Photos of readers

Today’s reader is also a writer: philosopher Maarten Boudry, with whom I published my only philosophy paper, giving me permanent philosophy credentials for those c.v.-mongerers like M*assim* P*gliucc* who insist that unless you have philosophy cred, you must not speak of philosophy.  But I digress. Maarten just got a new kitten, and below is Winston Purrchill with his staff (Maarten’s words are indented).

I got this adorable kitten as a birthday present from my girlfriend this Summer. As she was reading Andrew Roberts’ biography of Churchill [JAC: I’m reading the same book], we decided to call him ‘Winston’ (Purrchill?) He was born in Breda in the Netherlands, and left the litter at the end of August. With his black-and-white fur it looks like he’s always donning a smoking (with a black mask and white gloves). This is more visible on the other pic at the window sill, where he’s displaying a keen ornithological interest, and at such a tender age! He’s very affectionate and attention-hungry, and almost always purring. He’s also smart: he can tell the difference between a real fish stick and a vegan one (we conducted a test today).

This was the best birthday present ever!



  1. merilee
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Love the pink patty-paws😻

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the new master. All of us need one or two. Some of us are married as well so forget I said this.

  3. Jenny Haniver
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    What a little sweetie Winston Purchill is.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    M*assim* P*gliucc*

    It seemed you and MP had achieved rapprochement at Sean Carroll’s Moving Naturalism Forward workshop.

    I take it from the asterisks in his name that this modus vivendi is no more? 🙂

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    A yes – one of those Ghent canals & boat. What a lovely playful, mischievous looking kitty. It took me a while to get the description of his patches, but I got there in the end. 🙂

    An item of male attire called a “smoking”? Seriously? Is that a North Americanism? I’ve never heard of a “smoking” in Britland nor anywhere else, but anything is possible.

    The article linked to is an Englishified version of a French-Canadian Wiki page: Smoking (vêtement) & I wondered if that’s why we have “a smoking” here.

    The smoking jacket, as I call it, came from the British Army – the officers might don it in the mess after they retired for cigars, brandy & snooker. Makes a lot of sense in an era when clothes were very, very expensive & being all natural materials with fine linings, difficult to clean & make free of smells. And [so-called] dry cleaning processes rare & exotic back then [1850s say].

    • merilee
      Posted September 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      I think maybe the French call it “un smoking”.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted September 19, 2019 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

        Now that makes sense. Thank you. How about Belgians?

        • merilee
          Posted September 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

          No idea about Belgians.

  6. Dave B
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Looks exactly like my wee Ollie right down to the socks up front, boots in the rear. Weird how so many tuxedo cats seem to be identical.

  7. Blue
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Aaaaw, too d a r l i n g for words, Dr Boudry !

    And Kitten Purrchill as well, o’course !


  8. Matthew North
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry, but I have to point out a “pet peeve” of mine, he said the cat looks like he’s got a, “Smoking”.


    Yes, yes, I used the Inter-webs to look up what a ,”Smoking” was.


    If he had just simply said, a Smoking—JACKET, I wouldn’t have given it a second though.

    Oh well, peace.

  9. rickflick
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Winston Purrchill found the highest perch on the sill.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 20, 2019 at 12:31 am | Permalink

      Your coat is over there by the door Rick 🙂

      • rickflick
        Posted September 20, 2019 at 1:05 am | Permalink

        I’m on my way. There’s a pub down the street with the best beer on tap.

  10. Posted September 19, 2019 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Very cute!

  11. Posted September 20, 2019 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    A real cutie. I wish you a long happy life together.

  12. Etienne Van den Boss
    Posted September 20, 2019 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Maarten Boudry looks happy.. He has just been appointed to the chair established by Ghent University in commemoration of the late philosophy professor and renowned Belgian atheist Etienne Vermeersch

  13. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 20, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Welcome to WEIT, Mr Purrchill.

    You don’t have plans to go fishing in that canal, do you?

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  15. Andrea Kenner
    Posted September 28, 2019 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    He’s adorable! What a great name for a kitty cat!

  16. Posted October 1, 2019 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    So cute! 😍 I bet that’s one happy kitty.

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