Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, July 12, Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga. It’s also exactly two weeks before I head to Poland, where I am promised daily cherry pie and snuggles from Hili.  And it’s going to be a scorcher again: in the nineties (Fahrenheit), or about 34°C).

On this day in 1962, the Rolling Stones performed their very first concert—at the Marquee Club in London. And, in 1975, São Tomé and Príncipe, the islands where my colleagues and I worked on flies, declared independence from Portugal.

Notables born on this day include Buckminster Fuller (1895), Pablo Neruda (1904), Andre Wyeth (1917), and Christine McVie (1943). Those who died on this day include Dolley Madison (1849) and Benny Carter (2003). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is bossing Cyrus around again.

Hili: Let’s go over there.
Cyrus: We’ve been there already.
Hili: But not enough.
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In Polish:
Hili: Idziemy tam.
Cyrus: Tam już byliśmy.
Hili: Jeszcze nie dość.

The big news in England (here reported by the BBC), is that the government’s Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office (yes, it’s a real title), tabby cat Larry, will remain at 10 Downing Street when Theresa May takes over as PM. Despite the BBC claim to the contrary, Larry, obtained (as all Official Mousers) from the Battersea Dogs and Cats home, was never successful: there’s one report that he caught one mouse, and swiped at another. He seemed to spend more time in the company of his lady friend than doing his job! In fact, they had to hire an Ancillary Mouser to fill in for him. But Larry is cute, and I’m glad he’s staying:

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8 Comments

  1. rickflick
    Posted July 12, 2016 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    That’s the thing…once you bring in a mouser, regardless of how it performs, you’ve got to keep it. Reminds me of marriage.

  2. Posted July 12, 2016 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    I daresay Larry needs a deputy.

  3. Dominic
    Posted July 12, 2016 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Henry Thoreau is 199 years old today!

  4. Jari-Pekka Vuorela
    Posted July 12, 2016 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    In his later years the great Benny Carter was married to a Finnish lady, Hilma Ollila.

  5. Posted July 12, 2016 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Was there a referendum on whether Larry should remain or leave?

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 12, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    40C here with humidex. 😦

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted July 12, 2016 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      Yup, here too, just outside Ottawa. I am on the lake though, so a bit of a nice breeze, and of course, non-stop swimming on a day like this!

  7. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted July 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    He seemed to spend more time in the company of his lady friend than doing his job!

    Living down to the reputation of political appointees the world over. If there are any grounds for concern, it’s this somewhat excessive adherence to international norms of behaviour.

    In fact, they had to hire an Ancillary Mouser to fill in for him

    Got to keep the paperwork straight. Obviously Larry is picking up behavioural cues from the “Civil” Servants in local abundance.


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