Thursday, March 02, 2006

Why I Am Not Running A Cat Circus

The article I wrote last week for the Guardian is in the paper on Friday and now up and readable at,,1722069,00.html; along with a Channel Four review by the floppy-haired and enthusiastic Saxon Bullock at

A few people have written to complain that it's now taking about nine hours for the blog entries to show up on the LiveJournal feed. Nothing I can do about it, I'm afraid.

This article explains how to train cats to do magical tricks in circuses. "Each cat likes to do her own trick," said Kuklachev, whose show has not been the target of animal rights protesters. "Maruska is the only one who does the handstand. I find the cat and see what they like to do and use that in the show." I find this with my own cats. Fred the Unlucky Black Cat, for example, would have an amazing career in any circus in the world if you could just make Running Up Enormous Vet Bills For Mostly Trivial Things a spectator sport.

Season 3 of NewsRadio is now out on DVD. You needed to know this.

And I keep trying to work out the moral from this news story. Honesty is Probably Mostly the Best Policy, perhaps. Or If You're Going to Allegedly Fake Your Own Death to Get Out of A Speeding Ticket, then Don't Keep Speeding perhaps.