Monday, 1 February 2010

Fluffy Things


I thought I’d attract a flurry of oohs and aahs by writing about fluffy things.


Over the weekend my younger daughter gave us the above kitten to look after for a while. This kitten is not a kitten as you or I would imagine a kitten; it’s a mutant 5 fingered life-form with opposable thumbs – it’s an evolved kitten, a Superkitten. Its paws are designed for using tool such as screwdrivers, torque wrenches, fish filleting knives and can openers.

If you don’t believe me then look at the photos below. I swear they are not doctored.



It’s something called polydactylism and here’s an entire website of photos of polydactyl cats. The benefit is that we can go away for a weekend and leave the cat with tins of food and a tin opener, although we’ll have to hide the laptops or else she’ll be e-mailing all her friends.

Protesters in Liverpool have been staging a demonstration against Boots the chemist chain selling homeopathic remedies. Their plan is to simultaneously take a massive and potentially fatal overdose (if homeopathy is to be given any credence) of homeopathic remedies.

When you think about it, an ordinary glass of water has, during its existence as H2O, been in contact with literally thousands of other chemicals. Therefore, homeopathically speaking, it must be a miracle cure for every disease known to man. If you understand the faulty premise on which homeopathy is based, then you’ll appreciate the irony.

Remember Dr Andrew Wakefield, the guy who started the MMR scare? One of the medical delegates at the seminar Hay was at last week commented that he and the media did the medical world a great favour by scaring people off the measles vaccine. They proved that not taking the measles vaccine to the extent that herd immunity was lost (less than 83%-94% being vaccinated) would result in measles epidemics – and it did. If researchers had wanted to conduct a trial to test the hypothesis the ethics committee simply would not have allowed it. Wakefield and the press managed it though and it was the best ever controlled trial.

I’m preparing for the annual Old Sodbury Hideous Haemorrhoid Competition, which is to be held in the village hall next weekend. The competition is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year.


17 comments:

  1. I'm really glad to see kitties creeping onto your blog - but where is the chintz? The gingham? The references to Church? perhaps a mention of the choir? and of course a few baby pictures?

    Do you not want to be top blogger of all time?

    Richard x x x

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  2. Thank you for your health guidance - I am now drinking a glass of tap-water daily as this will contain the entire range of homoeopathic remedies and - as Gavin points out - some of Julius Caesar's urine. Yum! I feel better already!

    Thank you

    Richard x x x x

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  3. The cat can also use internet and post your blog items.

    I'm even more conscious now of crappy nonsense blogs than I ever was, after yesterday's post. I just noticed one bitching mother who only ever complains and who thinks she's hilarious got 57 comments about some tax department screw up. One thing that all these pathetic-blog-loving people have in common is they're American.

    btw, you have to add "Mom" to your blog. IFairy is right. You're failing, Bill: FAILING.

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  4. Richard: Do people seriously wear gingham these days? Please tell me this is not so....

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  5. Of course people wear gingham - since I started blogging myself I ALWAYS wear gingham underwear and posing pouches.

    Richard x x x

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  6. Hi CB -- love the cat pics. I'm glad the inbred Carmine cats don't have this characteristic - my mind shrinks from even starting to imagine the chaos they could cause. Nonsense blogs? Does the fact that mine only rarely attracts more than 10 comments mean it's a deeply thoughtful, meaningful and well-written blog? Not sure if that's any consolation! ;-)

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  7. Louoise: You obviously attract only the more cerebral reader.

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  8. I'm pleased you took my advice... but where has that post gone? Did I dream it? Again.
    Sx

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  9. Apologies... found it... not enough cups of tea yet to be fully functioning!
    Sx

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  10. Scarlet: Thanks for adding to the comment list. Obviously kittens work.

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  11. I like to think that my comments add a bit of gravitas to any box.
    Sx

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  12. Then there was the bloke who forgot to take his homeopathic medicine and overdosed...

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  13. I read that the homoeopathic "overdose" protest did precipitate a medical situation... someone hurt their thumb getting the lid off one of the bottles.... nuff said..

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  14. Do they kind of look like monkey feet??
    Strange.

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  15. oooh aaah, you were right I loved it,does kitty have his C.V for when Cosmic needs a Deputy Priminister?

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  16. Methinks the cat should start a blog - Can't be any worse than the Diaper Blogs!

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