Queen and Latifa



Posted on September 14, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently, a different ‘pet’ has been vying for my attention. I am the proud owner of a 3DS and have a copy of their virtual pet game Nintendogs + Cats. On said game, I have a dog called Frobisher and a cat called, well, Latifa.


Yes, I am a ridiculous person.

Yes, I did own a Tamagotchi when I was a kid.


Anyway, I now write for gaming website Egg Says Whut?, and have written a review of Nintendogs + Cats. Check it out here.

While you’re there, why not check out my other stuff, and indeed the whole site too? It’s awesome.


Posted on August 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM Comments comments (0)

Last month, my brother and Laura (his girlfriend) came back from Sierra Leone (where they live), and my parents wanted to do something special as a family. My parents came up with the marvellous idea of going to the Monkey Forest followed by a visit to the Emma Bridgewater Pottery factory.


At Emma Bridgewater’s, we had a very interesting tour of the factory, and then had the opportunity to paint our own mugs. The five of us sat around using sponges and paintbrushes to create pottery masterpeices.


  • My father, inspired by a holiday to Thailand where he fed baby elephants, used the sponges to create a line of elephants around his mug. Dignified and personal.
  • My mother, a girlie girl at heart, used the butterfly sponges to make a feminine mug that she loved. Dignified and personal.
  • David used a paintbrush to adorn his mug with the flag of Sierra Leone where he currently lives. Dignified and personal.
  • Laura used the sponges to create a nautical themed mug with boats on for her father’s fathers’ day gift. Dignifed and personal.
  • I used the sponges to create the following:



It’s not very dignified, but it’s certainly personal!


M x

I Wonder...

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM Comments comments (0)



Wouldn't it be awesome if they did 'Latifa Black Olives' too?!


M x

Project Complete!

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 10:22 PM Comments comments (1)

This is what happens when I'm home alone (well, home with 'Tifa, obviously) on a Friday night:




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I think you'll find that that is an accurate depiction of the diva in pencil sharpener form. I went through 3/4 of a pot of Tipp Ex...


M x


Posted on March 30, 2011 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

My friend Philip has given me this as a gift:



This 'delightful' novelty item is an elaborate pencil sharpener that, when you put your pencil into its bum to sharpen it, meows. Classy.


As wonderful as this item is, it clearly needs a makeover. It requires me, a bottle of tipp ex, and a cat that will inevitably hate being a life model. Yes, I am going to customise said pencil sharpener with tipp ex to make it look like 'Tifa! Oh yes, I am!


I will post a picture of my masterpiece once it is done!


M x

An Aside

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 7:37 PM Comments comments (0)

So here’s the thing…


This entry is about how awesome and fulfilled my life is and how I struggle to find time to write entries on both of my blogs. I’m hoping that this entry doesn’t make me look like a whingey old queen. I’m also hoping that it doesn’t come across as an unreliable person making excuses. And finally, I hope it doesn’t come across as boasty and self-righteous either! That’s certainly not the intention, but it inevitably will.


I do a lot of stuff. Seriously. I work full time, have a boyfriend with whom I spend a lot of time, do voluntary work for two charities, sit on four different local community committees/ initiatives (chairing two of them), watch an average of 10 hours wrestling a week, ring announce for two wrestling companies that are 80+ miles away from where I live, play World of Warcraft, play Dark Heresy (it’s kind of like a Sci-Fi Dungeons and Dragons), go out and drink copiously almost every weekend (and have shocking hangovers!), watch a lot of films, read at least a book a week, and fuss over my cat a lot. Oh, and of course, write two blogs.


And that’s the thing: I don’t write entries for either of my blogs as often as I like because I’m busy. In fact, I regularly curse myself for missed opportunities for timely blogs (particularly on GGWF).


I genuinely love everything that I do in my life, but I’m the first to admit that I probably do too much to be able to actually be able to commit as much as I’d like to any of them. It’s a tough choice to drop anything, and the simple truth is that I don’t want to. So I’m not going to. And I guess what I’m saying is that sporadic is the name of the game when it comes to both of my blogs.


Clearly, the solution is to not sleep… ever.


M x

Still Got It!

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM Comments comments (0)

Last weekend, my friend Philip came round my place for a gossip and to drink too much wine. Philip is a friend that I have had for a very long time now and an absolute treasure; he is also unashamedly the campest man in the world. Every time I spend time with Phil, he comes out with a string of gems that make me howl with laughter. So much so, in fact, that I have always joked that I would write a sitcom about him one day.


One of Phil’s gems last weekend was:

“’Tifa is the same age as my cat Jess. Except ‘Tifa’s still got her figure, and Jess is a fat old cow these days!”


Two things:

I love how we both talk about our cats like they’re people – it reassures me that I’m not insane (inane?).

And is it wrong to be supremely proud of ‘Tifa’s good looks considering her age? I don’t think I care even if it is!


M x

Blatant Plug

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I would to take a moment, if I may, to shamelessly plug my brother’s and his girlfriend’s blogs: Salonian Rhythms and ‘Ow Di Body?’ respectively.


In November of last year, David and Laura, both of whom have pretty much always worked in the charity sector, made the bold decision of moving to Sierra Leone for 12 months (potentially longer) when Laura was given a job opportunity. I was not shy about voicing the following ambivalent opinions to them:

  1. From a personal point of view, I am very sad that they’re no longer going to be in Britain.
  2. I am over the moon for them that they have the opportunity to do something that they have always really wanted to do.


My selfishness about them not being around pretty much evaporated over Christmas when my Mom, Dad, and I had the opportunity to video call them over Skype. Putting it bluntly, I’ve never seem them happier and more upbeat: how can even I, with my near infinite resource of personal bitterness, possibly resent that they’re not here when people I love are so clearly very happy?


Around the same time as said phone call, they both launched blogs documenting their lives in their new home. Some of their escapades make my toes curl! I couldn’t think of anything worse that the lives that they are living, but they are revelling in it all. It makes a stark, albeit pleasant, contrast to the mundaneness and frivolity of this little blog about my diva kitty. I know that random people’s ‘holiday blogs’ are generally self-absorbed, dull and tiresome pap, but David and Laura’s (at least in my opinion) are really rather compelling. Why not have a quick clicky clicky and check them out?


M x

Three Names

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 3:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Considering that I consider myself something of a Sci-Fi fan, it's was shameful that at 32 years of age, I'd never seen Logan's Run. This shocking omission was rectified yesterday at a friend's Sci-Fi film evening (yes, I really am that nerdy... and so are my friends!).


There is a character that we meet later on in the film simply known as 'Old Man' that is played by Peter Ustinov (who is, frankly, the only actor in the whole thing who can actually do his job with any skill whatsoever but that's by the by). The Old Man was an awesome character! He is quite clearly a little bit bonkers, and lives on his own with hundreds of cats whom he dotes upon. My friends cracked that that would be me when I was 80. And, well, it was a fair cop, to be honest, wasn't it?!


This a quote from the Old Man about cats that I particularly liked:

“You know, they've each got three names. Yes. The naming of cats is a difficult matter, It's just not one of your holiday games; You may think at first that I am mad as a hatter, When I tell you that each cat's got three different names. See, they got their ordinary name and then they got their fancy name. And that makes two names, doesn't it? And now it's got a third name. Can either of you two guess what that third name is? (beat) Come on! (beat) Above and beyond, there's one name that's left over, and this is the name you never will guess. The name that no human research can discover, but the cat itself knows, and never will confess.”

(Thank you Wikiquote!)



Latifa is obviously 'Tifa's 'ordinary name'.

But what of the other two?


I am inspired to give 'Tifa a 'fancy name', but I am currently unable to come up with one that I am totally happy with. I was thinking something along the lines of 'Gentle Princess Magnificent and Splendiferous'.

What do you think? In fact, why not reply to this blog with a suggestion for me?


As for 'the name that no human research can discover', well, I fear I shall go mad if I ever attempt to research it, so I'll have to resign myself to never knowing it. It's not as if she ever sees any other cats to be able to tell them anyway!


As a side note, some vague internet 'research' informed me that the character's cat naming thing is partially inspired by a TS Eliot book, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats which I have now resolved to read (despite it not being available on Kindle!).


Have fun,


M x


Posted on February 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I feel that you're owed one. Sorry.


For no real reason, I've just not blogged recently. There's been family bereavement, a renewed interest in reading since I got a Kindle for Christmas, and a lot on at work: all of these things could be blamed, but that'd be a cop-out. I just got a bit lazy.


If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have seen snippits of Q&L campery throughout the last two months, but the twitter account was always supposed to be a supplementary bonus to the blog, not a poor substitute.


So, please accept my apology. I am hoping that from this point that normal service will be resumed (roughly an update a week, hopefully). Thanks for your patience and continued support.


M x

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