June 2nd, 2018


Yesterday the cat exploded


Three weeks ago, Yama Bungle had an abcess on his neck.  He had it lanced and an antibiotic jab, and it seemed that all was well, until yesterday, when, he exploded dramatically all over the utility room, sending goo in all directions.  I have just finished (I hope) scrubbing it off the washing machine where I had not initially spotted the contamination...

Ah, cats.  Anyway, back to the vet this morning, where he was very annoyed, growled a lot, menaced a couple of dogs,  and had another antibiotic, a swab test in case he has an antibiotic-resistant strain of exploding bug and a course of new and different antibiotics.  Oh, and had his claws clipped in the hope that we won't get quite so perforated when we practice A Cat is Basically A Tube pill insertion over the next week.  I never think of cutting cat claws, since usually they keep them trim themselves, but Yama's were rather long and it's not as if he goes out much any more, prefering to linger indoors where he can explode over our possessions more spectacularly. 
Trust me

More Being In Charge.

I had to find all these things from among about forty shelvesworth of games & books and pack them and send them to Denmark.
They don't have id codes or anything, only an 'on one of these shelves' coding.  I really hope I got them all right.  I checked them a lot, and then put them in a big box secured with an enormous quantity of tape.

This is in fact not Rosie and I going to the post-office with the Ginormous Parcel, but us leaving the postoffice again, because I didn't have enough hands to take a Rosie photo on the way in.

Admittedly I have been In Charge of a number of things for some time now, but that's bits and pixels, where if you screw it up, you can undo it again and if you do it fast enough nobody notices.  This is actual physical objects.  It's most alarming. 

Finally got around to watching 'Dunkirk' last week.

I liked it a lot, and so did Pp, but I suspect it's one of those movies that depends enormously on your personal context.   It might even seem dull or confused if it wasn't a story you grew up with...

Pp correctly identified the Spitfire pilot as the designated hero of the movie, but I have to admit I was really watching for the boats, and I completely assumed that the old bloke and the two kids in the motor yacht were supposed to be the main heroes.  Where I grew up, someone had made scale models of all the Little Ships of Dunkirk and they were displayed at the local National Trust place, so that was my context.

It was a pity that I don't think they were able to show any of the Dutch coasters or Belgian ships involved, and I don't remember seeing any RNLI lifeboats either but perhaps I missed them.  It was nice to see the Medway Queen  (was that genuine? Wikipedia thinks she's still preserved... oh, hang on, maybe it wasn't the Medway Queen but the Princess Elizabeth paddle steamer?)  but I don't remember seeing any of the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferries, either, even if they had to cgi them in....  But perhaps I should re-watch now I've got over the tension of people being shot and trapped on beaches and in sinking ships (aaaaaa the sinking ferry full of people and the teacups and the floating sandwiches!  I was very tense at that point. )