Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pin-Ups of the Week – Florrie’s Kittens

You’ll no doubt remember the flufftastic Florrie from Stoke Newington in London who posed as Peacockshock’s pet pin-up a year ago. Well – fabulous news – she’s had four kittens and brought them up terribly well from her headquarters in…

S is for SEO

Confuse your kids with a French bird alphabet tapestry! When I was little, in the 18th century, A was for Apple (as in Cox’s Orange Pippin rather than iPhone). But would that make sense to a modern toddler I wonder?…

Oldest Photograph of Human

I stumbled on this photo today. Taken by Daguerre in Paris in 1838, the exposure time was around 15 minutes, so all movement disappeared into an invisible blur. With one exception: an anonymous shoeshine boy and a chap having his…

Pin-Up of the Week – Coati

Yes. The pin-up of the week is back for a new autumn season. This week’s pin-up is a ring-tailed coati. Coatis are also known as Brazilian aardvarks, pizotes, hog-nosed racoons, Panamanian gatosolos, crackoons and snookum bears. Unlike, say, cacomistles, their…

Simples

Thank you to the Hertfordshire Mercury for making my Van Hages meerkat pic their Photo of the Week.

Cat Adopts Liliger

Breaking news from Novosibirsk Zoo in Siberia – The world’s first liliger has been born Kiara’s dad’s a lion. Her mum’s a liger – half lion, half tiger. So that makes her a liliger obviously. She looks like a lion…

Clever

‘I’ve not been feeling too clever recently,’ intoned the frail Mitfordish old lady in Waitrose. It’s ages since I’ve heard ‘clever’ being used in the sense of ‘well’. Peculiarly English I suspect. And it only makes sense if delivered in…

Whitstable

I went on an expedition to the north coast of Kent with Fran and Sarah the other day. We had a fabulous lunch at the Michelin-starred Sportsman in Seasalter (smoked mackerel starter highly recommended) and were impressed by the highly…