Individualism, oddities and errors.

A wet Sunday afternoon and with nothing much else to do today, Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself decided that we would spend an hour or two in the “hobby room” and sort through a pile of my old postage stamps.

       Here´s an album full of misfits, oddities and rarities.  It could be quite interesting. I haven´t looked at this collection for a while.

       Can we please have a look at them, daddy?  The stamp-collecting thing is so fascinating.

       Well, I´m not too bothered about them to tell you the truth. I can´t see the fascination for collecting old pieces of paper. I´d sooner have a snooze I think.

       Come on Mr Midnight. Shake a leg or two or three and try and show a bit of interest. You could learn something.

       Alright then. Let´s have a butchers. Try and impress me if you can.

       Here´s a stamp from the American / British Zone of Germany from 1 September, 1946.  It has the catalogue number 90 and has been perforated twice.

       What´s perforated daddy?

       It´s the way a postage stamp has been cut out. The teeth of the stamp above have been cut twice.

       What a silly thing to do.

       But it looks funny, doesn´t it.

       And look at this one. This stamp is from 26th June 1943 and has the catalogue number 851.  It doesn´t have any perforations; er sorry Mr Midnight, it has no teeth.

       That´s weird, isn´t it. Fancy having a postage stamp with no teeth.

       I´m quite fond of these two stamps because they have the “cent” number missing and part of the text on the left-hand side. Obviously, the ink ran out. The first stamp is what the stamp should look like.

       They really are beauties, aren´t they. They´re not perfect but very special.

       Next up is the 1999 Block from Germany. It has been cut wrong and is quite unique. I had a bit of luck getting hold of this block at an auction.

       It´s very irregular.

       Fancy sticking that thing on your envelope. You´d be the laughing stock.

       I think that´s enough rare stamps for today don´t you?  I´ll just show you one of my personal favourites. The Otto Dix Stamp catalogued Mi.Nr 1572 (VZ). The original is on the left and I think you can spot the mistake on this stamp.

       The poor lady has lost her head. Oh dear.

       Why do you like misprints and errors? They´re all so very odd.

       Perhaps because in a way, I find them very appealing. They are all different from how they should appear and in that sense, original and individual. People don´t seem to like things that appear odd but I believe that if one is a true individual,  one may find it a bit harder to get through life but at the end of the day, one is a lot more satisfied and can enjoy life that much easier.

I find it a shame that many seem to abide by what the masses dictate and then they wonder why they are not happy in life.

We should all have the same basic rights but contrary to what our Governments inform us, we are still, all individuals with differing views, needs and requirements.

       So you humans would sooner be like us cats?  We love our freedom!

       In a way, I suppose you could be right Mr Midnight. Not all humans will want to live in true freedom because true freedom can be quite hard work. Self-responsibility is not everybody´s cup of tea but if one is a liberal being, one will respect that fact.

       Well, self-responsibility, freedom or whatever. I found daddy´s little postage stamp excursion quite interesting. I just hope he hasn´t bored too many of our readers this time around!

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Why are we here?

DSCN0663       Why are we here Sir Winston?

DSCN0664       I´m not 100% certain Mr Midnight but I do know that we´re supposed to explore and have fun.

DSCN0667       Didn´t we do that the last time around?  I sometimes have deja-vu moments flashing through my soul.

DSCN0652       I´m sure we did but we can´t really remember, can we. I think our soul has experienced so many things in the past that each time it commences another lifetime it adds knowledge and experience to its development.

DSCN0669       So when I play with my little toy mouse in our green kingdom I am in actual fact, obtaining experience for my future development.

DSCN0674       I don´t know if you can call playing with toy mice creating your soul’s experience but it will certainly add to your well-being Mr Midnight. I believe that playing and not taking life too seriously is all part and parcel of maintaining healthy conditioning for life’s future knocks.

DSCN0658       Perhaps life’s knocks are there to test us, Sir Winston. You know, something like an examination to see if we´re still in contact with ourselves.  If we pass the test then we are able to move on.

DSCN0636       And if we fail the examination and we have understood where we went wrong then we have gained experience in later trials.

Perhaps that is the reason why we are on the planet.  To gain experience.

I´m glad my soul chose to be a cat this time around.  I love lolling about, eating and playing in the green kingdom.

What a life!

DSCN0672       Yes, it´s great being a cat isn´t it and not every soul can be a cat, can they!

I am very thankful for my time on the planet this time around.

We do indeed live a great life full of excitement, discovery and wonder.

 

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Be yourself!

Sitting on top of the boulders which overlooked our house was the perfect place to be for Mr Midnight and Sir Winston, especially on warm, sunny days.

       It´s kind of nice that the weather angels have made an effort today and warmed up our favourite sitting place.

      I´m most grateful. It´s a wonderful view from up here and it´s even more special when the weather angels are in a good mood.

       Look who´s leaving our neighbours house.  Mr Dog is taking his human for a walk again.

      I think it´s the other way around Mr Midnight. Doggies love obeying human beings and they often copy  their masters actions.

      But I was under the strong impression that human beings loved copying one another. Surely Mr Dog hasn´t fallen so low as to blindly follow instruction from the humans. I must be very naive because I believed it to be the other way around.

      Doggies can´t help it Mr Midnight. They wish to be loved properly and will do almost anything to please their masters.

I think he´s a happy dog though.

      Well thank goodness I´m a cat!

I´m not having any of that “blind obedience” stuff. Surely souls are supposed to go through life with their own free will. That´s what my cat intuition informs me.

      Which is probably why so many people dislike cats Mr Midnight.

Although lots of human beings adore us,  many seem to dislike us.

      I thought those who dislike cats were simply afraid of us.

      Oh no no. I don´t think that´s right Mr M.

I believe it has more to do with the fact that some human beings need to have control over other souls and because it is not in our cat nature to be as obedient as Mr Dog next door, they find our behaviour unnerving.

      But they could learn a thing or two from us cats couldn´t they.

How about trying to learn to let go of things and to go with the flow of life.  That would be a great start.

      They either don´t want to let go of things, much preferring to adhere to their past patterns and habits, or they simply cannot let go because of being afraid to do so.

Of course, most human beings would never admit to such a possibility.

      Well as long as everybody is happy about being controlled by others it´s fine by me.

As for myself, I´m really thankful that I´m a cat and that I understand the true meaning of the word “freedom”.

      I suspect that if being truthful, many human beings are not happy with their current situations but the road to true freedom is a long one. Thank goodness at least some are on their way.

      Well `m going to have a little nap now on these wonderful heated boulders. They are really good for preventing  sciatica problems.

       I´ll keep you company if you don´t mind. 🙂

 

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Is Your Health Really Important?

The sun was shining and a cool, light westerly breeze stroked the fur of Mr Midnight and Sir Winston as they sat atop the boulders overlooking their kingdom. They often sat upon the boulders when they were in a philosophising mood and today, was one of those days.

  (The patch of green Mr Midnight and Sir Winston adore.)

       As usual Sir Winston, I can´t make head nor tail of the human psyche.  They are a baffling lot aren´t they.

       What are you going on about Mr Midnight?  I must admit, human behaviour is sometimes difficult to get to grips with but I suppose it´s no different than a human trying to fathom out a cats behaviour.

       You´re probably correct in your assumption Sir W. but at least we cats do not say things that aren´t true.  We are always true to ourselves and never claim things that are simply not true.

       I don´t know what you´re waffling on about Mr Midnight so perhaps you can lend me a paw to understand.

       Well, I´ve noticed that among other things, human beings often claim that their health is one the most important things in their lives.

       And what´s wrong with that?

       The claim´s not true is it.

I think many must have a dose of that illness that creates fake activity – fake news I think they call it. Faking appears to be the sign-of-the-times.

       Can you elaborate a little please?

       How can human´s claim that their health is so important while at the same time, they seem to do very little for their health?

They must believe that one becomes ill just out of the blue and that they themselves, have nothing to do with their illness.

       I believe that is indeed, the assumption of many human beings.  I feel sorry for them in a way.

       He could be wrong, but I`ve heard from Vladimir the Russian Blue pussycat from down the road that human beings are often unconcious of how they treat their bodies.

For example, they seem to always be attached to their mobile gadgets . . . .

        . . .  sorry for interrupting but I think they need the gadgets in which to get through life. The things appear to be very addictive – even life-saving.

       There could be some truth to what you say Sir W.

Human beings will sadly, often eat their meals in a most unhealthy manner and I´ve heard from Mr Dog next door that their food quality is also not what it should be or what is suggested on the labels of their food.

From my observations, the majority appear to ignore the fact that modern human lifestyles destroy our environment. Human beings often don´t drink enough fluids.  They don´t move about very much, apart from when wheels of some description are underneath their person and they frequently abuse their bodies by denying themselves enough quality sleep.

       Quality sleep is something the humans could learn from us pussycats.

Sleeping allows our bodies to recharge for the next day. Without a recharge our energies eventually become exhausted.  That´s when problems start to occur.

One has to feel sorry for the humans doesn´t one.

       And that´s why I find their claim about their health being important to be somewhat bizarre.

If a person cannot take time to care for themself properly then who is going to look after them?

The human beings are certainly a baffling species sometimes.

       I´m sure they´ll get the hang of how to go through life smoothly eventually.  They just need a little more practice that´s all.

       Perhaps the human beings should try to love themselves a little more and then some of their illnesses would perhaps, disappear.

       Love is certainly good medicine Mr Midnight.

       We both wish you human beings all the very best on your journey of discovery and hope that some of you discover the secret to staying nice and healthy.  It really is up to you which way you decide to go.

Love from Mr Midnight and Sir Winston.  xxx

 

(C) MAGS June 2017.

I was, I am, and I will be

      How much time do you think we´ve got left this time around Sir Winston?

How many times do you think we will be able to smell the green stuff in our kingdom after the wet stuff has fallen upon it;  – 10, 20 or possibly even another 30 times?

       I love the smell of rain after it has kissed the grass as well.

“Time” is not important Mr Midnight.

“Time” is a convenient human fabrication and really doesn´t have any importance. There is no such thing as “time” – only the moment.

       Well I think just as you do Sir Winston but I am still inquisitive to know about our present soul life.

       The life of a soul is never ending.

       And how do you know that?

      I don´t know Mr Midnight. “Knowing” something suggests you´ve switched your brain on.

I just “feel” that it is so because the heart and soul are connected.

      All is one.  All is a circle.  All is in movement.  All is complete.

      Yes, everything is just perfect.

       Life is terribly exciting isn´t it Sir W.  All of our souls are always on the go – travelling on their journey of discovery with which to gain experience.

It´s a continual coming and going. What a great honour it is to be a soul – and this time around, the soul of a cute little pussy cat!

I Was, I Am, and I will Be!

 

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Going Backwards

       Daddy, is it true what Sir Winstons been saying?

He´s upset me a little because I believed I lived in a wonderful kingdom with lots of great opportunities and great things happening.

       What´s he been saying to you then Mr Midnight? Perhaps he´s telling tall stories.

       I honestly didn´t want to upset you Mr Midnight. I was only stating what I had discovered the other day.

       Can you stop beating about the bush Sir Winston and inform us of what you´ve discovered?

       I found one of those shiny metal things lying on the living room table and next to it that booklet thing had fallen onto the floor and  had come to rest upturned displaying lots of words.

       You mean your curiosity go the better of you and you pulled the thing accidently onto the floor.

       Well it was only a CD so it doesn´t really matter.

What were the words or lyrics about Sir Winston.

       Well I was a bit baffled at first because just like Mr Midnight, I also assumed with live in a beautiful world. I love my little patch of the planet.

       Get to the point Sir Winston!

       The booklet was from that new album from daddy´s favourite band – Depeche Mode.

The album is called “Spirit” and I read the lyrics from the first song on the album.

Here they are:-

GOING BACKWARDS

We are not there yet
We have not evolved
We have no respect
We have lost control
We’re going backwards
Ignoring the realities
Going backwards
Are you counting all the casualties?
We are not there yet
Where we need to be
We are still in debt
To our insanities
We’re going backwards
Turning back our history
Going backwards
Piling on the misery
We can track it all with satellites
See it all in plain sight
Watch men die in real time
But we have nothing inside
We feel nothing inside
We are not there yet
We have lost our soul
The course has been set
We’re digging our own hole
We’re going backwards
Armed with new technology
Going backwards
To a caveman mentality
We can emulate on consoles
Killings we can control
With senses that have been dulled
Because there’s nothing inside
We
       I can see why you made Mr Midnight sad.  The whole album is written in this manner which personally, I find quite good because sadly, we human beings often choose to ignore our surroundings.
I´m glad to see that some people are switched on.
You see, we humans know an awful lot about how our planet works but hardly any of us wish to take responsibility to rectify our path. We seem to believe that somebody else other than ourselves is going to make things better.
       Then you humans are just as naive as us cats believing we live in a wonderful kingdom.
Although our little world appears to be perferct, in reality, it is actually falling to pieces.
       Some of you are trying to mend things though aren´t you daddy?
       There are some, yes, but the majority (myself sometimes included!) often wish to ignore our reality.
Human beings will often conveniently ignore reality until something disastrous happens and then when things have quietened down again we will often carry on as though nothing has happened.
The lyrics above really do hit the nail on the head.
       Well I´m not going to stop believing in you human beings. I´m sure one day you´re all going to get it right.
       And I´ll second that opinion Mr Midnight!
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Sing out loud!

MM-Avatar       Meeooowww!   oooowww!   wooowww! Meeeoooowwwww!

SW-Avatar       I think i´ll join in Mr Midnight.  Meeoow Meeooww Meeeoooowwwwww!

author-Avatar       What is going off?  You both sound terrible what with your high-toned screeching and meowing racket.

Can you give it a break?

MM-Avatar       Don´t be so cheeky daddy!  We´re both practicing our vocals.  It´s not our problem that you don´t appreciate our vocal-session.

author-Avatar        Is there any particular reason?  Are you going to a party or something?

SW-Avatar       One doesn´t have to have a reason to sing daddy.

MM-Avatar       Although I do wish there was a pawty going off somewhere. I just love the things!

SW-Avatar       Singing is healthy and is good for you. You humans should do it more often. We cats love singing occasionally.

author-Avatar       But we humans do sing quite a lot.

MM-Avatar       But you should try and sing with all you´ve got. You know, make your voice heard!

I was creeping about the grounds of that spooky, old building where all you humans disappear at the end of your lives the other day and I couldn´t help over hear the “singing” in the building. I think you call the songs Christmas songs.

I thought Christmas was a happy celebration of that Jesus chappie.

author-Avatar      It is.  We love clebebrating the birth of Jesus.

MM-Avatar       Well you could have fooled me!

The only sounds I heard were monotone sounds which were “sang” in a rather dull fashion. The singing I heard was just as atrocious as our cat attempts at singing.

I thought celebrations were to be rejoiced.

author-Avatar       For some strange reason many of us humans seem to be frightened about singing in public.

SW-Avatar       Perhaps some of you are frightend of hearing your own voice.

MM-Avatar       Well I was aware that many humans are afraid to speak out their own truth but singing at a celebration should be easy peasy pudding and pie.

Humans don´t seem to have a problem when singing at your football matches.

SW-Avatar       That´s probably because at football matches, one “feels” the emotion within ones heart.

Although many people are religious perhaps they don´t feel the “true” faith within their hearts; thus making it difficult to “praise the lord” and sing out with fervour.

I could be wrong though, although I do know that singing is healthy.

It´s good for the brain and can enhance mental awareness, concentration and memory.

MM-Avatar       One can develop healthier breathing patterns which can help cope with various lung dieseases.

author-Avatar       Singing has also been proved to boost our immune system.

SW-Avatar       It´s a good work out. You´ll work out your lungs, improve circulation and tone your abdominal muscles.

MM-Avatar       Your feelings of safety and confidence will improve when singing in a group. We cats especially love singing in groups.

author-Avatar       Your posture will get straighter and you´ll gradually look more confident.

SW-Avatar       You´ll sleep better as a result of not being so stressed. This is another reason we cats love singing.

MM-Avatar       Singing releases endorphins, which make you feel instantly happier.

SW-Avatar       So the benefits of singing and raising your voice are very beneficial to your wellbeing.

MM-Avatar       Just let it all go and go with the flow. Sing out loud and raise your voice!

You all have something to say so look after yourself properly and just get it out of you!!

 

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