Category Archives: pets

Animal planet

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Dog days

My sister went to Whitstable yesterday and found this wonderful creature considering the view. She shared him with me and I’m sharing him with you. What a wonderful world. PS I realise how inappropriate the title to this blog is, … Continue reading

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The best way to confirm that translation isn’t just shifting sense from one word to another but wrestling with, and reflecting, cultures is to take a look at packaging. We’ve just picked up two fabulous new Bialetti pans from our … Continue reading

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Wakey wakey My thanks to Katia and Susanna for this. I don’t know who did it. If you do, let me know.

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Knut goes nuts

There’s an arrestingly titled article in today’s Independent about Knut, the hand-reared polar bear cub in Berlin Zoo. It goes: Knut is a psychopath and will never mate, say experts. The article describes Knut’s antics: On a wet day last … Continue reading

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For I will consider my cat…. (Tilly)

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way.For this is done … Continue reading

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Good riddance to…

…Leona Helmsley, the hatchet-faced parasite who said that paying taxes was for the ‘little people’ and left her dog $12 million. Maybe they’ll bag her ashes in one of those neat little sachets designed for pooches’ poo.

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One of the hardest things about travelling is that you often have to leave your pets behind. This is particularly the case if the journey touches Britain, whose irrationally draconian anti-rabies measures make it impossible to take your dog: because, … Continue reading

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Fat cat

I was looking down into the garden this afternoon when one of our three cats decided to relax. His name’s Rocco, otherwise known as Tubs, Porco, Samsonite and the GFGO (the Great Fat Grey One). You can admire him here. … Continue reading

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A strange few days

A strange few days, with the kind of strangeness that might have the germ of a story, though it’s too soon to tell. It started on Wednesday morning. I was going to Rome to teach for four hours. This involves … Continue reading

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