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    September 2021 book of the month club (Poll)

    I finished the newer edition and now reading the 1818 original - only found one very minor change. Maybe I'm not concentrating hard enough.
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    Question of the Day - Monday, September 13, 2021

    I'm not sure which was the first, but both of these caused me some surprise and never to be forgotten. I got them soon after arriving in Germany almost 50 years ago. They each cost me 5 DM which is laughable but I still found them unnecessary and very annoying. Both were at lunchtime when the...
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    Rescuer or rescuee?

    Happy to hear about you and Simon - you're obviously very good for one other. :catlove: Don't worry if Simon's not a friend of high places. I've posted here earlier because none of my 5 cats are particularly interested in heights and I was wondering if I could clear my house of some of the 6...
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    Rescued kittens fighting

    The difference in ages (2 or 3 weeks) is a HUGE difference when they are both so very young - but, don*t despair, in 2 or 3 weeks, when they are both able to eat from a dish, it won't be such a big deal and you'll be able to let them interact, at first under supervision, of course. In the...
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    October 2021 book of the month club - 2 year anniversary celebration

    I'm thinking of reading "Walking into the Night" by Olaf Olafsson. It's a book which has been sitting in the bookcase for years. I can't remember whether I actually purchased it while on a short business trip to Reykjavik or maybe I found it at a flea market selling English-language books. Thank...
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    My Feral And Rescued Cats

    I'll try to keep the thread active with a question........ A new sick (non-feral) cat has turned up at a feral feeding station. Normally there are just 2 old (both over 10 years) rather doddery neutered cats and a local guest who seems to turn up when the food provided at home is not enough or...
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    QUESTION OF THE DAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

    It was a hot, summer day and I was working in my office in Germany - no doubt trying to catch a deadline for some report or other - when the woman in the next office, who spent quite a lot of work's time on the Internet, started screaming. I didn't (or didn't want to) believe what she was...
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    September 2021 book of the month club (Poll)

    I'm now reading the last few chapters - slowly. It's a very good (excellent) book even if it is depressing - and I don't want it to end! I can't say that about many books these days!
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    Tell Us Where You Live...Only With Food

    Currywurst - has little to do with curry but a lot to do with sausage! 🍛🌭
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    Question of the day - Thursday 2 September

    An American Shorthair! But I'm just a moggy really.
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    QUESTION OF THE DAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

    WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WON'T MISS ABOUT SUMMER? Apart from a very hot week in May, we had no summer this year - lots of rain and a few warm sunny intervals. No summer dresses, shorts or sandals - the heating system wasn't turned off till July and we need it turned on again now. I definitely won't...
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    Question of The Day. Sunday 29th of August

    I only have one sticker on my rear window: similar to this pin. SAMT is not the name of a cat but a local organisation, Soziale Arbeit für Mensch und Tier, which I support. Our work is mainly (financial) help for pets and their owners, paying contributions towards neutering and medical care...
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    September 2021 book of the month club (Poll)

    I have already started - only reading slowly, one chapter (of 24) in bed each night. It's not exactly a page turner (and science fiction/horror doesn't interest me very much at all) but the descriptions of places and people make it worth taking more time over. I'm planning to finish it on time...
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    August 2021 book of the month club

    Well, given those questions, I can't imagine anybody admitting to be Alicia or Kelly! :lol:
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    Question of the Day - Monday, August 23, 2021

    I'll try to keep this short but, up to the age of 10 or 11, we, in the girls' playground, went through phases of: Ball games such as Piggy in the Middle, or 2-balls (played up against a wall) Skipping, everyone with a skipping rope or someone had a very long rope (washing line) and all us of...
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    how long is it okay to hold feral cats before returning to colony?

    There are no golden rules - you will have to act according to how the mother cat reacts to being kept enclosed in either a room or a crate, Ideally any cat, including a feral from a colony should stay with her kittens for 12 weeks. She would not be neutered before the kittens have at least...
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    POM August 2021: Vote for your 15 favourite 'then and now' photos

    You're right - much harder than usual. They are all wonderful, natural-looking cats - none are over-dressed with fancy bows, ribbons and sparkling collars so I can't eliminate any on that score. I'll just have to put on my thinking-cap, take a pen and paper and start ticking them off. Only 15...
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    Need advice about terrified feral kitten

    Thank you for looking after these unfortunate kittens. Such a lovely brood - all so different! Just a quick comment: I would never use food (wet or dry) as a bait. Let them eat in peace and use treats or chicken in your hand to tempt them to come closer - but never grab them when they do. To...
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    August 2021 book of the month club

    Well, not my type of story: plastic characters (or cardboard cut-out figures), no atmosphere and it was obvious as soon as we met all the mothers that it would be a Cinderella beats the lot, type of ending. I almost convinced myself a third of the way through that Maren would get her Bill Gates...
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    August 2021 book of the month club

    Finished - in spite of the fact that my e-reader suddenly refused to charge up. Recharged my very old Sony reader - no longer state-of-the-art so I can't read in the dark - but it saved the day!! :frustrated:............... :read:
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