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16 October 2014

Flying Cat - September 2007


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EffCee: With Great Pleasure

It is with great pleasure that I, FC, bring to you, the hugely scattered and often (but not always) appreciative islandblogging diaspora, the contents of High Bookshelf: a veritable cat cornucopia of literary delights.
It also thrills me to my furry marrow to be able to say that this blog is created on the all-new, all-singing, all-dancing iMac: it has a much tweakier version of iPhoto in it, so I can easily straighten up some peoples' squinty horizons (I'm not mentioning names here, to save embarrassment) and make other improvements to any wishy-washy images passed on to me by my stringers.
Due to the immense financial outlay on this ridiculously sophisticated, gorgeous, shiny, did I say gorgeous? machine, nobody at AnorakTowers.com can actually afford to eat, but, even in my weakened condition, in the interests of a) sharing my joy with you and b) dragging my good name up the ib list from where it was in danger of sinking without trace, voilà, ma bibliotèque!
Cats
'Cats' by Peggy Wratten, Nature Series pub. 1977. Prehistoric but charming. I particularly like the balance of photos to text. "Of all the many animals that people have taken into their homes over the years in order to provide them with companionship, the cat is probably (sic) the most fascinating."
Patchcat
'The Patchwork Cat' by Nicola Bayley and William Mayne pub. 1981. A favourite of fpu and rather dog-eared if you'll pardon the expression... pretty Tabby gets into all sorts of scrapes in her search for her favourite patchwork quilt and comes home with the milkman...some of you may recognise this...
massage
'How To Massage Your Cat' by Alice M Brock pub1986. An excellent illustrated easy-to-follow manual, which should be owned by all catservants.
C&M
'Chloe And Maud' by Sandra Boynton pub 1987. "Three delightful and funny stories about two best friends" I have learnt so much from 'The Art Lesson'.
TP
'The Unadulterated Cat' by Terry Pratchett and Gray Jolliffe pub. 1989. A very faded tome which spent many many years on the loo window ledge. In my humble opinion, Mr P's best bit of writing. However, I feel he could be a bit more respectful here and there...
V&A Cats
With an introduction by the late great Beryl Reid, this is a properly high class collection of poetry, prose, and illustrations from the greatest museum in the known universe. And beyond.
DK Cats
'Amazing Cats' Dorling Kindersley pub. 1990. Most instructive. Essential reading for all babybipeds.
ChrisCats
LAI Cats
'Book of Cats' by Lesley Anne Ivory, pub. 1991 and 'Christmas Cats' ditto. Two must-haves from the consummate mistress of cat co-existence and portraiture.
Catfood
'The Good Cat Food Guide' by Rosemary and Andrew Gasson, illust. Robin Ray pub. 1992. A feline version of Which? Well set out independant guide to feline gastronomy, with its own Paws&Claws rating system. Invaluable.
mmmm mia...
'The Secret Cat' by Angela Rixon pub. 1994. Stunning photographs. Purrticularly the frontispiece...it kind of reminds me of someone...
Mighty Mog
'Mog and the Vee Ee Tee' by Judith Kerr pub. 1996. My hero! I too have drawn blood from the Vee Ee Tee...and the nurse!
Ernie
'Ernie: A Photographer's Memoir' by Tony Mendoza pub. 2001, but originally in 1985 until it went inexplicably out of print. The actual words of Ernie, a New Yorker to his clawtips, as recorded in print by his biped, Tony Mendoza. Obviously a man of sensitivity and good taste.
tinies
A selection of pocket editions.
Smootie
Last but not least, 'Smootie comes ta Lerrick' by Christine De Luca and Frances Pelly pub. 2005. The only one that has been published in my lifftime and my favourite of all. Christine De Luca, Shetland's brilliant poet, and Frances Pelly, Orkney's equally brilliant sculptor/artist - a conjunction made in Kitty Heaven - have created a gem of a cat-tale about Smootie/Mitten who emigrates from Bressay to Lerwick, gets lost (but not lost) and 'found' and gets lots and lots of LOVE from her two families....*prrrrrrrrrr*

Posted on Flying Cat at 13:17



FREE THE ROLLING ACRES TWO CAMPAIGN

Friday 7th September. Mid afternoon.
On behalf of Amnesty - Purrtect The Cat Division - I beg that you take a little time out of your busy day to attend the plight of these two innocent felines, Flying Cat and his Marmalade Chum.
Through no fault of their own, they have been viciously stitched up by an evil-doer on the Isle of Lewis. He presents himself to the world as a jolly nice sort, the kind of biped who would help old ladies accross the street, the kind of biped who wouldn't harm a fly, the kind of biped who wouldn't say BOO! to a goose...
Do not be fooled by his Cheery persona! From his tumbledown stronghold near Stornoway, 'The Croft', he has wickedly and deliberately woven a tissue of lies about FC&M, to the extent that they find themselves in DURANCE VILE.
Please support our campaign to secure the release of these hapless kitties by dropping them a line to their place of incatceration. The address is:- IB Prison, Up The Road a Bit, Second Right, Blinkandyou'llmissit. email:-wedidnydaeit@volemail.com.
I thank you for your kind attention, A Well-wisher.
P.U.S.S.The images accompanying this appeal may cause distress to catlovers, but we felt it necessary to publish them in order to emphasise the awfuless of their plight.
Prisoner 01857
His Marmalade Chum, prisoner 01857
Prisoner 01856
Flying Cat, prisoner 01856
Loki2
FC in Durance Vile
STOP PRESS! BREAKING NEWS! HAUD THE FRONT PAGE!
Castro esc.
Marmers makes a break for it....
....leaving his mentor and lifelong companion languishing in his lonely cell. Poor poor EffCee, how will he cope all alone and palely loitering...
Loki
"Miaaaaaaaooooowwww!"

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STOP PRESS BROKEN NEWS! HAUD ANY BLASTED PAGE AS LONG AS YOU JUST PRINT IT!!!
Sunday 9th September.
Further developements have taken place in the case of the wrongfully imprisoned Rolling Acres Two. Our ace reporters Fran and Anna Sparrow have it on good authority that Marmers has been recaptured...and here they are hanging about outside the Cat House of Correction...
paparazzi
In spite of suffering huge indignities during their initial interrogation in Flying Shed Holding Pen, and further humiliations by being put to work immediately in the CHofC sweatshop, they are keeping their respective peckers up.
loki SRoE
EffCee refuses to crack
castro1
Marmers stares sadly through the bars - "M'iadez, m'iadez."
castro2
will this hellish situation never end?
bars
"That little square of grey that prisoners call the sky." (Wilde)
nickedyervole
This is a live gerbil and we won't hesitate to use it in evidence!

Posted on Flying Cat at 14:52



Free as a bird...

An entire vocabulary of purrs, meeps and miaows cannot begin to convey the joy we feel on being freed by the starling efforts of our legal tuskforce, lead by Jill Eek QC (Queen Cat) OBC (Order of British Cats). I am including pictures of just a few of the advocats in her team (several of whom are French, even though we beat them at the footie):-
Mlle Simba giving the prosecution team, led by Tws and containing sundry scrofulous rodents, a hard stare.
4cg3
Miss Molly, good golly.
good golly
Mlle Babinette haughtily refutes some fatuous bit of rubbish or other.
babinette
and my lovely mia, who dropped everything to be there, amd to hold my fevered paw.
mia m
and so...the bars are rent asunder and the Prisoners Cell Block F saga is, mercifully, over.
broken1
broken2
Freedom!
freedom
pity the shrews couldn't find the keys, but FC, Marmers and their friends are ever resourceful...
kitkat
...and FC is able to sniff the flowers of his native heath once again...
sniff
...and gaze upon the beautiful serene landscape beyond Durance Vile...
clouds
together the two old campaigners enjoy the sleep of the just in their cosy beds in the Sunroom of Eternity
snooze
We would like to thank all our pussy pals, including M Marmaduke of 4cat gang, who was a bit young to appear in court, but who did magnificat work behind the scenes. Without you all we would not be where we are today, free to roam our own belovèd Rolling Acres, free to come and go as we please from Anorak Towers and free, like the Inuit of the Arctic, to hunt our traditional prey, a freedom which we have enjoyed for minellia and which we hold so dear...*sob* I can say no more...
Posted on Flying Cat at 17:11



The Big Red Hoose

The parental units took babybiped to the Big Red Hoose in the Wee Grey Toon in July and fpu took digicam so that, EVENTUALLY, other islandbloggers and their camp followers could see Orkney's (see no 'the' and no plural) magnificent erection. This selected bits of St Magnus Cathedral posting would have happened sooner, but, somehow, other things got in the way...like literature, snowleopards farcis, false imprisonment, great escapes and suchlike fol-de-rols. The sky was so similar then as now, who would think it was the height of summer...I'm still waiting...
door
door detail
soar
facade
windaes
windows 1147-ish
old/new
old and new
door2
door
kludgie
ecclesiastical loo
Toon Hall
Town Hall...Kirkwall and St Ola Community Centre
glare
imagining guttering candles, seeing electric light
is it?
is this pillar leaning like Pisa?
it is
indeed it is
Tws - a dream
memento mori
threes
among the dead
any old iron
lair
So there it is. St Magnus Cathedral on Broad St, two streets away from the Peedie Sea: once the water came up to the steps and boats were, appropriately, moored accross from where The Longship (the Gorie family's shop for 150 years) now is. Last October the sea tried to reclaim Junction Road, mostly due to the combined incompetence and ignorance of the OIC and a water quango, but also 'once-in-a-lifftime' weather and tidal conditions. Tell that to the poor souls who can no longer insure their property.
Posted on Flying Cat at 18:46



Terracotta Sparrers @ Rolling Acres

Rumours of an exhibition of Terracotta Warriors in a museum in the Deep South-east have reached Anorak Towers. Naturally I wanted to do my bit for those of us on what that lot down there like to call 'the periphery' or 'in the provinces', to prove that we are every bit as culturally blessed as those unfortunate squillions existing in concrete jungles, breathing in poisonous fumes and drinking 7Xp*ssed water - barely teetering on the edge of civilisation as we know it. I'm fair chuffed to be able to show the following images on islandblogging, as me and m'Marmalade Chum (but mostly me) present:-
TERRACOTTA SPARRERS!
TW1

TW2

TW3

TW4

TW5
When not parading for the snapping hordes of Catarazzi, these delightful little birds have been seen, like Simon Stylites, perching on posts around Rolling Acres. They are rumoured to be the work of the renowned Knowtoo Pottery, the progenitor of which was one Sidney J. Smith, now of Bannfshire.
And now for something completely terriffic...
gratuitous cat photos for bipeds and felines of taste and distinction. Others may wish to avert their gaze, abandon scrolling and go elsewhere.
snoozelegs
Marmers does what Marmers does best.
2snooze
we enjoy a joint snooze on fpu's recliner
activeM
Marmers helps untangle the camera strap and shows himself to be capable of activity...of a sort
moi
I'm a cat and I want my dinner!
patience
...but on the other hand, I'd rather have yours, mpu. Mmmmmm sossidges is the boys!
Posted on Flying Cat at 19:09





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