolls facing upwards onto the red and black lines. Fill the area between them with white rice and then place another layer of rice above this (obviously I didn't put the layer of rice on in the picture above, so the nose ended up on the eyes).

Place the dark brown 'nose' roll in right in the centre of the layer of rice.

Sushi 5

Place both of the pink semicircles on top of the 'nose' facing downwards as shown. Then put a layer of rice over and around that so that the middle bit is a bit like a round mountain of rice.

Roll up the sushi using the mat then slice it up with a very sharp knife. If you need to, give the sushi a bit of a 'massage' to get it into the right shape.

Cut thin strips of nori and place them on the Sushi to make whiskers.

Using the two small white rolls from before, cut each into the same thickness as the Cat Sushi for the ears. then place two ears on each Cat Sushi and "hey presto" as rabbit interfering Magicians say - you are done and you will either have a tasty mess or with any luck a plateful of Cat Sushi. Do think of me when you are eating the good looking ones won't you!

A HANDY TIPS

1. - If you are having trouble making clean cuts of your Sushi try this little tip. Moisten your knife with a mixture of water and Vinegar.

2. - Always cut Sushi quickly with one stroke.

3. - Your life will be easier if you wipe any sticky stuff off your blade after every cut.

For the more ambition Sushi makers.

I thought that you might like to see what one of my dear cuddly readers gave me for lunch the other day - "mmh mmh" was all this writer of masterpieces of feline literature could say but then I have heard it is rude to talk with ones mouth full!

Tom and Jerry sushi

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR from The Cat

Hello to all my lovely cuddly readers. I thought that I would wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year and let you know that I am still skiing in the Bohemian Mountains, enjoying lots of rest, comfort and everything else that a very hard working and successful Cat should.

As I am on holiday I think that my blogs will be a little short for a few more days but I am sure that you understand because you are all so kind.

I thought that you might like to see a picture of me in the snow, but as I posted it up I suddenly realised that I can't actually see me, I must have slipped out of the picture or behind a rock while Ginger was saying "back, back, left, left, no left a bit more and back." You wait until I see him this morning!

Snow in the Mountians





About the Author - The Cat who writes blogs!

The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. 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 his latest wonderful book 'The Cat's Travelogue' can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet 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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