Caturday felid trifecta: Simon’s Cat Q&A, cathedral cats gets own stone sculpture on the church, bookstore with cookies and cat

by Jerry & Grania

A new Simon’s cat Q&A has arrived, featuring  Simon Tofield and Liza (Art Director) for, as the YouTube video notes, “a special fan Q&A session via Live Chat – ahead of the PREMIERE of our new SHORT – ‘Borderline’!” You’ll learn a lot about the process of making short videos (very involved), and about Simon’s real cats.

Here’s the first of three segments of “Borderline”: more to come in succeeding weeks!


Yes, even a blind pig can find an acorn, and HuffPo has a piece about a cathedral cat who’s getting her own “gargoyle”. Click on the screenshot to see the story:

Curiously, the piece is in the HuffPo “religion” section, and is by Carol Kuruvilla, the house apologist for all things Muslim.

Doorkins Magnificat is featured in a piece at GoLondon from the Evening Standard; she’s about 13.

Doorkins is a pun on Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and atheist, and the fact the cat took a long time to cross the doorway of the cathedral after first being fed by the vergers. The Magnificat, or Song of Mary, is sung by the clergy every day. The corbel was made by the City and Guilds of London Art School, based in Kennington.

She even has her own Twitter account



And finally, a well-lettered cat, Orson of Down in Denver bookstore, although the store is in Stephentown not Denver. (The name is a Kerouac quote).

It’s a books-only, no-frills book store, plus a cat named after Orson Wells. And freshly-baked cookies. Orson was not available for comment but his staff commented: “There’s used bookstores like us around the corner, you just have to look for us.” It appears to be a respectable living for an honest cat.

h/t: Michael, Tom


  1. George
    Posted August 18, 2018 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Another entry for Caturday. This is from the instagram account of the University of Chicago library. The best known work by the artist Lorado Taft is the Fountain of Time which is at the west end of the Midway Plaisance which runs through the University of Chicago campus. Taft’s studio was located on the Midway. It is now part of UofC. This picture was taken in Midway Studios.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 18, 2018 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    That Simon is a rake…

  3. Posted August 18, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Orson appears to be ready to help. “What sort of book are you looking for, sir?”

  4. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 19, 2018 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Nice to see that Doorkins’ staff has a sense of humour.


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