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In Progress [May. 18th, 2007|10:40 am]
Tony Grist
1. Thanks to the miracle that is View On Demand I've been catching up with Season 1 of Life On Mars- the show about the Manchester cop who flips back in time to the early 70s. It really is very good. There's an American remake in the offing but if you can catch the original- with it's very particular sense of time and place and its fabulous performances by John Simm and Philip Glenister- you really should. 

2. Tish, the younger and larger rabbit, has an upper respiratory tract infection (apparently this is common) and we're taking her to the vet's every other day for a shot. It amazes me how you can stick a needle in a rabbit and it doesn't even flinch. "Yes," said the vet. "Rabbits are just about the bravest animals there are."

3. Carl is redecorating the back bedroom. When he pulled up the old carpet he found that one of the floorboards was supported at one end by the cold water pipe. Sheesh, but that could have been nasty. 

4. There's a Test Match in progress- England v the West Indies- but I'm off my cricket. It's got something to do with the way our boys fell apart in Australia last summer but even more to do with the murder of Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer during the World Cup this winter- after his team had lost a couple of games in circumstances that suggest match-fixing.  The case is still unsolved and I get the feeling the authorities would like it to stay that way. I hate the corruption in big-time sport and one of the reasons I followed cricket was because I thought it was comparatively clean.   Well- now I know different.

[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2007-05-18 11:13 am (UTC)
I hope Tish is all better soon!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-05-18 11:35 am (UTC)
Thanks. The cold doesn't seem to slow her down at all. She just sneezes a lot.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-05-18 01:54 pm (UTC)
How are the two rabbits getting along? Have they bonded at all?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-05-18 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, they've become the best of friends. It took them about three days.
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[User Picture]From: humblenarrator
2007-05-18 03:30 pm (UTC)
I've heard about animals, say, a gazelle about to be attacked by a lion, that, before the moment of trauma, they're able to disconnect. That is, they can remove themselves from it somehow, to avoid the suffering—perhaps a form of preemptive shock.

Not that I don't absolutely believe that rabbits are the bravest animals in the kingdom. ;)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-05-18 03:58 pm (UTC)
It makes sense when you're near the bottom of the food chain.

There's evidence that in certain circumstances human beings can do it too- as in all those near death experiences where people float up to the ceiling and watch themselves being worked over by medical staff.
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