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  Redhead
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22:58 06.06.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
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>> It is the 75 year D Day Anniversary. It was a massive operation. Just watching about it on the news.
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>It is a right thing to commemorate this day. I also think that some officials from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia should be invited as well.
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Yeah, I think they should have done (invited the Russian officials). Although, this was about the breakthrough in the Western front. Still, Macron is obviously invited and although he is mainly thanking the Brits and the Americans, technically — the French almost «invited» Hitler to their land and did bugger all to resist (in fact, some of them loved Hitler so much, they joined him and their fleet had to be drowned by the English). And they are still present at those celebrations and the Russians are not. It is unfair, I totally agree.
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23:02 06.06.2019
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That is a shame, such a shame. I heard that there are lots of homeless animals in Russia. Technically speaking, there are homeless animals here too, but they are just not in the streets. If anyone sees one, they just phone RSPCA and RSPCA takes them to Dog's homes or Cat's homes, they get treated if needed, get food and temporary home. And then they get re homed with families who want a pet. The biggest such home is in our borough. It is called the Battersea Dog's Home. But there are cats there as well.
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23:03 06.06.2019
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> I found another old photo from Taygan safari park. It's a lion cub, he is dreaming
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So sweet. I love big cats.
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23:21 06.06.2019
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> This is my brother's cat «Филька», she was a homeless kitten when he found her.
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Such cats here are called marble tortoise shell cats — cause of different colours in their fur. They are gorgeous. To be honest — I love cats, I love them all, there is something magical about them. They are nothing like dogs. Dogs are mouldable so speak, you can bring them up, train them, etc. With cats — it is like they come to you the way they are, they have such strong personalities and instincts in them, you have to love them for who they are and respect them for who they are.
And it is like — it is either meant or not meant to be — any particular cat matching any particular home.
But I also have a guilty story to tell. After Merlin died, I remember during a pretty cold winter (well, by the English standards anyway, I think we even had snow one day during that time) we had a young cat hanging around our house — and he was homeless and short hair blue and my husband started feeding him and said «Come on love, you miss Merlin, let's take him in, he is very similar». And I just couldn't, cause I was still grieving for Merlin. So I phoned RSPCA and they took him away. I just wasn't ready for him at the time.

You know — you should read the book «Gobolinno the Witch's Cat» by Ursula Murray Williams. It is an amazing book. It is for kids, but like a lot of great English kids' literature — it is very suitable for adults as well (like Harry Potter for instance and many other books). And it is amazingly written and you just can't put it down. When my daughter was behind with her reading (she still is), her English teacher gave her this book (it is her favourite childhood book) to make her interested in reading, and it worked. My daughter was so eager to find out what happened next to Gobolinno, she went back to the book and read it herself. Basically, this cat is born in a witch's house and has lots of extra powers — he understands people, their language, he can change looks, etc. He is a magical cat. But his dream is just to find a home with a nice family and be a member of that family and have his own place by the fire and his bowl of food and his share of love — like any ordinary cat. So he leaves the witch's home and sets out on an adventure. And first he goes to an orphanage, where the kids are treated cruelly and he helps them, then two of those kids get adopted by a rich family and take Gobollino with them. But the mother in the family is allergic to cats and he has to leave. He then ends up on a ship with sailors and when the ship is in danger, he knows it is the sea witch who is trying to sink the ship and he doesn't let her, but the sea witch vows to revenge him and keeps following the ship. When the sailors realize he is a special witch's cat, they ask him to leave — reluctantly, they say «Look Gobollino, as long as you are on the ship, the sea witch will keep pursuing us and we won't be able to do any fishing and earn any keep for our families. «. Then he ends up being with a man who has tons of cats for cat shows, where he earns money. Things go wrong there as well for Gobolinno. He goes through lots of adventures, meets lots of people, etc. I am not going to tell you how it all ends. It is a great book. I am amazed a film has not yet been made or a series based on it. It is not just about this cat, it is about people as well, different characters. If you get a chance, read it. Honestly.
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09:29 07.06.2019
To be honest, Fifi's hunting is getting to me. This is this morning — I let her out of the garden room and she came back in 15 minutes with this. This bird is not small — it is a black bird (дрозд) and as far as we know, it is a mother bird with a nest of little ones in the nest up in one of the big trees in our garden. Really don't know what to do. Here it is. Poor bird. I am shocked. She came and threw it in front of me like she was giving me a present looking for approval



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09:32 07.06.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> And I just couldn't, cause I was still grieving for Merlin. So I phoned RSPCA and they took him away. I just wasn't ready for him at the time.
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At least you can be sure he has home and some food to eat.

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> You know — you should read the book «Gobolinno the Witch's Cat» by Ursula Murray Williams. It is an amazing book. It is for kids, but like a lot of great English kids' literature — it is very suitable for adults as well (like Harry Potter for instance and many other books).
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Thanks, I'll read it when I have some spare time
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09:35 07.06.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> To be honest, Fifi's hunting is getting to me. This is this morning — I let her out of the garden room and she came back in 15 minutes with this. This bird is not small — it is a black bird (дрозд) and as far as we know, it is a mother bird with a nest of little ones in the nest up in one of the big trees in our garden. Really don't know what to do. Here it is. Poor bird. I am shocked.
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Cat's are predators and their instincts are strong. Your cat is young, may be she needs more attention. Try to play with her a bit more.

One of my friends had difficult times. He was grim all the time and his cat started to bring him birds. Probably, she wanted to cheer him up.
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23:18 07.06.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> To be honest, Fifi's hunting is getting to me. This is this morning — I let her out of the garden room and she came back in 15 minutes with this. This bird is not small — it is a black bird (дрозд) and as far as we know, it is a mother bird with a nest of little ones in the nest up in one of the big trees in our garden. Really don't know what to do. Here it is. Poor bird. I am shocked.
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>Cat's are predators and their instincts are strong. Your cat is young, may be she needs more attention. Try to play with her a bit more.
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Fifi has tons of attention, sometimes more than she wishes for — especially from our kids, they adore her. Also, there are lots of cats in the neighbourhood. She is the smallest one by size, she is quite petite and very agile. Some cats try to «beat her up», they are very territorial, but our next door neighbour's cat — Toffee is her best friend- he is a male ginger cat and protects her. He even comes to our garden and stands by the glass doors waiting for her to go out. I have a picture of them both — not a very good one — this is on our garden deck this spring (the deck here looks a bit drabby, cause this is before it was lacquered again, we don't get it lacquered and painted during the winter, there is no point, as it is raining constantly during winters here). Even here in the pic you can see — she is quite a bit smaller than Toffee. (I will insert the pic from my mobile).





About strong hunting instincts — you are dead right, she has them particularly strong. I don't remember Merlin hunting big birds like that, but Merlin had a different personality and he was a bit big and clumsy, not as agile, he probably tried, but wasn't as successful as Fifi.

You know, my husband said «She loves us and you (me) especially and she wants to bring you „presents“ and is very proud of herself. But the only way to put a stop to her killing birds is to put a collar with a bell around her neck.». To be honest — I have never realised why people put collars with bells on cats here. I have never done this myself. But this is why. Cause the way she kills black birds or finches — is when they are on the ground, picking worms and stuff, she quietly sneaks up on them and pounces. If she had a bell on, it would make a noise when she was approaching a bird and a bird would fly away. But I don't want to do that, I think it is gonna be humiliating for Fifi. My husband said «Well, then don't complain and stop feeling sorry for birds getting killed. It is a cat. Simples. »
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23:22 07.06.2019
Also — Fifi's eyes change colour — sometimes they look entirely emerald green and other times — especially during the night time or when it is dark — they look totally yellow — like two huge yellow saucers — her eyes are quite big for her head and so are her ears. She looks like Suttica — Gobollino's sister from that book — exactly like Suttica was described — she must be a witch's cat — my daughter says.
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23:36 07.06.2019
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> This photo I made when I was in Sochi.
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Forgot to say — your picture is beautiful as always, such a colour contrast — it is amazing. Honestly, I am not trying to stroke your ego, I mean it — you take most wonderful pictures.
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10:39 08.06.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Forgot to say — your picture is beautiful as always, such a colour contrast — it is amazing. Honestly, I am not trying to stroke your ego, I mean it — you take most wonderful pictures.
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Thanks. I was a bit bored in Sochi and I've spent quite a lot of time making different pics there.
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19:34 08.06.2019
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> She looks like Suttica — Gobollino's sister from that book
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Actually — I misspelled the name — it is Sootica (from «soot» — сажа — cause she is black as soot) — here is about that book
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobbolino,_the_Wit...
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Well, post some more then.

How are you anyway, how is your swimming? I had such an amazing run yesterday, I run quite a bit these days. Soon there will be a half Marathon for Shelter — I am in, should be easy. I feel quite fit these days.
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19:45 08.06.2019
Interesting article in Russian — re the next Tory leader

Тереза Мэй ушла. Кто поведет Британию к «брекситу»?
https://www.bbc.com/russian/features-48546433

Michael Gove admitted today to doing Coke (cocaine) when he was young — it is not a big deal, who didn't? But he used to be the Minister for Education in Cameron's Government. Rory Stewart — another contender — admitted to smoking opium in Iran (that is like heroin). But he is no longer in the leadership race. They decided to cull those, who don't have enough support. I would hate for the Tories not to go for Boris Johnson this time around or Dominic Raab — some proper character popular with the public. That is what they usually do, they go for some «grey rat» type of character for their leader, someone who can be easily manipulated. They hate Margaret Thatcher type of characters who can control them. Which is a shame really, as this is the type of character which the country needs at the moment — to pull off Brexit as successfully as possible.
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20:06 08.06.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> It is a right thing to commemorate this day.
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The celebrations were huge this year. When they played this song — Dire Straits «Brothers in Arms» — it was well… This track is one of the best ones of all time, Mark Knopfler was considered a better guitarist than Richie Blackmore

It is such a classic, do they know Dire Straits in Russia at all (it was a London rock group) — they played this track at these D Day Celebrations
several times

Dire Straits — Brothers in Arms

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10:36 09.06.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> How are you anyway, how is your swimming? I had such an amazing run yesterday, I run quite a bit these days. Soon there will be a half Marathon for Shelter — I am in, should be easy. I feel quite fit these days
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I'm fine thanks. Happy to hear you are doing well. I'm swimming like 2−3 times a week now. I need to do it 3−4 times a week to feel fit.
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