Tuesday, 29 August 2017
The behaviour of local cats continues to interest me; and in particular, those with wholly black fur. It’s apparent that their behaviour differs from others and I’m inclined to ask why. My own theory; the only explanation I’ve been able to come up with; is that they’ve been shaped, through the generations, by man’s behaviour toward them. Ours has long been a superstitious nation, with many seeing black cats as different and being wary of them. They have not been permitted to cross the paths of some and not approached with the usual degrees of trust and affection. If I’m correct, a disconnection has occurred; one reflected in their non-acceptance of us. Of course, things, in their respective homes, are likely to be different; but it remains true that their behaviour on the street is, in many cases, quite distinct. We are, perhaps, more influential than is generally understood.
Monday, 28 August 2017
Less than thrilling fare on today’s This Morning programme (ITV), with a soft-voiced woman keen to persuade viewers that we each have a ‘guardian angel’. On first hearing, it may seem harmless enough, but consider this perfectly credible scenario: A member of your family wonders whether he, or she, should take a short-cut home. The alley-way before them is dark and seems unsafe, but they’ve been persuaded that some mystical presence is protecting them. And so they venture where others would not; and are never seen alive again. Perhaps someone can tell me the difference between a peddler of such superstition and a wide-boy, who flogs cars with dodgy brakes. I’d call it junk TV, if only it weren’t more dangerous than that.