So I woke up at 5 am today when the day promised to be a glorious warm(ish) Saturday. Of course, I had some work to finish. By the time I had finished sending my emails at eight thirty, it had started drizzling.
Obviously I saw no option but to break out my much loved, yet severely underused, X-Acto knife and inflict a little good old-fashioned punishment on my stash of coloured paper. I used to use an old mouse pad as a base before, but having pretty much shredded that mouse pad, I now use plastic files. Clean to cut against, and cheap to replace.
Can you tell that I love the general fan-shape of ginkgo leaves?
I finally decided to go with a blue background. The fact that the only sheet of paper I had that was big enough, was blue, may have had something to do with the decision. White made it look too cold, and I’m not a fan of cool decor. Which is why I may swap the blue out with a warmer colour when I get round to it. In any event, till I can take that momentous decision, here is my mini-ginkgo-outburst.
This is Ferdinand (or Ferdi), a much-loved family pet. On the evening of 30th December 2010 Ferdinand went out of the house and didn’t return. See Ferdinand’s story at Justice for Ferdinand (www.justiceforferdinand.co.uk).
Here is the picture of Ferdinand’s body, as it was found. [Warning: This picture is very distressing.] It cannot be conclusively proved but (thankfully, for small mercies), many of his wounds appear to have been post-mortem. The Justice for Ferdinand website explains the full (and horrific) extent of his injuries.
His owner has since been fighting to get a full investigation done into his death and mutilation. It is probably best to explain in her own words (from her webpage):
“Ferdinand’s death and mutilation has not been investigated by any authorities because it can’t be proved that the person who mutilated his body also caused his death. The Greater Manchester Police Force do not recognise the mutilation of a pet after death as an offence (not even criminal damage), although forces in other parts of the country see this differently. We now have a petition set up demanding that these sorts of cases are consistently dealt with as an offence throughout the UK.”
The petition, which at the time of posting, has had almost 1200 signatures, can be found here. I hope you won’t mind sparing a minute to sign it, in honour of the memory of this beautiful innocent cat. Justice for Ferdinand also has a Facebook page, which at the time of writing this, has almost 1700 supporters. There has been news coverage of the matter as well.
The lady below gives a brief explanation too in case you’re interested:
It was a rain swept day, as usual, but with a small surprise – shall we call it a pot of gold? – at the end of it.
I was on the phone. I hung up immediately to take a picture. Judging by this picture, the pot of gold should be somewhere directly behind Madame Tussaud’s, but we won’t put too fine a point on it.
“The tree shafted Fred by letting its fruit fall for the squirrels”.
(Please note that Fred’s abuse of choice is “Cats!” as opposed to “Rats!” Though given that he’s moaning about squirrels, ‘rats’ might have been more appropriate.)
..and hot air balloons! Oh, and ice cream!
"The lamp post's attempt to outdo the balloon was a bit unsuccessful."
And here is Orko, just where you would think to find a character from He-Man, in the middle of a crowded piazza in Munich (Marienplatz, since you ask).
At the risk of having mortally offended people out there, isn’t the resemblance uncanny?
That said, I would love to know from a more enlightened soul what this actually is.
"She certainly didn't feel as pious as she looked."
Even my scribblings feel contrary today.