Maisie, or the Meaning of Cats

According to a recent poll, conducted a few seconds ago inside my head, the average time spent online before coming across the hackneyed observation that the internet is comprised mainly of cat pictures is one minute.

However, as with all hackneyed observations, which flap and flail in the wind of popular discourse like giant flags, there is a single tent peg of truth keeping this one fixed to the ground. Cats are popular with the human race, and possibly always have been. By now, the cat is an enduring cultural icon. It is Hollywood with whiskers.

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The troubling flaws of Back to the Future – reappraising a favourite

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Back to the Future is flawed.

I’m not talking about the inconsistency in its chosen model of time travel (though I have a lot to say about that – maybe another day). I’m talking about its sexual politics.

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Other Voices Festival, Dingle 2016 – Music, Joffrey, & Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

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Friday 2nd December

Through darkness we drove to Dingle. I was assured by my friends that the views en route were beautiful, and looking now on Google Images I see that they were right, but it was pitch black, and I could only make out a few bleary metres of road ahead of the car. But they were beautiful metres, and I took my friends at their word.

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