Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!


Austin Towers is feeling quite merry,
on niptinis, sambuca and sherry.
He danced the foxtrot,
got his paws in a knot,
and swallowed his own dick shun airy!

Happy New Year to all our friends. 
Wishing you health, happiness and many treats in 2014 xx



Sunday, 29 December 2013

We want to say "thank you"

.... for all the lovely cards we received this year. It is actually the first year The Staff and I have participated in exchanging Christmas cards with our blogging friends (we didn't actually do Secret Santa as we weren't sure what was expected!) and we were amazed that folk went to so much trouble to send cards to us by email and also many by snail mail! In fact "she" is a bit narked about the fact that I appear to've received more cards than she did :))) I even got some moving picture cards with music and stuff from the interwebs!

I don't think it's bad luck or anything to put our cards up here after Christmas. After all it isn't New Year yet so we are still in the season. Here is a (hopefully) complete slideshow of the cards we received and also a photo of my snail mail cards.



You can see I used a body double to pose instead of me as I was otherwise engaged at the time of shooting. Well, actually I was ready and "poseuring", but the Staff took so long getting her camera the right way round and finding the correct knob, I wandered off to ...... guess what?

Yep! And ..... . then I was away with the nip, no good to anyone and therefore sacked!!!!!
I am thinking of taking her to a tribunal or something. 
After all, it's MY blog!!

Thank you so much my friends. 
I am right chuffed :)



amazed - when you get stuck in a complicated network of paths or passages

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Look what I got for Christmas!

Apparently it is called a Scratch Lounge!

First you scratch.....
You can watch on YouTube here

...... and then you lounge!
Can anyone spot Mini-Me?
Purrfect!

I want to apologise once again for my lack of presence on the blogosphere - ok, so you didn't notice! The Staff has been suffering from galloping ennui caused by her annual descent into the morbid flux, which, coincidentally,  always seems to occur at times of collective jollity and celebration. She is an awkward biddy for sure!

Me?  Well I have been causing great consternation by getting all excited about the wind (the external variety ;). We have had gales in excess of 100 mph along the coast and it makes me all excited so I climb the walls to try and get out into it! The Staff doesn't seem to realise that if I don't go out and patrol, there is a very good chance that something terrible will happen and I won't be able to stop it. She is clueless really!


There has been some sad news in the cat blogosphere as we have heard of several friends who have gone to the Bridge in the last week. Bridget from Dip Dip and the Bridge and Gris Gris from Cat Wisdom 101. And now also Stranger from Angel Whisperer blog. Such a sad time for the kitties families and also for the whole cat blogosphere. We send lots of purrs and hugs xxx



morbid - a higher offer, usually at auctions

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Our Christmas Card


Thank you for being such loyal readers over the year. We so appreciate all the lovely comments and the fact that people take the trouble to visit even though everyone is busy and there are now so many pet blogs!

I tried to send the card to many by email, but if you didn't receive it and would like it please feel free to grab.

In turn we have received lots of cards both by email and snail mail and are very humbled that folk went to the trouble to do it. Thank you so much. The Staff, who is a self-confessed tecky thicko and very slow on the uptake, has tried to put them into a slideshow.


If it doesn't work it is back to the drawing board!!! ;)

We also received one from Da Tabbies which wouldn't go on the slide show :( If the technophobe Staff can find a way of adding it, then she will cos it is or sum!!!!



season - male offspring of Poseidon

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Flumped!



Nice paw dangle, Austin!



cantankerous - bold claim about large truck

Sunday, 8 December 2013

In which the cat watches the printer and doesn't go nuts!

I think I showed tremendous restraint in the face of impending chaos!
You can watch on YouTube here

The more observant amongst you will have noticed my singular lack of interwebs presence in the last week or so. This will be entirely because of failed communication between me and The Staff. She has been doing her own thing busy and I have been napping out on border patrol and our diaries have been conspiring against us mislaid.  We have scheduled a summit conference in the next few days, during which, I hope, an agreement will be reached regarding the political and economic determinants of treat deficits and non-pollex keyboard access. It could be a momentous event in the history of blogging. Watch this space and keep checking the press!

In other words, we are sorry!



conference - a meeting during which much is inferred and many are conned 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Life of Luck Sherry!

"I do not shift for anything less than Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna with Vole Pâté starter"


tuna - Italian for tune


Please can you keep sending loud purrs to Gracie at Brian's Home as she is sick and needs lots of good thoughts and prayers and also for Brian and his other sisters as they have all had the wheezes and snots .:(

I am also purring up a storm for Katie Isabella and she is lots better now :) But please still send your purrs and paw pats. She is making me and Spitty fall out big time over bikinis and stuff! 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Philosopher cat!




philosophy - A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. 
Ambrose Bierce

The first law of philosophy: For every philosopher, there exists an equal and opposite philosopher.
The second law of philosophy: They are both wrong. 
Anon

Philosophers favourite poem? "I wondered lonely in a crowd"

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Have you lost something, Austin?




node - past tense of know
code in node - common infection causing inflammation of the nasal passage


Don't forget you can order your Christmas gifts from Mollie and Alfie's shop


And also Lynne at Dip Dip and The Bridge makes super mini-mes


Have a great day! xx

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remembering


The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month


Comments are off today xx

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Unveiled Threat!


You can watch on YouTube here

The Staff here. In my defence I was trying to protect Prof. Towers from the fearsome and frightening firework festivities of Guy Fawkes night! He wasn't aware of what was about to ensue. When it did he forgot about yakking in my shoe....

The comfort of the quilt!


If you are thinking of Christmas gifts for your pets or your friends Austin Towers wholeheartedly endorses Mollie and Alfie's Gift Shop. Here is a shameless plug brilliant advert made by Michelle of My Three Moggies combining many endorsements from satisfied customers  ;) ..

or you can watch on YouTube


Finally we are very sad to announce that the cat blogosphere has lost one of its oldest most popular friends. Ginger Jasper has run to the Bridge.  Please, if you haven't already done so, go and leave a message of condolence for Carol and Barrie who miss him so much.




whine - wine that has an aspiration

Sunday, 3 November 2013

♫♪ All creatures ..........

....... great 
....... and small ♪♫

If the bottom pictures are a bit blurry it is because Mini-Me moves too fast!

Austin here. I have had quite a week and have been UTB for much of it as there has been fireworks, thunder and lightning, nasty builder blokies and gale force winds, not necessarily in that order. The Staff has also been mentally MIA for much of the week so hasn't helped me visit and comment, which has been a big downer :(

I am putting together an official complaint to submit to the Federation of Feline Bloggers to try and get her removed from her position as "Staff" and reduced to the role of "Snivelling Menial". This will probably be a very long and drawn out process as she has some clout (so she says)! I felt like giving her a clout the other day I can tell you when she forgot my statutory five treats - as laid down in our official contract signed in blood ... her blood!!

Happy Sunday everyone!!

PeeEss If you think I am sucking my thumb in the first picture, think again! I don't have thumbs, but that doesn't stop me giving clouts ;)



procrastinate - to put off to tomorrow what you have already put off to today

Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Adventure of the Blue Arrow!

Look out Austin, there's a large blue arrow looking at you!

 No! The other side!!!

 It's behind you!

Austin!!! Pay attention!

That's the thing about blue arrows! They're so fickle!



fickle - never trust a blue arrow



We are very sad that Benny the Frenchie has gone to the Bridge.
He fought (like a Frenchie) the good fight, but he got too tired.
We are sending lots of hugs and purrs to Andrea and Lily xox 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Awards Galore!

Yes we have a few more awards and the first one I am really worthy of as it is the "Bring on the Nip" award and we received it from the Kitties Blue horde over at The Cat on my Head.


It is true I am a nip addict who is past redemption, so I just go with the flow now, to be honest!

What is required to accept this award?
1. Thank the blogger who gave you this award and link back to their blog.  Thank you Kitties Blue :)

2. Tell everyone something you want to celebrate: I want to celebrate not ever being caught in possession of illegal non-prescription nip by the nip police :)
3. Share the award with 1-12 blogs: Hmmmm? Shall I, shan't I? OK! I'll mention the other awards first ..

We also received "The Sunshine Award" from Jenn and the gang of My Furry Interesting Life

Although we have received this before, it was in another format and had different rules attached, so will address this also at the end of the post. Thank you very much Jenn for passing this on to us :)

AND we have received the "Shine On" award from Caspurr and Trixie of Purr-sonally Speaking


Thank you very much indeedy for thinking of us to be worthy of such accolades!
I feel quite bright and shiny after all these awards .. or it might be because I'm on a nip trip!! Who knows? Who cares? ;) Please go and visit these lovely blogs and say hi if you don't already know and love them.

Now, in listing these awards without detailing the specific requirements, rules and regulations for each, I could be making for myself a petard that's in danger of being hoisted. But out of consideration for my readers (and even though I've attempted it before) I am going to combine all the rules and regs into a simple equation that can be applied to all awards henceforth:

awards (σX = 3 ) ≡ x(11 ± 11  7 x 0) ≤  a10 = grateful thanks   

I hope this is clear! Please understand that this mathematical formula is the result of hours nanoseconds of no hard work and research, so please do not use without first seeking the author's permission.



illegal - a sick bird of prey



PS Please can you remember two blogging friends, Ginger Jasper and Benny the Frenchie who are both going through really rough times at the moment xx

Sunday, 20 October 2013

I'm not snoring, I'm just breathing heavy!

You need to turn the sound right up. I promise no loud music, screaming kids or cackling humans :)

You can watch on YouTube here

Now you see me ...

… now you don't!
Happy Sunday :)



scream - the combining of the words "it is cream"

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Where to look?

Sometimes one just doesn't know!



acatalepsy - the incomprehensibility of a cat 

Friday, 11 October 2013

I was kidding about #6

You might remember that in my last blog post I won an award from Texas. You might also remember there were some exacting and mandatory rules conditional to receiving this award. Most of them I ignored, but one of the rules was that I had to share seven interesting things about myself. Well, not having anything interesting to share, I just wrote seven random, though truthful bits of trivia for your delectation. However, The Staff someone has now pointed out that #6 ..

6. I very rarely hide behind anything. I like to place myself where humans can trip over me and cause the maximum amount of damage!

.. is not necessarily true ALL of the time. I maintain, though, that actually the word "rarely" inserted in there gives room for movement on this issue. Sometimes I do hide myself and I do so to avoid the hurly burly of (ab)normal human activity in what is sometimes akin to a madhouse.

It was on one such occasion that The (just call me Spielberg) Staff sneakily shot some candid camera footage and turned it into one of her poorly produced attempts at a blockbuster. Against my better judgement I am allowing it to be shown. Do you think I was wise?

If you really REALLY want to you can watch on YouTube here

I suppose it's a bit late to mention about the volume now?



footage = the foot age is quite often the same as the rest of the body 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Austin the Scout and an award!

YAY! I'm a Cat Scout
Yep! I've joined up :)
I haven't really got all those badges yet. I'm just posing!

I'm a Tenderpaw, which is the beginner's badge, so there is much to do! Lots of my buddies are in it too - Sammy, Mauricio, Wally and Raz :)….. I will keep you posted as to my progress!


I've got another award :))))) It was from Texas, the cat who used to live in Paris and then New York and now lives in …… Austin in…… Texas! It is hugely confusing being Texas living in Texas and and also living in Austin. It would much more understandable if it was me, Austin, living in Austin, Texas, but I don't, I live in Wales! Confused? You will be!

Anyways it's the Dragon's Loyalty award ….


….. which of course is very appropriate for me who lives in the land of the dragon! So no one can say I'm not loyal to the dragon. I'd be kicked out the country!!!

"High five, buddy!"
There are of course rules attached to this award!!!!!!!!!! Do you really want to know what they are? I expect if you have read this far you are already cowering below the screen in the hopes that it won't be passed on to you!!

Fear not!!

I was born to break rules! But here they are anyway …

1. Display the Award Certificate on your website
Done!
2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
Done!
3. Present 15 or so awards to deserving bloggers
Okay, not done! Anyone that wants it can take it .. please!
4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
N/A
5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself - I can't think of anything interesting, but here are seven things anyway:
  1. I always like to run ahead of the human up the stairs so I can turn and give her the smacky paw through the bannisters. It makes me laugh!
  2. I let Tigger eat my food!
  3. My default look is "The Stink Eye"!
  4. I make noises in my sleep so the human goes "Awww"!
  5. Although I am a black and white tuxie, I have cinnamon underwear.
  6. I very rarely hide behind anything. I like to place myself where humans can trip over me and cause the maximum amount of damage!
  7. I'm not really bothered about boxes, so Maru has nothing to worry about!
Thanks very much Texas, a cat in ... Austin! xx



dragon = never-ending e.g. sometimes award ceremonies seem to drag on .. and on ..