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Cats, Carpentry and Cold Case Crimes [May. 21st, 2008|09:42 am]
Tony Grist
1. On monday we had five cats in our front yard. Five- none of them belonging to us. They were lounging about under the hedge, like teenagers in a bedsit, trying to look cool, as if the reason for them all hanging out together was not that one of them was in heat. Next day they were gone. I wonder if the owners of Mrs Tabith Twitchit are prepared to have kittens?

2. Monday afternoon we went to Housing Units of Hollingwood with Ruth. She's looking for a dining table. We found one made of reclaimed European oak which we all thought was fabulous. Sturdy, honest, beautiful. And for £700-1 you also get four equally unkillable chairs. I took photos so she could show them to Keith. Just look at the grain on that!



3. We've watched the whole of the latest series of Waking the Dead. Uneven of course, sometimes frankly incredible, but the premise- using the investigation of cold case crimes to examine political and social issues of the recent past- is neat.  Last night's final show was the best of season. The case was a war crime committed during the conflict in Yugoslavia and the treatment was emotionally literate (which isn't a given) and so painful I kept finding myself wanting to look away. Waking the Dead isn't a cult show, but it's capable of great things- and the stars- especially Trevor Eve, Sue Johnson and Tara Fitzgerald- are terrific.   
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2008-05-21 03:28 pm (UTC)
Re cats. I do wish owners would be responsible and neuter or spay their pets. :(

We're seriously considering having cats again and I have been looking at animals available at a local rescue centre. Sadly there are plenty to choose from, all wanting good homes. I know some are there due to the death or serious illness of the owner, but many are just acquired on a whim and abandoned when the novelty wears off.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-21 04:47 pm (UTC)
We used to have cats. At one time we had eight- or was it nine? After they all died out we had a short interregnum- then went into the rabbit business. Rabbits are less hard work.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2008-05-22 07:51 am (UTC)
Rabbits are less hard work.

Having kept both cats and rabbits, I'm not so sure. The rabbit we had when I was a kid was terribly aggressive to my brother and not very cuddly. But perhaps we just had an unfriendly one?

Besides, if we had rabbits, they'd have to live in a hutch outside. We couldn't leave them alone in the house unattended because of the chewing and we don't have a room that we could dedicate solely to them. They'd probably be all right near the house, but our neighbours had a rabbit when the kids were small and it was killed one night, presumably by a stoat. The predator had managed to get inside the hutch. :(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-22 08:31 am (UTC)
We have one friendly rabbit and one unfriendly one. The unfriendly one isn't aggressive; it just doesn't want to have anything to do with us.

Rabbits aren't naturally cuddly. They mostly don't like being picked up- probably because it feels too much like being grabbed by a predator. What they do like is having their noses rubbed.

Chewing is certainly a problem. In the early days- when we were untested and naive- we let them have the run of the house and they did a huge amount of damage- chewing through wires, destroying carpets, damaging furniture. Now they're confined to their own room- where there's an old carpet they can eat to their hearts' content- and they've settled to it; I suppose they regard it as their territory. we leave the door open during the daytime, but they rarely venture out.
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