Wednesday, February 29, 2012

<strong>Kate Masks©</strong> - the latest craze to sweep the planet

I don't know if you saw the cover of Hello magazine this week? (If you didn't I have added it below). I did, on a book stand in Berlin and I was rather surprised to see the person walking a rather nice Black Spaniel was wearing a Kate Mask©.

At first I thought that the good people of Hello magazine had been using photoshop but on closer inspection I don't think they did, still I compensated for that below tee hee.

The reason why I thought Hello magazine had been a photoshoping was firstly the rather odd fixed stare of the over sized face under the hat and on the cover and secondly because Kate Masks© are in very short supply as this is a Jubilee year and no one in their right mind wants to wear a queen mask©.

Kate Mask

As you can see in the next snap I am so pleased that I was able to get hold of a few very rare Kate Masks© and join in the latest craze becoming a look-a-like for princess Cindy or is her name 'The Duchess' I forget!

My Kate Mask

If you don't want to be left out of the most amazing craze since Planking then do drop me a line I have a few Kate Masks© reserved for my closest friends and if you are prepared to outbid them then a Kate Mask© will be posted to you immediately after your cheque, credit card or money order has cleared.

Qatar Mask 2

Honestly though I urge you to act fast because already I have has several UK cabinet ministers, some US senators and indeed a very close aid to the royal families of both Saudi Arabia and Qatar contacting me enquiring about availability of Kate Masks©.

Well this is a very special year for the British royal family of course, the queen will have been living in a life of luxury at the taxpayers expense and taking protracted exotic holidays for what seems like forever so this year the nation and indeed the rest of the world want to congratulate her on getting away with it for so long and what better way to do that than with a finely crafted (so long as you cut it out neatly) Kate Mask©?


Just a thought from a caring Cat!

What a shame that being married to a royal and having to exist in 'that' family has turned the good looking young woman (below) into the one above! Do you think she needs counselling? You have to ask yourself what is she going to look like after a couple of kids, having to deal with all the nannies and servants will be tiring and if her husband turns out to be the same sort of git as her father in law then she is going to be worn to a frazzle or less.

Another Kate Middleton

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ich bin kein Berliner

Before you say I am misquoting Mr Kennedy the title is right, Ich bin kein Berliner or "I am not a Berliner," because I am simply not fond enough of Berlin to say that I am. I have to also say that neither am I a sort of doughnut either and between you and I, I think that you would have to be quite mad to say that you are either of them! But unfortunately I had to be in Berlin again this week.

So this is the second time in two years that I have washed up on the wide open plazas of Berlin, which were landscaped by the RAF and invading Allied forces, and I have to say that the modern replacements to the old buildings that stood before the "don't mention the war" are really not very nice.

Of course you will remember what happened the last time I was in Berlin if you have read my amazingly successful second masterpiece of feline literature 'The Cat's Travelogue' available from all good book shops and even some really rather dodgy ones too and of course here at Amazon - just click here Amazon.co.uk for the UK and here Amazon.com for the US and if you haven't read it you can change that terrible social faux pas and we will say nothing more about it.

Bundestag2

Don't get me wrong there are some nice places in Berlin, but this time I was down by the river and surrounded by the new awful government buildings of the new unified Germany - the river (and symbolic east/west spanning) Bundestag for example.

These are brutal new structures are actually so terrifying that the Germans have to add to the ruin of the environment by leaving all of the lights on in them at night, just so that Berliners and casual but easily frightened visitors (me for e.g.) don't leave the city in a mass panicky exodus. Frankly even by day it's all just awful, large ugly buildings in acres upon acres of space on a scale that is just plain 'Dallas!'

The area around the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (or Berlin Central Station) has been hacked to bits so that new and probably unwanted modern concrete buildings can be built by the dozen and thousands of Mercedes taxis can ply their trade on wide roads which means that the the lovely old Trams from the east side have been dumped in the name of progress which is a terrible environmental mistake.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

I would say more but I'm in a hurry to get out of the path of some enormous, tough looking, loud Germans who are crashing down the Straße they are obviously looking for trouble and a Cat writing detrimental things about their new capital might just tip them over the edge, what a shame there aren't any men amongst them to calm them down a little. Yes German women frighten me almost as much as the new buildings here!

All I can say is I can't wait to get back to sleepy, safe Prague, I am lucky to live in a pretty fab place.

PS and nothing whatsoever to do with the above article or the price of Prawns, it has just occurred to me that the world hasn't heard from that arch tax dodger and humanitarian big mouth Bono recently - hasn't it been nice and quiet!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Just an observation!

The other day I was doing what ex-pats do and reading the UK press or that bit of it that escapes online, and I have to admit I was doing it using superfast (and cheap I might add) broadband, but then I live in a very modern dynamic country unlike the country I was reading about I am afraid.

Two articles caught my eye; one about the speed of broadband in the UK or the bit I am interested in - England - and the other was a piece about the 'happiest' place to live in the UK.

Imagine my surprise when one of the 'happiest' places in England turned out to be one of the very same places with very poor broadband speeds!

I started to wonder if the two were related in anyway and here is what crossed my little furry mind. First surely none of the inhabitants of this happy place are able to experience Sky or Virgin and their internet services which would not only keep their household costs down to a minimum but also mean that they are happy not to be lining the pockets of those two smiling oily oligarchs Branson and Murdoch or indeed be subjected to their respective company's 'service,' a word I use comedically here!

The second reason is a little more obvious and that's that if you don't have a very fast internet connection you don't spend much time online and that must be nice, having just enough speed to look at my www.wickedlywonderfulwebsite, www.thecatsdiary.com or to buy my wonderful book online at Amazon.co.uk, you can even use this link Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary and don't forget if you don't want the paperback you can get an ebook (almost in your case) immediately, the same applies to my other masterpiece of feline literature The Cat's Travelogue or even an ebook that is almost a popular as mine; my translator's pretty Tram book Tram No 6 is The Naughtiest of Trams (The Trams of Prague) aren't you lucky?

So I hear you ask what poor city is blessed with being the happiest city in the UK and unfortunate enough to have really dreadful broadband speeds - well that would be Carlisle!

There may be one very important reason why Carlisle is so happy it's just on the right side of the border with Scotland tee hee!

I was going to add an aerial view of Carlisle to brighten up my blog a bit, but unfortunately Carlisle from the air looks really awful and so I had to be content with a snap of Carlisle Cathedral, but even that looks as though it has taken affront at something doesn't it.
Carlisle Cathedral in snow

To my way of looking at the world Carlisle Cathedral looks as though it's not the most friendly or indeed happy place on the planet but I have to stress looks can be deceiving, on the other paw there is Lincoln where the Cathedral does reflect the unfriendly character of some of the people I encountered there 12 or so years ago and yes you know who you are so I won't mention your names.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

What were they thinking when they named this town?

When you are out for a stroll in the countryside, breathing in the scent of meadows, admiring mountain streams and sniffing the flowers or gateposts if you are a Dog you don't expect to be confronted by some chaps attempt to impress the neighbours do you so if you want to avoid this rather odd though sadly not unique way of naming a town don't go to Turkey, where obviously the men are MEN and Turkeys aren't on the menu at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

What Were They Thinking When They Named This Town

Mind you if you want to meet the 'twin of the goddess of luck' then you will h'have' to go to Bigadiç because that is where they reside - well they actually lived in "Didi-Moti-He" but oddly enough over the ages the name "Didi-Moti-He" has become Bigadiç - men!

Unfortunately there is nothing more that can be said about Bigadiç which is probably just as well - oh apart from the fact that I went there while researching my second masterpiece of feline literature 'The Cat's Travelogue.' The place was so bland that it didn't get into the Cat's Diary let alone the hallowed pages of my Travelogue.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dreadful recipes from around the world pt 1 - in a can

The label says it all! I'm afraid.

Palestinian Cooking Isn t Up To Much




About the Author - The Author of the Cat Diary

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."



Here are just a few things that you shouldn't leave the house without - well if you have an Apple iPad you probably don't need an Amazon Kindle Fire thingy but I am sure that you see what and mean and never, ever leave home without taking a copy of one of my wonderful books will you? Happily they come in both paper and electronic form.










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Monday, February 20, 2012

Holiday Souvenirs from Sri Lanka

The really great thing about going on holiday, apart from getting a lot of sun, sand, sea and something else beginning with 's,' is that you experience new lands and cultures and if you are lucky broaden your mind. Sadly there are some places in the world where the last part of the first sentence don't apply as you may know now if you are one of the first million readers of my latest masterpiece if feline literature 'The Cat's Travelogue,' dear cuddly readers I give you an interesting take on souvenirs the first is from that beautiful war torn, hate ridden,tropical paradise which has been ruined by its inhabitants over the last 25 or so years - Sri Lanka.

Hygiene In Sri Lanka

If course if you are thinking of going to Sri Lanka here (below) is the sort of picture you can expect from the brochures and the tourism authority, frankly I like their picture better than the one above, but then the truth is almost always not pretty as it appears in the brochure.

Sri Lanka Beach

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Friday, February 17, 2012

What Have Sheep Got Against Trees?

The English countryside is a wonderful scenic place crammed full of open skies that kiss the horizon, fields, hedgerows, wildlife, odd villages with odder villagers inhabiting them (I may have mentioned the ale-swillers Fred, Ned and Ted before so I won't now) all of which makes the English countryside somewhere that you either adore or loathe.

Here is a perfect example of why people from the towns have a problem with people from the countryside - they are often a little odd, as this sign demonstrates perfectly.

What Have Sheep Got Against Trees

If you loathe the English countryside you are probably a townie and there is nothing wrong with being one of those unless it would seem you are personally involved in planning the route of the second High Speed train which I understand is called HS2, because you old chap must really hate the countryside and should never have been giving the power to destroy such large chunks of it.

Which brings me to this sign one created especially for the head of planning for the HS2 and of course Davis Cameron the Prime Minister of the towns of England it must be difficult for them to understand that people don't like their little idea in the countryside!

Bad HS2

So why is the sign above hard for townies, and the other fools mentioned, to understand well it's simple really! They probably want to get from one dirty, smelly overcrowded dump to another as fast as possible, oh I'm sorry I mean from Birmingham to London or indeed the other way around and in doing so they need to carve up a very large and rather wide chunk of what I think we will call "the next two pictures."

The first picture below, is of a bit of reasonably unspoilt English countryside that hasn't been touched since the royal family and after them parliament thought of something called the 'inclosures act' or 'enclosures act' would be a bit of a wheeze and keep the hoi polloi of their land.

After

The second picture is of the same countryside (well nearly) after it has been turned into a high speed railway line no wonder the country folk in England believe that the townies don't like them and their countryside!

After2

One last little bit of stirring oops sorry I mean information that David Cameron and the rest of the tarmac brigade might like to bear in mind is the definition of 'Hoi polloi' today it might mean the rabble, the dregs etc., but in accent Greece where the word comes from it means 'the many' or rather deliciously the 'majority' now that surely is something that any politician worth his salt might like to bear in mind - even maybe David Cameron!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jesus for sale or lease - how much would you pay?

It's one of those questions isn't it, not unlike the question which asks if Schrödinger's Cat is alive or dead in his box. Before I go on I would just like to ask if Mr Schrödinger's fed the Moggy in the Box because if he didn't then I am afraid I know the answer to that particular question!

Cat in A Box

So is Jesus going to come out of his box and make a lot of people happy and probably get an even bigger following than Elvis this time around? Well the answer to that question is on the roof of the shack in the picture below.

Selling Jesus

So hallelujah brothers and sisters Jesus is alive and well and and in a true religious manner available for lease and I bet if the price is right he could be bought lock, stock and bible!

Now sadly I couldn't think of a really great graph to go here and as I have said once before graphs are good for blogs, they make them look authoritative and let's face it this Cat needs all of the help he can get in the authoritative department. But happily I did find a pie chart and as if by some divine coincidence it does have a passing reference to religion and I understand Jesus apart from being a christian name in Spain and pronounced 'Haysus,' it is also presumably a christian name on the West Bank, Palestine (where Jesus was born) so here it is, now call me a lightweight if you dare!

Religions

Continuing on in a non-lightweight vein for a moment, when I was researching this blog - alright having a quick click through the internet - I found this interesting little site which casts doubt that the birthplace of Jesus (Bethlehem) existed when he was supposed to be born there! Shock horror!

To quote the blasphemers - oops sorry archaeologists - they say that Jesus' birthplace just didn't exist at the time of his birth, well they say this actually and I think it is the same.

"While Luke and Matthew describe Bethlehem in Judea as the birthplace of Jesus, "Menorah," the vast database of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), describes Bethlehem as an "ancient site" with Iron Age material and the fourth-century Church of the Nativity and associated Byzantine and medieval buildings. But there is a complete absence of information for antiquities from the Herodian period - that is, from the time around the birth of Jesus."

So if you are now a very annoyed christian and want to do what the Muslims would do in this situation, find a few effigies of the authors to burn, threaten them with Jihad, or generally just get a little pissed off that someone somewhere dares to not believe the fairytales - oops sorry gospels that you believe in you can toddle along to the Archaeological Institute of America website and read more before you 'explode' though not literally please.

If you can't wait to find the article that says that someone has told a big 'porkie pie' (lie) about the birthplace of Jesus then here is the link that you should go to straight away Where was Jesus Born?

Mind you, you may have to take what the Israel Antiquities Authority says with a pinch of salt because as far as I know to jews Jesus wasn't who he said he was or some such nonsense, all of which goes to prove that the only religion which is the right, true and just religion is the one that you currently believe in!

So I now think that it's time to introduce you to a new and fast growing religion, which will cost you less to join than the Mormon, Catholic and even the Muslim religion especially as our radical wing does't call for you to make a mess of a suburb near you if you see what I mean!

Catism is "the new way" and you can sign up today with no initial payment and a wonderfully flexible low cost payment plan, which can be tailored to your individual requirements, so what are you waiting for brothers and sisters join today because "we have a long road to travel and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, because my legs are a bit short and I tend to lag behind when out walking with humans and actually I have already been to the mountaintop."





About the Author - The Author of the Cat Diary

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, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day from The Cat

I think that this card says it all!

The Cat s Valentine s Day Greeting Card Vector

But then just because something says it all that should stop someone, in the case me, saying something should it? So I need to say to all of my wonderfully cuddly readers HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. Thank you so much of all of the gifts, cards, cash and Prawns (one tip there for the future could you ensure that the Prawns stay frozen on the journey here?).

My wonderful cuddly readers are so special to me as you all know and if I could I would rub noses with all of you, thank you so much for buying 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and 'The Cat's Travelogue' I wouldn't sold any without you all.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Is your Cat an addict?

Now you can make your Cat so happy that he won't even know he's a Cat. That's right Cat Smack is the happiest snack in a sack.

Is Your Cat An Addict

Do you think that the little chap on the bag looks worried? He might be although if you look at his pupils I would say that before this picture was taken he was half way through a bag of the stuff what a shame that he doesn't know that taking this sort of rubbish will ruin his life and destroy his career someone show him an article on Whitney Houston and do it quickly!

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Don't listen to this while driving!

Eagle  Waterfall

Having trouble sleeping? Well help might be at hand or is that 'ear?'

A group called Marconi Union recently teamed up with a band of boffins to create what they say is "the most relaxing music track ever." The track is supposed to not only sooth you but also slows breathing and reduce brain activity - for some humans the last feature might be dangerous because I have noticed in some humans very little of that!

The boffins and the band were commissioned and sponsored by Radox the bath salt (and more) people and they have used the track in an ad campaign. You can have an eight minute gawp at the video here Weightless on uTube be warned the music might not send you to sleep but the movie - of the sun setting over the sea with water lapping over a rock where the beach meets the sea might just want to make you need to pee, it did that to me! (Back in a mo).

There is of course a load of scientific nonsense and double speak about what the sound does to you and your brain, the chemical reactions and whatnot but frankly I thought it was a load of hogwash or is that soft soap? Bearing in mind the sponsors tee hee!

I listened to 'Weightless' because I was curious, I don't need a song to send me to sleep just a warm lap after a pile of Prawns. Now because I like Trance music I liked 'Weightless' but to my ears (normal Cat music ability caveat applies here) it didn't send me to sleep or even calm me much. It is just wave after wave of sound with a little tinkling of a bell here and there, it is all very well but insomniacs beware I think you should listen to any banker describing his or her part in the financial mess we are all covered in to send you more effectively to bye-byes.

All in all I don't think that weightless will find its way to my iPod it isn't as good as say Mr. DJ Tiësto's 'In Search of Sunrise 5: Los Angeles below.

In Search of Sunrise 5

The first track called 'Malibu Beach' is haunting but sadly is dwarfed by 'Weightless' being only just over 2 minutes long. The whole Album is worth listening to, although of course, you have to remember that each track is only 'mixed' by Mr. DJ Tiësto the creative hard work was done by the artists who I suspect didn't earn as much as Mr. DJ Tiësto out of the album when it came out in 2006! For all of that it's worth having on your iPod, as are a lot of Trance Albums, especially, in the main, the early stuff before every Fred, Ned and Ted started mixing tracks to cash in on the trend.

Flamingos

Because I am a Cat who cares about the lovely cuddly readers of my www.wickedlywonderfulwebsite, my amazing peerless blog to say nothing of my incredible books 'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary' and 'The Cat's Travelogue' available here The Cat's Page at Amazon.com I thought that you would like to know which tracks are considered to be the top ten most relaxing tracks ever produced.

The 'artists' (if you can call poor old Mozart a mere 'artist' but then look at the company he is keeping) are in bold just in case, like me, you have difficulty calling to mind the greatest works of say 'All Saints' or 'Barcelona':

1. Marconi Union - Weightless

2. Airstream - Electra

3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)

4. Enya - Watermark

5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing

6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go

7. All Saints - Pure Shores

8. Adele - Someone Like You

9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria

10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

I have to be truthful and tell you that the list above isn't 'my list' if you see what I mean so I can't promise it's perfect but it's a list and like the graph from the other day sometimes a blog needs a list, although having said that today's blog is a bit of a monster of a blog and probably doesn't need anything else it is perfect without a list, but then the list is there just in case you are in to lists.

Lastly

I thought you humans would like the pictures except for the picture of Mr. DJ Tiësto's album cover they have nothing whatsoever to do with the subject of this blog. But I expect they are rather relaxing except for the Eagle's wife in the first picture who is shouting down to her husband "you fool you are flying too close the waterfall… again!" And the Flamingoes in the second picture. The one in the middle was heard to say, "I hate standing in brackish water," while his offended companion replies, "well Franklin that is really ungrateful, the flock only comes here so that you can soak your swollen ankles in the stuff!"





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."






Here are some useful links (as I believe they say in the SEO trade) they will whisk you off to all sorts of goodies if you want to either buy copies of my books (either in the good old paper format or indeed in the more modern ebook format) and if you haven't yet treated your good self to an ereader (TIP - it's a bit of an essential if you want to read ebooks) then there are some links to Amazon.com where you can get a nice shiny new one.





My books - just in case you are confused

'Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary'

Paperback edition of Getting Out at Amazon.com

Kindle/epub edition of Getting Out at Amazon.com

'The Cat's Travelogue'

Paperback edition of The Cat's Travelogue

Kindle/epub edition of The Cat's Travelogue






And finally (you can breathe a sigh of relief) here are some picture links showing the products that you can read my wonderful ebook on, I hope you like them, but more than that I hope you use them to buy your much needed ebook reader, iPod or even iPhone because if you do those nice people at www.amazon.com will send me a small consideration for your purchase aren't they nice?





Things you can read my ebooks on - again just in case you are confused


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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

My Dickens Thing

Dickens

"Give me a 'C'"

"Give me an 'H'"

"Give me a 'A'"

"Give me a 'R'"

"Give me a 'L'"

"Give me a 'E'"

"Give me a 'S'"

"Give me a 'D'"

"Give me a 'I'"

"Give me a 'C'"

"Give me a 'K'"

"Give me a 'E'"

"Give me a 'N'"

"Give me a 'S'"

"What's that spell?"

Well to be perfectly honest with you I wouldn't know what it spells unless I had just read it because when people shout out things like that at pop festivals, football matches political rallies and other disreputable places I get all flustered and forget some of the letters that have been shouted out and so before the end I am all confused and consequently shout out completely the wrong word, which with Charlie's last name could have all sorts of dreadful consequences couldn't it.

But I just wanted my dear cuddly readers to know that I haven't forgotten that the Charlie above is 200 years old except for the fact that he is of course dead and he can't actually 'be' 200 years old that would be impossible, but the anniversary of Charlie's birth was yesterday.

I have to stress I didn't forget, oh I have already said that so let me rephrase that I have to say again I didn't forget that Charles Dickens is 200 years old even though I am a day late celebrating and there is a good reason for being a day late.

First as you will know if you have read The Cat's Diary - "Getting Out Excerpts from a Cat's Diary" I don't really like 'Dickens' the word used to describe him and his work and secondly if I had been celebrating his 200 year thingy yesterday I would have been doing it with all the other morons like Google with their pretentious doodles, prince Charles who visited Dicken's tomb, a odd thing to do on the anniversary of a chaps birth you might think but he could hardly have been asked to go on tv and talk about his vast knowledge of Dickens work could he? In fact very few people could do that because Dickens work is these days something that is referred to a lot and rarely read.

One of the reasons for that is that there is no need to actually 'read' Dickens because his stuff appears so often on the tv and in movies, and one of the main reasons for that is not the great stories but the fact that the production companies don't have to pay royalties to use the stories, another reason is that the author has been dead so long there isn't anyone to complain about the treatment of the author's work and in film and tv both those points make for a win win situation.

I thought I would share my favourite Dickens related photograph. You may remember it from one of my blogs from a little while ago this nice Dickens related picture that I found in Kent while out on a walk.

Lastly with the above cheer in mind I can wait for the birthday of Country Joe from Country Joe and the Fish/Woodstock fame can you? N.B. I am afraid that you have to have lived through the late sixties to understand that little jokette tee hee.

Charles Dickens was born here

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I Made Rice Pudding Yesterday

It was so cold yesterday that I decided to indulge myself in a little English soul food, me being a furry little English soul, so it seemed just right.

English food has the ability to make you feel not only warm when you eat it but also has a cheering effect and though I never do seem to need cheering up I certainly enjoyed the warm feeling of every mouthful hitting the spot, if you see what I mean.

I was so pleased with the outcome that I thought I would share the recipe with you my dear readers you never know you might be not only feeling cold but also a bit down in the dumps but if you make this Rice Pudding you'll feel so much better and if one of the reasons you are feeling down in the dumps is that you are hard up the great thing about this recipe is that it really doesn't cost much too cook, especially if you take the dish full of raw ingredients around to a neighbour and use their stove. Mind you it does take 2 hours to cook so make sure that you have a lot of conversation topics prepared.

Old fashioned Rice Pudding

This Rice Pudding is so simple to make just measure out rice, milk, butter, sugar and mix them all together in the oven dish you are going to cook it in, stir it all together one last time and then follow the very limited instructions on the recipe I have added above.

I got my recipe for Rice Pudding from the 'Mother of all TV cooks' the patron saint of daytime TV Saint Delia Smith, she was the first TV cook back in the 1970's and taught a whole nation how to burn Beef Bourguignon, cock up Coq au vin and be adventurous in the kitchen, and as we all simmered, sautéed and sliced our way through countless new recipes that dear Delia had careful made so simple to follow our cooking abilities grew.

Delia

Delia Smith is definitely the reason I like to cook and I often refer to her website deliaonline if I am wondering what to do with a Prawn or Carrot or indeed both!

First I ate beef stew with plenty of carrots in it and of course loads of beef and then I ate the Rice Pudding and then I tried doing the washing up while holding my stomach off the floor and smiling to myself singing a little song about not worrying about being a fat Cat, though of course the nicer kind of fat Cat and not some masked arsehole from a merchant bank, railway authority or the royal family.





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, February 06, 2012

A bit of Snow

Cat in the Snow

Well it has finally happened, Central Europe, and other odd bits attached to this particular bit of the Continent have frozen solid as the temperatures touch paw freezingly awful parts of the thermometer usually unexplored by us middle earth dwellers and more common in chilly bits of the world like Siberia, Alaska and of course the two all-white bits at the top and bottom of any Atlas.

It's cold here in Prague, currently it's minus 17C which is about just over 1 degree in Fahrenheit and frankly though it was colder over night -26C (which is minus 15 degrees F) Prague is on the warm side compared to parts of Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland and the Ukraine which and covered in blankets of frozen snow producing daytime temperatures of -30C the 'C' in this case meaning 'cold.'

But as this picture from Kiev (below) shows, where it was -30C, life goes on as it does around most of Europe.

Kiev Tram 30
Indeed as I sit on the windowsill above a radiator which is full on I can see that the roads here are clear, bundles of people in furry coats are bustling here and there and in the distance there is a Tram rattling on its rails while overhead in the ice white sky there are a couple of vapour trails made by aeroplanes using full throttle to take off from the nearby airport.

You could say therefore that the Czech republic like any other civilised modern country is coping well and still - as the ever awful Mrs Thatcher used to say "open for business." Imagine my surprise then at the headlines of the newspapers from that most modern and go-ahead country of all Great Britain, 'Just 3 inches of snow halts half of all flights at Heathrow' and 'Roads will be like ice rinks for a week, drivers warned.'

UK Snow

What is it with the Brits? The barometer follows the thermometer down and the whole of Britain comes to a halt and that is in spite of having what I read was "records amounts of salt" (used to clear roads in the UK and also to flavour Chips and well everything edible).

Judging by the reports about the roads and the all other forms of transport I imagine the "records amounts of salt" are still safely locked up nice and warm in depots around the country and have been since early December, in fact just like the Queen who begins her Jubilee Year today, she and other members of the royals who have been ensconced in Sandringham a luxury palace in Norfolk on holiday since the middle of December which is rather nice!

Snow in the UK

Of course you get the feeling that the royals would rather be somewhere tropical but in times of hardship in the UK and nervousness about whether or not someone will give them the latest handout that they want - a new royal yacht - they are keeping their heads down in what is probably one of the best and most exclusive spa resorts in the world, though between you and me I bet the decoration is just plain awful, the royals after all have terrible taste and if you ever troll around a royal palace when open to the public you can see that for yourself.

So instead of spending 60 or so million pounds of a shiny new royal yacht for the monarch maybe the people of Great Britain should spend the money wisely, on some nice shiny gritting trucks and polished snow ploughs and if the royals want to they can drive them when they are not on holiday it might actually give them something to do and let's face it it will be cheaper to the teach them how to drive a truck than it will be to teach them to drive a helicopter which is what they usually want to have a go on!

And looking to the long term when the royals are taken out of service because of budgetary cuts when the country decides it can no longer afford to keep a kennelful they will have a trade that suits their lifestyles, after all it only snows for a few weeks of the year in the UK and so the job of snow shifter would be perfect for them all wouldn't it?





About the Author

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, February 03, 2012

No Trouble With the 'F' Word Here

To be honest with you dear cuddly readers (and as I have explained on numerous occasions in the past unfortunately due to be large genetic balls up by the creator Cats find it physically and mentally impossible to tell a lie the only factor in our development that has held us back and allowed humans to run the world I might add, and so I can't be anything other than honest with you), I find it very difficult to use the 'F' word whether in polite or any other type of company and definitely not in my books.

Mind you I remember getting close to using the 'F' word in my Cat's Diary and first masterpiece of Feline Literature 'Getting Out - Excerpts From a Cat's Diary.' when I tried to use a card system to express my disapproval with service from Apple Computers giving them four king cards for 'four king' awful service!

With the above in mind I secretly admire people who proudly display their total disregard for the 'F' word's detrimental impact and use liberally. In the case of the picture below I believe that John the Chinese cook doesn't like Chinese food all that much and that's a shame because although the Chinese do have some absolutely disgusting habits, including menu items they do make some rather sublime din dins, I am thinking here of Szechuan Prawns and Beef Chow Mein to name but a few.

Great Chinese Food

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