Friday, September 10, 2010

A very special "awwwwwwwwww" PSF

"Sod that, where's my feckin' breakfast?!"

Cat! who hast passed thy grand climacteric,
How many mice and rats hast in thy days
Destroyed? How many tit-bits stolen? Gaze
With those bright languid segments green, and prick
Those velvet ears - but prithee do not stick
Thy latent talons in me, and up-raise
Thy gentle mew, and tell me all thy frays
Of fish and mice, and rats and tender chick.
Nay, look not down, nor lick thy dainty wrists -
For all thy wheezy asthma, and for all
Thy tail's tip is nicked off, and though the fists
Of many a maid have given thee many a maul,
Still is that fur as soft as when the lists
In youth thou enteredst on glass-bottled wall.

30 comments:

Kettle said...

Is Julia the cat?

On another note, I've just made scones. I bet no cats or Julia Gillard have made scones this morning.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Not that's Trotsky, the Russian cat, Kettle.

What sort of scones; plain or with fruit?

Kettle said...

Bugger, I'm going to have to brush up on my Russian political cat history.

Unfortunately just plain scones, Ramon. I've tried fruit (date is best), but unless they taste like the ones from Baker's Delight (and they don't) I can't see the point.

Do you partake in the scone?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Not a big fan of the fruit scone, Kettle.

I'm a dab hand when it comes to making piklets.

squib said...

My cheese straws walk all over your scones and piklets

Puss In Boots said...

Yay! A cat poem! My favourite!

I'll be making an Italian feast tonight and tomorrow for my housewarming party. I have to make a tiramisu, which is going to be difficult given I have never eaten one, and can't taste it while I'm making it (coffee and chocolate together give me a migraine). Shall be interesting!

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I'm taking a holiday from politics, Puss, hence poems about cuddly-wuddly cats.

You talk the talk, Squib, but can you walk the walk*

*No, I don't know what that means either

Alex said...

Not to get too heavy with the BIG questions, but... what do the people here prefer to put on their scones, hmmm?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Just the basics, Alex.

Jam, cream, beer.

Puss In Boots said...

Ah, I see, Ramon. I prefer to refer to them as cuddly-puddly kittehs. Mostly because one of my cats (the one you wanted to name Trotsky) is very slouchy and seems to want to disown his skeletal structure. Every time he lays down, he somehow manages to relax so much that he resembles a puddle, with ears.

Puss In Boots said...

Oh, and I'm all for jam and cream, Alex.

But on savoury cheese or pumpkin scones, just a very light spreading of butter.

Kettle said...

Ramon doesn't the pikelet strike you as wildly insubstantial, given the doughy goodness of the scone? (Also, I've been anti-pikelet since I helped make around 300 (three million?) of them for a school fete when I was eight. Bloody pikelets.)

Squib are you gonna bust our arses with some heavy cheese straw rhymes? Go on, let's see what you've got.

Puss, good luck with your Italian feast. May I offer a few lines of cat 'poetry' in line with Ramon's cat theme to help aid your party preparations?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Kettle, I find the whole dicking about cooking things/woofing things down ratio re scones unappealing.

Kettle said...

I find that with all cooking, Ramon.

Kettle said...

Hey anyone found any good blogs lately? Anything else like TSFKA out there?

eat my shorts said...

Frick me.

I've only been teaching East London tweens about cat killing poetry this week.

For reals. No joke.

It's in the curriculum and all.

And ... can I just say, fruit scones are the work of the devil?

Scones should be served plain (but warm) with jam (raspberry, blackberry or strawberry only) and topped with cream. No more. Heathens.

Finally, as far as I know, there is nothing (hear me, nothing) even remotely like TSFKA out there at all. Give up looking. Stop now. Don't bother.

For reals.

eat my shorts said...

Oh. And. P.S. This kitteh picktchure has been used before, bro.

Just sayin'. Aaaiiighhhttt.

(Don't think because I'm busy edyoocaytin' teh yoof of East London I ain't noticed, man. Lift yer game.*)


*If you need fresh kitteh pictures, let me know, I have lots, man. Aaaiiighhhttt? I can hook you up.)

Alex said...

Sounds like the East London tweens have been teaching you a thing or two, as well, EMS.

Jam and cream, huh? I half expected that some of you food-oriented types would be coming up with stuff I've never heard of. Anyway, it's been many a moon since I've had scones; but, I do remember, as a littley, always getting them with treacle (can't remember how that tasted, though). Actually, come to think of it, I can remember getting lots of stuff with treacle. It must have been cheap, I suppose. Ah, nostalgia. *sigh*

there is nothing (hear me, nothing) even remotely like TSFKA out there at all.

I suspected as much. But, if you're really desperate, Kettle, you can try the roundabout method of looking at the blogs that people have nominated in their profiles and try to spider-web your way out from there. You might find something, I suppose.

Kettle said...

EMS there's really poetry about cat killing? That's been published? And has found its way onto a curriculum? Wow, now you have to give us an example.

Thanks for your suggestion re: spidering out from other people's links, Alex. I've done that a bit (the first blog I ever read, for real, was Marieke Hardy's and from there I found The Book Grocer and from there I found Squib and Perseus, and on).

The tricky thing, though, is that so few people on TSFKA have much listed on their profiles, so coy everyone is (surprising, no?). Ramon's is good, as is Melba's, but most have nothing, NOTHING! listed, ahem Alex.

Alex said...

Sorry Kettle, but this is the only general interest blog I read. The rest are all basically news updates from software developers or web-comic artists. You're not interested in those, are you?

Kettle said...

Hmm Alex, as awesome as news updates from software developers sound I could probably live the rest of my days without reading them (Ben Whishaw or Senator Faulkner news updates are a different story though).

Hey, is there a story behind your latest avatar?

Alex said...

Hmm Alex, as awesome as news updates from software developers sound I could probably live the rest of my days without reading them

But you are interested in the web-comics?

Hey, is there a story behind your latest avatar?

Yes, but it's pretty crap. I put it together to celebrate Tony Abbott not becoming PM and as a tribute to Rob Oakeshott's 20 minute "I'm supporting Labor" speech. A speech which began with words to the effect of, "To quote my favourite childhood movie, The Highlander, "And then there was one". Of course, we all know that the famous Highlander quote is, "There can be only one". Also, Rob Oakeshott is the member for Lyne, so I felt obliged to make the obvious phonetic pun as well.

wari lasi said...

That's actually very clever Alex.

Damned creative types. Doing it on purpose to remind me how bloody bland I am. You and Squib, and Squib's Dad too, come to think of it. I will never in my life think of anything like that bookshelf. And Bob's stories. I still have a copy of the ancient mathematician get together.

If I was a colour, I'd be beige.

Ho hum. I mean it's 6:45 and I'm looking at this bloody web site while Emma is watching Dora.

Alex said...

Um, thanks Wari, I think. And I'll bet that the stuff that you do do, you do with style, excellence and aplomb. Even if that doesn't include making crudely put-together forum avatars involving questionable nerdy humour.

Also, Ramon and Squib, have you heard about this yet? Deary, deary me.

Kettle said...

The thing with autism is that the characteristics usually appear by the age of three which of course directly overlaps with all those early childhood vaccinations, providing an easy target. It strikes me as rather simplistic and wishful thinking to say vaccinations are responsible.

It seems somewhat irresponsible for a court to decide that the vaccinations lead to the child's autism and to award compensation to provide for care based on that. Surely a better outcome would be improvements to the public health system so that all people with different/higher needs than 'typically' developing people are adequately and appropriately supported. That would get rid of the need in our current system to find someone to blame in order for the person who needs support to be supported.

And besides, my boy's autistic. He didn't get it from his vaccinations; it came from some random combination of my genes and his Dad's genes. He's bits of me and bits of his Dad; we can see that. If anyone with an autistic child can't see part of themselves in their child then they probably need to think a little more carefully about what makes them who they are.

[Sorry to rant.]

Alex said...

This one worries me. I'm concern that people will look at this case and say, "Hey, the U.S. government is paying out victims who developed autism because of vaccinations. That's proof there's a problem. There's no way I'm getting my kids jabbed now".

Maybe Penn & Teller are right. Maybe vaccination needs celebrity endorsement. Because people actually listen to celebrities, right?

wari lasi said...

Thanks Alex. That's great stuff. The second one is quite long but definitely worth waiting for the playboy model!

I think we've had the vaccination debate here before but it's always worth revisiting. A pity though that none of that could be broadcast on TV.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

All good points, Kettle.

The US system is much more litigious, which is probably why they set up a special vaccination court.

That and their public health system is pretty crap.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Another take on this here.

eat my shorts said...

EMS there's really poetry about cat killing? That's been published? And has found its way onto a curriculum? Wow, now you have to give us an example.

Sure. Here you go.

http://www.holytrinity.w-sussex.sch.uk/cms.asp?content=257

P.S. That's not where I teach, I found that through my BFF Google. But it is the poem I have to teach my two Year 8 classes to analyse.