Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Here we go again, happy Monday!

It’s the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865; the siege of Jerusalem by Roman Emperor Titus in 70 AD and the day of the Black Sunday Dust Storm in 1935.


It’s the birthday of geneticist Francis Collins, Scottish actor Peter Capaldi (the 12th Doctor) and British producer Gerry Anderson who produced the cheesy but enduring Thunderbirds among other sci-fi series.

There’s an hour-long documentary on the making of the series that you can watch here.

Today in 2015 Percy Sledge died  after a career that spanned four decades.

Today on Twitter

A bird-dropping mimic. I’m not 100% sure of the species, but there is an article here of swallowtail caterpillars and one on the moth caterpillar, M. maxima here.

Cat tattoos

Slightly unsettling Soviet propaganda

Let’s go sunning.

And a further installment in the series “Legit artists who couldn’t draw cats.

The Hogwarts acceptance letter has arrived

Nice escape:

Finally, on to the Polish felids. They seem to have very different philosophies on life.

Leon: I had a busy day


Hili: I’ve considered all options.
A: And?
Hili: As usual, I will have a look to see what’s in my bowls and I will have a nap.

In Polish:

Hili: Rozważyłam wszystkie opcje.
Ja: I co?
Hili: Jak zwykle, zajrzę co jest w miseczkach i idę spać.

Hat-tip: Matthew, Barry



  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 14, 2018 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Pretty sure Honest Abe got clipped on April 15th.

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted May 14, 2018 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      The dust storm, Gerry Anderson, Peter Capaldi and Percy Sledge were all April 14 too…

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted May 14, 2018 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      Wiki gives the dates of the siege as February – September 8, 70 CE, so I’m not sure why May 14th is significant enough to rate a mention 🙂

      We all have bad days.

    • Posted May 14, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      Assassinated the 14th, died on the 15th.

      • Posted May 14, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

        Which begs the question (here I go again) of whether the date of an assassination should be the date of the attack or the death. No, please don’t respond to this.

        • Posted May 14, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

          Seriously, you not only want to argue about this incredibly trivial point, but also to tell Grania that she can’t answer you?


          • Ken Kukec
            Posted May 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

            Sic semper tyrannis, yo. 🙂

          • Posted May 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

            I was trying to make a silly joke I obviously shouldn’t have. I didn’t want a response because the point WAS trivial. Sorry.

    • Posted May 14, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      The ides of April were bad for Lincoln, and the folks on the Titanic.

  2. George
    Posted May 14, 2018 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Did Hili just leave Poland for Bradford, Ohio?

  3. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted May 14, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    That owl bringing the letter is… spooky. Is that a tame owl?

    Re the flower painting, my reaction was exactly the same as the tweet. The cat is so bad it ruins the painting. If I were the artist I’d just paint over it.


  4. Lurker111
    Posted May 14, 2018 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    The hissing cat next to the flowers actually looks more like a _bat_ hissing. (Corner a bat with a flashlight, and you’ll see the same reaction.)

  5. Posted May 14, 2018 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I loved the Thunderbirds as kid! Thanks for posting this.

  6. Posted May 14, 2018 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m confused [nothing new], but today is May 14, eh? Dust storm, Collins’ birthday, etc., April 14.

  7. Posted May 14, 2018 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Margot Kidder died today.

  8. Phillip Sawyer
    Posted May 14, 2018 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t Lincoln murdered in April 1865?

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Posted May 14, 2018 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      As I noted in my comment, this column is a month off; all of the things listed from the dust storm to Lincoln to the various birthdays occurred on April 14

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