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A Familiar Sight

Posted in Maynooth with tags , on November 5, 2018 by telescoper

It’s been a busy day today back at work after Study Week. Before this week’s telecon,  I thought I’d take a few minutes to share a picture of the local celebrity feline, who was on his perch this morning as I walked across campus. This splendid cat seems to have no name other than Maynooth Library Cat – see the dish on the wall behind – and he roams freely around Maynooth University. I don’t know where he sleeps, but he’s well nourished, in good health is a familiar sight, especially in the area in front of the library.

He’s also quite friendly, and likes to be petted, although he turned his head away when I took this picture (presumably because I didn’t bring any food with me…).


On Religion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 3, 2016 by telescoper


Pallas’s Cat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 29, 2014 by telescoper

Too busy for a proper post today as I’ve got a lot to do before going off for a spot of annual leave. I’m therefore resorting to a standard ploy in such situation, posting a video of a cat. The short clip below features no ordinary cat, however. It’s an example of Pallas’s Cat, Otocolobus manul, a wonderful – but sadly endangered – creature which lives wild in the steppes of Central Asia. Here’s a fine specimen captured in a still photograph:


Although it appears very stocky because of its long fur, it’s actually no bigger than an average domestic cat.

The clip is a valuable reminder to us all that even the coolest and most dignified animals on Earth  can be hilarious when placed in an unfamiliar situation. This one has clearly just spotted a camera outside its lair….


Cat Curling

Posted in Sport with tags , on February 18, 2014 by telescoper

No cats were curled during the making of this video…

Maurice of Montpelier Terrace

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 4, 2013 by telescoper

I chanced upon this old picture just now. It was taken in Brighton in 1989, and it shows me with Maurice, a gorgeous Burmese cat who was a resident of the basement flat in which I lodged for a while, in Montpelier Terrace. This photograph was taken in the little yard at the rear of the property, from which Maurice frequently tried to escape.

Burmese are wonderful cats, very talkative and full of personality, but their claws are like needles!

A Year without Columbo

Posted in Biographical, Columbo with tags , on August 1, 2012 by telescoper

It’s a year to the day since my old feline friend Columbo passed away. I still miss him, and have indeed felt his absence as strongly as ever over the last few weeks. Still, going through photographs and other memorabilia recently has not been without its therapeutic value. Here are a few pictures over the years, showing how Columbo stayed with me through many changes of hairstyle! Most of the pictures were taken in my flat in Bethnal Green during the 90s; the last one in my house in Beeston, Nottingham. The antepenultimate picture shows Columbo with my mum…

Nora the Piano Cat

Posted in Music with tags , , , on March 19, 2012 by telescoper

A busy day, filled with meetings meetings and more meetings. Time to relax with some music. This is a complete performance of a work by Mindaugas Piecaitis, featuring Nora the Piano Cat….