Monthly Archives: September 2009

Six Degrees

My thumb is one degree of separation from Jeremy Paxman. This is because flexor tenosynovitis, which my thumb has, was a question on tonight’s University Challenge. ‘What is its more popular name?’ asked the Paxman. The answer was ‘trigger thumb’…

Fat Cat

Bolly’s responding well to her new diet of a thimble of food per meal. But there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from 3 till 5 pm today, so she had dinner at 5.30 instead of 6. She’s already…

Pin-Up of the Week

This week’s pin-up (back by popular demand) is the lovely Dexter from Waltham Abbey. He’s a cat but likes people to think he’s an undiscovered type of cuscus. Dexter’s hobbies include purring, shouting and eating processed ham.

Fat Cat

Socrates from Newcastle – 10kg – much fatter than the Boll Bolly now weighs 6.4 kg – that’s one stone. So – with help from the wondrous Chestnut Vets in Hertford – she’s just gone on a new, stricter diet.…

Flexor Tenosynovitis Chic

I’ve sprained my left thumb (flexor tenosynovitis no less) and have to rest it and rub gel on it for six weeks. Easier said than done. I had no idea how much I used it till this week. Everything I…

Pin-Up of the Week

This week’s pin-up is a Bosavi Silky Cuscus – a new species. Cuscuses are shy and sweet marsupials that live high in the trees. They look a bit like teddy bears, but they’re actually part monkey, part sloth. I want…

Bolly’s a Cuscus

Bolly has asked me to point out that she shares most of her characteristics with a sloth, is frequently a cheeky monkey, and looks very much like a teddy bear. She therefore believes that she is herself a new, undiscovered…

Lost Land of the Volcano

Gordon the cameraman discovers a giant woolly rat I thoroughly enjoyed BBC1’s Lost Land of the Volcano but have no idea why it was on after 9pm when it was so suitable for children. Anyway – the good news is…

Grand Tour

I went on a Grand Tour at the weekend, with friends James (London James that is) and Cosimo (I only know one Cosimo). We went through ten counties in two days, focusing on Wiltshire, Dorset and then Suffolk – returning…

Stonehenge

Stonehenge was our first destination. When we arrived, it was pretty sunny. But then, a murder of crows descended on the stones, the sky clouded over and the whole place turned distinctly spooky. In English folklore, crows are the spirits…