Change and inflexibility

Mr Midnight and Sir Winston sat patiently on the doorstep waiting to be let in.  However, Mr Midnight was starting to lose his patience.

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MM-Avatar      Get on with it Sir Winston and stop faffing about.

Meeoowww a little louder.  Your voice is a lot stronger than mine.

SW-Avatar      Meeoowww,  Meeoowww,  Meeoowww!

It doesn´t seem to be working Mr Midnight.  He´s taking his time.

MM-Avatar      He´s sometimes as deaf as a doorpost.  I know he´s not getting any younger but this is ridiculous!

SW-Avatar      You know that humans don´t hear as well as us cats.  He might be in one of the back rooms or something.

MM-Avatar      He´s most likely upstairs in the study sifting through  those old piles of postage stamps again.  I´m sure he´s slowly getting senile.

Fancy leaving us poor fellows out on the door mat – again!  He knows we like to lounge around the nice, warm house.

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Twenty minutes later the door  finally opened and a familiar voice cried . . . . .

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author-Avatar      Hi boys, I thought I heard you at the door.

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Both cats darted up the porch steps and into the house with Mr Midnight thinking to himself,  “he thought he heard us at the door.  We´ve been waiting ages.  He´s a right comedian!” .

Sir Winston  suddenly braked with all fours  and came to a grinding halt.

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SW-Avatar      Stop Mr Midnight!   Somethings changed. He´s been moving things again.  I don´t like the look of those slippers.  Do you think they belong to daddy?

MM-Avatar     To tell you the truth Sir Winston, I haven´t the foggiest and I´m not particularly bothered either.  I´m famished. Let´s grap a few food-sticks in the kitchen.

I´m a little curious myself but I  don´t want to waste  time examining newly positioned objects at the moment, especially when my tummy´s rumbling.

SW-Avatar      But they weren´t there this morning. Things have changed – again!

How can you think about your tummy when your surroundings have been meddled with. You know that most of the time, we cats like things to stay just as they´ve always been.

MM-Avatar      Well there´s little hope of that happening Sir Winston.

Life is always on the move.  Don´t tell me you´re now getting like the “modern” humans – they love to believe that they´re important and that they live on the cutting-edge of life.  They obviously like the wool to be pulled over their eyes – poor humans.

SW-Avatar      How´d you mean Mr Midnight?

MM-Avatar      I think that humans like to deceive one another.  Not necessarily conciously, but all the same, humans don´t seem to want to dig too deep into the true concepts of their surroundings.  They love avoiding reality and the fact that “life” is always on the move.

Just look at the political shambles of their modern societies.  It seems most humans live in a trance or “dreamlike-state”, brain-washed by their so-called, political elite and wisdom of yesteryear.

SW-Avatar       Ah, I see what you mean Mr Midnight.  Apparently the “Brain Drain” illness is quite widespread. I´ve heard there´s a lot of it about.

Modern humans  also love bathing in their victim mode instead of themselves, actually trying to do something about the predicaments that surround them.

author-Avatar      Don´t you want anything to eat boys?  Its nearly lunch time.

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Mr Midnight and Sir Winston started circling daddy´s legs in apprehension of what was going to land in their “dinner bowls”.

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MM-Avatar      I hope he doesn´t dish-out that stuff he gave us the other day.  It tasted yucky.  It must have been out of the red and yellow tins.

SW-Avatar      Well you´re the one who´s  apparently up for “change”.  Maybe he´s changed the menu today.

MM-Avatar      All  animals are aware  that modern human beings struggle with the concepts of genuine change.  Humans are too inflexible. They much prefer to stay-put in  their dreamlike living styles.

Cats on the other paw, are very flexible.  We go with the flow of life and can creep through  small openings with no problem at all.

SW-Avatar      Quite true Mr Midnight.

Most modern humans seem to  be concerned about the state of the planet but nobody it seems, is prepared to do much about it.

MM-Avatar      Well the modern human race will have to learn quite quickly because the systems of modern society are chronically ill.

SW-Avatar      Daddy mentioned that the other day.  He talked about  the European money crisis and about many “advanced” countries being on the verge of bankruptcy. He also mentioned the disastrous crumbling European social system and how modern standards of living were mostly, conveniently built upon artificial environments.

Modern society should at some point, accept the fact  that its highly-praised systems are falling apart.  Modern lifestyles  cannot be sustained by continually piling up huge mountains of debt.  It´s irresponsible and  totally unfair towards future generations.

MM-Avatar      And that´s why the human race should seriously accept “change” as  a friend, and not a foe, if it is to successfully progress into the future.

Ummmhhh . . . . I can smell the food coming.  I re-programmed myself to expect the best and it´s certainly worked today.  🙂

SW-Avatar      I still don´t know who the slippers belong to.

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Be careful – your thoughts become your reality !

They  crouched  under the hedge  and watched daddy unload  the weekly groceries from his car.  Because of the large, wire-framed shopping baskets, most of his purchases  were visible to the  preying eyes of Mr Midnight and Sir Winston.

Mr Midnight  noticed that some of the labels on the “goodies”  were all too familiar.  The labels were glued to tins of cat food  of which he wasn´t too fond of.

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MM-Avatar      There´s no use getting excited and wanting to greet him Sir Winston.  He´s been to  that place again; you know, the place  that sells that  cheap cat-food.

SW-Avatar       How´d you know?

MM-Avatar       Can you see those red and yellow labelled  tins in the corner on the right  side of the shopping basket?

They indicate that we´re in for a rough week  Sir Winston. Look, he´s  seen us.

I suppose we should  go and greet him, afterall, regardless of the circumstances,  it is  only good manners.

author-Avatar       Hi boys.  Lunch will be ready shortly. I´ll call you when I´m ready.

SW-Avatar MM-Avatar     OK daddy.  We´ll mope  around the garden for a while until you´re ready.    Take your time – we´re in no immediate hurry   😉

author-Avatar      That´s odd.  You´re usually  famished Mr Midnight.   Oh well, see you in a bit.

MM-Avatar       Poor daddy, he doesn´t get it does he.

SW-Avatar       You should show a little more gratitude Mr Midnight.  Daddy must be under the general  impression that you like the stuff in the red and yellow tins.

As for me – I´m not particularly fussy, but as you are aware, I´m not a gourmet like yourself Mr Midnight.

MM-Avatar       I am very thankful for his deeds and my “lot in life”, afterall, there are many cats and other animals  on our planet  who aren´t  allowed to live such  cushy lifestyles as ourselves.

It´s just that I knew he´d bring  that stuff again.  I must have given him the impression that  I liked it.

SW-Avatar       Well you do tend to wolf your food down  don´t you.

There may be some other reason for his purchases. Perhaps he´s  simply got a cash-flow problem at the moment.

MM-Avatar        A cash-flow problem is when a human has a shortage of those papery things  with numbers printed upon them  – right?

Oh, they´re all totally obsessed with that stuff.

But daddy´s got loads of those things  upstairs in the study.  They´re littered all over the place – in fact, it´s very difficult moving in and out of that place without knocking some of the piles down.  I do love the boxes though.  🙂

SW-Avatar        They´re not piles of money Mr Midnight – they´re daddy´s piles of postage  stamps.  You can´t buy cat food with postage stamps.  At least I don´t think you can.

I believe you simply half-expected him to bring home that cheap cat food  and – hey presto, you received what you wanted.  It´s the old universe rule – what you desire, you shall receive.

MM-Avatar       What´s that about pesto?  Pesto´s a little rich for my delicate tummy.  You might be right though Sir Winston – I do think I´ve got a touch of that bug which is going around the animal kingdom. You know, the “Human Syndrome” thing.

SW-Avatar       I´ve heard about that. You´ve got to be very careful.

If you contract “Human Syndrome” you start behaving just as the human´s do – your thoughts switch to “negative mode” and you attract all sorts of chaos.

Just look at the human world. They´ve absolutely no idea have they.

They used to be aware of the universe law of positive attracting positive and negative attracting negative but the majority seem to  have now thrown this wisdom overboard.

I suppose it goes hand in hand (or paw in paw)  🙂  with their obsessions for frequently wanting to play the victim.

MM-Avatar      I just hope I haven´t clawght it.  I don´t want to be as ill as the humans.  “Human Syndrome” is very contageous.   Once contracted, it´s very difficult to get rid of.  Animals have a strong resistance towards it but even we are not totally immune.

SW-Avatar      If humans could only grasp that their thoughts are so volatile.

It´s a simple process really.

Thoughts are generated,  and by adding belief to those thoughts, one creates ones surroundings. There´s nothing else to it.  It´s very basic stuff.

Although obviously difficult for most humans too understand, the surroundings in which we may find ourselves at present are the result of our past thoughts,  and  our actions from those thoughts. If only human-beings understood that the  “individual” is the creator of  their own  world, with nobody else playing a part in the creation of an individuals life.

MM-Avatar       . . . . . and that is why humans are responsible for their present situations?

SW-Avatar       Well there is more to it than that Mr Midnight, such as the complications of  inherited illnesses, having to live under a diabolical regime or whatever,   but in a roundabout way, that is the essence of life.  One of the main lessons of life  is that of  trying to  focus on positive outcome with which to create positive outcome. “Human Syndrome” has the opposite effect – people focus on negativity and then they wonder why their lives go haywire and  become full of misery.

MM-Avatar       Can you give a few examples Sir Winston?

SW-Avatar       There are too many to mention, but I´ll list a few for you.  For example; humans  believe that  life is hard,  that money doesn´t grow on trees and that if you want to achieve something anything in  life, you have to work hard for it.

They believe that as the body gets older, they  become ill.  In fact, they seem to love wallowing in their illnesses.  Humans live in a constant state of  fear – fear of losing their job, fear of the immigrant from foreign shores, and  are seemingly  frightened of discovering their own truths and  true self.  The  human fear mania  then often  leads to humans projecting  negativity into their present lives.

Areas of trivial, human negativity,  could be  hoping that it doesn´t rain; hoping the train will arrive punctually;  hoping one finds a parking space or hoping that  one will not have to sit in a traffic jam on the way to work.

I sometimes even believe that humans turn on their negative beliefs with which to make sure that they do not become too happy.  If humans  lived satisfying lifestyles,  free of negative belief,  and simply believed that there was always a purpose to negative occurences and that  things would eventually,  always turn out for the better, then they simply wouldn´t believe it was happening!

MM-Avatar      It´s quite a sad illness isn´t it.  I´ve noticed that this negative mentality is often  used  with which to manipulate things;  such as in human  politics and through rules and regulations.  If a human-being happens to be  also “out-of-touch” with their true-self – what a combination!  Things are bound to get out-of-hand and “out-of paw”.   🙂

SW-Avatar       Daddy is also no expert but the other day, he told me a nice, little  story.

He was on the last stretch of his long 15 km jog and was  jogging alongside the local  branchline of a  railway.  He was getting quite tired, and it is in times such as these that he has often commented that he is often  aware of a  different “frame of mind”.

He jogged up a steep gradient, which used to be part of the “old line”,  and upon reaching its summit, he imagined  how nice it would be if an old steam train, billowing thick  smoke, would rattle on by – just like  in times past.

Can you imagine what happened?

Ten minutes later, he was still  jogging  alongside the railway  on the final  straight before finishing –  but what did he then hear?  What did he see?

That´s right.  A steam train (whatever that is)  🙂  accompanied by four carriages came trundling by with steam billowing on all sides.  What a sight!  How remarkable.

In all the years he´s lived in our village, he´s never seen a steam train come plouging through our village.

Coincidence?  I hardly think so.  For a split second, he was totally switched into the universe.  All things are possible.  In his minds eye, he had already pictured the scene.

MM-Avatar       Purrhaps one should really,  just expect the best in life to happen.  If you believe in it – it will happen!

But don´t take our word  for it – experience it yourself.  Start off with small things (obviously pawsitive things!)  and allow them to grow. You´ll be surprised what can happen.  🙂

Be careful of your creations an  think before you blink.  🙂

(C) mags 2013

Keyboard capers

MM-Avatar      § ! D = ? % h l $$ ( ( ( ; j a [ { \ ß ß ´j g9 %
SW-Avatar       I don´t think that´s right Mr Midnight.  Let me have a go.
y Y y Y Ö # # P $ & @ € k T T 2 % & §
MM-Avatar      That doesn´t look right either SIr Winston. I thought you´d mastered  languages and how daddy presses the buttons on his computer.
SW-Avatar       My paws keep getting trapped between the buttons and I´ve often  noticed that daddy  presses the button with the symbol going upwards on the left hand side to make his letters appear larger.

How  am I supposed to keep a paw on that button and another on the opposite right-hand corner button?

MM-Avatar      “Shift”

SW-Avatar       I beg your pardon.
MM-Avatar      It´s called the “shift” button.  I´ve heard daddy mention it a couple of times. Or was he talking to me? 😉

Purrhaps you should try a little harder Sir Winston.  Afterall, you´re the one with the  longish, dangly  legs.
SW-Avatar       Less of your cheek you  little whippersnapper. You can´t do it any better. Where´s daddy?
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Mr Midnight meoowed  as hard as he could in which to catch daddy´s attention (which isn´t really loud at all. It´s more of a deep squeak than anything else).
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MM-Avatar       (squeaky voice)  Daddy, can you come?
We can´t work out your buttons.  Our input appears different than when you use the machine.
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author-Avatar       Just a sec Mr Midnight, I´m just putting the dinner things away. Won´t keep you.
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MM-Avatar       Honestly; why construct such a machine when it´s virtually  impossible to use the thing.  There´s butttons all over the place and the inscriptions seem to make no sense at all. Why do humans need so many buttons? Do they understand how to use them all?
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author-Avatar       Hi guys.  I see you´ve been trying to use my laptop again.  Have you had a go at writing something?
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Mr Midnight gave a hard stare and thought, What does it look like. Of course we´ve been trying to write something. Sometimes, humans love stating the obvious!
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SW-Avatar       We wanted to write something nice to our readers but we can´t seem to make head nor tail of what we´ve inputted.  There doesn´t appear to be any logic to what we´ve pressed. It makes no sense at all.
MM-Avatar       That´s nothing new, is it Sir Winston.  Humans often make things complicated and their logic is often, terribly   difficult to understand.
SW-Avatar       Very true. I can´t work humans  out either. They seem to have so much knowledge but  they  still  continue on their destructive paths.
author-Avatar       I´ve told you before boys.  The human race is a little slow at comprehending the delicate framework of how the universe is all connected and of  how easy it is to find happiness.  Most would sooner believe in negativity than to have an open-mind and  positive approach to life. Greed, prejudice, arrogance and self-centredness, which are  often bred out of fear,  accompany many on their journey through life.  There does not seem to be much capacity for understanding that we ALL share a part in making our world a better place.
MM-Avatar       That´s why we wanted to write something to our nice followers. We wanted to cheer them up a bit (in case they needed cheering up!)  🙂
author-Avatar       Well let me have a look at  your attempts on the keyboard.  I believe Sir Winston wrote:-
y Y y Y Ö # # P $ & @ € k T T 2 %  & §
Lower-case y, Capital Y – and typed twice…..
MM-Avatar       I often  ask myself why?
SW-Avatar       Don´t interrupt. Let Daddy explain.
author-Avatar       German Ö, twice Hash (number key  in North America) and one P
MM-Avatar       I simply adore Hash Browns. Can I have two portions of peas to go with them daddy?  I love peas. You have a button for a  “P” on your keyboard don´t you?

Fancy devoting a whole key just for a pea. Fantastic stuff 🙂
SW-Avatar       You should be a poet Mr Midnight.  “…a whole key just for a pea”. 🙂 Your rhyming skills are improving.
We mentioned peas in our “War and Peas” posting, so  let´s not repeat ourselves please.
MM-Avatar       You´re also not so bad at rhyming SIr Winston. Peas and please is also quite funny.
author-Avatar       Boys! Let me carry on please. I´ve other things to do besides messing about with the laptop and trying to explain keyboard symbols.
You pressed the dollar sign and the “and” sign.
MM-Avatar       I thought that humans would have a button for their main topic of interest (money)  but why have a button such as “and”?

You even  said “and” twice in that last sentence of nine words.  Did you mean lend a hand instead of (h)and the  (h)and?
SW-Avatar       I do believe   Mr Midnight´s   getting confused, as most probably most of our readers are as well.
DSCN0658       Is there such a place as paw a paw? 🙂
DSCN0652      No Mr Midnight, there certainly  isn´t. Now please stop being silly. However,  I do  believe that on one of daddy´s travels, he may have been to a place they call Singapore.
DSCN0673        Do the cats in SIngapaw use their paws to sing?
SW-Avatar        I don´t think so. I believe that  humans like to sing a lot  because of it being nice  and  hot;  and then their pores fill up  with water.
MM-Avatar       Is that because of them putting  a lot of expression and emotion  into their songs?
SW-Avatar       Most probably.
author-Avatar        Boys, please!

You both seem to be in a bit of a silly mood. Singapore has nothing to do with singing. A Singha is one of your cousins; a large pussycat (a lion).  I understand that Singapore takes its name from Malay (Singapora) which means “Lion City”. Pora comes from sanskrit puram (city or fortress) having relations to Greek polis (citadel, city). Singa  also comes  from Sanskit with possible connections with the Swahili word Simba.

Readers may feel free to correct me if what I have stated is incorrect. 🙂

Can we finish for today?
MM-Avatar      Ah daddy.  Even though I´m  totally confused, please don´t be such a killjoy. At least tell us about the last symbols which  Sir Winston wrote.
author-Avatar       I haven´t explained anything yet!  I´ve only read out the symbols. You don´t give me a chance to say anything worthwhile.
MM-Avatar       Well get on with it. We haven´t got all day you know. Just tell us what the symbols  mean.
author-Avatar        Where did we leave off. Oh yes; after the “and” sign, you typed the “at” sign.
MM-Avatar        Sounds like “cat” 🙂
author-Avatar        ……and next up was the “Euro” sign.
SW-Avatar        With which to balance out the Dollar sign.
author-Avatar        Something like that Sir Winston.
Lower-case “k” was followed by two “T´s”  and a number 2.

MM-Avatar        Two teas.  Yes please!  🙂

One for Sir Winston and one for myself, or as you humans say; “Tea for two and two for tea!”. You may also have a cupper if you want daddy. I´ll have a normal Assam and Sir WInston loves that smokey Lapsang Souchong stuff.
SW-Avatar        Two T´s. Yes please.  Great ryhming stuff Mr Midnight. We´re getting better all the time.
author-Avatar        Well I think that´s enough for today. You´ve both  obviously  had a bit too much sun today. Whatever are our readers going to think. I hope they don´t desert us.
MM-Avatar        Dessert.  How about some nice cup-cakes. Fairy cakes are pretty, aren´t they.
author-Avatar        Thank goodness we only have the sign for percent,  the  dreaded “and” sign again and the symbol for “paragraph”. 😉
MM-Avatar         Purrrcent.  A purrfect sign on  a laptop.  Thinking about it, laptop is pretty cool as well because I like lapping up milk.

What a great invention the laptop really is.

A machine full of numerous abilities, in which  the majority,  will never know it´s full capabilities.

“Rhyming Midnight” could be my new name.  How cool!  🙂
SW-Avatar        What´s with the “paragraph” symbol?
author-Avatar        It´s  called a “section mark” and is often  used  when citing  documents with numbered paragraphs.  We use it when writing our laws.
MM-Avatar       Rules and regulations.  Apart from your money obsessions, the most important topic for the human race. 😉
Be as cool as us cats.

Just  go with the flow!

(Sorry, just can´t stop rhyming!)  🙂

(C) Copyright mags 2013

“I M P A W T A N T” N O T I C E

DSCN0660      Go on Sir Winston, tell them.

Think pawsitive, believe in yourself and just get on with it!

DSCN0631      I don´t know if I can!

If you think it´s so easy, why don´t you tell them!

MM-Avatar      …..ah SIr WInston!  Have you  got a pawsonality disorder or something? It´s really no big deal. You know you´re better at explaining things than I am.

Look, here´s daddy. He´ll do it. You can rely on daddy. 🙂

author-Avatar      OK. I´ll do it.

I hereby do declare, that Sir Winston and Mr Midnight felt it only correct to inform you all,  that we will be taking a weeks break from blogging.

As some of you are already aware,  we usually post  blogs on a weekly basis, but because of me taking a one week holiday and the “lads” are  unable to operate the laptop keyboard on their own accord, we will write the next post a week later than normal.

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There you are boys. It wasn´t that bad was it?

MM-Avatar       See Sir Winston. What did I say. You can rely on daddy to get things sorted out.

SW-Avatar      Let´s just hope that we don´t scare  any of our readers away. I can´t imagine the distress I would suffer if  everytime the little orange icon button on “WordPress” illuminated and somebody had made a serious negative comment.

I just hope that the people are nice and continue to write the same,  lovely messages as we´ve received in the past.

Everyone has  been so kind to us. 🙂  Thank you for either “liking” or especially, if having written a comment.  We really appreciate it. 🙂

MM-Avatar      You worry too much.  I should think that  most of them are  also away on holiday,  Humans aren´t like cats. Cats are always on holiday,  😉  and I doubt that anybody will really notice that we´ve decided to  miss a weeks blog.

Keep cool Sir Winston. Those who enjoy our stuff will forgive us and will hopefully,  carry on  following our adventures.

DSCN0661 author-Avatar  Happy summer holidays to you all !  Until next time.

Your two furry friends and a strange englishman.  🙂

Copyright (C)  mags 2013

Nice weather and “the bells!”

author-Avatar  Summer has  managed to  arrive in the Black Forest.  After taking of what appeared to be  an eternity, the sun has at long last, now managed to penetrate even the sleepiest parts  of this  world. Don´t get me wrong, habitants of the Black Forest are no more sleepier than people  in any other part of the world,  but that´s what seems to be the problem –  because of this sudden, unexpected heat-wave, many of us are so overwhelmed (and sticky!) that we are unable to sleep properly at night.  Most of us tend to  slugglishly trudge through the day with eyes half-closed (nothing new there then!)  🙂  visibly struggling with the strains of wanting to find a shady place with which to rest.

It´s terribly difficult trying to keep one´s home cool  (we´re just not used to so much heat)  and the temperature in my sleeping quarters is akin to living in a tent having had the sun beat down on it all day.  That´s why I (try to) sleep with the window wide open – and that´s the second problem!    I´m just not used to all those noises outside! (sensitive me).

At approximately 4 in the morning (I know because when I can´t sleep, I tend to keep looking at my alarm clock!) the birds  living  in my neighbourhood just love to burst into song.  That´s all very nice but would they appreciate me playing a CD  from  Mr Midnight´s favourite group, Depeche Mode,  full blast at 2 in the morning?  I hardly think so.

And then there´s the bells.  Living in a sleepy village  (it´s no wonder  we´re all sleepy!) does have its setbacks because  noises  outside appear to be that much louder. I often wonder why we still have to keep ringing church bells  all through the night.  Every 15 minutes a gong!  Every hour a full melody of chimes.  Fantastic stuff – if you DON`T wish  to sleep!

Now that I´m fully awake, I may now listen to the early morning traffic. I live near the main road which runs through the centre of my village so it´s probably not surprising that I should also get to know at what time the first commuters speed through my village on their way to work.

My solution: Deal with it, sweat and close the window!

MM-Avatar What are those frequent, strange, disturbing noises Sir Winston?   I hear them when it´s light and when it´s dark.  Continual, deep clanging  noises all day long.  It´s enough to drive a cat round the bend!

Is it those humans again?  They are always up to something.

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The “lads” had had a strenuous night “on the town” (or “on the village” as the case may be!) and were both cat-napping  in the cellar.      It was just after 4.30 a.m.  and Mr Midnight was becoming restless and slightly aggitated.

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SW-Avatar I try to ignore  interference as best I can  but the disturbance  does seem to be another man-made sound.

MM-Avatar You can bet that it´s ANOTHER man-made sound!  Most disturbing noises are man-made sounds!

SW-Avatar I heard it through the grapevine  (from Mr Squirrel I believe) that the noise you refer to  is called “a bell”.

MM-Avatar I didn´t realise that  you  crawled through grapevines Sir Winston. I´m not too fond of grapes myself. They play havoc with my stomach;  but those “bell-things”  should be abolished – they play havoc with my well-being.

Some of my mates down the road wear dinky, little bells around their necks but I´m just not into “bells” at the moment. They´re annoying things. Why do humans need to keep making noises with bells? Are they still in the kindergarten?

SW-Avatar . . . . . nice word Mr Midnight.   Kindergarten.    You must have picked that one up from round here somewhere.

MM-Avatar I did. Most humans around here do not speak like daddy. They are what one calls, “German”.  I like German words. They can be very, very long! But why the obsession for  metal sounding  objects?

Must be one of the reasons why early German electronic (analogue) 🙂  music originated; you know,    Kraftwerk etc.

SW-Avatar I´m not quite sure why humans seem to have a  passion for  noisy things  Mr Midnight,  but there must be some reason to it all. Humans are not really logical beings but the “bell craze” must have it´s origins somewhere.

A long time ago, I heard that most  humans couldn´t read and write (whatever that means) so some clever devil invented the bell with which to inform everybody what time it was.

MM-Avatar Well it´s either dark or light,  or sleeping time or eating time. 🙂   It still doesn´t explain why humans have to keep banging their bells.

SW-Avatar When  people knew what time it was then they knew when they  could go to Church.  You see, a bell could also be a “call to God”.

MM-Avatar . . . . and this God fellow loves bells?  Sounds rather goofy to me. Does he need waking up then?                                                                                                    I don´t know how he manages to sleep through all that din. I hope he´s in a good mood afterwards.

Is this Church thingymajig an important place Sir Winston?  It seems to show no mercy, especially  towards cats. I mean, hitting pieces of metal at all times of the day – it´s just not on is it.

SW-Avatar A lot of humans  who live in our part of the world seem to like the Church and it´s bells and things.  Humans go there with which to seek advice and to talk with their God.

MM-Avatar They don´t need to go to Church to get some advice.  Here´s my advice. Please stop making noises with your “bells”. The flying things  which english-speaking humans call birds,  are not too keen either!

And what is this God thing anyway?  Can´t humans talk to him in the solitude and comfort  of their  own homes?

SW-Avatar I don´t know Mr Midnight. They seem to believe that one can only, properly get hold of God  when hitting a bell and visiting a Church.

MM-Avatar And is there really a God? We cats and animals seem to get by without having to make such a racket.

SW-Avatar Humans seem to think so. It´s called “a tradition” and because every human who  walked the earth before the present human  generation  believed in a God,  humans of today also want to  believe in God. It´s their belief.

MM-Avatar Well fancy that.  Everybody believing in something which nobody has seen. Don´t humans believe in themselves and what is in the core of their bodies.

We cats, all other animals and humans, all have the same life-force – what humans call “souls”. Cats and animals are  instinctively, constantly in-touch with their souls.  Humans obviously need to have a God as well.

If it helps I suppose it´s fine,  but please humans – please consider turning your “bells” off for a while.  Your God can hear you without you having to wake him all the time.  🙂

Taking things too seriously (Eurovision Song Contest and Philately)

author-Avatar  Last night,  Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself did something we very rarely do.  We sat on the sofa and watched the Eurovision Song Contest.

MM-Avatar ……and I must say that I was bored to tears and that it is an occurence which I will not repeat. If it hadn´t have been for the nice food-sticks lying on the table then I would have gone out earlier. Humans  tend to take things  too seriously.

author-Avatar What do you mean by claiming  we tend to take things too seriously?

MM-Avatar That German reporter bloke (Herr Peter Urban)  kept on complaining that the German contestant was not as bad as she had been made out to be.  As it became even more apparent that the poor girl was going to be near the bottom of the ranking table, Mr Urban seemed to not understand the world anymore.

The show is only light human entertainment. One shouldn´t take it all so seriously. As a matter of fact, humans shouldn´t take themselves too seriously either.

Daddy is now  used to his country (England) losing at the Eurovision (and at most other sporting events as well) and seems to be now immune from such defeats. He just doesn´t take things too seriously.(most of the time)  😉

author-Avatar Well I couldn´t agree more Mr Midnight. I think  I´ll be joining you next year if you decide to go out instead of watching the show.

SW-Avatar I found it quite interesting with some of the acts having a bit of professionalism about them – but there again, my high-demands of what is to be termed  as  being quality, demanding music,  generally  ascend  much higher than what I saw last night. I think my favourites were Italy, Holland and Norway.

author-Avatar I also found Italy to have a certain amount of sophistication within the music.

MM-Avatar Well as you already know, I wasn´t keen on hardly any of it.  Most singers tended to “shout” or “scream” their message as though singing as loud (and screechingly) as possibile means that you are a better singer. In my opinion it is the power behind  a singers voice which gives quality to a song and the art of singing powerfully (with a certain softness) seems to be a task many are incapable of. Still, I don´t take it all too seriously so it doesn´t matter.

SW-Avatar I believe that Mr Midnight is correct in thinking that what seems to count in this contest is how loud you are.  Other factors of which the majority of the audience seem to love,  seems to be the colourful special effects, the lightly clad ladies and the shambles of the televoting system.

MM-Avatar You can say that again Sir Winston!  What  a shambles!  It´s all seems to be like a great big kindergarten (naturally without the lightly clad ladies!).

author-Avatar I suppose that  if one doesn´t take it all so seriously the Eurovision can be acceptable to watch. I vow virtually every year to never watch it again but when May comes around  (and I have no other appointments) it will  usually take me within its grasp.

SW-Avatar If they want to get a bit more professionalism and higher standards  into the show  then they should at least change the voting system and strip away some of  the razzamattaz so that the “Song” is in the foreground of things.Dancing, acrobatics and acts which lean towards a more “idiotic” sense of song may appeal to the masses  but have hardly anything to do with the main object of the show – that of finding out who has the best “Song”. But maybe the Eurovision committee doesn´t want the show to become  too professional.  Some of its viewers may not understand it anymore.

Out of the 26 competitors, 5 were  Scandinavian countries and 11 were from Eastern or South Eastern European  countries.  At least the voting audience do not  take this Song Contest seriously because most seem to  only vote for their neighbouring countries. With such a large dominance of North European and East European countries; it´s no wonder that last nights  voting was heavily swayed towards Scandinavian or eastern european countries. It´s the same every year, regardless of what countries are involved.

Mr Urban – don´t take this contest to heart!  The Eurovision Song Contest is just for fun and not a music institution for high standards of quality. (Although some of the acts are still professional)

.MM-Avatar I understand that originally, the Eurovision Song Contest originated as a platform  with which to help unknown musicians find stardom. Nowadays, anybody seems to be able to get on the show (especially those having influential people behind them).

author-Avatar Next time the Eurovision is on, I`m going to sort through some of my philatelic items instead. Its certainly more fun and a nice way with which to close the day.

SW-Avatar Can you remember last week daddy when I accidentally trod on your stamps? I´m glad to say that you have a sense of humour.

author-Avatar At first I was a little startled,  but then I thought that worse things  happen than having a stamp pierced.   When I had managed to pull the pierced stamp off your claw I couldn´t help but be amused. You had punched  a hole through Mr Ulbricht of the old  East German regime.

SW-Avatar I believe that Mr Walter  Ulbricht was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (East).

author-Avatar That´s correct Sir Winston.  It really made me laugh, especially when you were hobbling around the room with Mr Ulbricht clinging to your foot.

MM-Avatar Thank goodness it wasn´t one of your rare stamps daddy otherwise you may not have seen the funny side of things.

author-Avatar Thats quite  possible as well Mr Midnight but I still believe that I would have tried to have not taken  things too seriously.

MM-Avatar Can you show me that funny stamp with the camels printed on it? Before having seen this stamp, I hadn´t seen a camel before. It is a strange creature.

author-Avatar You mean the Sudan Telepgraph stamp from 1898?

MM-Avatar Yes that´s the  one.  Why don´t the readers try and guess what the third camel from the back of the queue is saying?  He is the camel who is   turning his head backwards towards the two chappies behind him. Show the stamp please daddy.

author-Avatar Mr Midnight´s favourite stamp.

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MM-Avatar I think the third camel is saying something like:-

” I don´t wish to make a fuss but I think we´re going in the wrong direction!”

SW-Avatar and I think he´s saying:-

“Shouldn´t we be going over there?” or “Do any of you two chappies know who´s leading this train?”

author-Avatar I would be open to any further  suggestions.

Who said that philately is boring and for old men?  If you don´t take philately too seriously  it can be rather inspiring and a lot of fun. Of course if you do take philately seriously, it can also be inspiring and a lot of fun!

MM-Avatar I didn´t say your hobby was for old men daddy. It must have been somebody else. Still, you seem to be inspired and have bags of fun either when you take philately  seriously,  or not. What a great way to get through life!

Language and Identity

      Sir Winston was asleep in the hedge when he was suddenly awakened by a strange sound which somehow seemed familiar, but was not.  The noise  made a deep, grating sound with  odd  traces of wheezing   being emitted. Not being alarmed, Sir Winston came out of the hedge, stretched his long body, leisurely  opened and closed his claws,  and slowly adjusted his eyes to the brightness of daylight.

After having focused, he noticed that the weird sounds were coming from  Mr Midnight who was laying nearby in  the flower beds.

Had Mr Midnight got hayfever?, he thought.  Sir Winston moved from his comfortable position and went to find out what Mr Midnight was up to.

SW-Avatar Whats wrong Mr Midnight, you woke me from my sleep.  Are you having problems?

MM-Avatar There´s nothing wrong with me you cheeky rascal. I´m sorry for having woken you but I was just practicing one of my foreign languages. You know – the language  our neighbours  four legged friend seems to speak.

SW-Avatar But he´s a dog!  Why would you want to try and speak his language? You´re a cat!  Cats don´t go around barking and growling.

MM-Avatar Well I think he´s got a cool language and I want to be as cool as Mr Dog next door.  He seems to have a lot of fun,  even frightening people sometimes  with his  dandy art of communication.

SW-Avatar And I think it´s all rather ridiculous that a cat should want to try and be a dog.  Every creature has it´s positive and negative attributes and being a cat certainly has many advantages.

author-Avatar Now what´s up with you two then?  You both seem to be in a bit of mood at the moment.

SW-Avatar Mr Midnight was just explaining how cool it is for a cat to behave like  a dog, or words to that effect.

author-Avatar Whatever for?  If you´re a cat, shouldn´t you behave like a cat?

MM-Avatar I was only practicing my dog language daddy. It seems to be cooler than a cats language and anyway, it can´t be a bad thing to want to learn another language.

author-Avatar Yes, that´s true. One can never have enough foreign languages under ones belt but one should also not forget ones true identity.

MM-Avatar I don´t wear a belt daddy but does that mean I may still continue with my studies?

author-Avatar You may do as you please Mr Midnight (you usually do anyway!) but try not to copy another´s way of living. Be yourself – you´re just as magnificent (and as cool) as anybody else. Let me give you  a few examples from my daily life.

My garage door has an advertisement upon it from a local businessman. On the eve of the 1st of May, my garage door was deliberately defaced with graffiti by the local youths of my German village. Thank goodness they only used chalk,  so  their prank was  not  taken too  seriously. However, I found it quite  amusing that they obviously, have problems  spelling  simple  english words.

Among other things, they had written the word  “Looser” , many times, next to the advertisement on my garage door. It is quite common to want to “copy”  the english/american language in many forms of conversation in Germany, but if wanting to write foreign words in public, such as the word  “Loser”, should one not  at least,  look it up beforehand,  as to how it is  properly written?

Who is the loser now?  It´s certainly not “cool” to use another language in public without knowing how the words are properly written or spoken.

MM-Avatar That is why I´m practicing my “foreign”  language  daddy. I don´t want to make myself look ridiculous in public.

author-Avatar Which is certainly a good thing Mr Midnight.

The native english-speaking world (at least those who are living in the UK)   are usually quite hopeless at foreign languages with many other countries citizens having a better grasp of our (english) language than we of theirs.

I believe that most native english speakers would freely  admit that they were indeed, not a genius of foreign languages. (There are exceptions!)

Languages are changing all the time and the French language still plays a large part in many english words of today.  French authorities have also  decided to continue their ban  of english words with which to “protect and modernise” their own language – a move which helps preserve the French  “identity”.  In Germany, the clocks seem to run differently with it being common practice to want to adopt almost anything that happens to come from the United States – including the use (or misuse) of the english language.

SW-Avatar What do you mean by misuse of the english language daddy?

author-Avatar That it is a shame that although many citizens of my country (Germany) master the english language much better than most english people master a foreign language,  correct english  pronunciation is often ignored. Most are under the impression that the english language is so easy to learn.

It does not matter if a normal citizen pronounces foreign words wrongly (I do it all the time! )  🙂 but if one is  being paid for ones “english skills” (such as a news presenter,  radio or TV journalist or any other professional  english-speaking vacancy) then one should be fit in languages (at least in the english language) when presenting oneself before the general-public.   Afterall, the TV consumer will be under the impression that the newscaster has spoken the words properly. There seems to be something wrong with  the German education system as regards proper english pronunciation.  Even when leaving the topic of dialects or American /English pronunciation differences by the wayside,  it is still  quite typical to hear the constant eradication of the letter “a” into an “e” sound when pronouncing “english” words.

SW-Avatar ……..Possibly because the natural flow of the language has not been understood. If you use a language and are unable to detect the fine trimmings  of that language then it will obviously sound a little weird to native ears.

author-Avatar German people  have   corrected  me many times as to my pronunciation of english words.  I mean; I´m english. I think I know how to speak my own language.

MM-Avatar You must speak a strange accent daddy otherwise the good people wouldn´t criticise you.  What would they call me if they pronounced what I am in the english language?

author-Avatar Based on experience, you would be called a “bleck ket” instead of a black cat.

MM-Avatar And with which to compare; what if we “played with the letters” when saying what I am in the German language?

author-Avatar …..then you would be called a “Schwetze Ketze” (properly written Schwarze Katze) which to my knowledge,  would mean that you were  an “heretic gossiper”.       (Schwaetzer = gossiper,  Ketzer = heretic)

MM-Avatar I don´t think I like the sound of that. It  doesn´t sound nice daddy. I can see how important word pronunciation really is. All sorts of misunderstandings can happen.

author-Avatar The english language seems to avoid any such confrontations by simply changing difficult to pronounce  places or words  into an english sounding name.

I told you that we were useless at languages!  Koeln becomes Cologne, Muenchen becomes Munich, and Jerez in Spain becomes Sherry. Problem sorted. One  has to accept that one is sometimes poor at foreign pronunciation.

SW-Avatar I want to stick with my identity daddy so I will continue to use my “cat” language. For example:- Multiple meows for excited greetings. A drawn-out mrrrooooooowwwwww for a complaint or displeasure. A pur for close attention or contact. A hiss for a sign of aggression.

We also use body language. Such as me twitching my tail when being excited or anxious.  Tail vibrating when very excited to see you. Dilated pupils when playful or excited, as well as meaning aggression, and rubbing against you to “make you my own”.  If I give you a lick; that is the ultimate gesture of trust.

We have many other sound and body languages but I do not wish to bore the readers.

author-Avatar It is important to be who you really are and to not be a copy of something that we are not. If we discover  our true identity, we will be at our most happiest.

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To close, one last scenario I experienced at the supermarket not so long ago.

The other day I was “fishing” around  for a pizza in the deep-freeze department of my local supermarket.  I couldn´t help over-hearing the conversation of the two old ladies standing next to me. (They spoke in loud tones).After also having rummaged around the freezer  for the right pizza for their evening meal, one of them commented (conversation was in German!);

“Doris, why don´t we take that nice “Schinken” (Ham) pizza? You know that I like a bit of tasty “Schinken”.

“Alright Hildgard, I´ll look forward to eating that”

Doris  picked it up and  placed it in her basket.  At the same time, I couldn´t help noticing that the two old ladies either couldn´t see properly or that they possessed little  knowledge of the english language.

It is quite common within German advertising to want to appear cool and modern and it is with such a mentality, that large areas of the general-public are simply  ignored with companies   packaging their products with large amounts of “English/American” words and slogans .

I thought to myself; Shall I tell them or not,  and  partly because of the situation appealing to my sense of  humour and also  believing that no harm would be done otherwise, I decided against informing them of their mistake.

They had mistaken the word “Schinken” for “Chicken”!

I could imagine them sitting around the table with their glass of red wine and Doris commenting;

“Hildegard, this Schinken (ham) tastes a little bit like “Huhn” (Chicken)!

SW-Avatar You see daddy, it is important that one attempts to live ones true identity, even though things are obviously, not always in our hands (or paws)!

MM-Avatar Did somebody say something about making a pause?