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Macavity 2009/09/23

Posted by Daddy Dave in Family, fun, Reviews.
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[picture of Macavity the mystery cat by Oli devine]Ruth and I love poems, and Olivia enjoys TS Eliot’s daft poem about Macavity the mystery cat.  Even though Eliot was from the USA, it sounds familiar to Olivia — even the cat’s name — it’s like Mac Avity or McCavity or something Scottish, it’s not a million miles away from her beloved Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (even though Lynley Dodd is from New Zealand!). It’s also like the ‘Meeow‘ (voiced by the great Stanley Baxter) cartoon featuring a cheeky wee ginger cat called Maisie MacKenzie, known as MaisieMac.

Eliot’s Macavity has natural rhythm and pace, good for speaking aloud — and the content is superb for children — there’s even a description from which Olivia drew a mugshot to help the police!

Anyway, here’s the full poem… (more…)

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Well Done Eddie! 2009/09/15

Posted by Daddy Dave in Musings.
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We’ve been following Eddie Izzard’s marathon thingy through Twitter (twitter.com/eddieizzard) and his web site (www.eddieizzard.com).

Cripes! Forty-three marathons in fifty-two days, aged forty-seven and with very little training — and THEN immediately embarking on a forty-four date stand-up comedy tour shows that Eddie is more than a mere “action transvestite”, he’s just amazing. (more…)