Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the brooding face of an evil genius, has sadly passed away.
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Friday 05 July 2013
Hiawatha was read to me before I could read. The eponymous protagonist of the long poem (his name means “He Makes Rivers”) is a Native American leader whose mother is called Wenonah and whose father is the West Wind. Hiawatha is a prophet, warrior, and peacemaker. In his spare time, he – accidentally, but most conveniently – discovers corn. On a different day, he invents the written word. The Song of Hiawatha is the kind of book I would have liked to write when I was a child and would like to be able to write now.
Monday 01 July 2013
Mr Hung was stunned that someone had kept his bones for so long, but happy that when the time comes, they will be buried with him
Friday 28 June 2013
"Manuscripts don't burn…" In my early teens, hating my school, hating pretty much everything, I was kicking around the rectory kitchen of an aunt who'd drawn the short straw of looking after me for half term when she sighed heavily and stubbed out her cigarette. In the few seconds that elapsed before she lit another, she stamped across to a small bookcase. Pulling a tatty paperback from a shelf, she said, "Stalin's favourite playwright. Don't let that put you off."
Thursday 27 June 2013
Osborne's choice of a £10 takeaway Byron burger has caused a stir, with the Chancellor being quizzed on Radio 4 this morning over his "posh" tastes.
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Pets have been found dumped in bins, boxes and even a cemetery in the run-up to the summer holidays as owners choose to abandon them rather than pay for their care while they are away, a charity has said.
Friday 21 June 2013
Each video of a pug struggling up a flight of stairs takes another mark off your final result, reckons Eleanor Doughty
Sunday 16 June 2013
Our home zoo has expanded once again with the arrival last week of our new Labrador puppy, Fitzgerald. For the past 10 years we have been truly blessed with the existence of Huxley, a black Labrador and close personal friend of quite exceptional intelligence. Now, as Huxley approaches retirement age, we decided as a family that he should have the opportunity of passing on his considerable wisdom to the next generation – hence Fitzgerald.
Friday 14 June 2013
Nearly 5m people watched the documentary on BBC Two last night
Friday 14 June 2013
The Prime Minister's authoritarian streak extends to dealing with street cats
Thursday 13 June 2013
Boris Johnson has confessed that he came close to committing a gross injustice that would have involved innocent creatures being blasted to death at gunpoint – and all over an anonymous cat. The Mayor of London was speaking at a debate hosted by the radio station LBC, for whom he will host a new phone-in starting on 2 July.
Monday 10 June 2013
'We've taken 15 per cent more calls from people wanting to give up their cats than the same period last year'
Saturday 08 June 2013
First, a sausage was left in his bedroom. Then, says Rupert Christiansen, things got even stranger.
Saturday 01 June 2013
Choupette the white Siamese cat has 27,000 Twitter followers, three maids and flies by private jet
Saturday 25 May 2013
24-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to Preston Royal Infirmary
Thursday 23 May 2013
Designer stubble’s dead. Save your ’tache for Movember. If you want to get on board with the latest facial-hair fashion, you don’t need to spend hours on grooming. In fact, you don’t even have to be a man. All you need is a cat.
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